- We Want A Beyoncé Cap, Now!
Another day, another Beyoncé Instagram for us to swoon over. And this time she’s showing us exactly how to rock a cap with style. Yes, a humble cap!
Bey uploaded the snap at the weekend, and it shows the superstar sporting a cross-front pencil skirt and ribbed Topshop crop top, all fnished off with a peaked cap featuring gold hardware detail.
Who knew head candy could be so sexy? Beyoncé, that’s who. And, as always, we bow down to her sartorial prowess. Luckily, we’ve scouted out some suitable alternatives for you to sport now. You can thank us later…
- Kate Middleton Pregnant with Twins is Possibly a Hoax
Rumors suggesting the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with twin girls may just turn out to be false, according to voices within celebrity gossip circles.
Similar Kate Middleton’s pregnancy rumors have surfaced in the past, and the latest one was reported on Star Magazine. The tabloid alleged that Middleton had been 12 weeks pregnant, and claimed that Kensington Palace confirmed the news that left Prince William excited.
Kensington has neither acknowledged nor denied the recent pregnancy rumors, and major news networks remain silent on this matter.
With the dust settling, this latest round of gossip seems largely confined to the tabloids. Allegation of Royal Misinformation Celebrity Dirty Laundry has accused Kensington of baiting the media with the twin pregnancy allegation to deflect attention away from Kate’s latest accidental ‘bare bum’ photo that was published in May by German tabloid Bild.
The incident in question happened during the Royal Tour of Australia, where Prince William and Kate were visiting the Blue Mountains near Sydney. Kate, who was wearing a dress at the time, was briefly exposed by wind from a helicopter. A nearby photographer captured the moment.
No Clear Evidence of Pregnancy at Public Appearance Events Even so, Kate Middleton did not appear 12 weeks pregnant while at the Order of Garter ceremony, in a series of photos published on Monday by the Mirror.
During a visit to Scotland in May, Kate and husband Prince William were photographed downing shots of Scottish whiskey at the Glenturret distillery – making pregnancy claims even less likely.
The royal couple gave birth to their first and only child, Prince George, on July 22, 2013. Prince George is currently in line for Britain’s royal throne.
- Sisters Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner choose matching outfits for day out in LA
Khloé Kardashian and Kylie Jenner showed their sisterly bond through fashion yesterday.
The TV stars stepped out to film new Keeping Up With The Kardashians scenes in LA wearing matching outfits.
Khloe, 29, and Kylie both rocked red and black plaid shirts with a plain tee and distressed pale blue skinny jeans.
Chunky calf-length boots accessorised the girls’ almost identical ensembles.
The only difference between the stunning siblings came with contrasting hairstyles.
Khloe decided to leave her golden layers loose whereas Kylie, 16, wore her highlighted locks in a high ponytail.
- Oscars 2014 fashion: Best and worst dressed, from Jennifer Lawrence to Angelina Jolie
These days, the fashion on the Oscars red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre generates as many headlines as who wins those little gold guys inside.
But, put a foot wrong on this red carpet and the pictures will haunt an actor for the rest of their career.
Which explains why many are reluctant to take any risks with their look. Jennifer Lawrence opts out of the dress race completely by always wearing the same designer, while Tom Ford calls it ‘a bubble of 1950s Barbie clothes’.
Hopes for some maverick style choices from the class of 2014 were therefore not overly high. However, some did try to burst Tom’s bubble – thank God for Lupita Nyong’o.
Here’s our top 3 best and worst dressed picks on a night when the dresses – and tuxedos – were pale and occasionally interesting.
1. Lupita Nyong’o
Newcomer Lupita has definitely won red carpet season and signed off with a beautiful plunging Nairobi inspired powder blue Prada gown, complete with a simple crystal hairband. Sounds twee on paper but stunning and fresh in the flesh.
2. Jennifer Lawrence
She kept us waiting but Jennifer provided the perfect scarlet sign-off to this year’s red carpet in a fitted strapless red Dior gown with peplum detail and another backwards necklace. And obviously not wanting to break with tradition, she also took an early tumble on her way up the carpet. Red hot from J. Law.
3. Naomi Watts
Naomi kept it simple in white Calvin Klein Collection ice beaded cap sleeve dress with a spider’s web Bulgari necklace. Her look was refreshing on a night when many went for the Disney princess look.
1. Kristin Bell
Kristen’s Roberto Cavalli dress summed up everything we find dull about Oscars fashion at the moment. In insipid lilac and looking like something you’d wear to your prom – or your wedding – it was too sickly sweet. And we’re not sure about the two lifeless strands of hair hanging down either to be honest.
2. Charlize Theron
Charlize definitely lost out to Jennifer in the Dior wars. The shape of this gown is gorgeous but those thick ‘invisible’ straps holding it up ruin the whole look. Perhaps we should just zoom out so we can’t see them.
3. Amy Adams
There may well be many who disagree but this tuxedo inspired navy Gucci gown just felt a little underwhelming. It’s sleek and a great colour but this is more dinner at the White House than Oscars red carpet.
- Electric Blue Liner is Having a Moment
For their fall ’14 show—a collection that ELLE’s fashion editor Danielle Prescod dubbed “city girl meets the rustic outdoors”—Creatures of The Wind wanted to achieve transcendence—a theme that inspired key makeup artist James Boehmer to create a sense of “purity and illumination” via luminous skin and a flash of aquamarine on the eyes.
Backstage, he pointed out how swiping a metallic blue liner along the lower inner lash creates a lit-from-within look. “Using blue puts light on the eyes and makes them look whiter,” he tells.
To apply: Look up and apply liner to the lower water line with short but gentle strokes. Do not apply on the top lid for a modern look that, according to Boehmer, “works with every girl’s eye shape.”
Case in point: Jessica Biel, who smudged a similar hue along her outer lash line at the MoMA 2013 Film Benefit last November. Whether worn as a whisper at Creatures, or more boldly à la Biel, teal liner is finding its niche.
Unlike the color’s brash turn back in the ’80s, this reinterpretation is as sophisticated as it is unexpected.
- Sarah Jessica Parker To Curate New Jewelry Venture, WeTheAdorned
A new way to grow your jewelry collection will be hitting the web this spring: WeTheAdorned will be introducing their membership-based e-comm destination, with help from Sarah Jessica Parker.
The actress-slash-shoe designer will be curating the jewelry offerings, which will feature pieces that have been specifically designed for the site, by the likes of Erickson Beamon, Lulu Frost, Paige Novick, Fenton Fallon and Pamela Love.
Each designer has been given artistic license to design whatever they like, using bronze, 24-karat gold, diamonds, emeralds, and any other precious or semiprecious stones.
Memberships will be offered at a premium and non-premium level, and the site is now open for early sign-up, although the annual fee for both levels has yet to be determined.
The founders of the site, Tim McElwee and Cyia Batten, are also the designers behind jewelry line, T. Cyia. The duo raised money for their latest venture via Kickstarter in June 2013.
WeTheAdorned will fill a niche that fits in somewhere between the sparkly baubles sold at places like Tiffany & Co., and the affordable gems offered at BaubleBar. Geographically speaking, all the designs be manufactured in America; on the business front, the company’s structure will allow most of the revenue from the sales to flow back to the designer.
- Kate Moss To Receive British Fashion Award
Kate Moss will receive a Special Recognition award at the British Fashion Awards next week to acknowledge her contribution to the fashion industry during her 25-year career.
The world’s most prolific Vogue cover girl, with 34 covers for British Vogue alone (she hasn’t gone a year without a cover since 1993), Moss recently assumed a role as Vogue’s contributing fashion editor. Since her discovery by Sarah Doukas of Storm Models in 1987, Moss has graced catwalks and advertising campaigns for the world’s biggest brands, including Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
She has been involved in some of the biggest moments in fashion – from appearing as a hologram on the catwalk for Alexander McQueen, to starring in a fashion show watched by the world at the London Olympics closing ceremony – and her beauty has been immortalised by the art world, in a sculpture by Marc Quinn, and on canvas – naked and pregnant – by Lucien Freud.
One of the most visible impacts of her influence on fashion has been through the adoration of her rock-inspired, low-maintenance signature style, which has become synonymous with British fashion, and has been widely copied over the years. Skinny jeans, low-slung belts and vintage dresses became Moss trademarks, and were all reinterpreted for her hugely successful Kate Moss for Topshop collection, which launched in 2007 and will return next year.
The supermodel will collect the prize at the annual ceremony at the London Coliseum – which will be hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall, after David Walliams was forced to withdraw due to ill health. The night’s other Special Recognition award will be presented to journalist Suzy Menkes.
- Dior Unveils Next Lady Dior Campaign
Contemporary art is definitely in the air — and not only because Frieze is currently in full swing in London.
The latest installment of the Lady Dior campaign sees Marion Cotillard posing in front of abstract canvases and toting Lady Dior bags in vivid colors and with airbrushing details.
Tim Walker shot the ads, which are slated to break in Japanese Vogue on Oct. 28 and Vanity Fair in the U.S. on Oct. 30. They are also to be published on diormag.com, the French house’s online magazine.
Now five years doing Lady Dior campaigns, Cotillard exudes a modernist look with her slicked-back hair, red lips and sleek clothes from the resort collection by Dior designer Raf Simons.
- Suki Waterhouse for Sass & Bide
Besides filming Love, Rosie with Lily Collins and reportedly dating Bradley Cooper, the 20-year-old London resident is also Sass & Bide’s new model and muse. She styled herself for the boho-luxe clothing line’s fall 2013 ad campaign.
“The shoot was really inspiring,” says Waterhouse. “We were having loads of fun, playing music outside all day and dancing.” Adds the label’s creative director, Heidi Middleton, “Suki embodies the spirit of the brand. She has a curious mind and looks at the world in an original way. We felt an instant connection to her.”
Sass & Bide also appreciated Waterhouse’s dreamy artistic talents, and gave her full permission to draw and paint all over their photos. You can see her handiwork at sassandbide.com.
- So Why Is Prudent Princess Kate Middleton Wearing A Cartier Necklace Worth £49K?
She’s built a reputation as the Discount Duchess who would rather borrow her mother’s high-street dress for her first public speech than invest in a new frock. But today Kate Middleton stepped out wearing a necklace worth an eye-watering £49,000. Say whaaa?
Arriving at the National Portrait Gallery this morning, Kate looked resplendent in a blue Stella McCartney dress blinged up by the statement necklace featuring three intertwined circles of pink, yellow and white gold. How fancy and utterly perfect for the Olympics-themed event, we mused. And so the hunt for the necklace began – is it another highstreet piece or perhaps a bargain from mega shopping mecca Bicester Village? No, no and no.
In fact, the accessory is Cartier’s Trinity necklace, which is available for £49,000. Considering her notorious ‘prudent princess’ ways, we’re utterly flabbergasted that Kate would opt for such a luxury creation, despite it being undeniably stunning. What’s more, the piece costs £19K MORE than six months’ worth of her royal outfits! Prince Charles coughed up approximatley £30K for the Duchess’ wardrobe during the first six months of being a royal, so we find it hard to believe that she would spend such a huge sum on one item.
The last time she sported a spot of Cartier was on her wedding day last April when she wore that twinkling halo tiara of delicate diamonds, which was leant to her by the Queen. Meanwhile, Clarence House wouldn’t confirm a thing except to say: ‘It’s a piece of private jewellery’.
- Mario Testiono’s Peruvian-inspired collection for MATE
Net-a-Porter has finally unveiled its exclusive collection by Mario Testino for MATE.
For the first time, you can purchase the world-renowned photographer’s gorgeous range of clothes and accessories, inspired by his Alta Moda exhibition.
Alta Moda features a series of portraits showing Peruvians wearing traditional clothing and coincides with the new capsule collection, which includes t-shirts, kaftans, tote bags and scarves. The gorgeous abstract prints were all inspired by Mario’s home town of Lima, Peru.
We’re lusting after this statement necklace, designed by Vicki Beamon and inspired by Peruvian craft. We’ll be teaming it with a crisp white shirt and jeans for the ultimate summer wardrobe update.
Holli Rogers, Fashion Director at Net-a-Porter: “We are huge fans of Mario’s photography and are delighted to be able to offer our customers the opportunity to wear his works of art.
“The color and detail in the Peruvian costumes are unbelievable and this has paved the way for a fun range of clothing, bags and jewellery.”
We couldn’t agree more. Twenty per cent of the profits will be donated to MATE, Mario’s organisation which aims to promote and celebrate arts in his home country. Online shopping for a good cause? We can’t think of a better way to spend our evening on the sofa.
The collection goes on sale later this month. Prices start from £115.
- SJP’s new shoe collection
“I’ve spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!” For fans of Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw’s fashion devotion struck a chord. So when we found out that Carrie, er Sarah Jessica Parker, would be stepping into the design studio all in the name of footwear, we could have clicked our 4″ heels.
Because in an age of celebrity fashion and fragrance lines that, for the most part, don’t entirely make sense, Parker’s shoe collection (aptly called SJP) with none other than George Malkemus, CEO of Manolo Blahnik, the designer label she helped put on the map on SATC, actually feels like an authentic passion project. Fittingly, Sarah-Jessica made the big reveal 15 years to the day of the premiere of her hit TV show.
After all, SJP did for Manolo what Jane Birkin did for Hermès. And the fashion world’s never looked back.
Her collection will be inspired by French footwear designer Charles Jourdan and Maud Frizon, a 1960s model-turned-shoe designer, and prices range from £130 for flats to £450 for bags. It will be stocked at Nordstrom in the US early next year.
“In a silly way, I think it’s what people have expected of me most because of Carrie Bradshaw,” Parker told US Vogue. “We’re putting new colours together that people don’t typically do, just beautiful combinations that you wish existed in your closet.
Interestingly, the actress revealed to Net-A-Porter in March that she had been wearing “cheap” shoes for a film role and was paying the price. “I went to a foot doctor and he said, ‘Your foot does things it shouldn’t be able to do. That bone there… You’ve created that bone. It doesn’t belong there.’ The moral of the story is, the chickens are coming home to roost.” So it seems she’s taken to making her own now.
But this isn’t the first time SJP has joined a fashion design team – she also worked for a year and a half with Halston Heritage, where she seemed keen to learn her new trade.
Only time will tell how SJP fares with shoppers, but we think Parker has one foot in the right direction already.
- Thandie Newton Turns Party Host For Jimmy Choo’s Summer Soirée
Thandie Newton turned party host last night for Jimmy Choo’s summer dinner party in London.
Co-hosting alongside the luxury shoe label’s creative director, Sandra Choi, the actress was the star guest at the party held to celebrate the brand’s pre-fall 2013 collection, which is inspired by summer’s bumper calendar of social events.
Dressed in a shimmering sky blue dress with bell sleeves by Stella McCartney teamed with a metallic clutch and peep-toe heels by Jimmy Choo, Thandie led the style charge at the party at the Clifton Nurseries in the Little Venice district of the capital.
Other famous faces spotted at the bash included models Laura Bailey, Poppy Delevingne, Portia Freeman and Tallulah Harlech, as well as make-up artist Jemma Kidd, designer Jasmine Guinness and Prince Harry’s former flame Florence Brudenell-Bruce.
With the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 taking place this week the event had a summer garden theme, where the guests were treated to a beautiful party setting courtesy of contemporary floral artist Rebecca Louise Law who created an installation complete with a canopy of pink flowers under which the guests dined.
The installation, which features a whopping 6,000 English country flowers, will reamin at the Clifton Nurseries in London as part of The Chelsea Fringe Festival.
- Gisele Is The New Face Of H&M
Gisele Bundchen is the new face of H&M. The supermodel stars in the autumn/winter 2013-14 campaign for the Swedish retailer, which was shot on the streets of London.
While no pictures from the final campaign have yet been unveiled, the brand released a behind-the-scenes preview of the imagery earlier today – showing a smiling Bundchen wearing a black coat. H&M is on a roll with its current slew of campaign stars; Beyoncé Knowles stars in the brand’s high-summer adverts – showcasing a series of swimwear – while models Daphne Groeneveld, Joan Smalls, Liu Wen and Lindsey Wixson are the faces of the retailer’s New Icons range.
Bundchen – who last year was named top of Forbes’ highest-paid models list – gave birth to her second child, daughter Vivian Lake Brady, in December. The 32-year-old is also the current face of Chanel beauty and previously worked with H&M on its spring/summer 2011 campaign.
- Beyoncé For H&M: Full Advert Unveiled
Beyoncé Knowles KNOWLES is the new face of H&M, and we have the full campaign to share. The singer stars in the Swedish retailer’s new high summer adverts, modelling a series of bikinis and beachwear inspired by her individual style. The singer also gave “personal input on the pieces seen in the campaign”, confirmed a representative for the brand.
The print and billboard images – which see her reclining on beach sun lounger and posing in swimwear by the sea – were shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin in the Bahamas earlier this year. The adverts will introduce the star: “Beyoncé as Mrs Carter in H&M” – tying in with the name of her upcoming world tour.
“I’ve always liked H&M’s focus on fun affordable fashion. I really loved the concept we collaborated on to explore the different emotions of women represented by the four elements – fire, water, earth and wind,” said Knowles. “It was a beautiful shoot on a tropical island. It felt more like making a video than a commercial.”
The summer campaign features swimwear and beachwear pieces – including a bikini from the H&M for Water collection, which raises money for WaterAid. The print adverts will launch alongside an accompanying television commercial – featuring a new Beyoncé song, Standing On The Sun.
“H&M’s summer campaign starring Beyoncé is an epic fantasy, with glamour, drama and also a sense of paradise,” said Donald Schneider, H&M’s creative director. “It was amazing to watch her on the shoot make it all look effortless – a quality that makes her such an icon for women around the world. The campaign is the essence of Beyoncé, and also the essence of H&M this summer.”
It was first reported that the singer would be partnering with H&M back in January – which is when the shoot took place – after one of the star’s dancers accidentally revealed the news on Twitter.
- David Beckham Discusses Romeo’s Burberry Billboards
Romeo Beckham might be enjoying life as Burberry’s latest campaign star but, according to David Beckham, he’s just like any other young boy his age. The 10-year-old was cast alongside Cara Delevingne and Edie Campbell in the British brand’s spring/summer 2013 adverts – a move which made headlines worldwide and cast him firmly in the international spotlight.
“Romeo might be on the billboards and be the Burberry model, but he’s also one of those little boys who loves going home and playing on PlayStation or going over to the park and having a kick around,” he said. “My children are very grounded, they do normal things – as normal as they can, obviously, given our situation.”
The 37-year-old has four children – Brooklyn, 14; Romeo, 10; Cruz, 7; and 1-year-old daughter Harper – with wife Victoria Beckham.
“I always wanted kids I could take to work and for them to experience the things I experience. So, having three boys as a footballer was a dream,” he told men’s magazine Man About Town. “And now to have a little girl who just lightens up my day every time I see or speak to her – my children are my life.”
- Beyoncé Goes Beachy for H&M
It’s still wintry in Sweden, but that country’s most famous retailer, H&M, tapped Beyoncé to heat up its summer advertising push. The recording artist is to appear in television commercials, print ads and billboards — and she also had a hand in designing looks in the collection.
“They are full of her own personal style,” said Ann-Sofie Johansson, head of design at H&M. Items include what’s described as “the perfect body-con dress,” a beach gown slashed to the thigh, high-waist shorts and a sleeveless shirt. In one of the ad images, Beyoncé wears a tie-dyed bikini from the H&M for Water range, with a quarter of sales donated to the WaterAid charity.
Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin lensed the print spots in Nassau, Bahamas, while the commercial was directed by Jonas Akerlund and features a new Beyoncé track, “Standing on the Sun.” “It was a beautiful shoot on a tropical island. It felt more like making a video than a commercial,” Beyoncé commented.
The print and outdoor ads read “Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M,” referencing the title of her upcoming world tour, with the collection available in stores and online starting in May.
- Jennifer Lawrence Thanks Photoshop For Her Miss Dior Campaign
Aside from the fact that she’s a superb actress and looks great in a couture frock, one of the things we love most about Jennifer Lawrence is her refreshing honesty.
Minutes after arriving at the Academy Awards on Sunday the Hunger Games actress quashed speculation that Hollywood starlet’s don’t eat by blurting out ‘I’m starving! Is there any food here?’ Then following her Oscar win, J-Law’s response from a journalist about her red carpet prep revealed her down-to-earth approach to A-list life: ‘I just woke up and tried on the dress and it fit, thank God, and ummm…I took a shower…and then I got my hair and makeup done. And then I came to the Oscars!’ Simples!
Now it has emerged that Lawrence broke another celebrity rule on her big night by trying to convince a reporter that she had a little help from photoshop in her Miss Dior campaign.
The star saw the photos, taken by renowned photographer is Willy Vanderperre for the first time when the interviewer from Access Hollywood showed her the campaign on the Oscars red carpet. Her response was startlingly honest as she exclaimed: ‘Oh my God, I haven’t seen these. That doesn’t look like me at all! I love Photoshop more than anything in the world.’
The reporter looked baffled as he replied, ‘Is that photoshop? I don’t think that’s photoshop…’ to which Jen joked, ‘Of course it’s photoshop. People don’t look like that’.
- Paris Fashion Week: Stella McCartney autumn/winter 2013
Stella McCartney paid homage to British tradition with men’s-inspired tailoring before moving onto a softer section of silk dresses.
“The only thing I hate about Stella’s show,” groaned Twiggy from within the scrum of celebrity photographers, “is why don’t they have it at 3pm instead of 10am?”
That call-time chez McCartney may be early, but this collection draws stars like lint to wool: the headline acts today were Sir Paul (as ever) and Bono, a duo that lent a Live Aid frisson to the gold-leafed extravagance of Garnier’s Opera House. The sight of Jessica Alba, Natalia Vodianova and Nicole Richie (who talked through the show) made those photographers jostle and squirm like a frenzied ball of sardines.
Finally, the clothes. And had we not only just seen Stella’s husband – resplendently straight-backed in Prince of Wales check Savile Row and G.K. Chesterton’s beard – they could have suggested trouble at the McCartney marital mill. It was if Stella had emptied his wardrobe, slashed it to pieces, and then put it together again – the way she wanted to wear it.
Heavy chalkstripe and pinstripe wools were fashioned into double breasted dresses, nehru collar tops, peplummed blouses worn with baggy trousers and strapless calf-lengthers, often teamed with black baseball caps.
Of these sober materials playfully used, McCartney said afterwards “it’s really playing homage to British tradition but inserting movement – flicks and kicks – and bringing a sensual woman into the pieces.”
This Charlie Chaplin opening movement segued to a softer section of cream silk dresses with irregular panels of print inspired by ripped wallpaper. Soft tartan bomber jackets and a grey John Smedley-ish knit dress that bottomed with a wonky window of black lace re-established McCartney’s masculine versus feminine back-and-forthing. Supersized mannish coats – some with only one ornamental lapel – in that needle punch tartan, imperial purple and McCartney’s favourite blue followed.
The purple, and black too, was deployed beautifully in some silk dresses with delicately placed sheer windows and wide, elastication-puckered strips that circumvented their wearers at the knee or below the shoulders.
For her last look McCartney returned to her other half’s wardrobe and played merry havoc with a Kanye West-style summer suit: the white top half of this two piece outfit looked like a man’s jacket turned inside-out and then cut into a backless blouse. Afterwards, McCartney said: “I think that women want to be feminine and have all the things they traditionally have had. But we are allowed to have a strength too – and that doesn’t mean you have to be feisty, but it does take a confidence.”
- Kate Middleton Wore A MaxMara Studio Leopard Print Dress, Pink Coat And Lock & Co’s Hat To Attend A Wedding In Switzerland
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent the weekend soaking up the snow and the sunshine of the Swiss Alps where they attended the wedding of Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mark Tomlinson.
The groom is a long-term friend of Prince William and Prince Harry, who was also among the guests. The trio plays polo together and Tomlinson’s parents are acquaintances of Prince Charles while Laura is a British dressage rider who competed in the Olympics.
Following the church service wedding guests gathered for the reception hosted at a hotel owned by the bride’s grandfather, the billionaire Karl-Heinz Kipp, 88, who also owns a chain of German department stores.
Kate wore a mix of pieces that she’s been spotted in before, aside from the wool mix coat, which is currently unidentified. The leopard print dress is by Max Mara Studio and the Duchess first wore it for an official visit to Cambridge in November last year with a similar pink coat over the top.
Kate’s brown hat is by Lock & Co’s and she previously stepped out in it when she attended the Shamrock Ceremony with the Irish Guard in March 2012. Finally she wore two accessories from Emmy Shoes including a pair of chocolate Valerie pumps and a matching Natasha bag.
- Yasmin and Amber Le Bon are the new faces of Monsoon
Mother-daughter modelling duo Yasmin and Amber Le Bon front Monsoon’s spring/summer 2013 campaign.
Are you one of the original supermodels of the Nineties? Yes? Good, because your high-street retailer needs you – mid-market brands are going gaga for the faces of yesteryear.
Following on from Helena Christensen for Boden (which upset Middle England for being too “sultry” – she was wearing a cardie. Go figure), Cindy Crawford for C&A and Christy Turlington for Esprit, Yasmin Le Bon is the new face of Monsoon’s spring/summer 2013 campaign – evidently the brand went all out for its 40th birthday this year.
Sporting wafty tunics and paisley prints (standard for the boho-leaning brand), Le Bon is photographed in the markets and palazzos of Rajasthan, India – the city was the location for Monsoon’s first campaign shoot in 1974.
She appears with her equally leggy daughter Amber (can Yasmin really be 48 and mother to a 23-year-old?) for the Limited Edition Heritage Collection, who also fronts a special birthday collaboration designed by students from the Royal College of Art for Fusion, Monsoon’s sister range.
The ad was shot by Anders Overgaard, who’s done editorials for Vogue , Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar, and styled by Bay Garnett. Le Bon is no stranger to modelling for the high street – or designing for it: she fronted her own range for Wallis a couple of years ago.
- Helena Bonham-Carter recycles an old dress for the Oscars
We would have thought the Oscars would be the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a new frock or call up your designer mates for a favour, but perhaps when you’ve been to the awards show as many times as Helena Bonham Carter, you think ‘why bother’? So much emphasis is put on people’s outfits but it’s always fun when someone bucks the trend for couture dresses and million dollar diamonds.
The star arrived at the Academy Awards tonight in a very familiar dress adapted from a bridal design by her go-to designer, Vivienne Westwood. Helena first wore the tiered black and white number to the London Film Festival screening of Great Expectactions last year.
Helena obviously loved the look if she chose to wear it again four months later to the Oscars. We all assume the big ticket Oscar attendees get their pick of the latest gowns for the big night free of charge, but could it be that Helena doesn’t get the same treatment? Maybe she just liked the dress and wanted to show it off again at a more high profile event? Or perhaps she wanted to show off her weight loss? The dress definitely looks a lot less fitted this time around…
- Diesel Celebrates Collection with Edun
African Beats: Diesel took over Paris’ Gaîté Lyrique theater on Sunday to launch its 25-piece capsule collection with Edun, the clothing label founded by Ali Hewson and her husband Bono. It is manufactured in Africa with cotton from Uganda.
Bono, wearing Edun pants, said he did not advise his wife on the collection. “Our marriage would end if I advised Ali on design,” the U2 singer said, with a smile. “Unfortunately, this is not an equal equation; she knows a lot more about music than I know about fashion.”
As for cotton, Bono described it as “a beautiful thing. I love to be in the cotton fields.”
Solange Knowles performed her song “Losing You,” while wearing a Diesel dress, Kenzo shoes and assorted jewelry. “I have a little bit of a ring obsession,” she confessed backstage.
Knowles first met with Bono when she was 17. “I was going to Johannesburg,” she explained. “He was part of charity initiative with Nelson Mandela [and] there was a big concert. I sat next to him on the plane between South Africa and Houston. I went there with my sister, who was performing.”
Jessica Alba, sporting Maje knitwear and Céline, said she is going home after the shows to launch her new lifestyle book that includes recipes and organizational tips. It was published by Rodale.
Among other guests were Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Yves Carcelle and Ellen von Unwerth.
The party continued with African singers and dancers’ performances. “I love African music; it carries you away,” said von Unwerth, while snapping photos of the party with her small digital camera. “I was taking African dance lessons when I was young, but I saw myself in the mirror and I stop right away, as it looks totally ridiculous on me.”
- Anne Hathaway’s Mea Culpa at Oscars
Hathaway’s mea culpa: Anne Hathaway looked lovely in a pale pink Prada column for her best supporting actress win at Sunday’s Oscars, but her gown choice apparently ruffled some feathers at the house of Valentino.
The actress told reporters on the red carpet of her Prada dress, “I didn’t know what I was wearing until two hours ago. I tried on a lot of dresses, but at the end of the day, I loved the simplicity of it.”
Apparently Valentino thought it had a lock on her Oscar look and sent out a press release prior to seeing Hathaway on television. The misinformation was picked up by the blogosphere, causing momentary confusion about what she was wearing.
On Tuesday, Hathaway released a statement through her publicist Stephen Huvane: “It came to my attention late Saturday night that there would be a dress worn to the Oscars that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear, and so I decided it was best for all involved to change my plans. Though I love the dress I did wear, it was a difficult last-minute decision as I had so looked forward to wearing Valentino in honor of the deep and meaningful relationship I have enjoyed with the house and with Valentino himself. I deeply regret any disappointment caused.”
It wasn’t clear how news of the other gown came to Hathaway’s attention, but the only other Valentino worn by a major star on Sunday was the red ballgown on Jennifer Aniston, also a Huvane client. Huvane, who sent the statement to WWD and people.com, declined to elaborate, as did Prada and Rachel Zoe, Hathaway’s stylist. Zoe, Hathaway and Aniston are all longtime Valentino supporters — which is why the snafu, and the subsequent apology, carries more weight than is usually placed on such matters.
Hathaway wore a vintage red strapless Valentino gown to the 2011 Oscars, and a custom creation to her 2012 wedding. Aniston has famously worn several body-conscious Valentino gowns, far more her signature silhouette than a ballgown. As for Prada, Hathaway last wore it at the Paris premiere of “Les Misérables” earlier this month. Ironically, one of Aniston’s most famous looks was the red strapless Prada column she wore to the 2000 Emmy Awards on her first red-carpet appearance with then-husband Brad Pitt.
- Eva Longoria’s Spring Street Style: Stripes And Skinny Jeans
The actress hit Spring style right on the head in a striped grey and coral jumper, sandals and skinny jeans. Admittedly we’d never be brave enough to pull on a pair of whiter than white jeans, but if Eva’s confident she’s not gonna spill anything on them, then you go girl!
Teeing off her enviable street style ensemble with cool aviator shades, a cute cross-body bag and insanely bright tangerine nails, Eva looked a picture.
Who else is sick of winter coats, black tights, scarves and gloves? We’re longing for the days when we can rock an Eva-inspired ensemble for a ‘let’s sit outside’ lunch date.
- Watch Kate Winslet shoot her new skincare campaign for Lancôme
A sneaky preview of Lancôme’s new skincare campaign starring British actress Kate Winslet.
Lancôme’s line up of leading ladies, including Julia Roberts, Penelope Cruz and Emma Watson, is a beautiful one. But it’s Kate Winslet, six years into her beauty contract with the French cosmetics company, who glows more than any in this new campaign.
Fitting then that it’s for their new Rénergie Multi-Lift Reviva-Plasma skincare – a mouthful maybe, but a promising skin-boosting serum nonetheless which launches today. And if this moody shoot of the 37-year-old English actress defying her years is anything to go by, we of course want what she’s having.
Serums – traditionally the most potent form of active skincare – are Lancôme’s thing, and if you haven’t already tried their offering, do. First there was their brightening and plumping Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, £56, (now a hit with make-up artists and beauty editors) and then there was the tightening and skin tone correcting Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector, £59, but their latest from the Rénergie range is the one you want for firming and smoothing skin.
In a new dry gel formula this wonder serum not only boosts collagen (the fibrous tissue within our skin which keeps it plump and firm) it also revitalises – that’s softer, more hydrated, brighter skin to you and me.
Following that new beauty wave of skincare emulating cosmetic treatments, Lancôme were inspired by mesotherapy in the making of Rénergie’s new serum Reviva-Plasma. A celebrity favourite treatment to revive, brighten and tighten, mesotherapy involves painless micro-needling on the face to inject vitamins and rehydrating hyaluronic acid back into the skin while triggering natural skin repair.
And after four weeks of using Lancôme’s new serum, you’ll see (just like we did on our own testing panel) the very same results on your face too – without a needle in sight.
Lancome’s Rénergie Plasma, £79, is available at Harvey Nichols exclusively from today, and nationwide from April 15.
- Beyoncé, Salma Hayek and Frida Giannini launch Gucci’s ‘Chime For Change’ campaign
Beyonce Knowles, Salma Hayek Pinault and Gucci creative director Frida Giannini have joined forces to co-found Chime For Change, a new global campaign to raise funds and awareness for girls’ and women’s empowerment, backed by Italian fashion house Gucci.
The initiative will be formally announced by Hayek Pinault at the TEDxWomen luncheon in California today, where she will also present the first of 10 short films produced for the campaign.
Chime For Change serves to “convene, unite and strengthen voices speaking out for girls and women around the world and will focus on three key pillars: Education, Health and Justice”
“This is the emergency and the opportunity of today,” says Frida Giannini, who is currently pregnant with her first child. “We have reached a significant moment in the history of girls’ and women’s empowerment and now is the time for change. I think it is essential for girls and women to see and celebrate what is possible. I hope that through CHIME we can help the voices calling for change to become so loud that they cannot be ignored.”
Through its partner Catapult, Chime for Change encourages people throughout the world to support girls’ and women’s projects in a personalized, individual way. Catapult enables citizen philanthropy and is the first crowd-funding platform dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women. Catapult connects CHIME FOR CHANGE community members directly to organizations and projects focused on the causes that matter most to them, and currently represents over 50 organizations in 38 countries.
The three co-founders are joined by an ‘Advisory Board’ of issues experts, advocates and global leaders, including former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Beyoncé Knowles, who is mother to one-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, said: “I have always felt strongly about equal opportunity for women. Girls have to be taught from early on that they are strong and capable of being anything they want to be. It’s up to us to change the statistics for women around the world. I’m honoured to be in the company of women who live fearlessly and set an example for the next generation of young ladies.”
A major announcement will be made in mid-March regarding a global event that promises to put girls’ and women’s issues on the world stage.
- Iran Photoshops Michelle Obama’s Oscars Dress
IRANIAN news agency Fars doctored pictures of Michelle Obama at the Oscars in accordance with the country’s restrictions on images of the female body in the media. The company photoshopped the US First Lady’s silver Naeem Khan dress so that it covered her chest and shoulders.
Obama wore the dress to present the Oscars’ Best Picture category, via a video link from the White House. Current rules implemented by Iran’s media censors state that women on Iranian state television should wear a hijab that covers their hair, arms and legs. The rules vary for foreigners.
Photoshopping foreign celebrities and political figures is a tact that has been used by the Islamic censorship regime before, with film actors sometimes being edited frame by frame to protect their modesty and on occasions even deleted from a scene altogether, The Guardian reports.
In May 2011, an H&M campaign starring Gisele Bündchen was altered in the Middle East, after being declared too risqué in Dubai. Images of the supermodel wearing a playsuit, a halterneck top and a dress were photoshopped, so that T-shirts and vests were layered underneath to make the pictures less revealing.
- Cara Delevingne becomes the new face – and body, of Burberry’s new fragrance
British fashion power house Burberry has picked bushy-browed Cara Delevingne to front its new fragrance, Burberry Body Tender.
With fresh lemon, dewy English rose and warm white jasmine, Burberry describes its new Burberry Body Tender scent as “a light spirited expression of the iconic Burberry Body fragrance,” – might we add just how fitting we think Cara is to this campaign in that case.
And the brand goes on to say that the scent mixes up “the relaxed, playful attitude of the Burberry girl with the energy of the brand’s London hometown.”
Burberry’s chief officer Christopher Bailey, together with Mario Testino, have continued the London calling by shooting the campaign along the River Thames. And it’s all nicely set to the “Happy Together” soundtrack written by British songwriter Misty Miller.
Cara joins fellow British pin-up Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in the Burberry perfume stable, who fronts the original Burberry Body scent.
A very British affair.