Mary Katrantzou has something to celebrate today as the designer has been awarded the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund prize, taking home a year-long mentorship and £200,000 to help build up her buzzy brand. Judged by a panel that included Naomi Campbell, Topshop’s Mary Homer, Samantha Cameron, BFC chief executive Caroline Rush and more, Katrantzou took top honors.
Emilia Wickstead, Mother of Pearl, Osman, Sophia Webster, Holly Fulton and Michael van der Ham were amongst the seven designers nominated for the prize. Clearly, Ms. Katrantzou had stiff competition. “Mary Katrantzou is incredibly deserving of this year’s award,” Vogue UK editor and BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund chair Alexandra Shulman said. “It was an extremely diverse shortlist but ultimately we all agreed that Mary has not only created a strong and hugely appealing identity for her work but that she has put in place measures that, along with the support of this prize, should ensure an exciting and successful next stage of her career.”
Congratulations to Ms. Katrantzou! We can’t wait to see what this infusion of cash does for her label.
Christopher Kane wishes you would stop using antifeminist language to describe strong, independent women.
An interview with the Evening Standard took somewhat of a feminist turn once the designer started talking about the women in his life, including Tammy, his older sister and brand creative director. “I’ve always been supported and inspired by the women in my family. Tammy is very strong and my mum was so so strong. They instilled in me the idea that a woman can be anyone. She can have so many roles, she’s a chameleon. That’s what makes her great to dress.”
Indeed, Kane loves strong women so much that, like Sheryl Sandberg and Beyoncé, he is really not into any of the negative terms commonly used for assertive women. “I find it frustrating when women are seen as bitchy or bossy or crazy just because they’re strong. I love strong.” So do we, Christopher.
In the interview, Kane also talks about getting knocked off by high street retailers. He notes that it is indeed upsetting and a bother, but nothing is worse than being copied by another designer. “That always unsettles me,” he said. “There’s no excuse for laziness — and it is laziness. I see it and I think, ‘That was my idea’ but you move on. I don’t get bitter about it. I’ll just be better next season.”
[via Evening Standard]
Over the past year, super-blogger Nadia Aboulhosn has done a great job as the official brand ambassador for British fashion e-tailer Boohoo’s plus-sized line. So it was only a matter of time before she collaborated with the company on her own capsule collection.
Nadia is one of the leading plus-sized bloggers right now, with a social cachet that includes over 120,000 Facebook fans and 190,000 Instagram followers. Since starting her blog as just a hobby back in 2010, the New York-based blogger has become so successful that it’s now become her full-time job.
Today, she can also tick fashion designer off the list as her first drop for Boohoo launches online. She’s played an active role in designing the collection with the clear goal of creating statement pieces that the plus-sized girl struggles to find on the high street. (more…)
Numéro impressed us with its March cover featuring model-of-the-moment Anna Ewers, but its latest issue, fronted by Mariacarla Boscono, hasn’t received much enthusiasm from our forums. Photographed by Peter Lindbergh, the current face of Givenchy cosmetics dons a black leather jacket paired with a bra and high-waisted shorts with some fishnet tights worn underneath, and her arms posed behind her head.
“I wish there was more intensity in her eyes,” noted andypolanco within moments of the cover surfacing on our forums.
“Lazy cover. MCB deserves better!” justaguy shared.
MON had the exact same sentiments: “I am disappointed. You had MCB and Lindbergh and this is what you get? The wasted potential bothers me. It could have been a very strong cover but this is what we get.. black and white.”
Also feeling the same way was Benn98, who was quick to reply, “What a letdown. The duo of Lindbergh and Mariacarla can do no wrong, but I’m not a fan of this. The forced pose and deep look throws me off.”
“Honestly, what happened with this magazine?” wondered blueorchid.
“Wow falling asleep…fair enough they want to use it in editorial, but cover? The contents have a lot to live up to,” exclaimed gossiping.
Loathe it or love it? Be sure to voice your own opinion with us inside the thread here.
You thought you couldn’t get more psyched for the Zoolander 2 movie? A few weeks ago, Derek and Hansel (played by Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson) announced the film with a turn on the Valentino runway at Paris Fashion Week, and now they’ve teamed up again for a spirited post-show photoshoot posted to the brand’s Facebook page.
Tapping Xiao Wen Ju and Tilda Lindstam for assistance, the hunky pair pose in front of the Eiffel Tower — Mr. Zoolander, of course, serving up a piping hot plate of Blue Steel. Get into those cheekbones, girls.
Derek and Hansel were dressed in duds from Valentino’s Spring 2015 collection, while the women donned pieces from the Pre-Fall Camuamour range. If the pictures prove anything, it’s that the boys have still got it. We can’t wait for this movie to drop.
[via Valentino Facebook]