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Is This the Perfect NYFW Airport Outfit?
New York Fashion Week has finally arrived which means that stylish women from across the globe are all flying straight into JFK (or LaGuardia, or Newark but you get the picture). We're already gearing up for the major street style we'll be seeing over the coming week, but what we're really curious about, is the ensembles trendsetters are wearing to travel. In part, because we're always game for stylish-yet-comfortable outfit ideas. But also, because while street style tends to be all about setting the trends, travel outfits feel a bit more true to all of our individual low-key style.
So, whose outfit has impressed us thus far? That would be Aimee Song. The style-setter arrived at her hotel in SOHO in a tried-and-true NYC uniform, head-to-toe black. Song styled comfy sweatpants and a black tee with a cool leather moto jacket to add a bit of an oomph to her cozy ensemble. To finish, she opted for sneakers, contrasting her outfit with a pair of taupe Nikes. The ensemble manages to find the balance between ease and fashion effortlessly, so don't be afraid to give the look a try on your next flight.
- by Aemilia Madden - What to wear?
Here’s Karlie Kloss’s Advice For Young Models
It’s a no brainer that wonderful things happen when fearless women work together. And that’s naturally the case for the last campaign that combines some of our favorite females in fashion right now including unstoppable model and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss, ‘90s icons and philanthropist Christy Turlington, leading fashion photographer Cass Bird, and stylist behind countless breathtaking red carpet moments, Karla Welch. The result is Cole Haan’s "Extraordinary Women, Extraordinary Stories" campaign, a name that’s almost redundant considering this lineup.
While the photos and video diaries show the brand’s latest fall trends including lush velvet heels and textured handbags, the result is much more about these pioneers's personal experiences than the pieces themselves.
“I’m intimidated all the time,” Kloss admits in the video below, staring with Turlington who famously wrote the 25-year-old’s college recommendation letter. “Not to the point that it’s paralyzing but to the point that it makes you want to be better.”
Although Kloss, whose resume has expanded into technology, TV, and beyond since its start, is all about bettering herself, she also told Who What Wear directly what it takes to make it as a model today. “Since starting my modeling career over 10 years ago, it’s been really exciting to see the fashion industry evolve and become more accessible through social media,” says the woman with nearly seven million Instagram followers. “While hard work and dedication will always be essential for a successful fashion career, I think this personal connection with fans will only become more important for the next generation of models.”
Not sure how to start this connection? "Be true to yourself," Kloss tells us. "We, as women, tend to put too much focus on the ways we're perceived by others. I think it's more important than ever to focus more on self-love and less on what others think. By living your life rooted in love and authenticity, you're able to unlock your fullest potential."
by Gina Marinelli - What to wear
Australia’s Next Top Model winner Aleyna FitzGerald is making a name for herself in fashion
SHE’S too young to even legally order a glass of champagne to toast her amazing success. But that hasn’t stopped 17-year-old Aleyna FitzGerald from pursuing an international modelling career with full force.
Last year’s winner of the hugely successful Australia’s Next Top Model franchise has been strutting runways across the world since being crowned the show’s winner by just half a point last November. And she could just be the most successful Australia’s Next Top Model contestant yet.The stunning teen, who quit school and her part-time job as a receptionist at a forklift factory in country NSW to chase her dream, has come a long way since she first appeared on the reality series.
She’s worked for major designers such as Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino. And in July she replaced Kendall Jenner (who she’d love to meet one day) as the face of top fashion house Balmain’s fall/winter 2017 ad campaign.
This week (from September 7) she walked the catwalk at New York fashion week for the world’s biggest brands.
“It’s been a crazy year for me,” FitzGerald tells BW during a rare trip back to Sydney to spend time with her family and promote her association with Forever New’s Ever After collection.
“I’ve gone international. I’ve been to Paris, New York and all around the world wherever work takes me. It’s just so exciting.”
FitzGerald, who travels the world on her own (in economy), and often bunks in at hotel rooms with other models, says it isn’t all glitz and glamour in the fashion industry and to make it requires hard work and perseverance.
“If you really want to do it you will find the enjoyment out of it. I really enjoy doing it, but it is a lot of hard work.”
FaceTime and regular phone calls and texts back home help her get through the isolation of being away. “It is emotional; it’s scary being away from home and on the other side of the world without my parents and my family to support me,” she says.
“I didn’t think it would be so difficult because you see the glamour, you see all the fun. All of those things are there and there is a lot of that but it is hard emotionally because you are 17 and away from the people you love the most.”
But FitzGerald wouldn’t change a thing and feels “so privileged” to be living her dream. “I pinch myself every day doing this.”
FitzGerald says she’s had the pleasure to meet other Next Top Model winners from other international versions of the show — fifteen other countries produce their own version including Brazil, Italy, Russia, Hong Kong and the UK — and is proud to be part of such an esteemed brand.
And Australia’s winners and contestants from the franchise — created by Tyra Banks and first aired in 2003 in US as America’s Next Top Model — seem to get the biggest praise in the fashion world, according to FitzGerald.
“Australia gets such a great wrap … anyone that I’ve said to that I was on the show, they are really excited,” she says.
“They know its great quality, they’ve seen the girls that have come through and they are genuinely really excited about it because it is it’s such an interesting thing to have on your resume as something you’ve done. It is so cool and internationally recognised.”
It’s a sentiment echoed by Australia’s Next Top Model judge and fashion designer Alex Perry, who says he knew FitzGerald would win the series and go on to do great things in the modelling world from the moment she first auditioned.
“We (the other judges former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins and model and actor Megan Gale) just looked at her and thought ‘oh god that’s her’,” Perry, who still regularly texts FitzGerald and books her for shoots, tells BW.
“But you’ve got to give the other girls a go. There were other girls that were amazing in that series as well.” Perry says he still thinks Alice Burdeu was the quickest success story following the wrapping of her series in 2007 but that FitzGerald will go on to surpass Burdeu in longevity of success.
“Alice left here a couple of months after Top Model wrapped and she did 37 shows in her first season of New York, Paris and London fashion weeks. She was modelling for Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen — just extraordinary stuff."
“But Aleyna will do that. Watch this next (fashion) season. She will blow up out of all proportions and then she will take over and Aleyna will still be there in five year’s time.”Perry says Australian winners of the series have a magic factor on the world stage due to the purity of the Australian iteration of the franchise.
“I think if you look at the US version there are a lot of theatrics involved in it. I think a lot of girls want to go on the (US) show to be on television and to become famous because they are really good on TV but we are not looking at that,” he says.
“If you are trying to get the ones that are going to make great television you’re not going to get a great model and I have always been pretty steadfast on that. I’m super proud of Aleyna. She has such a great work ethic and the schedule is brutal over there. Plus she is a really sweet personality. Not the kind of personality that is going to make drama for the sake of good TV,” Perry says.
FitzGerald says she really had a great experience on Next Top Model and, while competitive, there was no undermining or bullying among the girls in the house.
“I think it is a competitive environment but at the end of the day we are all a group of girls in it together. You’ve got to be yourself and I think all those girls were really quite lovely. It’s very stressful but I think everyone was really nice.”
“(Fellow contestant) Jordan and I are genuinely really close friends. My mum and her mum went out for coffee the other day. We are all in the same boat.”
FitzGerald doesn’t regret leaving school to pursue her career after Australia’s Next Top Model wrapped but feels for her friends sitting their final exams in Year 12 this year. “Doing this is definitely completely different from school,” she says. “(Leaving school) was best decision for me. It just wasn’t for me and I am just so happy doing what I’m doing now.”
And FitzGerald says her next move is having her sights set on becoming the next Victoria’s Secret Angel. “I think one day that’s definitely something that I would love to do. I think every girl wants to do that. It’s massive, it’s such a big modelling gig.”
But despite earning her own money and being worlds apart from her peers back home, FitzGerald’s hugely successful schedule has meant she hasn’t even had time to splurge on any major purchases to reward all her hard work.
“I actually bought a pair of Prada sunglasses yesterday. So that’s probably my only splurge. That was a big one.”
By Lanai Scarr
News Corp Australia Network
SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 10:00PM
Venice Film Festival: The Shape of Water wins the Golden Lion
A film about a mute cleaning lady who falls in love with a merman has won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival.
The Shape of Water, the new film from the Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro, was presented with the festival’s top prize by a jury led by the actress Annette Bening earlier tonight.Del Toro’s film – a 1960s-set melodrama with an amphibious twist – premiered to near-blanket rave reviews at Venice last week. It has since been widely tipped as a frontrunner in the coming Oscar season, as has its star, the British actress Sally Hawkins – and the Golden Lion, one of the greatest accolades in world cinema next to Cannes’ Palme d’Or and Berlin’s Golden Bear, can only help.
For a Hollywood production to win Venice’s top award is, these days, something of a rare occurrence. Over the last decade, as the festival has become an increasingly attractive launchpad for limelight-hogging Oscar contenders, its juries have tended to honour far lower-profile, more esoteric work. Last year’s Golden Lion, for instance, went to Lan Diaz’s The Woman Who Left, a near-four-hour, black and white Filipino film about a wrongfully convicted woman reacquainting herself with the outside world after 30 years in prison.
But Bening and her eight fellow jurors, among whom were the actress Rebecca Hall and the director Edgar Wright, chose a selection of winners that struck a careful balance between the arthouse and the (relatively) mainstream.
The festival’s Grand Jury Prize – effectively, its second place medal – was awarded to Samuel Maoz's Foxtrot, an Israeli film about two parents coming to terms with the death of their adult son during active military service. The Special Jury Prize was presented to Sweet Country, a hard-bitten outback western from the Australian director Warwick Thornton.
Charlotte Rampling won Best Actress for her performance as the wife of a man held on mysterious charges in Andrea Pallaoro’s Hannah, while Best Actor was given to Kamel El Basha for his work in The Insult, by the Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri. The Silver Lion for best direction was presented to Xavier Legrand for his film Custody, and Best Screenplay went to Martin McDonagh for his scalding black comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
The Marcello Mastroianni Award, which recognises the year’s most promising emerging actor or actress, was given to Charlie Plummer, the 18-year-old American star of Lean on Pete, a coming-of-age drama set in the world of horse-racing from Britain’s Andrew Haigh.
Jane Fonda and Robert Redford received the 2017 Golden Lion for lifetime achievement, after the actor and actress were reunited on screen at the festival for the first time since 1979 in Ritesh Batra’s Our Souls at Night. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award was presented to Stephen Frears, the director of The Queen and Philomena, whose latest film, the royal comic drama Victoria & Abdul, also screened out of competition at the festival.
By Robbie Collin, Film Critic 9 SEPTEMBER 2017 • 8:04PM www.telegraph.co.uk
Chris Rock is coming to Dubai
Grammy and Emmy Award winning comedian, actor, director, writer and producer, Chris Rock, will be bringing his 'Total Blackout' tour to Dubai on January 5 and 6, 2018 at the Dubai World trade Centre, Hall 3 & 4. It's the acclaimed comedian's first tour in over 9 years.
Lauded by peers and critics alike, Chris Rock is one of our generation's strongest comedic voices. As an actor, director, producer and writer he has created many memorable moments.
With a career spanning more than three decades, Rock has enjoyed ongoing success in both film and television as a comedian, actor, writer, producer and director. In 2014 he led the ensemble cast of "Top Five," a critically acclaimed comedy feature that he also wrote and directed. In 2009 Rock ventured into the documentary world as a writer and producer of "Good Hair," and in 2014 he executively produced "Eat Drink Laugh: The Story of the Comic Strip," a documentary recounting the history of one of New York's most famous comedy venues. His feature acting credits include the "Grown Ups" and "Madagascar" franchises, "Head of State," "Nurse Betty," "CB4", "Death at a Funeral," "I Think I Love My Wife," "2 Days in New York," "Dogma" and "New Jack City."
His television work includes serving as executive producer, writer and narrator for the series "Everybody Hates Chris," which ran from 2005 to 2009, and as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" from 1989-1993.
This summer, Rock reunited with Adam Sandler in production of Netflix's original movie, "The Week Of." He will also executive produce BET's newest late-night talk show, "The Rundown with Robin Thede."
Rock has won four Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards and is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. In addition, he received two nominations for the 2016 Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Director for a Variety Special for Amy Schumer: 'Live at the Apollo', and Outstanding Special Class Program for the 88th Annual Academy Awards.
Tickets for the Dubai show, start at Dhs395 and go on sale at 12pm on Wednesday September 13 at www.ticketmaster.ae and all Virgin Megastores across the UAE.
An exclusive du pre-sale starts tomorrow, Septmber 11 art 12pm and closes at 11am September 13.Khaleej Times Staff Report/Dubai Filed on September 10, 2017
Reese Witherspoon Wore a Blazer as a Dress on the Emmys Red Carpet
This year's Emmys red carpet did not disappoint. From Millie Bobby Brown's stunning ballerina-inspired gown to Zoë Kravitz's rainbow-colored dress, see all the best red carpet looks here.
Among the all-star cast of Big Little Lies, it was Reese Witherspoon's look that had us all nodding in approval as she arrived at the award show. She broke with the unofficial tradition of wearing a floor-length gown during award show appearances (especially when appearing as the nominee of the most highly nominated show this year) and instead wore a sharp Stella McCartney blazer as a dress. The actress's navy satin jacket was impeccably tailored and complemented her straight platinum locks, and Reese made us forget about every other ball gown we saw tonight when she paired the blazer with matching stilettos. On Reese Witherspoon: Stella McCartney Bespoke Prussian Blue Duchess Silk Double Breasted Tuxedo Dress and David Webb jewelry.
By Anna Laplaca
Which Brand Won London Fashion Week?
WHO won Instagram at London Fashion Week? According to the social media platform’s in-house data team, the answer is Topshop, which beat Christopher Bailey’s ode to Britain at Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger’s celebrity-packed extravaganza to become the most buzzed about show on Instagram, the company revealed exclusively to Vogue. Topshop amassed more tags, mentions, and comments than any other designer during London Fashion Week. So how did the home-grown, high-street mainstay best both a heritage icon and a spectacle that had not one, not two, but three Hadid siblings? Aside from the parade of top models, which included industry darlings Adwoa Aboah, Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn, Topshop’s presence is unrivalled on the social media platform. The brand posted more videos and stories than any other designer during London Fashion Week - and twice as many stories over the last month than third-place Hilfiger.
But with the longest runway and the largest in-person audience of any London show, it was Hilfiger who closed out the week with a night to remember. The brand attracted the most views of any designer on Instagram Live, bolstered in part by a surprise music performance from The Chainsmokers at the historic Roundhouse venue in Camden. And with Gigi Hadid as the face of the brand, Hilfiger quickly obtained both the most liked photo and video by any designer during London Fashion Week.
As far as sibling rivalry goes, there is indeed little doubt that this week belonged to Gigi. The elder Hadid, fresh off her Gigi x Tommy collection, secured not only the most-liked model photo on Instagram but also the most views on both Stories and Live. And though NYFW wasKaia Gerber’s, her brother Presley is receiving just as much love across the Atlantic, walking for Hilfiger and Burberry, and seeing a higher percentage follower growth here in London than even his younger sister.
And London’s breakout star? None other than Charlee Fraser. After a packed NYFW, where she was the most booked model for the season, Fraser continued her busy schedule across the pond, walking for Christopher Kane, Versus, Topshop and in Ralph & Russo’s long-anticipated ready-to-wear debut. As the first Australian model in the fashion spotlight, Fraser saw the highest percentage growth during LFW.
For a more detailed overview, take a look at the top rankings below.
Most buzzed about show on Instagram1. Topshop
3. Tommy Hilfiger
4. Emporio Armani
5. Ralph & Russo
Top designers with the most-viewed stories1. Topshop
2. Tommy Hilfiger
4. Ralph & Russo
5. Sophia Webster
Top models with the most-viewed stories1. Gigi Hadid
2. Bella Hadid
3. Sara Sampaio
4. Alessandra Ambrosio
5. Hailey Baldwin
Models who gained the highest percentage of followers1. Charlee Fraser
2. Presley Gerber
3. He Cong
4. Kaia Gerber
5. Luna Bijl
by EDWIN JIANG
Models go pantless at Milan Fashion Week
No pants? No problem.
Bottomless models are storming the runways at Milan Fashion Week.
The leg-baring look was spotted at three of Saturday’s biggest shows: Bottega Veneta, Missoni and Salvatore Ferragamo.
It’s not a terribly practical style, but at least a few celebrities are bound to give it a spin this spring. Lady Gaga is a longtime fan of pantslessness, and surely we can count on a Kardshian or two.
By Johannah Masters September 23, 2017 | 9:33pm | Updated http://nypost.com/2017/09/23/models-go-pantless-at-milan-fashion-week/
Original 90s Supermodels pay tribute to Versace in Milan Fashion Show 20 years after his murder
Supermodels including Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer appeared arm in arm with Donatella Versace to remember her late brother.
The original Nineties supermodels joined Donatella Versace at the Versace Milan Fashion Week show on Friday, to mark the 20th anniversary of her brother’s murder.
Dressed in gold, floor-length gowns, the original supers Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen, and Carla Bruni walked the runway with Donatella to the late George Michael’s Freedom. A voice announced “Gianni, this is for you,” as a curtain was drawn back to reveal the supermodels.
Gianni Versace, who founded the fashion house in 1978 and is widely credited with cementing the concept of a supermodel, was shot dead on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion in 1997. The gunman Andrew Cunanan took his own life in the days following, after killing five people including the fashion designer. After her brother’s sudden death, Donatella took over his duties at the fashion empire.
The soundtrack and the gang of supermodels strutting arm-in-arm referenced the 1991 Versace show, where George Michael sat in the front row.
Speaking at a press conference prior to the show, Donatella said that she was “happy” that after 20 years she can “finally do this with a smile on my face,” The Guardian reported.
To celebrate her brother’s work, Donatella used bold prints showcased between his 1991 and 1995 collections, including the leopard from the 1992 Animaliercollection, the 1991 collection using Andy Warhol screenprints of Marilyn Monroe, as well as the Greek baroque styles of the same year.
“We pay homage to not only (Gianni's) artistic genius but to who he was as a man, and above all, as my brother,” Donatella wrote in the Versace Spring/Summer 2018 collection notes, according to Sky News.
by KASHMIRA GANDER http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/versace-milan-donatella-naomi-campbell-claudia-schiffer-helena-christensen-carla-bruni-spring-summer-a7962656.html