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Melania Trump continues fashion tour de force at Eiffel Tower dinner

After earning praise for her elegance and knowledge of French style, Melania Trump continued her fashion tour de force in a custom Hervé Pierre dress for dinner at the Eiffel Tower.

The first lady joined her French counterpart, Brigitte Macron, President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron for a cozy meal at the Jules Verne Restaurant in the Parisian landmark Thursday, showing her earlier outfit was not a one-off.

The slim-fit, knee-length dress tastefully highlighted the national colors for the two countries  — a fitting salute to France on the eve of Bastille Day, a national holiday akin to the 4th of July. And its made it all the more diplomatic when taking into account Pierre’s French heritage and recently-earned American citizenship.

The designer and stylist behind her inaugural gown also picked out her red Dior suit from earlier in the day, a lovely nod to the 70th anniversary of the famous fashion house.

Brigitte Macron, for her part, wore another French designer, in the form of a Louis Vuitton mini-dress.

 

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The End of an Era: Colette to Close Its Doors

PARIS, France — Colette, the renowned Parisian boutique, is closing down after 20 years.

“As all good things must come to an end, after 20 wonderful years, Colette should be closing its doors on December 20 of this year,” the company said in a statement. “Colette Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and Colette cannot exist without Colette.”

Saint Laurent is in talks to take over the Rue Saint-Honoré location, the company said. “Negotiations are under way with Saint Laurent and we would be proud to have a brand with such a history, with whom we have frequently collaborated, taking over our address,” the statement read. “We are happy of the serious interest expressed by Saint Laurent in this project, and it could also represent a very good opportunity for our employees.”

The boutique was founded in 1997 by Colette Roussaux, and has been led by her daughter Sarah Andelman in recent years. Andelman also shared the news in a post on the Colette Instagram account this morning.

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Andelman is famed for her discerning fashion edits and quirky mix of lifestyle products that have turned the store into one of Paris’ premiere fashion pit-stops. Drawn to an eclectic mix of high fashion and edgy street labels alike, Andelman regularly showcases designs from up-and-coming designers and was one of the first to stock collections by Proenza Schouler, Mary Katrantzou and Rodarte.

The three-storey, 8,000-square-foot space is a veritable destination for fashion fans and consumers. It sells everything from niche film camera to accessibly-priced souvenirs and T-shirts, and was the go-to for exclusive launches of brands, special products, independent magazines and the fashion incarnation of the Apple Watch.

Though Saint Laurent is set to take over Colette’s address, the relationship between the two companies hasn’t always been friendly. In 2013 Colette carried about 300 “Ain’t Laurent Without Yves” parody T-shirts, following Hedi Slimane‘s decision to change the company name from Yves Saint Laurent to Saint Laurent. Saint Laurent’s commercial director demanded that the shirts be removed from Colette’s online shop, and its chief executive sent Andelmen a letter “accusing her of selling counterfeit products that ‘seriously damaged’ the YSL brand and confirming the end of their business relationship.” Andelman, who sold the remainder of the offending t-shirts in-store but not online, said at the time: “We have been excommunicated.”

The wide range of products, including kitchenware, jewellery, books and toys made the retailer a location for multiple generations. “It’s the only shop where I go because they have things no one else has,” Karl Lagerfeld told BoF last year. “I buy watches, telephones, jewellery there — everything really! They have invented a formula that you can’t copy easily, because there is only one Colette and her and Sarah are 200 percent involved.”

Colette is also known for its combination of high-end ready to wear and streetwear, making it one of the first to embrace the fusion of luxury fashion with an edgy street aesthetic. “We started to work with people like Virgil [Abloh] before he started Off White, as well as OAMC’s Luke Meier when he came from Supreme, and with the whole wave of designers like Hood By Air,” Andelman told BoF last year. “At a certain point it didn’t make sense to have them on the ground floor anymore, so they went up with the designers.”

From around the clock dining in the Water Bar to a plethora of book signings, concerts and even panel discussions on sneaker culture, Colette’s status as a hub for genuine cultural “happenings” helps to sustain and propagate the store’s buzzy atmosphere, accented by the Givaudan-designed fig scent that wafts throughout the space and onto the street.

Earlier this year, H&M revealed a collaboration with Colette. The ‘H&M Studio x Colette’ line is expected to launch on 21 August and will be stocked in-store and online at Colette for two weeks, along with selected pieces from the main H&M Studio AW17 collection.

“We’ll launch the H&M capsule on 21 August,” she says. “And of course nothing change with our ‘Le Relais’ projects with Les Vacances de Lucien, Sacai, Thom Browne, Chanel and Saint Laurent on our first floor.”

Andelman says that colette.fr will also close and that she will be focusing on “turning the page.”

A former art student and Purple magazine intern, Andelman established Colette in 1997 alongside her mother Colette Roussaux, after whom the store is named. Andelman and Roussaux lived above the store.

 

 

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London Fashion Week Switches Up September Schedule

 

 

ALL CHANGE: What a difference a day makes.

The British Fashion Council is singing the praises of the CFDA, which has agreed to leave a full day between the end of New York Fashion Week, and the start of the London showcase.

For the first time in a long time, editors won’t have to climb on to the red eye to London after the final shows end in New York. Instead, New York will wrap up on Sept. 13, and London Fashion Week will begin on Sept. 15.

“Hats off to the CFDA,” said Caroline Rush, chief executive officer of the BFC, which for years had watched as exhausted members of the fashion press skipped Friday’s shows altogether or slogged through the day half-asleep.

“The move will strengthen the Friday and also allow young talent to see buyers in London at 180 Strand,” the BFC’s official show venue and exhibition space, Rush said. The BFC is set to release the provisional September schedule on Thursday.

As reported, the five-day week will have an international flavor, with Emporio Armani staging a show at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17, followed by a party to mark the unveiling of the newly renovated Emporio Armani Bond Street store.

Last year, the designer showed the Emporio collection in Paris. The last time Armani showed in London was during his “One Night Only” event in 2006.

Tommy Hilfiger, meanwhile, will close London with a see-now-buy-now runway event that’s previously taken place in New York and Los Angeles.

Hilfiger will stage his TommyNow experiential runway event on Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at the city’s Roundhouse concert venue.

In other news, Burberry has switched its show to Saturday night at 7 p.m. while Roland Mouret, who shows the following day, will be marking his 20th anniversary in fashion during the week. Nicopanda will be showing for the first time in London, at 6 p.m. on Saturday just before Burberry.

The showcase will open on Friday with catwalk shows by NewGen funding recipients Paula Knorr and Richard Malone, while labels including Shrimps, Faustine Steinmetz, Roberta Einer and Ashley Williams will also show on the day.

 

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Vogue: Why ‘posh girl exodus’ continues at fashion magazine

 

A number of senior figures have exited the magazine in recent weeks amid reports that its new editor is making some staffing changes before he officially begins on 1 August.

Edward Enninful is taking over from Alexandra Shulman, who announced in January that she was leaving after 25 years in charge.

He is the first male editor in the magazine’s history, and is already making a few tweaks (or, removing “posh girls”, as The Times put it) to the senior editorial team.

Since his hiring was announced, Vogue veterans such as Lucinda Chambers and Emily Sheffield have announced their departure as Enninful gears up to bring in his own team.

But it hasn’t been a smooth transition so far.

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Image captionLucinda Chambers was Vogue’s fashion director for 25 years under Shulman

Chambers, Vogue’s former fashion director, was one of the first major figures to leave.

And she did so in style.

“Lucinda has announced that she is to step down from her position,” the magazine delicately said on its website in May.

“A month and a half ago I was fired,” she said in a candid interview with fashion blog Vestoj, published this week.

“Truth be told, I haven’t read Vogue in years. The clothes are just irrelevant for most people – so ridiculously expensive.”

There’s more.

“Most fashion magazines leave you totally anxiety-ridden,” she said, adding: “We are always trying to make people buy something they don’t need. We don’t need any more bags, shirts or shoes. So we cajole, bully or encourage people to continue buying.”

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Chambers said she wasn’t happy with a cover shoot she did involving Alexa Chung

The comments echo what Shulman herself said earlier this year.

“At the end of the day, very few people have to have another pair of trousers, another skirt, another bomber jacket, so what you are doing as an industry is creating desire,” she said.

Hilary Alexander, editor-at-large for Hello! Fashion Monthly and trustee of Graduate Fashion Week, says there’s an element of truth in Chambers’s comments.

“There’s no doubt there are too many clothes in the world, and the number of collections being pumped out month after month, you could spend the entire year going from one Fashion Week to another,” she says.

“But at the opposite end of the scale, fashion is a huge industry that employs millions of people across the world, it’s worth around £28bn a year in this country alone if you include the retail sector.”

Susie Lau

The departure of senior figures like Chambers is to be expected, says Susie Lau, fashion blogger and journalist.

“From an industry point of view, it’s completely normal for someone like Edward Enninful to come in and say he wants a completely new team,” she tells the BBC.

“Especially at the senior level, he would want to have people that he feels can push forward the new editorial direction, and I think it is going to be a very different tone and feel to what Alex did.”

Chambers appeared to be pulling no punches with her rather honest interview, but not long after it was published, it was taken down… and then put back up again.

“Due to the sensitive nature of this article, we took the decision to temporarily remove it from the site,” Vestoj said in a statement.

“In terms of the reasons why it was removed, they are directly related to the industry pressures which Lucinda discusses in her interview.

“As you know, fashion magazines are rarely independent because their existence depends on relationships with powerful institutions and individuals. We created Vestoj to be an antidote to these pressures, but we are not always immune.”

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Image captionAlexandra Shulman is leaving Vogue after 25 years as editor

You can see why some figures in the fashion industry may not have been best pleased with the Chambers article.

At one point in the interview, she said: “The June cover with Alexa Chung in a stupid Michael Kors T-shirt is crap. He’s a big advertiser so I knew why I had to do it. I knew it was cheesy when I was doing it, and I did it anyway.”

But Lau says the close relationship between advertisers and journalists has always been a fixture of the industry.

“[Chambers] has been in fashion for so long, she’s worked for a magazine where the commercial concerns are hugely important, and that’s not anything new,” she said

“Advertisers are of course given precedence, and maybe creative control has to be sometimes compromised – but it was ever thus. That’s part and parcel of working in a print landscape that has undergone so many changes.”

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Image captionDeputy editor Emily Sheffield, sister of Samantha Cameron, is another big name who appears set to leave the magazine

She adds that Chambers’s comments in the interview are understandable given how long she has spent working at Vogue.

“I think when you work in the industry you do become quite jaded. When you’re dealing with the mainstream side of fashion and doing it in a very commercially-minded way, it can get cynical.

“There are wonderful creative and brilliant things happening, but I guess if your day-to-day isn’t about that any more, that can wear you down.”

Vogue’s replenishing continued on Tuesday with reports another senior figure announced she was exiting the publication.

Deputy editor Emily Sheffield, who is also the sister of Samantha Cameron, said she was leaving her role as Vogue’s deputy director “after a very happy decade”.

She might not have updated her Twitter biog yet, but the invitations for her leaving do have gone out so we’re pretty sure it’s only a matter of time.

“Emily Sheffield was suggested as a replacement when Alex’s retirement was announced, so it’s only natural if you’re thinking you might get the top job and someone newer and younger comes in, that you would feel there isn’t really a place for you any more,” Alexander explains.

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Image captionEnninful (pictured with Naomi Campbell) was made an OBE last year

Both Lau and Alexander are looking forward to seeing what changes are made to the magazine when Enninful officially starts as editor.

“I’m excited because he is a brilliant stylist, I think Vogue will be a lot more diverse, I think we can expect surprises and shocks,” Alexander says.

“Perhaps there will be more focus on younger, newer designers, those who are working in unusual ways. I would welcome that, you don’t want to constantly read about the same old faces.”

Lau adds: “I know some of the people going in there [to Vogue], they haven’t been announced yet but I think it’s going to be a really exciting team.

“It won’t be quite as different as people are painting it, but there will be changes. Vogue is a barometer of our times, and I think it will reflect that.”

 

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Emily Ratajkowski says fashion biz won’t support her big boobs

It’s not Hollywood that has a problem with Emily Ratajkowski’s body, it’s the fashion industry.

Days after she made waves after claiming she was too sexy to get work, the model-turned-actress, 26, turned to Twitter to explain that her burgeoning film career hasn’t been affected because her “boobs are too big” – only her modeling career has.

“FYI I was talking about the fashion industry not celebrating the female form, NOT Hollywood,” she tweeted.

Last week, Harper’s Bazaar Australia published an interview in which Ratajkowski, who rose to prominence after shimmying her way topless through the video for Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” strongly intimated that her career had been hampered by her looks.

“There’s this thing that happens to me: ‘Oh, she’s too sexy,’” she told the magazine. “It’s like an anti-woman thing, that people don’t want to work with me because my boobs are too big. What’s wrong with boobs?”

“They’re a beautiful feminine thing that needs to be celebrated. Like, who cares? They are great big, they are great small. Why should that be an issue?” she added.

While her modeling career may be in a slump, Ratjkowski, who appeared in the 2014 adaptation of “Gone Girl,” is still acting.

Last year, she appeared in an episode of the Netflix comedy “Easy,” and has also starred in two movies, “Cruise” and “In Darkness,” that are currently in post-production,according to IMDb.

 

 

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Runway Debut! Coco Rocha’s 2-Year-Old Daughter Ioni Walks in Her First Fashion Show in Paris

Ioni James is already a star on the runway.

The daughter of Coco Rocha returned to Paris this week alongside her mom to attend a Bonpoint fashion show once more — but this time as a model herself.

Decked out in a white ensemble complete with matching flower crown adorned with baby’s breath, the 2-year-old proved she was following quite literally in her mom’s fashionable footsteps.

“Flowers in her hair 🌺 ♥️ My beautiful baby girl backstage at @bonpoint‘s ethereal garden show #BonpointSS18,” Rocha, 28, captioned an Instagram photo of Ioni ready for her catwalk debut.

 

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Ioni’s Bonpoint debut isn’t her first exposure to the children’s wear brand. In January, the pair attended its Fall/Winter 2017 children’s fashion show, where the little girl wore a plaid coat, a wide-brimmed hat, black leggings and black boots all by Bonpoint.

“Taking @ioniconran to her very first Paris fashion show!” Rocha captioned a glamorous shot of herself and Ioni hanging out in January.

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FROM PEN: Christie Brinkley’s Daughter Sailor on Following in Her Mother’s Footsteps

Christie Brinkley’s Daughter Sailor on Following in Her Mother’s Footsteps
Sailor Brinkley Cook is working to follow the lead of her mother Christie, and she is getting a good start with her appearance in the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

 

RELATED: She Got It From Her Mama! Coco Rocha’s 22-Month-Old Daughter Attends Paris Fashion Show Alongside Alessandra Ambrosio

Though Ioni’s interests are clearly fashion-oriented, her mom didn’t always think it would be that way. In February 2016, Rocha told PEOPLE “I don’t think so” when asked if her daughter would become a model someday.

“You never want to do what your mom does,” explained the working mom of one. “I keep saying she’s gonna be some sort of scientist. Something crazy where I just couldn’t help her in her maths or reading skills.”

Celine Dion Does Couture Week! 17 Pictures That Prove the Singer Is the Fashion Icon the World Needs

Arrivals for Giambattista Valli autumn-winter 2017-2018 haute couture fashion show in front of the Petit Palais in Paris, France.

 

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