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IT girl Gigi Hadid has caused controversy over her front cover appearance on Vogue Arabia. The cover shows Hadid as we have never seen her before; wearing a bejewelled hijab and embracing her Palestinian roots, as captured by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The magazine, similar to its online

Despite her Arab heritage, some people are not best pleased. “Nice to see Gigi embracing her Muslim roots when it suits her,” said one Twitter user. Others, however, were more supportive: “I think Gigi’s cover is gorgeous and maybe normalising the hijab by someone who is half palestinian [sic] is not the worst thing,” another Twitter user wrote. Although she isn’t Muslim, Hadid has shown her support for Muslim immigrants following Trump’s travel ban.

Controversy or no controversy, no one can deny Hadid’s influence. She’s fronted an incredible 17 Vogue covers in her career, although she still has a lot of catching up to do with the likes of Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen, watch this space.

 

BRITISH designer Luella Bartley will be joining Raf Simons at Calvin Klein; taking on the role as head of global design at CK Jeans. As part of CK’s well publicised restructure, she’ll oversee the design of all the label’s products globally, reported WWD, “to achieve one cohesive vision for the brand.”

It’s not yet known how her new role will impact her involvement with Hillier Bartley, the London-based brand she set up with long-term collaborator Katie Hillier in 2015.

When she resumes her role, Bartley will report to Simons’s right-hand-man Pieter Mulier who is creative director of Calvin Klein Inc.

 

NIKE have just unveiled their plus size range in a bid to shake up our perception of what it means to be an athlete. Joining other big brands like ASOS and Topshop, a Nike spokesperson said of the move: “Nike recognises that women are stronger, bolder and more outspoken than ever. In today’s world, sport is no longer something that she does, it’s who she is. The days where we have to add ‘female’ before ‘athlete’ are over. She is an athlete, period. And having helped fuel this cultural shift, we celebrate these athletes’ diversity, from ethnicity to body shape.”

As part of their campaign, Nike has enlisted Grace Victory and Danielle Vanier as front-women, showing it’s not just about bigger clothes, but designing these clothes specifically for curvier women.

MOONLIGHT’S leading men are the latest stars in Calvin Klein Underwear’s newest ads. Titled ‘Revelation,’ Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes and Oscar winner Mahershala Ali strike a pose for photographer Willy Vanderperre.

Calvin Klein also dressed the two men, along with Rhodes and Supporting Actress nominee Naomie Harris for Oscar night.

Under Simons’ new vision for the brand, the ads are meant to celebrate the revelatory performances in the film of the year. “It’s an acknowledgement of remarkable actors who are revealing something important of being a man today in what they do,” Simons said in a statement to ELLE.

CARA Delevingne, Kristen Stewart are just two of the leading ladies in Chanel’s new star-studded campaign. The fashion house has released four exclusive teaser trailers in celebration of legendary founder Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel, ahead of the launch of its new bag bearing her name.  Chanel regulars Caroline de Maigret and Pharrell Williams also feature.

“Everyone called her Coco but her real name was Gabrielle,” explains Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld. “It’s the perfect name for a handbag that has all the codes of Chanel.” Each video was created to highlight each of the unique personalities of the campaign stars, all described as “friends” of the fashion house.