The TV star on how the makeover show changed his look – and why he steers clear of a ‘basic’ black tux. This is the Thom Browne suit I wore to the Primetime Emmy awards [where Queer Eye won outstanding structured reality programme] in 2018. I wanted something that was going to read well on stage and Thom Browne does really interesting suiting. He makes everything tight and short, which is meant to look shrunken – but on me, it’s just perfectly tailored. The Queer Eye guys and I don’t co-ordinate our outfits, we all do our own thing, but it’s weird the number of times we’ve all turned up wearing the same colour story. At the Emmys, we weren’t coordinated at all. No conversations were had about what we were wearing; we all like to surprise each other. On the red carpet, I really do push myself to look different from how I do anywhere else, to show that fashion doesn’t always have to be so conservative. It’s not just to stand out, but to show that men can have fun with fashion, too. I think a black tux is fine but there are so many other options – why go for basic? I love that we didn’t look like most other men on the red carpet. I made a few best-dressed lists in this suit and my Instagram likes were wonderful that day. I’m much more comfortable in casual clothes and, actually, I don’t dress up a lot. A red-carpet look is usually not as cosy. My personal style is always evolving, but I like to remain relatively classic. Queer Eye has changed my look a lot because I have to come up with something new each season; I feel as if I’m growing and my style’s not remaining stagnant. The clothes I wear on the show are pretty much what I wear every day. There are a few exceptions – I don’t wear as many prints on a daily basis, they are so that you can always see me easily on a screen. The belted sweatshirt [from season three] was one of my favourite looks, but I wouldn’t wear that to Tesco. Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France is published by Penguin, RRP £16.99 (Guardian Bookshop price, £14.95).
From perfectly sculpted to jaw-droppingly daring, the singer has reinvented herself as an avant-garde couture-star – and the fashion world can’t get enough of her. In 2019 we like our fashion heroes flamboyant yet enigmatic. Playful, but at the same time undeniably intimidating. Villanelle with raspberry-pink hair to match her Armani fur coat. Serena Williams at the French Open in a bespoke Virgil Abloh dress with the slogan: “Mother, Champion, Queen, Goddess.” Cardi B at the Met Gala, in a quilted crimson dress so huge she seemed to arrive on her own carnival float. Beyoncé in Homecoming. Céline Dion is the empress of them all. Right now, fashion is Céline’s world, and the rest of us just live in it. From the moment she stepped out of her car into a freak Parisian heatwave last Monday morning, dressed in a sculpted black gown with long, tight leather gloves, a glossy black headpiece that resembled an electrified bird of prey and open-toed booties, it was clear that Ms Dion had not come to haute couture week to play. She had come to slay. When she made her next entrance not just in full Gucci – peppermint and white puff-sleeved minidress, black bondage collar with silver spikes, lace tights and peep-toe shoes – but riding an electric scooter, the penny began to drop that this haute couture fashion week had in effect been rebranded as an extended pre-show entertainment to warm up the crowd for Dion’s headlining slot in Hyde Park. By the time she made what might, in a hotly contested field, go down in history as her best look of the week, in a grand Richard Quinn bow-topped gown, the cool tones of its electric blue and jade green floral perfectly set off by a pair of weimaraner dogs that Dion held nonchalantly by their diamante collars – the vibe in the front row was very much, print her face on our money already, for she is our queen. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that Dion has completely lost the plot – and, maybe, so have I. That Dion looks less like a woman of taste than a woman who has covered herself in glue and run through the VIP fitting room of every boutique on the Avenue Montaigne. And the thing is, you’re not completely wrong. Dion is not chic in any conventional sense. Her look is not easy on the eye, which is exactly what makes it interesting. It is the polar opposite of the Duchess of Cambridge school of pleasant, flattering, appropriate clothes. She makes no concession to the playbook of good taste, or the unspoken rules about what a 51-year-old woman should wear to catwalk shows that will be headlined by 18-year-old supermodels. (In Dion’s case, memorably, an Off-White “suit” comprising a one-piece, high-cut zippered graffiti-emblazoned swimsuit with a matching blazer, as seen just a few days earlier on Gigi Hadid.) Dion’s wardrobe is about drama – not just for its own sake, but as a narrative. She is her own muse, the heroine of her own story, and she gives herself all the best plotlines. Even when her looks are at their most jaw dropping – we haven’t even mentioned the second-skin unitard with C-H-A-N-E-L spelt out in gold hardware jangling from a chain belt – the most compelling thing about Dion is always the woman herself, not the clothes. In stark contrast to endless, soulless images of women posing in uncomfortable dresses on red carpets with rictus grins and hollow cheeks, looking like they would rather be anywhere else, or pouting with exaggerated boredom in a bathroom selfie, Dion always looks like she’s having the time of her life. This is a woman who really, really loves fashion. You can tell, not just because she clearly spends an eye-watering amount of time and money on clothes, but also because her exaggerated, sculptural camera-friendly poses are those of a woman who has soaked up a lifetime of fashion imagery. She stands for a photograph like one of the iconic couture models of the 1950s, with the swan-like neck of Jean Patchett and the angled hip of Suzy Parker, but adds the wink-to-camera knowingness of Elton John in his pomp. Along with her image-making team – “image architect” Law Roach, and stylists Sydney Lopez and Pepe Munoz – she collaborates with a wide range of designers, rather than being beholden to one label. With a personal fortune estimated by Forbes at $430m (£345m) she has no need to play the passive paper doll. Dion’s reinvention from bejazzled Vegas diva to avant-garde Parisian street-style star began in 2016, the year in which she lost both her husband of 22 years and her brother to cancer. The deaths came within two days of each other. Later that year, a paparazzi shot of her wearing a neon-yellow Balenciaga gown caught the attention of the fashion industry, and she became a more frequent sight on the front row. Dion’s relationship with fashion feels much more than transactional. It feels, in fact, like a bit of a love affair. She gave a standing ovation to a Giambattista Valli collection and was moved to tears at a Valentino show last year. She takes pleasure in its beauty and its silliness. When she began working with Roach two years ago, he was excited to find his new client enthusiastic about the fashion potential of mining her own pop-culture background for street-style jokes. When Roach tentatively showed Dion a Vetements “Titanic” sweatshirt, her reaction was: “What do you mean, what do I think about it? I love it. I want to wear it today,” Roach told the Guardian last year. Last week, Dion wore another Vetements X Titanic look: a replica of the film’s iconic Heart of the Ocean diamond, over a T-shirt reading I Love Paris Hilton. In May, for an encore after her epic Met Gala appearance in champagne-toned Oscar de la Renta fringing and peacock feathers, she greeted the photographers outside her hotel in a back-to-front Maison Margiela blazer – spoofing her own 1999 Oscars look, minus the white cowboy hat. Last month, Dion’s 16-year residency in Las Vegas came to an end. Having changed the rules of Vegas – Jon Gray, the general manager of the Palms Casino Resort, told the Daily Beast that “Vegas was a place where singers go to die. Céline changed that” – she is now changing the rules of the front row. A recent post on her Instagram showing her wearing an Alexandre Vauthier dress – sumptuous whipped folds of vanilla ice-cream silk, knicker-length hemline, floor-sweeping sleeves – was captioned “Channeling the inner goddess in all of us – Team Céline.” Amen to that. We may not all be in haute couture, but we are all Team Céline.
The reality television star had to undergo breathing lessons ahead of the star-studded event.
SINGAPORE — While we observed colour-blocking in Spring, where clashing colours take precedence as a nod to the ‘80s, there’s nothing more chic and classy than neutrals with a dash of colour.
SINGAPORE — Inspired by the landscapes of Iceland and the starry Arctic sky that’s illuminated by the Northern Lights, global brand Swarovski has launched their pre-Fall collection, entitled Sparkling Dance.
The Duchess of Cambridge's headband was a huge hit with royal style fans.
Amanda Holden, left, in Topshop’s Austin daisy dress; a model wears a daisy cardigan in the Molly Goddard SS19 show, centre; and Alexa Chung, right. Composite: Instagram, Rex, GettySummer florals are nothing new in fashion, but this year one particular flower is taking over: the daisy. As the weather hots up, traditional black, white and orange daisy designs are flourishing, while more colourful interpretations are also in bloom. The new trend featured prominently on the spring/summer 2019 catwalks, with a patterned cardigan at Molly Goddard, daisies covering colourful cut-offs at Marni menswear and embroidered on wicker bags at Loewe. Celebrities have also been getting in on the act: last month Alexa Chung wore a monochrome daisy-print dress for the launch party of her Barbour by Alexa Chung collection. Actor Hilary Duff was also recently seen wearing a maxi dress bedecked with the flowers in LA while, in London, model Daisy Lowe did justice to her name in a floral navy midi dress and boots.John Dole, head of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State university, believes that the current appeal of the daisy print lies not in the flower itself but what we tend to associate with it.“Everyone can relate to daisies,” he says. “Daisies remind us of flower gardens, cottages and other bucolic settings.”Environmental psychologist Dr Tina Bringslimark agrees that “being out in nature can improve moods and have a stress reducing effect. Daisies are, in general, associated with summer, light feelings and the easy living that comes with warm summer breezes.”Little wonder that after a slow start to the summer, many of us are turning to our wardrobes to put us in a sunnier mood.At Topshop, last year’s daisy-heavy Austin dress reportedly sold out in record time and has since been restocked on several occasions. This summer, the brand brought out six new mini versions of the dress, several of which also feature daisies. And while fashion fans are currently enamoured with Zara’s now-ubiquitous polka-dot dress – which has even prompted a dedicated Instagram account – the brand’s ruffled daisy print offers a fresh alternative.Elsewhere, online fashion retailer Asos currently stocks more than 50 daisy-print pieces, ranging from mini sundresses in black and white to men’s revere collar shirts and a retro bubble backpack.Loretta Breuning, author of Habits of a Happy Brain, believes the daisy habit starts early: “We tend to associate daisies with the ideas of youth and innocence. We might associate it with the fun of picking them one by one as a child. Experiences that you have when you are young build stronger neural pathways and associations because the brain is more plastic at that age.”
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Khalid Al Qasimi during the catwalk show for his brand, Qasimi, at London fashion week in June 2019. Photograph: John Phillips/BFC/Getty Images for BFCThe fashion designer Khalid Al Qasimi has died, it has been announced. He was the crown prince and second son of Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the ruler of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, where a three-day period of mourning has been decreed with flags ordered to fly at half-mast. Details surrounding the cause of death were not officially disclosed.The designer, also known as Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, showed his spring/summer 2020 collection for his eponymous brand, Qasimi, on the London fashion week men’s showcase three weeks ago to critical acclaim. The 39-year-old designer was a graduate in architecture and fashion design from Central Saint Martins in London and presented his first collection, which was launched in collaboration with the designer Elliott James Frieze, in the capital in 2008.A UAE’s presidential affairs ministry released a statement saying: “President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan mourns with grief and sorrow, the death of Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the son of the ruler of Sharjah, praying to Allah the Almighty to rest his soul in peace, and grant his family patience and solace.”His death comes 20 years after his older brother, Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, died from a drug overdose at the age of 24 at the family’s home in East Grinstead in 1999.The CEO of the British Fashion Council, Caroline Rush, told WWD: “Khalid Qasimi was a talented young designer whose collections were modern, elegant and forward thinking. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.”Last week, Qasimi was involved in a disagreement over a T-shirt design from his autumn/winter 2017 collection that was replicated by the brand Vetements on its spring/summer 2020 catwalk in Paris. The T-shirt, which read “Don’t shoot” in Arabic, French and English, was a semi-replica of one originally worn by journalists in Lebanon during the Israeli invasion of the country in 1982.Qasmi, who did not own copyright for the phrase, told Vogue Arabia: “I understand what they are doing. It’s about consumerism. But it’s a complete F-U to the region … I used that print to highlight the plight of something going on in the Middle East. For Vetements to use it in such a flippant and provocative manner; I don’t think they realise what these words mean to us Arabs.”
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SINGAPORE — There is a special LINE FRIENDS pop-up you wouldn't want to miss! With over 350 items on sale, Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore heads down to Changi Airport to check out the adorable characters, including a sneak peek of BT21's merchandise.
SINGAPORE — The House of Dior introduces a personalisation service, ABCDior, that lets customers have their name embroidered on the Dior Book Tote, Diorcamp bags, and Walk’n’Dior sneakers at selected boutiques worldwide. The ABCDior pop-up at Marina Bay Sands will run until 14 July, giving fans a chance to personalise their favourite items.
Barnet bootcamp - train your hair to need less washing. Photograph: Collection/Rex/Shutterstock Going upPlant-based staycations The UK’s first fully vegan hotel, Saorsa 1875, has opened in Scotland, with “open-fire cooking and wilderness”. Swoon.Byproduct-beauty Make your own exfoliator by adding leftover coffee grounds to some coconut or olive oil. An espresso-fix for your skin.BBC Earth The Beeb’s collaboration with Mother of Pearl launched on Net-a-Porter this month, with a traceable supply chain “from incarnation to final stitch”.Barnet bootcamp We’re training our hair to need less washing. Good for the planet and, apparently, for our locks, too. We’ll keep you posted. Going downGetting your sea legs Switch to sea feet, with Vada’s insoles made from algae biomass. Seaweed slip-ons? Chicer than you’d think. Dinner parties Not unless there’s clothes-swapping with the pudding course. Getting a new top by resurfacing the one your mate hasn’t worn since the 00s? Ideal.Air con The chicest way to keep cool this summer is with a Fern Fan, the new brand that comes with a secret language. What does the way you hold your fan say about you?Fishnets Not that kind. Fishing nets, as well as fabric scraps, are being repurposed as swimwear by brands such as Reformation.