Former BHS boss Darren Topp joins LK Bennett as CEO. He replaces interim CEO Robert Bensoussan, who will stay on as a non-executive director.
The premium womenswear retailer has also appointed former BHS financial adviser Michael Hitchcock as CFO, succeeding Alison Egan. Both are joining this week. Bensoussan said: “Having been an investor in LK Bennett since 2008, and having spent the last two years as interim CEO, now is the right time for me to step back into a non-executive role.” Prior to joining BHS, Topp spent over twenty years at Marks & Spencer in a variety of leadership positions, including as divisional executive, head of HR and regional and store manager roles.
Jane Shepherdson leaves Whistles. Raf Simons. Ashley Williams. Ian Connor. As a stylist, model, influencer and Raf Simons enthusiast, 23-year-old Ian Connor is a creative polymath of the post-internet generation.
Adopted by the A$AP Mob in his late-teens, the New Jersey native has been honing his refined fashion eye for the past couple of years, styling celebrities and rappers like Kylie Jenner and Wiz Khalifa. In addition to his styling, Connor was seen modelling for friend Kanye West’s Yeezy shows, garnering attention for casually smoking a cigarette as he swaggered down the catwalk. More recently, he stormed Off-White’s AW16 runway to congratulate the brand’s designer Virgil Abloh, West’s creative director and a close friend of Connor, as he took his bow. But his influence extends beyond the realms of fashion. Bella Hadid. Bella Hadid belongs to a new breed of supermodel.
Like Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner and her sister Gigi before her, the Los Angeles native manages to straddle the roles of paparazzi magnet, social-media mogul and high fashion muse simultaneously – and with apparent ease. The daughter of former model and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster and Jordanian-American real estate developer Mohamed Hadid, Bella grew up around the same LA cliques as the Kardashians. Following the 19-year-old’s signing to IMG Model Management (the same agency that represents her sister) in August 2014, Hadid experienced a rapid rise to success, showcasing her adaptability as a model in advertising campaigns for Balmain and Topshop, walking runway shows for Moschino and Marc Jacobs, and landing multiple magazine covers – as well as featuring in The Weeknd’s BRTHR-shot video for “In the Night”.
Text Ted Stansfield. Lily-Rose Depp. Tavi Gevinson. “While I’m happy to talk about feminism and I’m happy that I’m a girl, I do sometimes feel like, ‘Why does everything I do have to be viewed through a lens of feminist or not?’”
In practice, pigeonholing writer, publishing mogul and actress Tavi Gevinson just doesn’t work. How Kim Kardashian Is Changing the Fashion Industry. Tommy Hilfiger Hasn't Been Cool in Years. Is a Supermodel the Fix? NEW YORK, United States — The moment the super-famous began filing onto Pier 16 at New York's South Street Seaport on Friday, it was obvious Tommy Hilfiger's fall fashion show was about so much more than the clothes — if it were even about the clothes at all.
Bulbs flashed early as Taylor Swift and her supermodel squad member Martha Hunt glided to their seats, perching next to Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner followed. What will Alexa Chung's fashion line look like? Alexa Chung will launch a fashion line called Alexachung in May 2017.
In a statement, the 32-year-old – with typical kook – commented: “With this first collection, I aim not only to delight your eyeballs but to furnish your wardrobe with all of your soon-to-be favourite pieces.” The truth is, she’s probably on to something. Chung has, arguably, become one of the biggest influencers on what young women wear over the past decade. The Most Influential People in Fashion. Olivier Rousteing on Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and the Balmain army. A gorgeous July day in Paris, the haute couture shows are in full swing and the Four Seasons hotel is in glamour lockdown.
A motorcade of buffed, black, presidential-scale cars lines the kerb outside its street entrance, currently occupied by two women in red-carpet hair and makeup who have paused at the exit for a prolonged session with a selfie stick. Adwoa Aboah. “These are the contradictions we see every day, where we see advocates for healthy body standards also advocating unnatural ones.”
So reads the caption on an Instagram post by model Adwoa Aboah, critiquing a photo of three members of the Kardashian clan in waist trainers. Whether posing next to a neon light sculpture of a woman fingering herself, or posting inspiring quotes by academic bell hooks and author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, London-born Aboah is using her Instagram account Gurls Talk to empower and encourage girls to be open about their feelings. The project was inspired by her struggle towards sobriety a few years ago, and the silent ‘everything is fine’ facade she felt pressured to maintain. “When you talk, you realize that the pains and worries you feel are universal; you no longer feel alone in your sadness”, says Aboah, “You relate and find comfort in the fact that there are other women going through the same things as you are.”
Miley Cyrus Thinks the Red Carpet Is Sexist. Tomorrow evening, the 68th Emmy Awards will be broadcast from Los Angeles, where Keri Russell will be a contender for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in The Americans—her first-ever Emmy nomination.
Russell’s costar and real-life love, Matthew Rhys, is also a contender in the actor category. Because the FX series has been largely overlooked for three seasons running, the couple—who earlier this summer welcomed their son, Sam—didn’t even bother tuning into the live nominations announcement. Ashley Williams pays tribute to cult icon River Phoenix. If you’d been feeling sleepy towards the end of the first day of London Fashion Week yesterday, Ashley Williams’ show had enough energy to jolt you out of a coma.
Inspired by her longterm love – the late, great River Phoenix – the designer’s SS17 show was staged in a replica of a teenage girl’s bedroom and saw a stellar cast take to the catwalk. Here’s your five-point guide to what went down at the show. The ephemera of tween bedrooms was scattered across the catwalk, a mixture of the trappings of girlhood (dolls, lollypops, the colour pink) with items which winked towards more teenage years (empty vodka bottles, fag butts and KY Jelly). London's female designers shaping the industry: part one. Hannah Weiland, Shrimps Why do you think London is a hotbed for female talent? I think girls can give other girls the confidence they need to go out there and do it. What advice would you give young girls hoping to follow in your footsteps? Gigi-hadid-for-tommy-hilfiger-collection-pictures. Form an orderly queue, the Tommy x Gigi collection went on sale today on Zalando, tommy.com, Tommy Hilfiger stores and at select department stores.
The collection will be celebrated with a funfair-style show at New York Fashion Week on September 9 (catch it live on tommy.com). On 15/08/16 we wrote:Gigi Hadid’s designer debut is coming – her TommyxGigi collection, created in collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger, is landing on 1st September and she’s already shared plenty of sneak previews with us on Instagram and Snapchat. So what do we know so far?