It’s a family affair as Gigi Hadid shows off collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger

US model Gigi Hadid (L) and US fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, acknowledge the audience at the end of the women’s Fall/Winter 2018/2019 collection fashion show by Tommy Hilfiger in Milan, on February 25, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 26 February 2018
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It’s a family affair as Gigi Hadid shows off collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger

DUBAI: It was a family affair this week as Gigi Hadid showed off the collection she designed with Tommy Hilfiger alongside her siblings, Bella and Anwar.
The TommyNow Drive collection, designed with Gigi, was inspired by racing and with many 1990s influences featured bright primary colors that played well off of each other on the runway.
Gigi — who also has a Hilfiger-clad Barbie doll in her image — opened Sunday night’s show with a pair of blue and black leather racing leggings and a Hilfiger bandeau top, and closed in a long diaphanous layered maxi dress with racing logo prints.
It was the fourth collection that Hadid designed with the Hilfiger team, with the first three showing in Los Angeles, New York and London.
“It is a bit emotional but it is so exciting,” Gigi told AP backstage. She said she learned with each season how to better execute her ideas, adding, “I feel like this collection is one that I really feel that I learned the most with.”
Hadid closed the show taking one last lap with Hilfiger — who said that while their TommyXGigi collaboration was ending that they would “always be close. We’ll always be family and friends.” And he held out the possibility of another collaboration in the future.
Gigi was joined on the runway by her brother Anwar and sister Bella, both of whom are making a name for themselves in the fashion industry.
All items of the collection were available on the brand’s online shop the moment they went down the runway, with some already on the racks of a temporary shop set up at the venue, an exhibition center dressed up as a Formula 1 circuit.
With fashion brands under pressure to deliver collections faster to their younger customers, companies are finding themselves juggling constant demand for new clothes and accessories and the long manufacturing process required for their products.
(With AP and REUTERS)


Imaan Hammam gets colorful in Versace

Updated 22 September 2018
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Imaan Hammam gets colorful in Versace

DUBAI: Italy’s Versace played with bold prints, patchwork and leather in its Spring/Summer 2019 women’s collection in a star-studded show on Friday, the third day of Milan’s fashion week.
Dutch-Moroccan-Egyptian model Imaan Hammam, who has walked for the fashion house before, took to the runway in an elaborated denim pantsuit emblazoned with Versace’s flagship prints in neon colors.

Imaan Hammam. (AFP)


Meanwhile, celebrity model Bella Hadid, who walked the show with sister Gigi, wore a tight one-shouldered mini dress in yellow leather and matching sneakers.
Singers Leona Lewis, Nicki Minaj and Rita Ora, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, actor Luke Evans and Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni were all in the front row of an enormous industrial space in the modern CityLife neighborhood where the runway show was held, Reuters reported.

Bella Hadid. (AFP)


Pale yellow walls formed a background to a carpeted floor that echoed some of the prints used in the collection — colored stripes, bright flowers over pinstripes, checks, roses and small flowers mimicking animal prints.
“The style of the Versace woman is so recognizable that it need not be explained. She is not afraid of showing her personality and she is extremely feminine and confident,” read a style note by the fashion house, known for its daring designs.
Close-fitting silhouettes, ruched flared trousers and layered looks, with tulle mini-dresses paired with silk-printed longer ones, designed by Artistic Director and Vice President Donatella Versace, paraded down the catwalk in orange, violet and lime colors.

Gigi Hadid. (AFP)


“The all-over prints of the clothes are overlapped with neat nonchalance,” the note said.
For the evening, Versace flaunted a black satin tuxedo paired with flared trousers, or knee-length leather skirts with golden buttons.
Nineties supermodel Shalom Harlow closed the show, donning a long tulle dress with colorful flower embellishments that flared out in a transparent, sparkly black skirt.
Some of the models carried big boxed bags that echoed old-fashioned travel trunks, or large PVC shopping bags emblazoned with Versace writing. On their feet they wore chunky sneakers, college shoes, or square-heeled sandals, while their ears featured big flower-shaped ear-cuffs matched with hairpins.
The brand with the famed Medusa logo said that her “mystic powers and ever-powerful persona are evident now more than ever,” according to the show notes.
Fake snakeskin, flowers, polished leather and layer upon layer, the Versace collection was eclectic and refined, AFP noted in its review.