Maria Grazia Chiuri has done it again. Following her last Paris Fashion Week show, where she introduced feminist t-shirts, loose tailoring and ballgowns, the designer has truly cemented her own new look with the AW19 collection.
The crux of it is she understand what the modern woman wants, and she creates designs she’ll want to wear. There were suits tailored in all the right places, and that are anything but boring.
There were pleated midi skirts, leather jackets and plenty of tartan, and the outerwear offering was pretty strong too, with covetable checked trenches, teddy coats and sportier parkas to cover all bases.
But that doesn’t mean Maria has turned away from Dior’s famous ‘new look’ either. There were plenty of nods to the 50s era thanks to the strapless ballgowns and floaty tulle.
The pièce de résistance was the ‘Sisterhood is Global’ t-shirt, a reference to the literary works of American feminist poet Robin Morgan, against a backdrop of letters projected on the walls and shaped with female bodies.
The show notes explained the collection’s aim was to ‘reconnect with an idea of femininity that transcends gender and anatomy’, and we can all agree Maria certainly succeeded.
For over two decades, R Kelly has been accused of abusing and sexually harassing young women. And while the allegations against R Kelly were made a long time ago, it was the recent broadcasting of a new documentary about the singer that prompted a lot of people to take them seriously.
R Kelly has now been indicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four victims, with the reported crimes allegedly taking place between 1998 and 2010.
This, according to prosecutors, would make three of the alleged victims underage at the time of the reported assaults.
A judge in Chicago set Kelly’s bond at $1 million – $250,000 for each of the alleged victims in the case – but to leave police custody, he would be required to pay $100,000 – 10% of the total bond.
Kelly was unable to pay his bail however, with his attorney Steve Greenberg announcing that despite the bond seeming ‘fair and reasonable given the allegations’, R Kelly was unable to pay.
Explaining that Kelly ‘really doesn’t have any money at the moment’, apparently due to ‘mismanagement’ and ‘bad deals’, he explained that Kelly would ultimately be able to pay the required $100,000 after he had worked it all out.
If he is convicted, R Kelly faces three to seven years in prison for each count.
Last night saw the 91st Academy Awards, with the Oscars 2019 returning to LA’s Dolby Theatre, bringing award season to a close.
But it wasn’t Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s show stopping duet of ‘Shallow’ from A Star Is Born or Rami Malek falling off the stage after his Best Oscar win that made the most noise. Instead, it was Olivia Colman’s acceptance speech after receiving the Best Actress nod.
Colman won the gong for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite, beating acclaimed actresses in her category from Melissa McCarthy and Yalitza Aparicio to Lady Gaga and Glenn Close.
The nod came as a surprise to Olivia Colman, who along with a lot of people had assumed that the honour was going to Glenn, telling the legendary actress, ‘Glenn Close – you’ve been my idol for so long. This is not how I wanted it to be. I think you’re amazing and I love you very much.’
She then went on to credit the other actresses in her category as ‘extraordinary women’, and enthusing about her co-stars, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.
‘Emily and Rachel,’ she addressed the actresses personally in her speech, going on to call them ‘the two loveliest women in the world to fall in love with and to go to work with every day.’
‘You can imagine, it wasn’t a hardship,’ she joked, prompting laughter from the audience.
Then moving her way through every single emotion that exists in her two minute speech, Olivia started sobbing as she thanked her parents, her agent and her children who she joked should be in bed.
‘To my kids who are at home and watching – well if you’re not, well done, but I sort of hope you are – this is not going to happen again.’
Going for the empowering message, Olivia continued: ‘And any little girl who is practising their speech on the telly – you never know! I used to work as a cleaner – and I loved that job – but I did spend quite a lot of time practising this.’
‘Oh “Please wrap up”’, she read off the screen midway through her speech before blowing a raspberry at the camera in defiance, prompting cheers from the crowd.
‘And my husband Ed, my best friend. I love you so much – 25 years you’ve been my best supporter,’ she announced before joking ‘He’s going to cry! But I’m not!’
Leaving to a standing ovation, Olivia called out to Lady Gaga who was sitting on the front row, with the two women exchanging a sweet moment.
Like we needed another reason to love Olivia Colman. This speech surely just made Oscar history.
It has been reported that iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died aged 85, with a report from French magazine Closer breaking the news.
The news of his death comes after weeks of ill health, with Karl – the artistic director of Chanel – missing his catwalk bow at the end of the most recent Chanel Couture Show in Paris.
‘Mr Lagerfeld, artistic director of Chanel, who was feeling tired, asked Virginie Viard, director of the creative studio of the house, to represent him,’ a statement announced following his absence.
It was then announced this morning that the designer – who presided over the House of Chanel for three decades – had died this morning in Paris.
While he is best known for his work with Chanel, becoming Creative Director in 1983, he is also just as celebrated for his work with Fendi, not to mention of course, his signature label.
It is undoubtedly a very sad day for the fashion community and high profile figures are coming out in force to pay their respects to the icon.
‘Karl, I cannot tell you how much you meant to me and how much I will miss you,’ Diane Kruger posted about the icon. ‘I will never forget your kindness towards me, your laughs, your imagination. I came to France to see you this week and introduce you to my daughter…I’m heartbroken I was too late Rest In Peace. I adore you.’
This weekend saw the Super Bowl LIII, with the New England Patriots coming out victorious over the Los Angeles Rams.
A lot of people however don’t tune in for the sport, but instead for the halftime music concert, with past performers including everyone from Beyonce and Lady Gaga to Coldplay and Katy Perry.
This year’s live act was Maroon 5, and despite the high hopes, their performance brought in a lot of online hate.
Yes, Adam Levine was mocked for his dad dancing and barely touching the guitar he had around him, but the real storm was caused by what he was wearing – or rather, what he wasn’t wearing.
The 39-year-old Maroon 5 singer took his shirt off during his performance, spending a lot of the concert topless, something that prompted viewers to call out as unfair.
Back in 2004, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake were the half time Super Bowl performance, with JT accidentally ripping Janet’s top mid-routine, revealing the singer’s breast and becoming the most famous wardrobe malfunction of all time.
Despite the fact that she was wearing a nipple shield, Janet was essentially ostracised due to ‘nipple-gate’ as it has become known, even having to make a public apology.
It’s hardly surprising therefore that viewers were angered when Adam Levine stripped off with ease on-stage to cheers, when Janet Jackson’s accident stunted her career.
‘So now that Adam Levine showed his nipples in the Halftime Show he owes a giant fee and his career is ruined, right?’, one angry fan posted, while another wrote: ‘How come Adam Levine gets to show his nipples and Janet doesn’t?’.
Fans called out the double standard as ‘casual sexism’, with one posting, ‘I’m sorry that Adam Levine’s career will now be ruined since he showed his nipples at the halftime show’.
‘We can be in it to win it but we should be supporting each other’
Second Act is hitting cinemas this week, undoubtedly set to become the feel-good film of the season.
The high fashion office wear and career inspiration make this a millennial must-see, but it’s the two strong female leads, coming in the form of Jennifer Lopez and Vanessa Hudgens, that make it a really important watch.
‘I think it’s great for women of all ages,’ Vanessa Hudgens told Marie Claire‘s Jenny Proudfoot. ‘I think that you’ll leave the film feeling inspired to reassess and go after what you really want and know that you aren’t a victim to your life. You are in control of it. And you decide how you live it.’
This is the film’s chief takeaway – a huge dose of career inspiration and an example of why women should support other women.
Jenny Proudfoot sat down with the lovely Vanessa Hudgens to talk all things Second Act, her surreal connection with J-Lo and why we should all surround ourselves with strong women on (and off) screen.
What was your first impression when you read the script?
I mean, my biggest thing reading the script at the beginning was, ‘Oh my gosh – Jennifer Lopez is going to crush this role and I want to watch her doing it.’ I grew up with her films. I remember watching The Wedding Planner over and over again and how charming she was and I was just so excited to see what she was going to do with this script because it’s so well-written and supportive of women.
Were you nervous meeting Jennifer Lopez?
I had met her once before in passing, and I was just really excited to have the opportunity to work with her in the room, and once we did our read together we connected in a way that was kind of crazy. Every now and then I feel like you meet people that you feel a soul connection to. It’s kind of weird and unexplainable but it’s a very real thing and you just feel it. That’s what happened with us. I remember calling my boyfriend afterwards and going, ‘Babe – even if I don’t get this part, I am so grateful for the experience that I just had because me and Jennifer connected on such a deep, real level that it just felt magical’. We read the big emotional scene. There were lots of tears between the two of us which I guess is what made it so special. It was emotional for me but it was also emotional for her. And afterwards she apparently said that she wanted me. I mean, only she can vouch for that but I feel like because our connection was so real, it just felt like it was right.
Do you hope this film will push women to boost each other up in business?
Yes. I think that it’s something that is really special and important. I feel that it’s such a sensitive time right now that women are really afraid of stepping on someone else’s toes, and it just goes to show with this – it’s ok as long as there is motive to support each other. We can be in it to win it but we should be supporting each other. I have always surrounded myself with strong women – I 100% think that who you are is a reflection of the people that you surround yourself with. It’s so important to be surrounded by people that challenge you and lift you up and are always there for you. I think it’s so important – that’s why my friendship group is so small!
What’s your top career advice?
I think people should lean into their interests. I feel as though we are at a point where it’s like “Work hard, go after what you want and be focused on that”. While that’s very true, it can give you tunnel vision and you lose sight of what brings you joy. It’s most important to lean into your interests – especially as an artist. I feel that there’s no right or wrong direction. Just follow your bliss and fully lean into it.
What career advice did Jennifer give you on-set?
Jennifer says herself that she loves being a mentor. She has been in this industry for so long and she knows the ropes – she has kind of done it all. So we would talk about trajectory and image and stuff like that. I mean, she was just super open with me and was down to talk about whatever.
What was your favourite scene that you filmed together?
It is really random. There was one scene when we were walking through Central Park together around the big classic Central Park fountain while we were filming in New York. It was a walk and talk scene and at one point it literally felt like someone had turned on a massive fan and put leaves in front of it. There were just leaves blowing all around us. But no, it was just Mother Nature doing her thing. And I remember looking up at Jennifer and looking around at Central Park and all these leaves blowing and it was just one of those real life movie moments, which is so funny because it turned into a real life movie moment.
Did playing VP Zoe inspire a career change of your own?
I’m an actor because I love stepping into other people’s shoes and then I feel that I get to bring a part of that person into my own personal life. And I think that there was something very empowering about playing this character, being the VP of the beauty department and having authority and power in an office space. Granted, that was fun but I would not be down for an office job. I don’t think I would survive. I like pretending, but not in real life.
What was your favourite Second Act look?
Zoe’s wardrobe was really nice. I love the winter layering – like the big winter coats with the thick scarves – I felt like they were such statements and so chic. I do like A/W fashion and I definitely enjoy seasons for short stints of time, but being a native Californian – I just want the sun the whole time. I mean, I’ve literally just been complaining about how I want it to be summer so that I can wear a dress.
What is your pre-audition prep?
I went to an acting class and they said before you do any audition you owe it to yourself to feel your body. By doing that you lie down and breathe, take account where you’re holding tension and pick a colour and put that colour in that place of tension. You breathe into it and therefore walk into the room feeling centred and grounded and completely present, giving yourself the best shot of getting the job.
While Zoe doesn’t have a British accent, how did you nail Lady Margaret’s voice in The Princess Switch?
I had a dialect coach that I worked with religiously. I obviously listened to a couple of the royals but at the end of the day it was all about thinking how I would be as a Duchess and practicing it. I was very self conscious about it and it would get to the point where I would have to do it all the time – in real life as well – so it would start to feel less foreign to me. There would definitely be days where I would go around all day with a British accent to everyone, even my mother.
Second Act comes to UK cinemas on Friday 25 January.
Valentine’s gifts for her – that’s right, we’ve dedicated an entire shopping gallery to pretty things we want for Valentine’s Day. Go on, check it out and start dropping hints…
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, terrifying everyone across the globe looking to buy the perfect present.
Let’s face it – gift shopping is an absolute minefield. You just went through that stress at Christmas, using up all your best romantic ideas then, and now you have to do it all over again.
Not to mention, the selection of a Valentine’s present is more pressured than most – thanks to Nicholas Sparks the lucky lady in question will be comparing your romantic gesture to the ones made in every chick flick ever.
Unless you’re going to build her dream house like Noah in The Notebook, you’re really just playing for second.
So what are you going to do? Will you go down the sentimental gift route, or prioritise the price tag? Is it better to take a risk or to opt for something fail safe? Do you dare to guess your other half’s dress size (knowing that if you get it wrong you could be spending February 14th apologising)? Or should you go for something that can’t possibly backfire? Are you going to go OTT on the romance, or if it’s not reciprocated could that get a bit awkward?
Don’t panic – we’ve got you covered this year.
Whether she’s a girlfriend, wife or someone you’ve been admiring from afar, we’ve compiled our Valentine’s wish list – with truly something for everyone.
Whatever your budget, your relationship or her taste, you’re bound to find the perfect Valentine’s gifts for her here.
From posh candles and luxury scents to artwork and jewellery, from lingerie and designer shoes to pocket sized Polaroid cameras and Valentine’s Day jewellery – we’ve got it all here, and more.
So whether you’re shopping for your other half or doing some research to drop a few hints for you, here is the ultimate Valentine’s gift guide.