Karl Lagerfeld is Designing This Year’s Claridge’s Christmas Tree

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It’s that time of year…

Fashionable Christmas trees are going up, and someone has to make them look fashionable.

One of the most talked about every year is the tree at Claridge’s, London’s classic Mayfair hotel. And the jolly man with the white hair that will be designing it is Karl Lagerfeld. Obviously, we’re expecting something typically magnificent from the exalted fashion designer.

Lagerfeld says of the assignment, “Christmas trees are the strongest ‘souvenir’ of my happy childhood.” Us too!

The Claridge’s Christmas tree has long been a staple of the London holiday season, drawing locals and visitors alike to ooh and ah between posh shopping stops. This is the eighth time the hotel has commissioned such a cultural visionary to handle the design, having collaborated with Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano and Burberry in previous years.

Karl Lagerfeld’s Christmas tree design will be unveiled Wednesday, November 22 in the Claridge’s glittering lobby.

Telfar Wins CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund

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Last night Telfar was announced as the winner of the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, meaning the queer designer is taking home the grand prize of $400,000. The two runners-up, queer label Chromat and eyewear brand Ahlem, each walked away with $150,000.

The designer, Telfar Clemens, has been creating collections for his unisex label since 2005. His clothes are simple yet artful, representing a sort of “new normal” for the modern, savvy customer. This year, he even redesigned the uniforms of fast food chain White Castle, supplying new garb for 10,000 employees.

Chromat, meanwhile, represents a futuristic, uber-clean, architectural approach to swim and athletic-wear. Ahlem’s eyewear is chic and highly approachable.

As well as their new funds, each brand will have the opportunity to pick the industry figure of their choice as a mentor for the future of their brand. Other finalists for the prize included Vaquera, Dyne, Victor Glemaud, Jordan Askill, Mateo New York, RTA and Sandy Liang.

Louis Vuitton’s Stunning ‘Volez Voguez Voyagez’ Exhibition Opens in NYC

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After being vacant for almost ten years, the former American Stock Exchange building in Manhattan’s Financial District has just been brought back to life for Louis Vuitton’s stunning three-floor exhibition Volez, Voguez, Voyagez. Curated by Oliver Saillard, it traces LV’s iconic journey from 1854 to the present day through ten thematic chapters, each in their own strikingly imagined space.

The show opens with the most symbolic object of the House: an antique trunk from 1906. It continues through the detailed makings of their classic trunks, revealing how the designs evolved and informed style during the rise of travel – at a time when expeditions, yachting, the automobile, aviation and trains has all captured the zeitgeist in their own way. While navigating through Volez, Voguez, Voyagez, you’ll find yourself beachside one moment, on the road less traveled the next, inside a cabin car of the Orient Express, gliding through the open skies, and then suddenly on the Oscars red carpet. (And indeed, the brand’s red carpet celeb fans turned out in force for the opening, including Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Connelly, Jaden Smith, Lea Seydoux and Alexander Saarsgaard.)

The Vanderbilts. The Rockfellers. Mary Pickford. Lauren Bacall. Ernest Hemingway. And today’s a-listers the likes of Ruth Nega, Nicole Kidman and Michelle Williams are all on display to attest to LV’s ceaseless star power. Marc Jacobs fans will swoon to the look back at the time when he was Creative Director of the House. And then there’s the Jeff Koons room, reminding us of just how much Louis Vuitton has influenced the look and style of travel for more than a century-and-a-half…and will surely continue to do so.

Louis Vuitton’s Volez, Voguez, Voyagez is on view at 86 Trinity Place, NYC, in the former American Stock Exchange building, though January 8. Admission is free to the public.

 

 

Rita Ora Wore a Bathrobe to the MTV EMA Red Carpet

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Rita Ora may have looked like she went from a Stranger Things binge session to the MTV Europe Music Awards yesterday when she showed up in a bathrobe, but she did it all in glorious, queer style. The “Your Song” singer and bathrobe icon borrowed a look from young, queer designer (and Beyonce favorite) Palomo Spain for an outfit that was instantly deemed iconic…thanks to the helpful addition of some well-placed Lorraine Schwartz diamonds.

Ora wasn’t ready to go all the way, though. After walking in a long, plush robe from designer’s latest “Hotel Palomo” collection, she switched into a shorter ensemble and paired that bathrobe with sneakers and white socks. The double dip into Palomo’s newest collection was brilliant enough to make us forget that, later in the show, she ruined everything by wearing a literal garden rake as a necklace.

 

Last Night @ritaora checked in at Hotel Palomo at the @mtvema

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Burberry President Christopher Bailey Stepping Down After 17 Years

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After starting at the company in 2001, Burberry’s President and Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey will step down from his role in the spring. He’ll still design the British luxury brand’s Spring 18 collection, as the label looks for his replacement.

During his time at CCO, Bailey helped to grow the company immensely, revitalizing the brand’s luxury direction after Burberry’s signature check had begun to be used in several cheap knockoffs. He brought great financial growth to the company, and was recognized for innovative digital publicity moves like livestreaming runway shows, as well as redesigning the brand’s flagship stores.

In a statement, Bailey said “It has been the great privilege of my working life to be at Burberry, working alongside and learning from such an extraordinary group of people over the last 17 years,” Business of Fashion reports. “I am excited to pursue new creative projects but remain fully committed to the future success of this magnificent brand and to ensuring a smooth transition.”

BoF reports Phoebe Philo of Céline as a possible replacement for Bailey, though the brand denied her departure to be “imminent.”

“Burberry has undergone an incredible transformation since 2001, and Christopher has been instrumental to the company’s success in that period,” Burberry Chief Executive Marco Gobbetti said in a statement. “We have a clear vision for the next chapter to accelerate the growth and success of the Burberry brand and I am excited about the opportunity ahead for our teams, our partners and our shareholders.”

Years & Years Debut New Song in Baz Luhrmann Fashion Film

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“As for myself, I hold no preference amongst flowers as long as they are wild, free, and spontaneous.” Those are the guiding words of wisdom uttered by the flamboyant matriarch of a family of floral enthusiasts in The Secret Life of Flowers, a gorgeous new short film for the upcoming H&M and Erdem collaboration.

It’s no surprise that the film is gorgeous, given that Hollywood’s most eccentrically over-the-top director, Baz Luhrmann, is behind it – but this actually feels like a full movie stuffed into four minutes. Oh, and it may be the gayest thing we’ve seen all week thanks in part to a new original song called “Hypnotized” from Years & Years, and an abundance of sexual tension between the two men frolicking in the flowers.

Without spoiling anything, there is a love triangle, a beautiful mansion overrun with metaphorical and physical flowers, and a dinner scene with enough dramatic tension to last a lifetime.

Speaking on the collaboration, Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander says, “It was a really wonderful experience working with Baz, he’s so passionate about every detail, and I was really excited to be part of something so creative. Plus, I’ve always been a fan of Erdem. The song is about falling head over heels for somebody and it totally upends everything you thought you knew about yourself.”

Watch it below and reconsider your entire Halloween costume, because the outfits in this are everything.

 

Ford Finally Signs Their First Transgender Model

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Andreja Pejic, who came out as trans in 2014, has become the first non-cis model to sign with Ford Models, which has been around for 71 years.

Pejic was groundbreaking before signing with Ford – she’s the first trans model ever profiled in Vogue, as well as the first to lead a major beauty campaign, as the face of Make Up For Ever.

In an Instagram post anouncing her new deal, Pejic wrote: “I’m grateful that I can say I’m surrounded by a team that truly values what I bring to the table. I guess it’s the number one rule of business in this businesses but it’s not always the easiest one to achieve. Excited for the future!”

Take a look below.

 

 

Pejic was born in Bosnia and fled with her family at an early age to Australia. She was noticed by a modeling scout while working at McDonald’s.

 

Condé Nast Will No Longer Work With Photographer Terry Richardson

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Fashion photographer Terry Richardson has been booted from Condé Nast in the wake of sweeping sexual harassment allegations coming out against Harvey Weinstein and others.

In an email leaked to The Daily Telegraph, James Woolhouse, the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, told all “country presidents” to cease working with Richardson immediately. And if they happened to be working on projects with him or had projects that were not yet published, those should be “killed or substituted with other material.” Quite the email to send out at 8:14 AM on a Monday morning, right?

The 52-year-old photographer has had a notable career in fashion photography and worked with everyone from Beyoncé and Lady Gaga to Miley Cyrus. But his work has also come with long-running whispers of allegations of sexual misconduct.

New York Lawmakers Working On New Legal Protections for Models in Wake of Weinstein

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In the wake of the scores of accusations of sexual harassment and assault regarding Harvey Weinstein, the fashion industry is taking a look at its own rape culture, and finding that some changes need to be made.

New York State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (Democrat) has told the New York Times that she’s hard at work on a new amendment to the state’s current anti-discrimination laws, seeking to extend further protections to fashion models. Specifically, the amendment would hold clients hiring models – photographers, designers, retailers – liable for any sexual harassment claims.

Currently, models are protected very little by law, as their employment often comes through indirect sources, such as agencies, claiming only to act in an “advisory capacity” toward the models’ bookings. This new legislation would remove that gray area.

“The goal is to push back on the silence that has been so pervasive,” said Rozic to the Times, “and find a legislative solution to change the cycle.”

The new amendment would be the second piece of victorious legislation for models in recent years – this most recent Fashion Week also saw the implementation of a ban against underweight or underage models.