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The CFDA awards Pat McGrath MBE

You may not know her name but you certainly know her looks. She is the master of the sultry, smoky eye and the luscious, Cupid’s bow, defined lip. She is a risk-taker, unafraid to experiment with bold colours, sequins and glitter, but is also the pioneer of bare-faced, minimal, ‘no make up’ make up. This year, make-up artist, Pat McGrath, collects the CFDA Founder’s Award. The accolade is in honour of her outstanding contribution to the fashion and beauty industries. For decades, Pat McGrath has created thousands of memorable and mesmerising looks. Whether in campaigns or gazed upon on the runways, she has played a major role in the presentations of luxury megabrands including Prada, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen to name a very small few. She works hundreds of shows every Fashion Week. She is the make-up artist of choice for covers and editorials of iconic magazines. In fact, esteemed photographer, Steven Meisel, won’t shoot an image without her and American Vogue has hailed her “the most influential …

Enninful becomes Chief Editor of Vogue

The vacancy has been filled. The CEO and Chairman of Condé Nast International has confirmed the appointment of Edward Enninful as the new Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue. Enninful will succeed matriarch, Alexandra Shulman. She is the longest serving Head of the publication after 25 years. An unexpected pick, but endlessly exciting. The rumour mill has been abuzz for the past 3 months on who would be next to take the throne. The fashion community have been hedging their bets, notably either on Katie Grand, the founder of LOVE magazine, Dame Natalie Massenet, founder of Net-A-Porter and outgoing Chairwoman of the British Fashion Council, or Emily Sheffield, the Deputy Editor of Vogue, who is also the Associate Digital Director and sister-in-law of former Prime Minister, David Cameron. But in an unforeseen and unprecedented move that breaks a white and debatably reverse-gendered ceiling, the first ever male and person-of-colour is preparing to take the helm. Edward Enninful was born in Ghana but grew up in Ladbroke Grove in West London. He emigrated together with 5 siblings, Dad, …

Victoria Beckham receives OBE

Victoria Beckham receives an OBE from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace to recognise her contribution and services to the fashion industry. The honour comes just 6 months after the release of her emotional letter to her 18-year old self where she talks about past struggles with body image and reflects on friendships, relationships, motherhood, school and career. She reaffirmed that “When [she] was at school, [she] was never naturally the brightest of students”, first expressed in an interview with Imran Amed, BOF Founder and Editor-in-Chief. “Then I went to theatre college”, Victoria continued, “and I was never the most talented. I have always had to work…I’m not sitting back and waiting for things to come to me: I will go out and get it”. Victoria Beckham has no formal training in fashion or art. In 2008, the news that she’d be launching her own line was met with a somewhat prejudiced reception. She was undermined. The cynics lambasted her, mocked her WAG caricature, big boobs, fake tan and questioned her commitment to hone …

I am an immigrant

I am an immigrant is a simple but touching production by W magazine in response to the popular vote of the American people to build a $12bn “impenetrable” southern-border wall along the US-Mexican frontier, a vote in support of the refugee ban to restrict inbound travel to the States from 7 predominantly Islamic countries, a vote that signals a belief in President Trump’s promises of a stronger, more prosperous economy built on anti-immigration rhetoric, echoing the outlandish claims of the Brexit campaign and giving life to the harrowing rise in popularity of France’s Le Pen. Over the last 12 months, political swings closer and closer to the extreme right, continue to send shockwaves across the globe, leaving no corner and no industry, including fashion, untouched. Led by W Magazine’s Creative and Fashion Director, later announced incoming Editor-In-Chief of British Vogue, Edward Enninful published a powerful piece of film. The video alerts us to the reality that the fashion community is made up of designers, models, photographers and other actors from all over the world. Enninful himself …