Carolina Herrera Takes Her Final Bow
Last week, news broke that Carolina Herrera was leaving the eponymous brand she built in the 1980’s following Monday’s Fall 2018 showcase. The designer is stepping into an ambassador role in the company, allowing Wes Gordon (who has been designing by her side since April) to take the role of creative designer. At the age of 79, Herrera is one of the last establishment designers to step down.
For her final Fall 2018 show, which took place at MoMA, Herrera showcased a lineup of crisp white shirts, button-downs and tailored black skirts and trousers that the brand has become synonymous with. Bold voluminous skirts, wide belts, and feathers punctuated the range. The closing look was a blue, strapless gown. Members of Herrera’s atelier joined the designer on the runway for her final bow, before Gordon arrived and presented her with red roses.
Gigi Hadid Slams Body Shamers
On Sunday, Gigi Hadid sent out a string of tweets on her official Twitter account aimed at online trolls who have been bashing her for being too thin. She wrote: “For those of you so determined to come up with why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started at 17, I was not yet diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease; those of you who called me ‘too big for the industry’ were seeing inflammation and water retention due to that.”
Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder that sees your antibodies attack the thyroid tissue. Symptoms can include hair loss, extreme depression, fatigue, and weight gain. Hadid’s tweets further explained that she’d been “properly medicated” to help alleviate some of her symptoms, and she was also “part of a holistic medical trial that helped my thyroid levels balance out.”
The criticism of the Palestinian model’s “weight loss” comes after online trolls shamed her for being “too fat” as a teenager when she first started in the business. “I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone, with a body type that doesn’t suit your ‘beauty’ expectation, shouldn’t have to,” she wrote. “Please, as social media users and human beings in general, learn to have more empathy for others and know that you never really know the whole story. Use your energy to lift those that you admire rather than be cruel to those you don’t.”
All the It Girls Show Out for the Off-White x Jimmy Choo Dinner
Virgil Abloh hosted an intimate dinner to celebrate the Off-White x Jimmy Choo collaboration on Sunday. The event was attended by only those nearest to the designer. This included models of the moment such as Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Kaia Gerber, Halima Aden, and Hailey Baldwin, who came out to the Taglialatella Galleries in Chelsea to fete the collaboration and mingle with other it girls. Naturally, all the guests were wearing Abloh’s latest designs, including Jimmy Choo’s Sandra Choi— who wore a black, Off-White one-shoulder dress paired with mismatched shoes. Guests were then treated to a dinner dreamed up by Olivier Cheng. Twin DJ’s Simi and Haze Khadra set the vibes going late into the night.
Prabal Gurung Celebrates Female Empowerment on the Runway
Prabal Gurung’s Fall 2018 show was inspired by two female-dominated societies, the matriarchal Mosuo tribe of China, and India’s activist Gulabi Gang. The front row was dominated by strong, female figures including Huma Abedin, Laverne Cox, Whoopi Goldberg, and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke. Gurung’s commitment to celebrating strong women extended past the front row. The backstage was peppered with instructions for the models that read: “Your voice is your power: use it for justice,” and “YOU are the present, YOU are the future, YOU rule the world, WALK with intention.”
Models included Gigi and Bella Hadid, who opened and closed the show, respectively. During the finale, the Palestinian siblings shared a sweet sisterly moment. After the show finale, the diverse lineup of models— including Nora Attal, Ashley Graham, and Dilone— walked out together holding white flowers, and some linking arms. They stood tall in the photographers pit in complete silence, before heading backstage.
The Beckham Family Steal the Front Row
David Beckham shared a sweet photo with his 42.5 million followers on Instagram, of himself sitting front row at his wife’s Victoria Beckham Fall 2018 show with his children Harper, Romeo, and Cruz. “Show day… Proud of mummy,” he captioned the photo, adding: “We miss you @brooklynbeckham”.
Ahead of the show, the former footballer was spotted walking hand-in-hand with his six-year-old daughter Harper, followed by Romeo and Cruz as they headed to the highly-anticipated show. Harper was dressed in a red coat with oversized black buttons, while Beckham sported a sleek, all-back suit.
The event marked the 10th year anniversary of Victoria Beckham, the brand. For the Fall 2018 collection, which was held in the the James Burden Mansion on East 91st Street, the former Spice Girl-turned-designer sent out a lineup of silk dresses, tailored suits, utilitarian coats, and hoodies. Following the runway show, Beckham lovingly embraced her family who turned up to support her milestone moment. For Spring 2019, the designer is heading to London Fashion Week in a nod to her home country.