What’s Trending This Week?
Paris has welcomed 147 heads of state and over 40,000 delegates for what has been called a “landmark conference”, in which a new treaty to arrest global warming is to be negotiated. An added extra – and splash of fun – to the otherwise serious event has been the flood of fashion heavyweights (think Mario Testino, Natalia Vodianova, Jefferson Hack, Elisa Sednaoui and Charlotte Tilbury) Instagramming themselves walking (in obviously fabulous attire), hashtagging every video with #ClimateCatwalk (which was started by Amber & Giovanni Testino). Typically an industry hooked on pollution emitting drivers and associated with pointless frivolousness, it’s great to see fashion embracing the environment on a bigger scale. The question is: is simply filming yourself walking towards a ‘more sustainable future’ enough?
Gigi Hadid posted a series of tweets believed to reference recent pictures of her holding hands with former One Direction member Zayn Malik on Monday – which have drawn widespread media attention – a few weeks after it was confirmed that she had split from Joe Jonas. With everyone putting forward their (often negative) opinions, it was no surprise that the model would retaliate in some way, this instance using twitter as her weapon. Although, she later deleted the tweets, replacing with a photograph of a serene beach with the caption, “ J “ removing any evidence of the outburst. Gigi deserves her privacy, but a chance of the VS angel/supermodel/Maybelline ambassador getting it is very unlikely indeed!
Chanel staged its Métiers d’Art show in Rome on Tuesday – transforming the Cinecittà film studios into a beautiful, monochrome Parisian square. The deeply romantic collection, showcasing delicate hand-embroidered lace, heritage tailored tweeds, wet-look leather and tiers of chandelier embellishment, as well as acting as the first outing for Lagerfeld’s new mule shoe silhouette, was definitely made for the now – once again exalting the artistry and technique of the house’s petit mains, as well as emphasising Lagerfeld’s knack to create modern and innovative designs inspired by the past.
On Wednesday evening the Parliamentary vote/debate on whether the UK should join the bombing campaign against ISIS in Syria concluded. The result was 397 to 223 in favour of air strikes, and provoked public approval and protests in equal measures. Let’s hope that history doesn’t repeat itself…
On Friday Mary Katrantzou announced the hire of its new CEO, Trino Verkade: who was previously the executive vice president at Thom Browne and hopes to secure a long-term future for the (beautiful) brand. “It is about getting better before we go bigger,” Verkade told the Business of Fashion, adding that it was Katrantzou’s “fearlessness” that attracted her to the brand. “Right now, it is about looking at everything we can do to be a better partner with our stores, to give something better to our customers, building the same amazing relationships we have with our retailers with the mills and suppliers.” Although the designer turned over $15 million last year, she is adamant to wait until she has a “fully fledged range” before opening her first store – you’ll have to wait a little longer then Katrantzou fans!
If there’s one girl that knows how to publicize herself, it’s Taylor Swift. Never (or very rarely) in a bad light, this all-American smiley beauty knows how to make the media recoil in admiration, and seeing as last week her production crew were criticised by conservationists in New Zealand for allegedly disturbing an endangered bird species on Bethells Beach while filming her latest music video, she could really use some positive press. On Thursday, the singer shared a snap of her with her family (coincidently) in an Australia Wildlife conservation, captioned: “Thank you to the Australian Wildlife Conservation Fund for letting us hang out with Willy. WE LOVE HIM and will miss him terribly.” Ms Swift also went out of her way to pull over and pose for a photograph with a young fan in Sydney after spotting the girl wearing a T-shirt from her tour. #toonicetohate?
On Wednesday Donatella Versace joined Instagram – acquiring more than 60,000 followers in under 24 hours (I’m not surprised, everyone loves Donatella!) – sharing a picture of herself with ultra-gorgeous Gigi Hadid as her first post of many.
The top of the Empire State building was illuminated in red to mark World Aids Day on December 1. #WAD2015
Adriana Lima met her match on Monday when she came face to face with a waxwork of herself at the New York branch of Madame Tussauds during an event in Times Square. Posing for cheeky selfies next the underdressed & immortalised version (complete with wings, of course) of the Brazilian VS angel, Adrianna wore red just like her alter ego; “I like to think of screen sirens like Sophia Loren before I go out, to get me in the right mind-set for the show, and the red is perfect for that,” Lima said to Vogue.
The British Fashion Council has announced the eight recipients of its Autumn/Winter 2016 Newgen sponsorship. The lucky ( and obviously talented) winners include: Ashley Williams, Claire Barrow, Danielle Romeril, Faustine Steinmetz, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Ryan Lo and Sadie Williams, and are all to receive funding from the programme to present their collections at fashion week come February. “Supporting emerging talent is at the very heart of the Topshop brand and we are incredibly proud sponsors of the NEWGEN initiative,” said Topshop managing director Mary Homer. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to LFW A/W 16 even more now!