Legendary fashion model China Machado, who worked well into her eighth decade and moved from magazine covers to fashion editor, died Sunday morning at Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island. The cause of death was cardiac arrest, which she suffered at her North Haven, Conn., home Thursday night, according to her family.She was 86 years old.Born in Shanghai on Christmas Day 1929, Noel De Souza Machado's early years were ones of prosperity and privilege. The daughter of a prominent banker in a community of mixed Chinese and Portuguese heritage, she was carried each day to the convent school she attended on the back of a servant. But the life she knew ended abruptly when the Japanese occupation of 1941 forced her family from their mansion. Later, the rise of the Communists would prompt her father to declare, “We are leaving China to the Chinese.”Machado and her family arrived by ship in Buenos Aires at the start of the Peron era. In Argentina, the young girl with the almond eyes got the nickname China — pronounced Cheena — and it stuck with her for the rest of her life.Through her job as a stewardess for Panagra Airlines, which took Machado over the Andes from Argentina to Chile and Peru, she met Luis Dominguín, then the most famous bullfighter in the world. Machado ran away to Rome at 20 with Dominguín, much to the chagrin of her family. “It was a very fast-living life,” she told WWD in September. “You’re traveling all over the world. He knew everybody.”Eventually, Dominguín left Machado for Ava Gardner. “I cried for two years over a man,” she said. “Never again.” Among Machado’s few regrets was not trying harder to make her marriage to actor Martin LaSalle, who she married in 1957, work. The couple divorced in 1965.[caption id="attachment_10566162" align="alignnone" width="300"] China Machado on the runway at the Pitti Palace.[/caption]After Machado's affair with Dominguín ended, she moved to Paris, where she stayed with a friend who was working as a runway model. Hearing that Cristobal Balenciaga was hiring runway models, she reported to work only to learn that the designer was out of town. But she was sent to Givenchy, who hired her."I never thought I was good looking because I didn't look like anybody else, " she said. The fashion world disagreed.Machado was able to gain regular work as a runway model for Givenchy and was soon in demand with other prominent designers, eventually becoming the highest paid runway model in Europe.Oleg Cassini in 1958 saw Machado on Pierre Cardin’s Paris runway and offered to fly her to New York to walk in one of his shows. The day Machado arrived in New York she saw Diana Vreeland, then the editor of Harper’s Bazaar. "The next day, almost, I was in Dick Avedon’s studio,” she said. “He made my career. Avedon broke all the race barriers. We were friends for 50 years."Machado's work with Avedon led to her becoming the first non-Caucasian model to appear on the cover of a major fashion magazine, Harper's Bazaar. The magazine's executives didn't want to publish her photo, but Avedon gave them an ultimatum: run the photo or he'd break his contract with the magazine. The cover was published. Machado never knew about the drama surrounding her photograph — that is, until Avedon finally told her years later.Avedon photographed Machado for three years before she joined Harper’s as senior fashion editor. She eventually became fashion director, staying at the magazine for 11 years. Machado in the Eighties helped Frances Lear launch her eponymous magazine, geared toward women over 45.[caption id="attachment_10566159" align="alignnone" width="300"] China Machado in a Cole-Haan ad campaign photographed by Daniel Jackson.[/caption]In recent years, Machado enjoyed a return to modeling with a campaign for Cole Haan in 2013, as well as editorial spreads by photographers including Bruce Weber, Nick Moore, Brigitte Lacombe and Steven Meisel. Her last photo shoot, with Steven Klein for a Ray-Ban campaign, was only last month.Machado is survived by her husband, Ricardo Rosa; daughters Blanche LaSalle and Emmanuelle LaSalle-Hill, and grandsons Malcolm and Montgomery Hill.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)