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Julianne Moore, Kim Kardashian, Gigi Hadid, Riccardo Tisci head to WSJ Magazine’s Innovator Awards

Filed by Lucire staff/November 8, 2019/14.59

Lars Niki

It’s not your usual awards’ season ceremony, but it certainly pulled plenty of stars: News Corporation’s WSJ Magazine held its ninth annual Innovator Awards at MoMA on November 6, sponsored by Harry Winston and Rémy Martin, honouring Julianne Moore (acting and activism), Cindy Sherman (art), Studio KO (Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty, for design), Eddie Murphy, readying himself for a stand-up comeback (entertainment), Riccardo Tisci (fashion), Melina Matsoukas, director of the upcoming Queen & Slim (film), Tyler, the Creator (music), and human rights’ lawyer Bryan Stevenson (social justice). VIPs attending the event included Kris Jenner, Imaan Hammam, Gigi Hadid, and Mj Rodriguez, while presenters were Bette Midler, Molly Ringwald, Madison Cox (president, Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent), Jerry Seinfeld, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, Hype Williams, A$AP Rocky, and Trevor Noah.
   Each winner received an award designed by former ‘Innovators’ winner Joris Laarman.
   The special ‘Innovators’ issue is available in the US from Saturday, with split runs featuring each of the honorees as the cover model.

Lars Niki


Giambattista Valli × H&M’s Roman spectacular: a homecoming at the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

Filed by Lucire staff/October 25, 2019/9.32

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Valerio Mezzanotti; Nowfashion

On Thursday, Giambattista Valli × H&M held a catwalk show at the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, Roma, Valli’s home town, and a fitting setting for the opulent collection.
   Valli, who left for Paris at a young age, saw the setting as coming full circle, and says that his home town had shaped his views and personality. The concept behind the show was that of a Roman girl who had travelled the world, returning to her home town to spend time with friends.
   ‘I created my fashion house in Paris, but I proudly claim my Roman origins: my heart will always belong to the Città Eterna, and this is why I chose Rome for the show and in particular Palazzo Doria Pamphilj,’ he said. To this end, those who modelled in the show included high-profile and professional talent such as Kendall Jenner and Vittoria Ceretti, as well as everyday Romans cast on the street.
   It was very appropriate for a collection that blended the boundaries between genders and eras, to bring together people of different backgrounds. Guests included Sofia Carson, Alexa Demie, Alice Pagani, Halima Aden, H. E. R., Li Yuchun (李宇春, or Chris Lee), Troye Sivan, Chiara Ferragni, Cameron Monaghan, Gabriella Wilson, Parker Kit Hill, Luis Borges, Bryanboy and Susanna Lau (Susie Bubble), many of whom appear in the collection’s campaign.
   H&M’s creative adviser, Ann-Sofie Johansson, said, ‘Hosting the Giambattista Valli × H&M launch event in what was a genuine Roman night full of fun and glamour with a dolce vita spin was absolutely delightful. The spirit of this unique collection came to life in rooms full of historic splendour, as the new wave of Valli girls and Valli boys walked the runway, ready to take over the night and the streets.’
   After the show, guests headed to the Grand Hotel Plaza for a party hosted by DJ collective Circoloco. Peggy Gou, Seth Troxler and Clara 3000 performed.
   The collection launches worldwide in selected stores on November 7.

Catwalk show

Valerio Mezzanotti; Nowfashion

Red carpet and behind the scenes

Valerio Mezzanotti; Nowfashion


Kendall Jenner, H. E. R., Chiara Ferragni, Li Yuchun lead Giambattista Valli × H&M campaign

Filed by Lucire staff/October 17, 2019/21.29

Mert and Marcus/H&M

While the look book for the Giambattista Valli × H&M collection features a line-up of professional models, the campaign has bigger names—already previewed in part by the celebrities who wore the pre-drop collection at AmFAR at Cannes earlier this year: Kendall Jenner, H. E. R., Chiara Ferragni, Clara 3000, Luka Isaac, Li Yuchun (李宇春, or Chris Lee) and Cameron Monaghan.
   The campaign was shot in Roma, Valli’s home town, by Mert and Marcus. Melanie Ward styled both the photos and campaign film.
   In May, when the collection was previewed, Valli said, ‘I am excited about this collaboration: H&M gives me the opportunity to bring my vision of style and my celebration of beauty to a wider audience. The goal is to share my love for beauty and to be able to be part of everyone’s “happy moments”, to help create love stories all around the world.’
   The collection is meant to be a summary of his style without a narrative, said the designer, although there is ‘a sense of fluidity’ between womenswear and menswear. The range spans jackets, dresses, coats, cargo pants, sweatshirts, and accessories. It is his first foray into menswear.
   The collection launches worldwide in selected stores on November 7.

Mert and Marcus/H&M


Giambattista Valli × H&M look book released in full

Filed by Lucire staff/October 4, 2019/8.40

Hennes & Mauritz has shown the full Giambattista Valli × H&M look book featuring the women’s and men’s collections.
   The look book has been photographed in Roma, Valli’s home town, by Kyle Weeks, and styled by Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert. Oslo Grace, Leslye Houenou, Mara Kasanpawiro, Kohei Takabatake, Luka Isaac and Tom Rey model in the look book.
   The collection launches worldwide in selected stores on November 7.
   It was originally previewed during the Festival de Cannes in May, with a pre-drop selection shown by a group of high-profile celebrities. Kendall Jenner, Li Yuchun (李宇春), Chiara Ferragni, H. E. R., Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, and Ross Lynch showed off an initial series of gowns that became available in 12 selected stores in late May.
   ‘I am excited about this collaboration: H&M gives me the opportunity to bring my vision of style and my celebration of beauty to a wider audience. The goal is to share my love for beauty and to be able to be part of everyone’s “happy moments”, to help create love stories all around the world,’ said Valli.
   ‘We are thrilled to collaborate with Giambattista Valli. He is the undisputed master of haute couture with a knack for the memorable silhouette. To be able to bring his signature styles to our customers is a dream come true. We can’t wait to see their reactions to this beautiful collection,’ said Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative adviser.


Karl Lagerfeld dead at 85, according to French media

Filed by Lucire staff/February 19, 2019/12.26

Top: The most recent photo we have on file of Karl Lagerfeld, with model Adut Akech Bior (photo courtesy Chanel). Above: Karl Lagerfeld in 2015. Left: Karl Lagerfeld and the closing bridal gown at the Chanel autumn–winter 2012–13 haute couture presentation at the Grand Palais.

Reports are emerging from France that Chanel and Fendi creative director Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85.
   Paris Match reported that Lagerfeld was rushed to hospital on Monday night and died on Tuesday morning.
   As reported in Lucire KSA’s March 2019 issue, Lagerfeld did not take the bow at the Chanel spring–summer 2019 haute couture shows, forcing the house to issue a release saying the designer was tired. Virginie Viard took his place.
   Lagerfeld had been directing the preparations for the Fendi autumn–winter 2019–10 show at Moda di Milano, scheduled for Thursday.
   Born in Hamburg on September 10, 1933, and moving to Paris at 14, Lagerfeld first came to the notice of the fashion industry when he came second to Yves Saint Laurent in a competition sponsored by the International Wool Secretariat. He was hired by Pierre Balmain as an apprentice, before moving to Jean Patou, where he designed the haute couture collections. In 1963, Lagerfeld went to Tiziani, where he remained till 1969. He also worked for Chloé from 1964, and collaborated with Fendi from 1965, and briefly with Curiel in 1970. Other collaborations were with Charles Jourdan, Isetan, Ballantyne, Diesel, and H&M. He also worked in theatre and film.
   Lagerfeld became the creative director of Chanel in 1983, where he achieved his greatest fame. He launched his eponymous label a year later. In 2015, he was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Fashion Awards.
   As a skilled photographer, he shot many of Chanel’s campaigns, even into his 80s, as well as editorials for major fashion magazines.
   In 2001, Lagerfeld famously lost 42 kg, saying he wanted to wear clothes designed by Hedi Slimane. The diet, later published in a book, took him 13 months.

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Adwoa Aboah, David Gandy, Richard Madden, Niomi Smart at Range Rover Evoque launch

Filed by Lucire staff/November 22, 2018/23.20

David M. Benett

Land Rover has launched its second-generation Range Rover Evoque, combining design cues from the original and the highly acclaimed Range Rover Velar. Activist and model Adwoa Aboah was the celebrity hosting the launch, wearing a specially commissioned Ashley Williams dress made from responsibly sourced materials—namely 40 recycled plastic bottles turned into a ‘suede cloth’—also found in the new car.
   The launch at the Old Truman Brewery also saw Richard Madden (Bodyguard), Guy Ritchie, David Gandy, Millie Mackintosh, Pixie Lott, Taron Egerton, Mollie King, Edith Bowman, Luke Evans, Niomi Smart, Larry King (not the American TV host but the London hairdresser), Bryn Williams, Simon Aboud, Gordon Smart, Hugo Taylor, Stephen Graham, Hannah Walters, Ricky Wilson, Ruby Bhogal, Steve Parish, Jason Fox, Mitch Evans, Chris Burt-Allan, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Massimo Frascella and Amy Frascella, Grace Zito, Tom Grennan, Jacqui Ainsley, Oliver Cheshire, Pietro Boselli, Jessica de Gouw, Ben Barnes, Jamie Laing, Jeremy Langmead, Jacey Elthalion, and designer Ashley Williams attend.
   Aboah also hosted a Boiler Room × Evoque gig with rapper Little Simz.
   Recognizing the more conscious consumers of the 2010s and 2020s, Land Rover offers the option of responsibly sourced fabrics for the Evoque’s interior, including recycled polyester microfibres, and claims that 53 plastic bottles go into each car specified with those seats.
   Knowing that the Evoque is a fashionable item—after all, it was once this magazine’s Car to Be Seen in—Jaguar Land Rover has partnered with well known brands to help boost the new model’s profile.
   The company collaborated with Mulberry, which reimagined the Evoque’s sustainably sourced eucalyptus interior material into luxury weekender bags, soon to be available in two colour ways (ebony with ebony trim or ebony with oxblood trim). The bags will come in two sizes and have a quilted pattern mirroring the Evoque’s grille. Expressions of interest can be made at Mulberry’s website, at
   Master & Dynamic has also collaborated with Land Rover, creating two bespoke concept wireless earphones, made from handcrafted acetate, inspired by the Evoque’s launch colours and featuring the grille pattern.
   There is also a new Zenith Defy Classic watch tying in with the Range Rover Evoque, limited to 200 pieces and available now via Zenith or selected Land Rover dealers from 2019.
   The evolutionary looks of the Evoque show just how impactful the original was, and how Land Rover doesn’t want to reinvent the wheel with the second generation. The first was known for its show-car looks, with a nearly identical design language to the LRX Concept. A second-rate clone even appeared in China from Landwind.
   Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s head of design, said, ‘When Range Rover Evoque made its début back in 2010, it transformed the world of compact SUVs and the new model is set to continue that remarkable journey. This characterful vehicle combines refinement and fun to create that all important emotional reaction that will turn heads and make people smile.’

David M. Benett


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