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Taylor Hill celebrated her 21st birthday this week, choosing Las Vegas to host her crazy (and now legal) extravaganza. Sharing it all on Snapchat/Insta-stories, the model enlisted all her VS friends to party (with ginormous cut-outs of herself), ride in Ferraris, and generally let lose after fashion week. Hill and her best friend (and fellow angel) Romee Strijd donned emblazoned bombers for the occasion, Hills reading ‘Tequila Taylor’ and Strijd’s reading ‘Shakira Strijd’. A celebration they certainly won’t be forgetting in a hurry. #21TequilaTaylor
Bee Shaffer (the daughter of Anna Wintour) and Francesco Carrozzini (son of Franca Sozzani who passed away in December) were confirmed as engaged this week. Wintour, who had been friends with Sozzani for over 30 years, promised she would pass on a watch that Sozzani would have loved to give to Carrozzini’s first-born daughter, “in celebration of our friendship”.
Yolanda Hadid (the momager of Bella, Gigi and Anwar Hadid – aka the industry’s favourite models of the moment) has been offered a lead in a new unscripted reality-TV show named Model Moms, on the Lifetime channel. The series will centre around Hadid – alongside a panel of experts – who will be coaching aspiring models ‘to succeed on and off the catwalk’ through an eight-week training programme. The winner of the series will be awarded a $5,000 weekly prize to aid their careers, a management contract with Hadid’s company and the opportunity to be represented by IMG – the agents of Hadid’s own mass-followed children.
This week saw a few rearrangements at Burberry, with Sabrina Bonesi (an ex-Dior accessorises specialist) appointed as design director of leather goods and shoes – a smart move as 40% of Burberry’s revenue is currently coming from their accessorises. Bailey will also welcome new CEO Marco Gobbetti in July, and Bailey will then become president whilst also fulfilling his original role as chief creative officer. “I will focus more specifically on design, the products, creativity, architecture, marketing, communication, experiences,” Bailey said when Gobbetti’s accession was announced. “He will focus more on the operational side, finance, retail and merchandising. I see this really as two pieces working together. We will jointly lead all the strategies and people.” If this means Burberry is going to continue creating (even better) lust-worthy accessorises – such as those gorgeous Kimberley boots (google them), I am more than happy.
Following the terror attack in London (which I am sure you are all aware of), Theresa May released the following statement: “I have just chaired a meeting of the government’s security committee Cobra, following the sick and depraved terrorist attack on the streets of our capital this afternoon,” said May from the steps on Downing Street last night. “The full details of exactly what happened are still emerging but, having been updated by police and security officials, I can confirm that this appalling incident began when a single attacker drove his vehicle into pedestrians walking across Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring many more, including three police officers. This attacker, who was armed with a knife, then ran towards Parliament where he was confronted by the police officers who keep us and our democratic institutions safe. Tragically one officer was killed. The terrorist was also shot dead.”
“The location of this attack was no accident,” May continued. “The terrorists chose to strike at the heart of our capital city, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech. These streets of Westminster – home to the world’s oldest Parliament – are engrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe. And the values our Parliament represents – democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law – command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere. That is why it is a target for those who reject those values. But let me make it clear today, as I have had cause to do before: any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure.
“Tomorrow morning, Parliament will meet as normal. We will come together as normal. And Londoners – and others from around the world who have come here to visit this great city – will get up and go about their day as normal. They will board their trains, they will leave their hotels, they will walk these streets, they will live their lives. And we will all move forward together. Never giving in to terror. And never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.” My personal views on this topic are that, whilst this was a tragic and undoubtedly disgusting attack, things are happening overseas that our media (I am aware I am somewhat hypocritical) chooses to ignore; things far more atrocious than this are daily occurrences in places away from our comfortable bubbles of supposed civilisation.
The 2017 CDFA Fashion Awards nominations were announced this week, and whilst the majority of the winners won’t be released until June 5, the likes of Rick Owens (the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award), Pat McGrath (the Founder’s Award) and Demna Gvasalia (the International Award) have already secured awards. The late Franca Sozzani will also honoured with the Fashion Icon Award, and a new accolade has been introduced: the Swarovski Award for Positive Change – which celebrates a US member of the industry who are ‘improving the welfare of others’ and having a ‘positive impact’.
(Images from top to bottom: Taylor Hill party, Bee Shaffer and Francesco Carrozzini, Yolanda Hadid and family ‘Model Moms’, design by Burberry, Theresa May No. 10, CDFA Aawards Demna Gvasalia and Franca Sozzani.)