Hadid sisters walk the plank for Chanel

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Models present creations during the Chanel Croisiere (Cruise) fashion show. AFP
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Gigi (left) and Bella Hadid walked the runway in Chanel's Cruise collection show. AFP
Updated 06 May 2018
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Hadid sisters walk the plank for Chanel

PARIS: Kristen Stewart, Ralph Fiennes and Margot Robbie all craned their necks up in awe as models Gigi and Bella Hadid walked the runway in Chanel’s spectacular Cruise collection show over the weekend.
A creaking, 330-foot cruise liner — with steaming funnels and gangplanks — was something Chanel’s celebrity guests never imagined they’d see moored on the dry land of the French capital, let alone inside the city’s Grand Palais.
It was the decor for Chanel’s annual Cruise collection Thursday night in Paris in which designer Karl Lagerfeld created a spectacle worthy of a James Cameron movie set.
The show saw the larger-than-life 84-year-old continue to defy expectations in fashion show spending — after earlier shows produced a recreated Eiffel Tower, a space rocket, a supermarket and a forest.
“The bar has been set very high ... The set design in itself blew me away,” said Robbie.
“It’s amazing, but it doesn’t surprise me. This is Karl’s genius and imagination,” said model Lily-Rose Depp. “Everything is just so realistic — down to the light that looks like water, and the smoke and the stars.”
The ship took two months to create with an exterior in plywood and a hull made of myriad steel. The gargantuan vessel — named “La Pausa” after house founder Coco Chanel’s Southern French villa — was brought to life by lighting mimicking lapping ocean waves and the sound of cawing sea gulls.
The sea theme infused the clothes and was an apt choice for the mid-season show.
Cruise or “resort” shows — shown by only a handful of the world’s fashion houses — were originally conceived to target wealthy women who traveled on cruise ships in the winter. Nowadays, they’re used as a lucrative means of re-stimulating fashions in the mid-season lull.
Chanel’s show was all about the nautical stripe.
Chic baggy pants opened the show, sporting optical black and white lines.
The motif was based on the razzle dazzle designs painted on US and British warships from World War I to camouflage them from German U-Boats. The stripes appeared down layered sleeves on two-piece skirts and in technicolor across white sporty dresses.
Styles from the Sixties also were a key element in the relaxed 87-piece collection. White berets met sexy exposed midriffs, miniskirts and loose white sweaters that were cut with a retro bateau collar. Mary Janes — one-strap shoes — were also given a cool reworking in silver and white, and some had rubber soles.
During the show, Gigi took to the catwalk in a silver bouclé skirt suit with matching bag and chic beret. Bella, meanwhile, boasted a pair of wide-legged pants and cropped jacket in navy tweed — a Chanel staple.
For her part, Robbie — whose star is rising since her recent Academy Award nomination for “I, Tonya” and who has recently been named a Chanel brand ambassador — used this trip to Paris to learn more about the Parisian couture house.
“First, I went to the archives and really got to understand the brand on a whole new level and understand really learn about Coco Chanel’s story, and how it influenced her designs,” she said.
After the show, VIP guests filed through the gangplanks into the ship’s hull for the after-party and baptized the ship in Champagne until the wee hours Friday.


Gigi Hadid hits back at paparazzi ‘stalking’ as photographer threatens legal action

Updated 21 October 2018
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Gigi Hadid hits back at paparazzi ‘stalking’ as photographer threatens legal action

DUBAI: US-Palestinian celebrity model Gigi Hadid is hitting back at a paparazzo who she says threatened her with legal action over a photo she posted on Instagram.

The model took to the social media platform over the weekend to reveal that she is being “legally pursued” for reposting a street style photo taken by a paparazzo, a snap which she has since removed from her social media feed.

“The photo is by a paparazzi and is of me on the street outside an event last week,” the 23-year-old told her 43.8 million followers. “I posed/smiled for the photo because I understand that this is part of my job,” Hadid wrote.
“These people make money off us every day, legally stalking us day in, day out,” she continued.
“It is not spoken about enough the mental/emotional toll that this kind of pressure has on people, days I (and countless others) have stayed inside because I don’t want my photo taken or to have that attention/suffocation while just trying to live as normally as possible,” the model added.

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Hadid went on to reveal the dangerous position some paparazzi put celebrities in on a daily basis.
“They drive dangerously close and extremely recklessly; they put the general public in danger in pursuit of a photo (I and many people I know have gotten in car accidents in cabs/car services because of paparazzi) and it seems that they can never get enough,” she wrote.
In the post, Hadid wrote that she found the uncredited image on Twitter and reposted in on Instagram, adding that she “had no way of knowing which of the 15+ photographers outside that day took these exact photos.
“If the person had just commented on my photo I would have been happy to tag and give you credit,” she added.
“To the paparazzi, I understand that this is how you make your living, and I respect that this is something I must accept with my job. But there is a line. We are human beings, and sometimes it takes a lot of courage to engage with you because of the resentment I feel for the negative parts of these experiences.”
Hadid’s statement garnered support from celebrities and models alike, with reality star Khloe Kardashian sharing her own experience in the comments section.

“I was sued for hundreds of thousands for posting a picture of myself. I don’t understand how it’s right that they literally stalk us and taunt us and they are allowed to sue us for posting our own photo,” she wrote.

Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowksi Candice Swanepoel and Olivia Culpo also left messages of support on the Instagram post, which had more than one million likes as of Sunday afternoon.