“I was dressing to go to work – presenting is work,” Cheronce said of her often outrageous, always scene-stealing outfits worn to the Oscars.
As her career morphed and expanded to see her win an Academy Award herself (she walked away with Best Actress for Moonstruck in 1988), the star dressed up for the occasion with a flair that only Cher can. She has since admitted feeling that the Academy didn’t like her, and her arguably ‘showgirl’ orientated aesthetic, saying: “They hated the way I dressed and I had young boyfriends so they thought I wasn’t serious. So I came out and said, ‘as you can see I got my handbook on how to dress like a serious actress’.”
Cher’s Academy Awards outfits don’t just tell the story of a life-long commitment to sheer textures and twinkling sparkle, but are an homage to her great friend and frequent collaborator, Bob Mackie, too. Since they met in the ’70s, Cher has almost exclusively worn his designs to the Awards, whether presenting or anticipating a win.
In ‘Get Your Greens’, an ongoing series in line with Earth Day, British Vogue explores how the industry is advancing towards a greener future.
The moment you step into Annie’s Ibiza, any lingering post-lockdown anxiety instantly melts away. The sumptuous, gold velvet-lined emporium is brimming with flamboyant handpicked vintage. Annie Doble’s world holds a profusion of colour, sequins and feathers, all accentuated by the dreamy wildflower window display, and myriad bouquets in vintage vases by Ellie Hartley Flowers that dot every available surface. Her new boutique in the heart of Soho – a spin-off of her infamous original on Ibiza itself – has just reopened its doors, after being forced to close around 10 days after launch due to Covid.
Doble can trace her passion for fashion, and specifically vintage, back to childhood. She says she was five when she first asked her grandmother for a subscription to British Vogue, and the weight of the 23 years’ worth of issues she stores in a room over her parents’ kitchen has caused their ceiling to crack. In her early teens, she says, she’d lie awake at night worrying that she wasn’t doing enough to save the planet. It became her biggest drive, and the inspiration behind the first vintage boutique she opened aged just 25. “I’m obsessed with history and love finding the story behind each piece. It’s what excites me.”
New York Fashion Week may look a bit different this year, but like New York itself, fashion is certainly not ready to sleep. Ahead, see what designers have in store for fall 2021. We may not know what the world will look like then, but we can know that we’ll look great in it.
In the Theater District, marquees lit up at the Shubert Theatre and Music Box Theatre (for the first time since COVID-19 forced Broadway to go dark more than a year ago) for Michael Kors’s 40th anniversary runway show. A triumphant celebration of the hustle and drive that continues to animate the city’s fashion and performing arts industries, Kors, a New Yorker and a musical theater lover, staged his Fall 2021 collection with a multi-generational cast of supermodels who have walked in his shows over the years.
Shalom Harlow lead a procession down West 45th Street, a hit parade of Kors icons including lean trouser suits, cozy shearlings, luxe knits, leather trenches, tailored coats and sequin gowns in a city neutral palette of ivory, smoke, charcoal, midnight, and camel cut through with pops of red, zebra, and shimmering metallics. The models found their way into the Shubert Theater where—sitting six feet apart—they watched Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Rufus Wainwright perform. As Kors took the stage with Wainwright, the message was clear: the show must go on. –Alison S. Cohn
When Beyoncé takes on suiting, she doesn’t settle for standard. Music’s queen loves to wear blazer dresses and fitted suits, but the pieces she and her stylist, Zerina Akers, select boast unique embellishments that set them apart. Case in point: when the star updated her Instagram this afternoon with a glimpse of the Las Vegas getaway she and husband Jay-Z enjoyed back in March, she revealed a sleek suit with a throwback detail.
Area’s chain logo suit debuted on the brand’s spring/summer 2020 runway back in September of 2019. The opening statement of the show made a splash when model Nella Ngingo strutted out in the oversized white jacket and matching trousers covered in an array of nameplate necklaces. A combination of a classic silhouette and a streetwise accessory popularised by Black and Latinx communities in the late ’70s and embraced in hip hop culture, the look encapsulated the mash-up of past and present that inspired Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczy’s collection.
The Beyoncé version was, naturally, customised to feature the singer’s name prominently. Her Area suit featured gold charms bearing her name on its lapel and scattered across the jacket’s front. She’s already a fan of jewellery bearing her moniker– fans may remember the “’Yonce” necklace from Basile and Pape Bespoke Jewelry that she wore back in 2017 in her eponymous visual album and social media posts. On Instagram, she updated with close-ups of every angle and an alternate look at the nameplates, this time worn as layered chains.
In the US, crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are also on the rise. In August 2020, the United Nations issued a report showing that more than 1,800 racist incidents targeting AAPI people were reported during an eight-week period, from March to May 2020. More recently, nonprofit social organisation Stop AAPI Hate published a report detailing 3,292 recorded incidents in 2020; 68 per cent were towards women. On 16 March 2021, eight people – including six women of Asian descent – were shot dead at three spas in Atlanta, Georgia.
Fresh out of school and enrolled in the Fashion East programme, Charlotte Knowles and her partner Alexandre Arsenault never got time to fully formulate their brand’s identity before its stratospheric rise. The pandemic allowed the pair, who split their time between Devon and south London, to hit pause, reevaluate the business and to strategise. The original brand name, which suggests a solo project and caused issues in the US, no longer felt representative of their growing pool of collaborators, and mission to become a fully-fledged luxury house.
“[The name] needed to be concise and cryptic, while embodying the whole studio practice,” Arsenault tells British Vogue of the decision to become KNWLS. The redesigned compact logo, which Knowles says is “sharp, futuristic and sexy”, is better suited to product labelling and gives the autumn/winter 2021 collection a slick sense of precision and purpose. The starting point for the edit was born out of a more diverting kind of self-confidence, however.
Shot by British photographer Nigel Shafran in Gloucestershire, Moss fronts Self-Portrait’s campaign for the first time in her career. “I’ve always respected Self-Portrait and how Han [Chong] runs his business,” she says of the London-based brand. “I’m impressed by how it’s so instinctively driven, it’s about wanting to make women feel great without having to spend a fortune. I think that’s really important, especially at times like these.”
When is the Met Gala 2021 and the Met Gala 2022 set to take place?
Following last year’s Met Gala cancellation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Costume Institute has announced a two-part Met Gala for 2021 and 2022. This year’s exhibition is called In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, and will open on 18 September. Pending government guidelines, a slightly smaller celebration is planned for 13 September 2021. The second part, entitled In America: An Anthology of Fashion, will fall on the first Monday of May in 2022 (5 May). Both shows will run through 5 September 2022.
What are the Met Gala 2021 and Met Gala 2022 themes?
The theme will celebrate American designers, as well cultural, political and social events that have occurred during the pandemic. “The main one was the fact that the American fashion community has been supporting us for 75 years, really since the beginning of the Costume Institute, so I wanted to acknowledge its support, and also to celebrate and reflect upon American fashion,” Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, told Vogue. And he also felt it needed to be revisited (American Ingenuity in 1998 was the last big exhibition to cover the theme).
Tonight, the 2021 British Academy Film Awards—best known as the BAFTAs—are underway at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The ceremony, which honours the best performances in British and international film, is a two-day event. More technical prizes, such as best production design or best special visual effects, were presented last night, and the buzzier categories, like best film and best actor and actress, are being announced this evening. One star we’re sure to see onstage this evening is presenter Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who walked the red carpet with husband Nick Jonas in an embroidered red jacket and white skirt. On her Instagram page, Chopra Jonas also debuted a second BAFTAs look for the occasion—and the elegant ensemble actually has a sustainable twist.
Striking a pose in Ronald van der Kemp couture, Chopra Jonas wore the label’s black silk mikado jacket embellished with hand-painted, beaded, and pleated butterflies. She paired it with a plissé skirt that allowed the intricate jacket to shine. The total look is from the designer’s fall 2020 couture collection, which aimed to make a statement about overconsumption and overproduction. Van Der Kemp’s entire collection was entirely made by reusing pieces from his previous seasons, fashioning them into striking new garments that you would never guess are made from repurposed materials. Thinking sustainably is a rising red carpet trend. Zendaya, Billy Porter, and Saoirse Ronan have all looked to vintage or upcycled garments recently, as a way to champion giving old garments a new life. Chopra Jonas’s look, styled by Law Roach and accessorised with Bulgari jewels, proved that thoughtful style always wins.
It’s a winter evening in east London for me, but my laptop screen is lit up with the brilliant blue sky of a New Mexico morning. Regina King, the much-lauded actor enjoying a new era in her multi-chaptered career, is sitting on a balcony up in the Santa Fe hills. She wraps her zip-up hoodie tighter around herself, a pair of her trademark gold hoops swinging in her ears as she does so. “It’s not warm,” she assures me with a throaty chuckle, as I almost visibly salivate at the sun-filled scene some 5,000 miles away.
At 49, King’s creative powers are irrepressible. The past few months have seen her win – yet another – Emmy for her role in neo-noir series Watchmen and, more than three decades into her career, become the most talked-about new director in Hollywood for the upcoming film One Night in Miami, an adaptation of the Kemp Powers play of the same name. King has impressed critics with her ability to bring a cinematic quality to a story that – save for a handful of scenes – takes place within the same four walls, with four male characters. What’s more, it is her first time in the film director’s chair.
Let’s set the scene. It is 25 February 1964, Miami Beach. A 22-year-old Cassius Clay has, against all odds, beaten Sonny Liston to become boxing’s world heavyweight champion. Among the fight’s relatively meagre crowd of 8,000 is Clay’s friend Malcolm X – the charismatic civil rights figure and a leading member of the Nation of Islam – who that night throws an intimate after-party for the new title holder at his motel. He invites two others to join them: superstar singer Sam Cooke and American Football legend Jim Brown.
These are the facts. What occurred at this spontaneous celebration for the young boxer – who, two days later, would announce his conversion to Islam and a name change to Muhammad Ali – nobody but those in attendance could know for sure. (Within the year, both Malcolm X and Sam Cooke would be dead.) But decades later, American playwright Powers imagined what might have taken place; what conversations were had by these four men, titans of American culture and sport, at a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement and a turning point in their own lives.