Don’t be distracted from the immigration crisis by Melania Trump’s fake fashion choice

President Trump likes to talk about fake news. Well, this is a fake fashion choice.  

I’m referring, of course, to first lady Melania Trump’s wearing that awful jacket whose back reads, “I really don’t care, do u?” as she boarded a flight on Thursday to visit immigrant children separated from their families in Texas.

I think we’re being played, and by our very own first lady. Nobody’s that tone deaf. Nobody’s that out of touch.

This is a ruse, meant to change the conversation. America is finally uniting around our outrage over the plight of immigrant babies, and then out steps Melania Trump wearing one of the most inappropriate garments ever seen on a first lady.

Please don’t fall for it. Don’t you dare get worked up over seeing Melania board a plane at Joint Base Andrews while dressed in that olive green jacket with those words. This is a distraction. A complete and utter one, a shiny object that’s meant to steer us away from the shameless way America has been treating the most vulnerable among us.

The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, and its actions regarding “tender age” children and their parents, is disgraceful. Officials know full well that what they’ve been doing is an assault on human decency and goes against the lofty ideals that this country was built on.

They’ve heard our outcry about crying children being kept in cage-like detention facilities.

They’ve read about the world’s outrage and condemnation of what’s been going on.

They’ve sensed our growing anger.

This issue has animated us in a way that has even the least political among us looking up and taking note. The Trump administration is aware of the protests popping up around the country and knows the political fallout for staying the course would be considerable. That’s why President Trump on Wednesday finally gave in and signed an executive order to end family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. The administration behaved as any coward would, by tucking tail and running from this dastardly practice.

Then we saw photos of  Melania boarding a plane to Texas, where children are being held, wearing a $39 olive-green jacket from Zara with a cheeky message about not caring. Really, Melania?

FLOTUS spox confirms Mrs. Trump wore a jacket to visit border kids that reads: “I really don’t care. Do you?” Spox says: “It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe.” pic.twitter.com/Bp4Z8n455G

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 21, 2018

As my colleague Elizabeth Wellington has written, since we don’t hear the first lady speak all that often, we have to deduce what we can from the clothing choices she makes.

In this case, she seems to be signaling to her husband’s base that she’s not as caring as the trip to McAllen, Texas, would have her appear.

This choice makes her look as cold as her husband’s supporters who believe that separating immigrant children from their families is somehow biblical and morally defensible.

I’d be surprised if that was even her jacket. Melania doesn’t do cheap. That $51,000 Dolce & Gabbana coat that she wore in Sicily is way more her style.

When have you ever seen Melania in a graphic print like that?  This tacky jacket is something a millennial would wear — not our clothes-loving first lady. Besides, it’s old. Zara featured it in its spring-summer line for 2016.

America, I ask you to not be distracted by this public relations stunt.

This is meant to get us talking about something else — anything other than the miserable way our country has been mistreating desperate immigrants seeking a new home.

Hold your outrage. We’re being played big time. Don’t fall for it.

It’s fake!

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Emmy fashion was fabulous, but the messaging was even more powerful

If you watched the red carpet for the 70th Primetime Emmys, which officially kicked off this year’s awards season, you might surmise, at least fashionably speaking, that business in the post-#MeToo era was back to normal.

Whether it was planned or not, it was clear women in Hollywood have collectively advanced beyond the tailored you-will-respect-me black gowns of the Golden Globes and Time’s Up pins they wore on Academy Awards red carpets last season in the months after Harvey Weinstein’s slimy behavior became public. Righteous indignation has been replaced with a quiet — albeit beautifully dressed — power telling women to stand for the status quo no more.

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Issa Rae arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

When Moore said it was time for her to think about her future by making possible projects she wanted to do, she was planting those seeds in the heads of all women. She was using her time in the spotlight to inspire all of us watching the red carpet to do the same. Self-actualization is in our grasp.

It’s one thing if a little girl sees a woman looking pretty on the carpet. It’s another when that little girl sees someone pretty on the red carpet taking control of her career, her life, and telling her that dripping in diamonds isn’t enough. Pretty great, but not enough.

Wood took a different tack: By reminding women that self-care was important, she was telling women we don’t have to be all things to all people. That’s something else that we get tripped up in, and that takes you away from your goals.

Wood attended the Emmys with Amanda Nguyen, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and creator of the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights. “Just make sure you take care of yourself and love yourself first. That is the foundation of everything. If you have that, you can get through anything,” said Wood in quite the stunning Altuzarra pantsuit.

Moore, Rae, and Wood were not just making room for themselves. By using the red carpet, they were making room for other women.

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Evan Rachel Wood and Amanda Nguyen arrive at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

I found these moments of women standing for and with other women to be even more powerful than the beautiful sea of well-tailored black gowns that moved like a wave of indignation at January’s Golden Globes. It took courage. The Hollywood system — which lets men publicly discuss their careers, and has women walk the red carpet and only talk about the label they are wearing, rather than their dreams to run the world — is what helps abusive men stay in power.

But if the events that revealed rampant abuse of sexual power taught us anything it was that women don’t have time to wait. We have to encourage one another whether on the red carpet or in the women’s bathroom. This sets an example not just for ourselves but for the women in our lives who come after us. Since the #MeToo movement launched last year, woman after woman — from Stormy Daniels to former Miss Americas — have been faced with a decision. Speak up, or allow things to remain the same.

Two recent examples come to mind.

Christine Blasey Ford had considered testifying on Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault of her, which occurred more than 30 years ago,while the two were in high school. She first made the claims anonymously, but eventually came forward. She now says she will testify only after a full investigation because of threats against her life. I hope she decides to testify, because the only way to undo the belief that boys will be boys is to shine a light on ill behavior. Women have to do that.

And then there is Julie Chen. Chen, a cohost for CBS’s The Talk and the wife of beleaguered former CBS chairman Les Moonves, will step down from the show. That’s a shame. The Talk does nothing if not champion women. While I understand that Chen’s predicament is embarrassing, she didn’t do anything wrong. He did.

Of course, women talking freely, discussing their ideas, dreams, and futures while on the red carpet isn’t exactly like Ford’s or Chen’s situations. But they are connected because any time a woman speaks out beyond what’s expected of her — just ask Serena Williams — she’s eschewing the game that keeps her submissive. Red-carpet events are the epitome of being seen and not heard. We’ve seen time and time again when we collectively focus on her couture and his career, women lose.

By cheering for themselves celebrities like Rae, Moore, and Wood were being proactive and standing in their truths in fashion. That’s why it was so inspiring.

If this is what the 2018-19 red-carpet season is going to be about, I’m here for all of it.

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Boyds’ new secret weapon brings her New York fashion cred to Philly

Under the direction of Kent Gushner, Boyds Philadelphia has nearly completed its $10 million renovation that includes a complete makeover of its first floor and mezzanine, where the menswear specialty store has completely turned its focus to women.

The fixtures are new. The accessories — we are talking the addition of Dior shoes and handbags — gleam. And the merch, a high-end mix of sporty Alexander Wang and glittery Alexander McQueen comprises a women’s clothing collection the likes of which Philadelphia hasn’t really seen before.

All of this is thanks to Boyds secret weapon, former Bergdorf Goodman accessories buyer Deborah Soss, who came aboard last year as the primary women’s buyer, consultant, and events planner. The luxury store’s fall 2018 collection is the first to benefit from Soss’ super-connected touch.

We caught up with Soss, who splits her time between the Big Apple and Philadelphia, after New York Fashion Week to chat about fall trends (Will this 1980s moment ever end?), how she buys for sophisticated Philadelphia women, and what additional couture designers she plans to bring to Boyds — just in time for Academy Ball shopping.

What are you loving this fall?

Animal prints. I love the plaids, especially those [infused] with florals — think Altuzarra. I love textures. We are seeing lots of velvet. Black, as in black dresses. The other trend that we didn’t pick up so much of was athleisure. We did do sneakers, though. The ’80s are going to be big this fall.

Black is trending, according to  Deborah Soss, the former accessories buyer for Bergdorf Goodman who is now doing the bulk of the buying for the improved women’s section of Boyds.

You mean as in the racing stripe? I’m seeing it everywhere.

Gucci started it. We’ve seen it for a few seasons now. It’s very modern, like in a Goyard bag. But I suspect this is the last season. It’s on it’s way out now.

Speaking of on its way out, texture has been trending for many seasons now and it’s still going strong. How is 2018 texture different from that of a few years ago?

When I think about texture this year, I think mostly of velvet. It’s in evening dresses and in these fabulous — you must learn about them — Hayward handbags. Suede is big. And fringe. Prada brought that back a few years ago, too. But we should expect to see this in the spring.

Let’s talk about the standouts on your roster.

Oh, so many: Altuzarra, Chloe, Adam Lippes, Marchesa, Louis Vuitton, Regina Pyo, Carolina Herrera, Robert Deynes. We brought in Zac Posen, Jenny Packham, Oscar de la Renta …

That’s an impressive lineup. How do you buy them for Philadelphians compared to how you bought in New York?

I think the Boyds customer wants to dress in modern, not contemporary, but modern pieces. She wants to look relevant but not classic. Classic is not right. No. She’s timeless. That’s right, timeless… [The Philadelphia woman is] mellower. For example, in New York, she’ll wear a black dress but she’ll add a groovy choker, a leather jacket, some tiger print, some leopard. Here, she will do that same black dress in a beautiful pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes. She’s just more refined.

Valentino. We are working on bringing the brand here. It would resonate well. It’s that bohemian elegance. That evening elegance.  You are gorgeous women, no matter who you are, in Valentino. There is also something about Dior… Maria Grazia [Chiuri]. She was once at Valentino, but the things she’s doing at Dior. We carry Dior footwear and jewelry, but we hope to bring ready-to-wear sooner rather than later.

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You won’t be able to handle how hot Kareena Kapoor looks in this black gown : Fashion, News

You won’t be able to handle how hot Kareena Kapoor looks in this black gown

Let Kareena Kapoor teach how to ace sensual-yet-classy better than anyone else.

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In an industry that thrives on the idea of perfection, Kareena Kapoor stands as a visual representation of the term. The woman of immense talent that Bebo is, she has blown us over with her acting prowess in the past, and now, it’s her stellar sense of style that is ruffling our hearts.

While it was already hard enough to get over her how glamorous she recently looked in a blingy, thigh-high slit gown, the actress has bestowed another look upon us.

Embodying elegance in a strapless, black gown, Bebo looked bewitching in the pictures posted by designer Rhea Kapoor, on her Instagram account.

The sweetheart-neckline, corset gown had all the elements needed for a sensual evening outfit, while also being high on class-quotient. The gown hugged Bebo’s goddess-like body at all the right places, and made her look smoulderin’ hot.

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The sheer fabric across the length of the A-line gown looked really trendy, thanks to the lovely pintex element it boasted of. While the corset accentuated Bebo’s body really well, the actress flaunted her toned legs through the cleverly placed sheer fabric, and left us gasping for air.

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Kareena accessorised this sexy ensemble with a few silver rings, and sported her iconic smoky-eyes and nude-lips look.

She wore her hair in a neat, low bun, and finished the look with utmost perfection.

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Fashion Notes: In Paris, Melania Trump Is All Class in French Twist, Louboutins

First Lady Melania Trump was all class in Paris, France, on Saturday as she and President Donald Trump visited French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, to commemorate the ending of World War I.

Mrs. Trump arrived to meet Mrs. Macron in Paris wearing a sleek dark navy off-the-runway Bottega Veneta suit with black leather gloves, a French twist hairdo, and slick black snakeskin Christian Louboutin stilettos.

The Bottega Veneta dress is from the Italian luxury brand’s Fall 2017 runway collection while the Louboutin snakeskin pumps are a favorite from the First Lady’s wardrobe.

Mrs. Trump’s sleek look complimented Mrs. Macron’s famous baby doll style as she wore a navy top and skirt — likely by Louis Vuitton — with a pair of matching navy suede stilettos.

The Slovenian-born former model paid homage to Christian Dior last year when she visited Paris, France, also wearing a French twist.

When Mrs. Trump arrived in France on Friday evening, she stepped off Air Force One in a black Burberry coat, black stilettos, and a crocodile Hermès birkin bag — of which she has many — that retails for more than $20,000. The bag’s uber luxuriousness makes it merely unavailable for the average consumer.

While leaving the White House for Paris on Friday morning, Mrs. Trump continued her current fondness for plaid and flannel coats, rocking a black and white checkered Burberry coat. On Halloween, Mrs. Trump donned a yellow plaid coat by Bottega Veneta

Mrs. Trump paired the Burberry coat with Christian Louboutin black calf, knee-high leather boots. The boots, which feature a slightly pointed toe, retail for about $1,295.

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(Shawn Thew – Pool/Getty Images)

(Shawn Thew – Pool/Getty Images)

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David Beckham’s Fashion Label Collaborates With ‘Peaky Blinders’ On New Clothing Line – LADbible

The clothing brand co-owned by David Beckham has revealed its Peaky Blinders collaboration range.

Yes, Kent & Curwen has launched its latest collection, and it includes a heap of stuff inspired by the hit BBC show. As you’d expect, the new range features flat caps, sharp tailoring and frock coats.

The range is labelledThe Garrison Tailors’, a nod to the infamous Shelby family boozer from the show.

Speaking to the Guardian about the collaboration with the popular series, Becks said he was a ‘big fan of the show’, adding: “Our brand has always been about the look. It keeps that authenticity.”

David attended the launch at London Fashion Week with members of his family, including designer wife Victoria and son Brooklyn – both Golden Balls and the youngster wore flat caps, naturally.

Speaking about the choice of head gear, Becks added: “I got that from my grandad. I wore his from a very young age. Brooklyn has taken it on as well.”

And Becks is sure to be pleased with the new teaser trailer dropped by the BBC over the weekend, which gives a little first glimpse of the new season.

Fans – presumably including David – are all keen to catch up with Tommy Shelby and the rest after what seems like forever.

The fifth season began filming back in September and is tipped for a spring or summer 2019 release.

According to the season’s official synopsis: “Series five of Steven Knight’s crime family saga finds the world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929. Opportunity and misfortune are everywhere.

David was joined by designer wife Victoria and son Brooklyn. Credit: Instagram/David Beckham
David was joined by designer wife Victoria and son Brooklyn. Credit: Instagram/David Beckham

When Tommy Shelby MP (Cillian Murphy) is approached by a charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain, he realises that his response will affect not just his family’s future but that of the entire nation.”

Show creator Knight told the Birmingham Mail last year: “We are going into the 30s now. There is so much stuff happening, so why not finish the job? The depression and the rise of fascism form part of the story-line.

“It is setting those things up. In the 30s across Europe and Britain there was the rise of fascism.”

Anyone else excited yet?

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Wanda Ferragamo, Who Built Fashion Giant From Shoes, Dies at 96

Wanda Ferragamo, who turned her husband’s Italian shoe company into a luxury-goods empire and fulfilled his dream of dressing the customer from head to toe after taking over the business more than 50 years ago, has died. She was 96.

She died Friday, according to a person close to Salvatore Ferragamo SpA.

The widow of Salvatore Ferragamo, who produced custom-made shoes for actresses such as Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe, lacked any business experience when she took on the running of her husband’s company after he died in 1960.

Twenty-four years his junior, she expanded the Ferragamo brand into clothing, perfume, handbags, leather goods, watches and eyewear. Helped by her six children, who have led various divisions, Wanda Ferragamo was at the helm of the Florence-based company for five decades, longer than her husband was after founding it in 1927.

“I didn’t think about myself at all — whether I was capable or not,” she said, according to a 2007 interview in Time magazine. “I just went at it with such energy, such goodwill.”

Monroe’s Stilettos

The matriarch who headed one of Italy’s most successful family-run companies inherited a business that had about 350 patents and created 20,000 shoe designs, according to Vogue magazine. It pioneered the platform shoe, the steel-reinforced stilettos worn by Monroe in the “The Seven Year Itch” and the suede ballerina flat with ankle straps that Hepburn wore in “Sabrina,” movies released in the 1950s. Celebrities such as Madonna and Charlize Theron became clients under Wanda Ferragamo’s leadership.

From the 13th-century palace purchased by her husband as a company headquarters in 1938, she introduced handbags in 1965, menswear in the 1970s and eyewear in the 1990s, according to the company’s website. She also opened single-brand boutiques on New York’s Fifth Avenue and in other cities including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Mexico City and Mumbai. A joint venture to sell perfume with Bulgari SpA, now part of Paris-based LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, began in 1997. For her contributions to the industry, Wanda Ferragamo received Italy’s highest honor, the Cavaliere di Gran Croce, in 2004.

At age 90, she continued to work at her office because “it’s the place where I feel closest to my late husband,” she said in a 2011 interview with Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper. In the same year, the company held an initial public offering, selling its shares on the Milan Stock Exchange.

The company had about 4,000 employees and revenue of 1.4 billion euros ($1.6 billion) in its last fiscal year.

Meeting Salvatore

Wanda Miletti was born Dec. 18, 1921, in Bonito, an Italian village about 129 kilometers (80 miles) east of Naples. Her father was a doctor and the town’s mayor. Her mother died when Wanda was 16.

In 1940, at age 18, she met Salvatore Ferragamo when he visited Bonito, his home village, after he had donated money for development projects there. After meeting Wanda, he said, “This girl is going to be my wife,” according to the interview in Die Zeit. They married five months later.

The Ferragamos raised their children — who now run the company — in “Il Palagio,” a 30-room villa in Fiesole, near Florence, according to a 1983 story in People magazine.

Fiamma Ferragamo, who died in 1998, created the Gancino metal clasp that became the design signature of the company. Ferruccio Ferragamo is chairman; Giovanna Ferragamo is vice chairman; Leonardo Ferragamo manages its investments; Massimo Ferragamo handles U.S. distribution; and Fulvia Ferragamo ran the silk-accessories division until her death in April 2018.

In 1995, Wanda Ferragamo opened a museum inside the company’s headquarters as a tribute to her husband. She wrote her autobiography, “Stepping Into the Dream” (2008), co-authored with Jay Mulvaney.

“Everything that we do here is always in reverence to him,” she said in the interview with Die Zeit, referring to her husband. “I learned a lot from Salvatore.”

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Karl Lagerfeld, iconic Chanel fashion designer, dies – BBC News

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Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died in Paris following a short illness.

The German designer, who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, was one of the industry’s most prolific figures and worked up until his death.

His signature ponytail and dark glasses made him an instantly recognisable figure around the world.

Industry heavyweights, including Italian designer Donatella Versace, issued heartfelt tributes.

“Today the world lost a giant among men,” said the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour.

Lagerfeld’s website says his year of birth was 1938 – though most placed his age at five years older.

Rumours of Lagerfeld’s ill health had swirled for several weeks after he missed a number of events – including Chanel’s spring/summer show last month.

He died on Tuesday morning after being admitted to hospital the night before, French media report.

As a designer he transformed the fortunes of Chanel, one of the leading names in high fashion, but his work also filtered down to the high street.

Away from his work, Lagerfeld made headlines for a range of provocative, and sometimes offensive, statements.

Who has paid tribute?

Members of the fashion industry have been lining up to praise Lagerfeld’s work.

Donatella Versace said his genius had “touched so many” and was a source of inspiration for her and her late brother.

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Wintour described the designer’s “creative genius” as “breathtaking”.

“Karl was brilliant, he was wicked, he was funny, he was generous beyond measure, and he was deeply kind. I will miss him so very much,” her statement went on.

The model, Claudia Schiffer, said: “What Warhol was to art, he was to fashion; he is irreplaceable. He is the only person who could make black and white colourful.”

Chanel’s chief executive, Alain Wertheimer, credited Lagerfeld with transforming the brand after he joined in 1983.

“Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of Chanel’s success throughout the world,” he said in a statement.

It has been announced that Virginie Viard, his deputy at fashion house Chanel, will succeed him as creative chief.

Pier Paolo Righi, his own fashion brand’s CEO, described him as a “creative genius”.

“He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the greatest designers of our time,” a statement from the House of Karl Lagerfeld said.

Celebrities including Victoria Beckham, actress Diane Kruger and models Gigi and Bella Hadid have also paid tribute.

US First Lady Melania Trump shared images on Twitter of a design created by Lagerfeld for her first official White House appearance.

New life at Chanel

He was born Karl Otto Lagerfeldt in pre-war Germany in the 1930s.

Lagerfeld changed his original surname from Lagerfeldt, because he believed it sounded “more commercial”.

He emigrated to Paris as a young teenager, and became a design assistant for Pierre Balmain, before working at Fendi and Chloe in the 1960s.

But the designer was best known for his association with the French label Chanel.

He began his long career with the fashion house in 1983, a decade after Coco Chanel died.

Lagerfeld’s designs brought new life to the label, adding glitz to the prim tweed suits the couture house was known for.

The designer worked tirelessly, simultaneously churning out collections for LVMH’s Fendi and his own label, up until his death.

He also collaborated with high street brand H&M – before high-end collaborations became more common.

Lagerfeld was known to encourage new designers, like Victoria Beckham – who has praised him for his kindness.

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Lagerfeld’s own look became famous in his later years – wearing dark suits and leather gloves with a signature white pony-tail and tinted sunglasses.

Lagerfeld said of his appearance: “I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that.”

Despite his age and decades within the industry, the designer remained prevalent within popular culture – appearing in 2015 as a character in Kim Kardashian’s Hollywood smart-phone game.

Lagerfeld’s beloved pet cat Choupette, whom he doted on, has a cult following of her own online.

Questions about her fate have become a talking point on Twitter following the news of the designer’s death.

Courting controversy

Lagerfeld became known for his scathing wit and provocative comments, famously describing sweatpants as a “sign of defeat”.

However, some of his remarks drew sharp criticism in recent years.

In particular, he sparked outrage when he attacked Germany’s open-door response to the migrant crisis, as reported by The Guardian, and for controversial remarks he made about the #MeToo movement, as reported by Papermag.

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