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Gigi Hadid expanded her CV this week as she hosted in American Music Awards in Los Angeles, wearing a plethora of outfits including a bold red glitterati dress – and also pulling out a few Melania Trump impersonations to entertain the audience. Despite Gigi’s best intentions, backlash was indeed received. She Instagrammed a hand-written message in response, explaining, “I removed or changed anything in the script that I felt took the joke too far, and whether or not you choose to see it, what remained was done in good humour and with no bad intent.”
Another Fashion Awards reveal: New-York based designer Ralph Lauren will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at the fashion extravaganza. He is to be honored “for his invaluable contribution to the fashion industry” and will follow in the footsteps of icons such as Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour. BFC chairman Natalie Massenet commented: “Ralph Lauren is an exemplary designer and businessman. He has helped to define an era in both American and global fashion with his singular vision.”
If you fancy some Christmas shopping (for you, or your loved ones), Selfridges may be the place to go. This week the department store giant unveiled the first phase of its new expansive – and very pristine – accessories hall, which, when completed, will be the largest handbag destination in the world.
Centrepoint’s Young and Homeless Helpline Christmas Appeal has just received a rather iconic fashion-model as a keen supporter: Kate Moss – who has praised the charity for the invaluable work it does to help the capital’s “hidden homeless”. “It is disturbing to think that in 2016 young people are still forced to sleep rough,” commented Moss.”Centrepoint’s work is invaluable in helping the most vulnerable put a roof over their head, somewhere they can feel safe and warm.” It seems that Moss not only has fabulous cheekbones, but a heart as well (or great PR?).
On Friday London College of Fashion revealed the winners of its UN Orange Label Project – an initiative set up to raise awareness about the importance of ending violence against women. The project was created to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the UN Trust Fund To End Violence Against Women, and fashion students across the globe were tasked with creating piece communicating the message “No to violence against women” in categories such as beauty and illustration – the one requirement was that orange must be featured. “Something that we feel very strongly about at the college, and something I have always tried to instigate in my time here, is that fashion is more than just the clothes that we wear and can be used as a force for change,” Frances Corner, head of LCF and pro-vice chancellor of UAL. She also commented that she was impressed by the winners as they “illustrated a world of equality where their subjects were truly empowered.” From inked Vogue covers, to meaningful knit dresses, the winners most definitely created interesting pieces indeed.