Frida Giannini on Helping Out, Fashion Scenario

Gucci’s former creative designer continues to support causes dear to her, most recently mental health, while observing the industry and giving a …

MILAN — Fashion continues to be in Frida Giannini’s heart, but Gucci’s former creative director is today focused on channeling her energies into projects that are dear to her. And from her observation point, she is candidly giving a shoutout to her friend Maria Grazia Chiuri, while she hopes pure luxury will return and edge out all streetwear and untrained designers.

Giannini, who is a member of the board of Save the Children and has for years supported UNICEF, receiving in 2011 the UNICEF Women of Compassion award, is the godmother of a photo exhibition organized by association Angelo Azzurro that is part of the A-HEAD project, opening on Oct. 23 in Rome and running until Nov. 2. Called “Circuiti,” the exhibit displays photos by Luca Centola.

While at the creative helm of Gucci, which she exited in January 2015, the Roman designer made social issues a focus both for the brand and for herself. In particular, in 2013 together with Beyoncé Knowles and Salma Hayek Pinault, she and Gucci launched Chime for Change, created with the goal of supporting women’s and girls’ education, health services and justice.

In 2018, the designer made a brief comeback to fashion for a humanitarian project in partnership with retailer OVS, for which she created a Christmas capsule collection of sweaters benefiting the nonprofit association Save the Children.

While Italy is seeing a new wave of COVID-19 infections, Giannini said organizers of the photo exhibition were doing everything in their power to make sure it would take place, with all the due precautions, as it is a fundraiser.

Through A-HEAD, and several initiatives dedicated to contemporary art, Angelo Azzurro aims to help people understand mental health through the arts.

“Mental health is an issue that is often ignored, it’s sneaky and many times it’s invisible, it does not leave visible scars, but they are there,” said Giannini from her home in Rome. “This is a new project for me, after years devoted to shining the light on war children and hunger. Sometimes families do not understand what mental health is or they are ashamed to tackle the problem.” Victims can be children, bullied for example; adolescents affected by eating disorders, or adults. The pandemic has affected people tremendously, she continued. “With the lockdown, there’s been a huge surge of anxiety, depression, panic attacks. It’s a disturbing moment for everyone, even those that are solid.”

The intention of the exhibit is to reinforce the fight against the stigma often associated with mental health issues. “If someone has problems, they are either considered strange or crazy and they are not seen as patients, which leads to marginalization. These individuals have a hard time finding a job or to continue their studies, some don’t have the money or the ability to see a psychiatrist, and our goal is to be near them, they should not be left alone, ” Giannini continued. “They are helped to be integrated in society through the development of new creative skills,” she explained.

Creativity remains central in Giannini’s life, although she has been out of the fashion limelight since her exit from Gucci. She admitted she’s had “silent consultancies” with a few brands, and that she has been helping the team at Golden Goose, as reported. “I’ve been a customer and a fan of the brand early on and for years,” she said. “I have a beautiful friendly relationship with the team and I’ve been greeted there as a member of the Golden Goose family.”

Her own family has been through some changes, since Giannini is separating from her husband, Patrizio di Marco, a former Gucci chairman and chief executive officer and also a former chairman of Golden Goose, with whom she shares a daughter.

Asked if she is planning a comeback with a designer brand, Giannini admitted she does “not have anything on the table,” and expressed her doubts about the fashion scenario.

“I find there’s a lot of confusion and uncertainties, and lots of copycat designs. I see a lot of improvisation, designers that have no experience and brands that rely on the number of [social media] followers in their choice of creative heads,” she contended. “And so many designers are working far from the artisans, or for more than one brand, I don’t understand that.”

Giannini also expressed her frustration at the amount of streetwear in fashion. “Enough, let’s return to beautiful, luxurious products, materials and hides. I think after the pandemic people will want to return to dress well and lots of useless things will disappear. Shopping we all know is therapeutic, but you want to buy beautiful pieces, and not only because they are fashionable.”

She singled out the work of her friend Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic director of women’s collections at Dior, however. “She is talented and she proves that you can design beautiful things that sell, not only key chains but also coats, ready-to-wear, bags that you see people actually wear. Dior is performing so well despite the difficulties, and I am very happy for her success. I still believe this industry is sexist, so I am very happy that a woman has the space to express herself,” Giannini said.

Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc gives out $5.1 million in grants

… more than $5.1 million in funds to over 70 nonprofit organisations during the “HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation” virtual event.

The group that is known for the Golden Globe Awards distributed more than $5.1 million in funds to over 70 nonprofit organisations during the “HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation” virtual event.

Golden Globes signage appears on the red carpet at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, CA, US.
Golden Globes signage appears on the red carpet at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, CA, US. (AP)

Some of entertainment’s biggest names, from Nicole Kidman to George Clooney, shared encouraging words for aspiring young creators whose organisations were collectively granted millions by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

More than $5.1 million in funds were given to over 70 nonprofit organisations during the “HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation” virtual event on Tuesday.

The event, formerly known as the Grants Banquet, celebrated some of the organisations with aspiring artists, filmmakers and storytellers.

“Self-expression is one of the most important ways we can connect and grow as human beings, particularly for young people,” said “Tenet” star John David Washington. “It is an instrumental part of how we view ourselves as we learn to navigate the world. For those in communities that have suffered from historic lack of representation, this is even more critical.”

Mary J. Blige, Millie Bobby Brown, Billie Eilish, Anna Kendrick, Method Man and others were among the entertainers who appeared to discuss the charities that benefit from HFPA grants. The organisation is known for putting on the Golden Globes.

Each celebrity presenter spoke for a couple minutes during the hour-long ceremony, which was hosted by James Corden. The ceremony also included a performance by Jennifer Hudson, who sang her soulful “Burden Down.”

Billy Porter’s advice to young creators was “honor your craft.” Meanwhile, Lin-Manuel Miranda suggested that aspiring filmmakers should “create what you think is missing.”

READ MORE: Reporter sues Golden Globes organisation over member rules

Kidman acknowledged the importance of the HFPA program and organisation’s efforts saying “the next generation of talent in our industry are important now more than ever before.”

The program will showcase recent work in film, dance, music and spoken word by students of supported schools.

“The faces and creations we see showcased to you remind us that movies and arts will not only continue to help us survive, but will also offer comfort, hope and inspiration to a world that is striving to become more just, peaceful and inclusive,” said Meher Tatna, a chair board member of the HFPA.

Salma Hayek paid homage to the Las Fotos Project, a nonprofit organisation that inspires teenage girls through photography.

“Growing up in Mexico, I have fond memories of not only finding my own creative voice, but also being inspired by my parents who stressed the importance of philanthropy,” Hayek said. “What a pleasure to highlight these young Latinas who channel their creativity through the lens of the camera and become agents of change.”

The HFPA gave a social justice grant to the Urban Peace Institute. The donation of $300,000 was given to the organisation for its diligence in the field of community safety and systems reform to end violence and mass incarceration.

Tracee Ellis Ross presented the grant to UPI founder and civil rights leader Connie Rice.

“This is a profound and deep honor,” Rice said. “The driving vision behind the Urban Peace Institute is the foundational and – first of all – human rights safety.”

READ MORE: Golden Globe boss, Lorenzo Soria, dies aged 68

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You can take the kids to the movies for $1 this summer. Here are all the details

You can thank Regal Theaters for bringing back its Summer Movie Express promotion. It ticks all the boxes. BAM. What that means: At Tuesday and …

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You can take the kids to the movies for $1 this summer. Here are all the details

Antonio Banderas provides the voice for the swashbuckling cat in the animated Puss in Boots, which includes the voices of Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Salma Hayek.
Antonio Banderas provides the voice for the swashbuckling cat in the animated Puss in Boots, which includes the voices of Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Salma Hayek. AP

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What that means: At Tuesday and Wednesday morning showings, you and your hyperactive, cell addicted brood can go see classics like “Kung Fu Panda,” “Shrek,” “Puss in Boots” and “Despicable Me 3,” for just a buck.

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Yes, $1 a ticket. All. Summer. Long. For everyone in your party, including grandma.

“Summer Movie Express is one of the hottest annual deals Regal offers to its moviegoers. We invite people of all ages to join us for three months of fun and entertainment as we feature family-friendly blockbusters,” said Regal’s Chief Marketing Officer Ken Thewes. “This summer program is the perfect way for families to spend quality time together while enjoying a big screen experience.”

Regal’s annual save-athon is also doing good: A portion of proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

The popcorn and Coke are regular price, so if you’re feeling really cheap, feed the kids beforehand.

When you spend $20 at the concession stand, just think how much you’d have to shell out on camp or daycare.

The lineup of ‘G’ and ‘PG’ classic movies include “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies,” “Despicable Me 3,” and “Puss in Boots.”

Regal’s start date is June 4 and wraps up Sept. 18.

For schedules and to find a South Florida theater near you, click Regmovies.com

Salma Hayek and husband Francois-Henri Pinault attend Elon Musk’s brother Kimbal’s lavish …

South-African eco-farmer Kimbal is the brother of billionaire Tesla creator Elon Musk. The Frida actress and her billionaire husband Francois-Henri …

She rarely disappoints when it comes to her fashion choices.

And Salma Hayek, 51, looked angelic in a full length white dress at the lavish Spanish wedding of Kimbal Musk and Christiana Wyly on Saturday.

South-African eco-farmer Kimbal is the brother of billionaire Tesla creator Elon Musk.

The Frida actress and her billionaire husband Francois-Henri Pinault, 56, were among the many high-profile attendees, with the guestlist even rumored to include former U.S. President Barack Obama and actor Will Smith.

Heavenly: Salma Hayek wore a white laced-up eyelet dress to the wedding of Kimbal Musk and Christiana Wyly in Spain on Saturday; pictured with billionaire husband Francois-Henri Pinault

Heavenly: Salma Hayek wore a white laced-up eyelet dress to the wedding of Kimbal Musk and Christiana Wyly in Spain on Saturday; pictured with billionaire husband Francois-Henri Pinault

Heavenly: Salma Hayek wore a white laced-up eyelet dress to the wedding of Kimbal Musk and Christiana Wyly in Spain on Saturday; pictured with billionaire husband Francois-Henri Pinault

Mexican-Lebanese beauty Salma wore a full length white laced-up eyelet dress with some white open-toed sandals.

Francois-Henri looked elegant in a black-patterned suit that was paired with a white dress shirt, tie and black patent leather shoes.

Kimbal officially married Christiana, the daughter of billionaire Sam Wyly, on April 7. But the couple decided to celebrate a second time with about 300 guests on Saturday.

Those guests soaked up the Spanish sunshine at a luxury resort that included a beach-side bar and swimming in the sea.

South-African Kimbal was photographed wearing his iconic cowboy hat with a cream suit for the ceremony. The bride opted for a cream bridal gown that had an embroidered bodice and a tulle skirt with a garland of flowers in her hair.

Salma and Francois-Henri know a thing or two about lavish weddings.

They originally tied-the-knot on Valentine’s Day in City Hall of the Sixth Arrondissement – owned by the Pinault family – in the St Germain area of Paris in 2009 with just a few family members in attendance.

About two months later, they got married for a second time during a two day celebration in Venice, Italy.

Some of A-list stars that attended included Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz, Bono, Stella McCartney and former French president Jacques Chirac.

Lavish: Kimbal, seen wearing a cowboy hat in Girona on Saturday, is the brother of Tesla creator Elon Musk; Christiana is an environmental activist and daughter of billionaire Sam Wyly

Lavish: Kimbal, seen wearing a cowboy hat in Girona on Saturday, is the brother of Tesla creator Elon Musk; Christiana is an environmental activist and daughter of billionaire Sam Wyly

Lavish: Kimbal, seen wearing a cowboy hat in Girona on Saturday, is the brother of Tesla creator Elon Musk; Christiana is an environmental activist and daughter of billionaire Sam Wyly

Stylish: Kimbal wore a cream suit for the ceremony; the bride opted for a cream bridal gown with an embroidered bodice and a tulle skirt and a garland of flowers in her hair

Stylish: Kimbal wore a cream suit for the ceremony; the bride opted for a cream bridal gown with an embroidered bodice and a tulle skirt and a garland of flowers in her hair

Stylish: Kimbal wore a cream suit for the ceremony; the bride opted for a cream bridal gown with an embroidered bodice and a tulle skirt and a garland of flowers in her hair

Salma believes one of the secrets to her marriage is cutting out extra social engagements and putting each other first.

‘I married the right guy,’ she told Peopleat Harper’s Bazaar’s 150 Most Fashionable Women celebration in Hollywood in January 2017. ‘That is probably the most important thing.

‘We support each other in everything we do. We want the other one to strive. Makes you happy when the other one strives. And you know what, we don’t have a very strong social life, because we really like to spend time together. So we do spend a lot of quality time together.’

Hayek’s husband is the CEO of Kering, a French luxury goods company that owns Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent and many other high-fashion brands.

Salma gave birth to their daughter, Valentina Paloma Pinault, in September 2007.

Keeping it together: The couple were married in a civil service in 2009; they had a lavish second wedding two months later

Keeping it together: The couple were married in a civil service in 2009; they had a lavish second wedding two months later

Keeping it together: The couple were married in a civil service in 2009; they had a lavish second wedding two months later