Pirelli debuts 2018 calendar models

Images from the latest Pirelli calendar are finally here, and they are absolutely magical — literally.

According to ELLE, the 2018 calendar features 17 black models and entertainers set in an Alice in Wonderland-themed photoshoot. Photographed by British fashion photographer Tim Walker and styled by British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, ELLE reports that the forthcoming calendar will feature the likes of Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o and Whoopi Goldberg, as well as RuPaul, Adwoa Aboah, Sasha Lane and Sean “Diddy” Combs, among others.

What is especially noteworthy about this Pirelli calendar is that this group of models marks only the second all-black cast in 30 years, according to ELLE.

Check out some of the calendar’s most gorgeous photos here.

H&M partners with Erdem in new collaboration

High fashion is getting a little more accessible, thanks to H&M’s latest collaboration with Erdem.

According to ELLE, the “London-based designer Erdem Moralıoğlu is bringing his romantic silhouettes and prints to the fast-fashion retailer with new women’s apparel and his first-ever menswear collection,” all while infusing the line with motifs from his most popular design collections.

Helping to provide direction for the campaign is Baz Luhrmann, says ELLE, who has already directed a short teaser for the forthcoming collaboration.

Ready for these new styles to hit your favorite retailer?  ELLE says the Erdem X H&M collaboration will debut on Nov. 2 at select H&M stores and on hm.com.

Louboutin unveils new nude styles

When fashion expands to include a variety of sizes, skin tones and ethnicities, it’s always revolutionary. But when brands continue to be proactive on this front, that’s straight up inclusive.

Take Christian Louboutin, for example. According to ELLE, the global brand has expanded their four-year-old Nudes Collection to include two high-heelded sandals available in seven different shades of nude. The move follows recent steps to not only increase the number of nude shades from five to seven, says ELLE, but to also add a ballerina flat to their line.

These new styles, however, take their Nude Collection to new heights — literally. ELLE says the Christeriva style is a “ballet-inspired stiletto” sandal that features a grosgrain ribbon ankle wrap, similar wraps around the toes and a nearly four-inch heel.

The Cherrysandal, however, adds a bit more stability, featuring a five-and-a-half inch block heel secured by transparent PVC straps, an ankle strap and a single strap across the toes.

So how much will these nude beauties cost? ELLE says the Christeriva style will hit you for $875, while the Cherrysandal comes in at $20 higher for $895.

Gomez goes ’70s glam in Coach campaign

Never has leather looked so good. But when you put Selena Gomez and Coach handbags in the same photo, the results are stunning.

Look no further than the singer-actress’ first-ever campaign for Coach, which ELLE says features Gomez in several ’70s style photos shot by Steven Meisel. Clutching rich leather bags, Gomez is draped in lush furs, giving the photos a luxurious vibe that screams fall fashion.

Ready to get inspired to build your fall wardrobe? Check out some of the gorgeous photos from the campaign here.

 

SJP unveils new sneakers to collection

Sarah Jessica Parker is adding yet another style to her SJP Collection, and it’s just about the most fabulous sneaker you’ve ever seen.

According to ELLE, the multi-hyphenate just unveiled the Meteor shoe, a “T-Strap flat that sparkles like the night sky,'” which means the shoe is completely blinged out. The new style debuted in a joyful Instagram post, in which Parker twirled and skipped through the streets as the shoes sparkled in the sun.

While ELLE says these “sneakers” may just be a glorified flat that should skip the gym trip, this style is certainly an eye-catcher.

To purchase the shiny $255 flats, click here.

Missy Elliott is fierce on ‘ELLE’ cover

The original queen of rap is taking the cover of ELLE magazine by storm, and with her cover comes a few life lessons from a career well-versed.

According to HuffPost, Missy Elliott used her place on the June cover of ELLE to share how her music and adjoining music videos helped her to express herself uninhibited. For  example, in her 1997 music video for “The Rain,” HuffPost says the rapper explained her “black plastic bag suit” was a way to make her feel powerful.

“To me, the outfit was a way to mask my shyness behind all the chaos of the look,” she said. “Although I am shy, I was never afraid to be a provocative woman. The outfit was a symbol of power. I loved the idea of feeling like a hip-hop Michelin woman. I knew I could have on a blow-up suit and still have people talking. It was bold and different. I’ve always seen myself as an innovator and a creative unlike any other.”

Even in a career marked with hits, the “Work It” rapper said that she’s never wanted to do anything to compromise who she is; in fact, HuffPost reports Missy Elliott offered that changing herself to fit in is something she’d “never do.”

“I’ve been through so many stumbling blocks to build a legacy, so I wouldn’t want to do something just to fit in. Because I never fit in.”

Read the full interview here.

Beyoncé launches scholarship program

Beyoncé is making it a little easier for young women to pursue higher education.

In honor of the one-year anniversary of surprise album LemonadeELLE reports that the singer is launching the “Formation Scholars” awards for the 2017-2018 academic year, which aims to “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.”

The award is open to current or incoming female students of undergraduate or graduate status that are “pursuing studies in creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies,” says ELLE. Four scholarships will be awarded — one to each participating university, which are Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College.

If students are interested in applying, details are available from each college.

 

Rihanna dives into jewelry design

Fine jewelry is about to get a little finer, thanks to a new Rihanna collaboration.

Launching in May at the Cannes Film Festival, ELLE reports that the singer and fashion icon’s new jewelry line — “Rihanna Loves Chopard” — will draw “inspiration from the gardens and Carnival celebrations of Barbados, Rihanna’s native island.”

To design the nine-piece collection, ELLE says Rihanna worked with Chopard’s creative director, Caroline Scheufele, making a limited-edition jewelry line in which there are only 2,000 of each piece made. Though the collection is rather finite, Scheufele said in a statement that it’s easy to feel Rihanna’s boundless energy in the line, according to ELLE.

“Rihanna and I collaborated closely on the collections,” she said, “so you can feel her unstoppable energy, strong creativity, and inherent sense of design in every piece,”

With limited quantities available of a high-profile collection, the cost of owning even one of Rihanna’s designs should come as no surprise: ELLE reports that pieces are “available for pre-order now and range from a $1,460 ring to a $11,140 necklace (both made of ethically sourced materials), to a “price upon request” (aka very expensive) all-diamond watch.”

 

Keller named Givenchy artistic director

Sometimes, departing one job can lead to bigger and better things — even making company history.

That’s exactly the case for Clare Waight Keller, who ELLE reports will assume the position of artistic director for luxury fashion brand Givenchy, making her the first female to take the title.

Announced on March 16 on Instagram, ELLE says the news follows her January departure from Chloé, the French fashion house where she served in the same role for six years. She takes the place of outgoing fashion director Riccardo Tisci.

Stefani packs style into two new eyewear lines

Finding out you need to wear glasses doesn’t have to be a fashion death sentence  — that’s what Gwen Stefani is proving with her new eyewear lines.

According to ELLEthe No Doubt singer has launched two eyewear lines — Tura—gx by Gwen Stefani and L.A.M.B — with the new styles set to debut this month. Sharing with ELLE that her son Kingston was the inspiration behind including her first junior’s collection, Stefani said it’s a chance to make fashionable eyewear for the entire family.

“He had to get them starting in kindergarten, and at first, I felt so nervous, but he loves them,” she said.  “And it’s amazing how life works itself out, because I have to wear glasses now, so we can all match.”

But beyond her son providing some motivation for the eyewear line, Stefani elaborated to  ELLE on her third collaboration with eyewear design company Tura, not only calling her design partners “dope,” but also sharing that they both want to ensure that her designs only enhanced a wearer’s personal style.

“…We’re very honest about the fact that if you’re wearing glasses, they’re not invisible. We can see them,” she said. “They don’t fade into the rest of your look. So if you’re going to wear them, you might as well go with a bold color, a cool pattern, something beautiful.”

Be sure to check out Stefani’s new frames for Tura and L.A.M.B before they are available for purchase later this month.