Fashion News Alert: Lady Gaga Spills Tea in British Vogue, Balmain Teams Up with Netflix, and Ralph Lauren Works Magic with the Winter Olympics US Closing Ceremony Uniforms

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Fine wine gets better with time and so does Lady Gaga. For those not in the know, Lady Gaga will portray Patrizia Reggiani in the upcoming film, “House of Gucci.” (Patrizia Reggiani was married to Maurizio Gucci and was accused of hiring a hitman to kill her husband in 1995.) This scandal rocked the fashion and entertainment world.

In the December issue of British Vogue, Lady Gaga talks about how she channeled Reggiani so that she could accurately portray the infamous character.  “I only felt that I could truly do this story justice if I approached it with the eye of a curious woman who was interested in possessing a journalistic spirit so that I could read between the lines of what was happening in the film’s scenes. Meaning that nobody was going to tell me who Patrizia Gucci was, not even Patrizia Gucci,” explained Lady Gaga in the December issue of British Vogue.

Lady Gaga revealed in the interview with British Vogue’s Giles Hattersley that she has been working on her role for over three and a half years.  “It is three years since I started working on it and I will be fully honest and transparent: I lived as her (Reggiani) for a year and a half. And I spoke with an accent for nine months of that. Off camera, I never broke. I stayed with her. The 35-year-old also detailed why she dyed her hair the same chocolate brown color as La Gucci: “It was nearly impossible for me to speak in the accent as a blonde.”

Though Patrizia Reggiani has dissed Gaga for portraying her in “House of Gucci,” Gaga is still not sure she would want to me Reggiani. “Who I care the most for in this process are her children, and I extend to them love and compassion that I’m sure this movie coming out is tremendously difficult or painful for them, potentially. And I wish nothing but peace for their hearts. I did my very best to play the truth.”

“The House of Gucci,” directed by Ridley Scott will be in movie theaters on November 24.

The Winter Olympics is just a little more than three months away. (Hard to digest with the Tokyo Olympics ending two months ago.)

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Olympic Realness

As you know, fashion waits for no one. Ralph Lauren is already giving a sneak peek into the Closing Ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics. These garments were created with a commitment to sustainability. Lauren has been created uniforms for the US Olympic team since 2008.

“Ralph Lauren is incredibly proud to outfit Team USA in apparel that has been designed with integrity and purpose. For these Games, the design aesthetic of our uniform represents a modern look that feels distinctly new and fresh, created with sustainability in mind,” said David Lauren, chief branding and innovation officer, Ralph Lauren, as reported in fashionnetwork.com.

“We are highly invested in scaling sustainability solutions that have the potential to significantly reduce our and the wider industry’s impact, and we are proud to have created thoughtful apparel for Team USA that embodies this mission.”

To meet his sustainability goals, Lauren used more sustainable materials and manufacturing practices including with items made from recycled polyester, recycled down and wool sourced from Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) certified U.S grown wool. The commitment is in line with Ralph Lauren’s promise to use 100 percent RWS certified or recycled wool by 2025.

The 2022 Winter Olympics take place in Bejing, China from February 4 to February 20.

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Balmain x Netflix

Collaborations, collaborations, and more collaborations. Just like the Samuel Coleridge famous line in “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” “water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink,” fashion collaborations are everywhere in the fashion industry.

That said, one of the more unlikely collaborations is Balmain’s recent collaboration with Netflix’s new western “The Harder They Fall.” Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing was invited to costume the series and from there a fashion collaboration was borne.

“… to tell you the truth, I wanted to do much, much more. So, I was thrilled when ‘The Harder They Fall’ team asked me if I’d be willing to push it a bit farther—which is how we ended up deciding to partner on a special limited-edition Balmain-The Harder They Fall collection, directly inspired by the spirit of this groundbreaking Western,” explained Rousteing in a recent news release.  

“Both on and off the catwalk Olivier Rousteing has ensured that the Balmain brand represents a strength and unity that gives equality to all irrespective of race, gender, or anything else. Much like The Harder They Fall Balmain is kick ass, taking no prisoners and showing us time and again that that the brand hasn’t come to play, it’s come to make a statement. A perfect marriage if ever there was one,” detailed Jeymes Samuel, writer, director, producer and composer of “The Harder They Fall.”

The Balmain “Harder They Fall” collection is now available on Netflix.shop, Farfetch.com, Balmain.com and in select Balmain retail flagships. 

—William S. Gooch

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