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Diane von Furstenberg: How I became an iconic fashion designer and philanthropist

Susannah Hutcheson Special to USA TODAY Published 10:32 AM EDT Oct 11, 2018 Our series “How I became a …” digs into the stories of accomplished and influential people, finding out how they got t..

McQueen channel’s the iconic fashion designer’s intensity, but struggles with his tragedy

Considering the popularity of the fashion doc, McQueen seems long overdue. Not only a fashion great, the late Alexander McQueen was among a handful of designers embraced by the art world. His clothes were inventive and political and his runway shows were unparalleled. The audience actually gasped at his spring 1999 ready-to-wear show, for example, when robotic arms of the sort usually seen in a body shop splattered supermodel Shalom Harlow’s pouffy white dress with black paint. At its best, M..

At This Avant-Garde Fashion Designer’s Dinner Party, Footwear Is Optional

Entertaining With At This Avant-Garde Fashion Designer’s Dinner Party, Footwear Is Optional Good conversation, fun tableware and hyper-seasonal fare are Zoe Latta’s secret ingredients for a relaxed, stylish evening. ImageZoe Latta in her wild-seeded edible garden in Los Angeles’s Arlington Heights neighborhood.CreditJulia ShermanBy Julia Sherman July 31, 2018The characters that the fashion designer Zoe Latta invites onto her runway are unfailingly diverse, ranging from fellow artists to striking..

Fashion designer to create Victorian-inspired line as the next Pfister artist in residence

Milwaukee-based fashion designer Stephanie Schultz will be the Pfister Hotel's 10th artist in residence.(Photo: Pfister Hotel) The Pfister Hotel's 10th artist in residence will be Milwaukee-area fashion designer Stephanie Schultz, the hotel announced in a news release Monday. Schultz will move into the artist workspace in the hotel's lobby April 1. She was selected by leaders in the local arts community and a public vote, according to the release. The current artist in residence at the Pfister is tintype photographer Margaret Muza. RELATED: Pfister artist Margaret Muza processes love of history through tintype photographs Schultz started her own fashion label, Silversark, in 2005. Her designs are inspired by antique art and architecture. The label began with counter-culture streetwear and evolved to include couture and avant-garde fashions. Her work was featured at the Racine Art Museum in the exhibit "Go For Baroque: Opulence and Excess in Contemporary Art" two year..

Hubert de Givenchy, iconic fashion designer, is dead at 91

Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic French fashion designer famous for the "little black dress" and styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 91, his partner said Monday. Givenchy designed the famous black dress Hepburn wore in the opening scenes of "Breakfast at Tiffany's." The designer set the template for ladylike chic in the 1950s and 1960s, and his restrained style still informs the way Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and older American and Chinese socialites dress. His longtime partner, the former haute couture designer Philippe Venet, announced his death through the Givenchy fashion house, saying he had died in his sleep on Saturday. "It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died," it said in a statement to AFP. It was Givenchy's 40-year friendship with Hepburn, who he met on the set of the Billy Wilder's Oscar-winning comedy "Sabrina" in 1953, that helped make him a fashion legend. The narrow-collared suits ..

Brooke Shields Adds Fashion Designer to Her Résumé

Having literally grown up in the fashion world, Brooke Shields, actress, model and author, knows a thing or two about how clothes should fit and make a woman feel. Now she’s adding another notch to her belt: fashion designer. Shields is designing a collection for QVC, called Brooke Shields Timeless, that will hit the airwaves Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. EST with the full collection launching March 14 at 11 p.m. EST, as reported. The actress will be on-air touting her creations, which she developed with KBL Group International, a New York-based apparel manufacturer. She plans to preview her apparel and accessories collection to the media at The Beekman in New York on Wednesday evening. Shields has proven to be a hands-on designer, having a say in every aspect of her collection. She has an office at KBL and is often up late at night e-mailing back and forth with her partners there. “I’m involved in every button, every zipper, every seam, every hem and every pocket,” the 52-year-old actress said. “..

Internationally known fashion designer to establish fashion school in Miami

MIAMI (WSVN) - International fashion designer Naeem Khan has stepped forward to work with Miami-Dade Public Schools to create a new fashion school in South Florida. Khan is best known for his innovative designs, couture clothing and dressing Hollywood’s biggest stars like Beyonce and even former First Lady Michelle Obama. Now, he’s bring his talents to the Magic City. He’s working alongside Miami-Dade County Schools to create a new fashion school. “Miami-Dade Public Schools have been incredible with the vision,” Khan said, “so when I first had this idea of building the school, obviously Miami-Dade was the first choice.” Students can expect to learn everything they need to know to make it in the fashion industry. “When you create a space like what we are trying to create in Miami, it’s where you will learn all the aspects of fashion,” Khan said. Khan believes that this school will help train a whole new generation to become designers and entrepreneurs while also revitalizing the fashion..

Actor Nick Mutuma expecting child with hot fashion designer?

Nick Mutuma with his girlfriend [Photo: Courtesy]Actor Nick Mutuma will soon be a father, Heads Up can reveal. The actor is expecting his first child with his on-and-off fashion designer girlfriend Bridget Shighadi. “Yes Bridget is pregnant with Nick’s child. However, they want to keep the story under wraps,” said the source. When Heads Up reached out to the actor he did not confirm or deny the story. “My focus is on family and work and I would like to keep my life private, he said. Bridget on the other hand said, “I really value my privacy.” It is rumoured that the two jetted to Miami, Florida where they spent their Christmas holidays. A few years ago Nick was rumoured to be dating sassy model Tanasha Oketch, but he never spoke about it. In an interview with Let’s Talk, he said he does not post pictures of his girlfriend anymore is because of negative stories. I used to be one of those guys, if I was dating someone, I didn’t really see any problem putting them on social media, becaus..

‘The word FAT is positive’: Plus-size model encourages others to ditch the scales

A body-positive Instagram star is on a mission to change the way the world uses the word "fat". Julianna Mazzaei, known online as Jewelz, has been taunted about her weight her whole life. Despite this, she has learned to love her size 22 curves, and hopes that sharing her story will help more women to feel confident in their own skin. Size sexy: plus-size models Not all models are size zero. Check out our favourite hot 'plus-size' models who aren't afraid to flaunt their curves.During her childhood, Jewelz skipped school because she was constantly hounded by bullies. She remembered: “I hated school. There were so many times where I skipped school, the bullying was so bad. "I can give you probably a whole dictionary of names. Fatty, tub of lard, whale. “When people are making snarky comments about you behind your back or under their breath it’s harder to stand up for yourself and say what needs to be said.” BARCROFT MODEL BEHAVIOUR: Jewelz hopes to inspire others to be mo..

How Much Is Donatella Versace Worth?

GettyNoam Galai / FilmMagic Thanks to FX's controversial series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, the Versace family has been in spotlight of late—and they're not exactly happy about it. In the years since the late designer's untimely death, his sister Donatella (who is played by Penelope Cruz in the show) has become the face of the brand, serving as both its chief designer and vice president. Prior to taking the helm in 1997, she was known as her brother's "muse and critic." Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Gianni and Donatella Versace, circa 1996Getty The 62-year-old native of Calabria, Italy led the fashion brand to new heights with a valuation that was last reported at around $1.4 billion in 2014, when Blackstone Group purchased a 20-percent stake in the company, according to the New York Times. (Versace is privately owned and thus does not release its financials.) Donatella, who now serves as vice-president of the Versace Group ..

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