Romeo Gigli Receives Honoris Causa Diploma From Brera Art Academy

GIGLI’S TRIBUTE: Romeo Gigli was recognized on Wednesday in Milan by Brera’s prestigious Art Academy, which bestowed the Honoris Causa Diploma in communication and art teaching to the designer. Gigli also received the title of honorary member of the institution.
“Romeo Gigli, who made culture, books, traveling and kindness his own style, understands that many secrets challenge us and are hidden in mythical stories.…Gigli’s language morphed into clothes that wanted to reveal the most hidden secret: that of poetry,” stated the academy, which emphasized not only Gigli’s contribution as a designer of high fashion, but also his “ability to use the spiritual activity that created myths,” creating a “mythological vision of reality.” The academy also underscored the designer’s “tireless research [and] his ability to transform the light and history in fabrics, clothes and accessories,” his “great contribution to the enhancement of the Italian culture,” and how the designer “infused his passion for beauty, history and the journey in his work.”
The designer was born in 1949 in Castel Bolognese, near Ravenna, to a family of antique book sellers and studied architecture at university. Gigli launched his own brand in 1983 and conceived looks with architectural shapes combined with romantic, Renaissance touches, dashes of

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Jo Malone Receives CBE From the Prince of Wales

NAME CHANGE: Perfumer Jo Malone has picked up a new title. Today, she was awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or CBE, by The Prince of Wales.
Malone founded the eponymous fragrance house in 1994 and sold it to the Estée Lauder Companies in 1999. It is now known as Jo Malone London. She is also the founder of luxury fragrance brand, Jo Loves, which she launched in 2011.
The award, one of the Queen’s Honors, recognizes Malone’s contributions to the fragrance industry, her work as an entrepreneur, shopkeeper and mentor to students and small and medium-size enterprises alike. Malone is an ambassador for the Great Britain campaign which unites the public and private sector to generate jobs for the U.K.
Malone received the accolade on Friday, dressed in a cream dress and coat from St. John, a fascinator by Harrods and shoes by Tory Burch.
“I am so honored and overwhelmed to be receiving this incredible CBE award. Lots of people work hard in life so it’s beyond a privilege to be recognized this way. Congratulations to everyone,” said Malone.

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Ralph Lauren Receives Honorary UK Knighthood for Services to Fashion

Ralph Lauren can add a new notch to his leather belt: Honorary Knighthood.
The 79-year-old designer, who is celebrating 50 years in business, has been made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He may be called Ralph Lauren KBE, if he wishes.
The honorary knighthood insignia will be presented to the designer by a representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony next year.
Antony Phillipson, British Consul General to New York and Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America, said the award recognizes that “in fashion, business and philanthropy, Mr. Lauren has played a key role in forging transatlantic cultural and economic connections. As creator and visionary of the Ralph Lauren brand worldwide, Mr. Lauren has been a vanguard for the global fashion industry and American style for nearly half a century. In addition, monumental philanthropic efforts, especially in the realm of public health, cancer research and treatment in both the U.S. and the U.K., have led to benefits felt by citizens around the world.”
Lauren is the first American fashion designer to be recognized with an honorary knighthood. Other notable American recipients of an honorary U.K. knighthood or damehood include former Presidents Dwight

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Diane von Furstenberg Receives International Rescue Committee Freedom Award

Diane von Furstenberg was recognized by the International Rescue Committee on Thursday evening with the organization’s Freedom Award at its annual gala, the Rescue Dinner. The designer visited refugees in June at the IRC’s offices in Alexandria, Greece, where she met IRC staff members and Syrian refugees, who were recovering from traumas experienced on their journeys while trying to reunite with their families in Northern Europe.
Earlier this week, von Furstenberg visited the New York Resettlement Office to participate in a refugee business development workshop, where she met with a Congolese woman who is committed to starting an ice cream business.
The IRC notes they award the Freedom Award to “individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in support of refugees, and who have championed the cause of liberty, individual freedom and dignity. Diane von Furstenberg, a legend in the fashion industry, is a dedicated philanthropist and an outspoken advocate for vulnerable people.”
It has previously been awarded to the likes of Michael Bloomberg, Sen. John McCain, George Soros, Kofi Annan, Madeleine Albright and Winston Churchill.

Diane von Furstenberg at the IRC office in Greece. 

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Newton Thomas Sigel Receives Praise From Three Directors

Three directors who have worked closely with DP Newton Thomas Sigel, Variety’s latest Billion Dollar Cinematographer, speak of their experiences with him. Nicolas Winding Refn When Danish director and screenwriter Refn first talked to Sigel via Skype about possibly shooting his retro-noir thriller “Drive” (pictured above), he quickly realized he’d found the ideal DP for […]

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