Nicolas Ghesquiere, the creative director at Louis Vuitton, called President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is ‘on the table’ MORE a “joke” in a post on Instagram Sunday, just days after the president made an appearance at the launch of one of the luxury designer’s stores in Texas last week.
“Standing against any political action. I am a fashion designer refusing this association,” Ghesquiere said in an Instagram post that featured a photo of the cover of the 1984 song, “High Energy,” by Evelyn Thomas. He also included the hashtags “#trumpisajoke” and “#homophobia.”
His criticism toward the president came on the heels of Trump’s appearance at the launch of a workshop in Alvarado, Texas, on Thursday. The president stopped by for a visit ahead of his Thursday night rally in Dallas.
At the opening, Trump appeared next to Bernard Arnault, a French billionaire and chief executive of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, according to Yahoo Lifestyle.
Michael Burke, the chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton, was also reportedly in attendance at the event.
At the ribbon-cutting event, Arnault said that he has known Trump since the 1980s, according to WWD.
“We are very honored to have the president of the United States. I’m not here to judge any types of policies,” Arnault reportedly said. “I’m here to work with my brand and we are going to, over five years, have 1,000 people working here and that’s what matters.”
Ghesquiere’s critical post drew support from a number of prominent figures in the fashion industry, including Camille Miceli, who serves as the accessories creative director for Louis Vuitton, and Anne-Marie Curtis, the former editor-in-chief of Elle U.K., according to Yahoo Lifestyle.
High-fashion transgender model Teddy Quinlivan also praised Ghesquiere’s post on Instagram, writing: “BRAVO. Thank you for standing on the right side of history.”
Brit Awards 2020: Best red carpet fashion
But female artists grabbed the spotlight nonetheless. They did so on the red carpet, where they outdid their male peers both in style and their playful approach, and on stage, offering some the night’s best performances, from R’n’B star Mabel, who opened the night, to Billie Eilish, Celeste and Lizzo.
The latter owned the event on all fronts. She looked delicious (literally) on the red carpet, wearing an asymmetrical floor-length Hershey’s wrapper dress by Jeremy Scott for Moschino. The gown featured the chocolate brand’s logo, a barcode, price tag and even nutritional details.
Lizzo attends The Brit Awards 2020. Credit: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images
The singer slayed on stage too, performing a high-energy medley of hits, complete with dance breaks in a woven tan leather bodysuit with matching sandals and a high ponytail. She might have not won Best International Female Solo Artist — the award went to Eilish — but she sure demonstrated she knows how to do fun, fierce and fabulous all at once.
Billie Eilish attends The Brit Awards on February 18, 2020 in London, England. Credit: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images
Eilish, too, went for tans, beiges and cream with her outfit, though in her signature oversized style. The artist wore head-to-toe Burberry, and we mean it: She donned trainers and socks, a tracksuit, trench coat and a transparent bonnet. (Her nails — which are quickly becoming as representative of her aesthetic as her clothes — also got the Burberry treatment, featuring the brand’s immediately recognizable tartan motif).
Celeste arriving at The Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena in London. Credit: Ian West/PA Images/Getty Images
There were also classic red carpet ensembles, from model Adwoa Aboah in a slinky white satin dress and feathered black bag to Charli XCX in Fendi, radio presenter Maya Jama in a va-va-voom black ballgown and Mabel in custom Valentino.
Men alternated between dapper — rapper Dave in a straight-shooter patterned suit, Stormzy and Dermot Kennedy in Dior — and the scruffy hipster: Tom Walker, Lewis Capaldi and Bastille.
Harry Styles attends The Brit Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020. Credit: Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images
But the one star that made a standout style statement? Harry Styles. Again getting red carpet fashion down to a T, the artist, who attended both as a performer and nominee, showcased three different outfits during the evening, each one a mix of feminine and masculine pieces — proof he’s increasingly embracing genderless fashion.
Styles gave us a 1970s-esque brown suit by Gucci on the red carpet, with signature pearls, a broderie anglaise collar and a black ribbon on his left lapel, a sign of mourning for the late TV presenter Caroline Flack. On stage, he sported a custom Gucci lace jumpsuit, which he wore barefoot in a rather moving performance of “Falling.” He then wrapped up the evening with a resplendent yellow suit by Marc Jacobs, with a bowed lilac neckline.
Fair Isle: The remote island where jumpers are always in fashion
Fifty years ago, the allure of Fair Isle knitwear inspired freelance photographer Chris Morphet to travel to the UK’s most remote community. His pictures documented the lives of Shetland islanders and the distinctive designs which are still influencing fashion today.
Chris felt drawn to Fair Isle after seeing the famous knitwear on the streets of London.
So in 1970, the 26-year-old photographer headed north to the remote island, which is located 80 miles off the Scottish mainland, half way between Orkney and Shetland.
“I found it amazing that people lived on this island,” he said.
“I just went round a knocked on people’s doors and asked if they had any Fair Isle sweaters.
“It was quite a naive thing to do, but I was just entranced by the place. It was just something that caught my imagination.”
Chris, now 76, remembers everyone on the island being very welcoming.
“People just seemed happy to pose.
“I loved it all. It was a really wholesome experience, and I met amazing people.”
The people he photographed on Fair Isle included Stewart and Triona Thomson.
Triona, now aged 75, said the picture had been taken while the couple were putting up a byre at their home.
“I have no memory of it at all,” she admitted.
“We must have put on our posh jumpers. The one in the photo – knitted by my mother-in law – is the only one I’ve ever possessed.”
Chris had two sweaters made for himself – one of which he still owns and wears today.
He says the photographs he took in Shetland provided a historical record of the “very special” designs created by the people on Fair Isle.
The patterned knitwear developed in the early 19th Century in fishermen’s caps and jumpers, then gained wider popularity in the 1920s.
Fair Isle has since been adopted as a general term for multicoloured knitwear, but there are still small numbers of garments produced on the island from patterns which have been handed down through generations.
Each design contains an average of four colours, with only two colours used in each row.
Mati Ventrillon, a French-Venezuelan designer, is among those who are trying to keep the tradition alive on Fair Isle.
She moved to the island from London in 2007, when local knitters were looking for new recruits.
“I felt attracted to the designs, and I wanted to try my own designs and colours,” she explained.
She eventually launched her own company, selling online to customers in the UK and in overseas markets such as the US and Canada.
She also made headlines in 2015 when she received an apology from Chanel after her work was not credited for inspiring designs in one of its collections.
Mati said she was trying to work out how to grow the business while also preserving the traditions and heritage of the island.
“It starts to become a legacy. We are bringing people to the island and passing on the skills,” she said.
“It has been here for so many years, and you see it everywhere, it’s so beautiful. The design possibilities are endless.
“And it still has a long story ahead.”
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The Best Street Style From London Fashion Week
As it always must, Fashion Month has departed New York in favor of Europe. First up: London. And with brands like Simone Rocha, JW Anderson, and Burberry showing, it’s no surprise the fashion flock has come out in full force.
Last week, New Yorkers explained how they decide what to wear to the shows. Now we get to feast our eyes on all the stylish Londoners, with their color blocking and print-mashing galore. Between big romantic dresses and sharp tailoring, tie-dye, leopard, polka dots, plaid, gingham, stripes, checkers, and winter florals, you’ll never think of prints as seasonally specific again.
Our street-style photographer, Nicky Zeng, is documenting the European fashions all month. Keep scrolling to see the best looks from London Fashion Week, below.
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