London cycling prepared Alicia Vikander for Tomb Raider bike messenger

Alicia Vikander’s cycling days in London prepared the actress for her bike messenger scenes in the new Tomb Raider movie. The Oscar winner has become the latest actress to portray video game heroine Lara Croft onscreen, and in the new origins story, t…

Alicia Vikander’s cycling days in London prepared the actress for her bike messenger scenes in the new Tomb Raider movie.

The Oscar winner has become the latest actress to portray video game heroine Lara Croft onscreen, and in the new origins story, the character tackles the mean streets of the English capital on a bike.

“I lived in East London when I was 20 with my girlfriends and I used to have a bike because it’s so crazy expensive to get on the tube and I almost got killed!” she tells WENN, “so I know it’s life threatening to ride a bicycle in London – that makes for a really good action scene.”

And as she promotes the upcoming movie, Alicia admits she’s covering up a few bumps and cuts from the action sequences in the film.

“I still have little wounds on my legs but no real injuries,” she adds.

The film’s director Roar Uthaug was more than impressed with the former dancer’s dedication to the action scenes, telling WENN, “Of all the movies I’ve made I’ve never seen someone with so much dedication and so much energy and so much excitement. I remember in the early days, we would play out scenes running around the office and it takes so much passion to play Lara… To see Alicia every single day in the gym before shooting was amazing. I think young girls will follow her, and boys too.”

Vikander’s Tomb Raider, which also features The Hateful Eight star Walton Goggins, Dominic West, and Kristin Scott Thomas, opens in America on 16 March (18).

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Rita Ora launching clothing label

Rita Ora is launching her own clothing line, Roara Republic.Singer Rita has been mixing fashion and music for years, and has previously designed lines for Adidas, as well as modelled for Roberto Cavalli and lingerie brand Tezenis. She’s now fully focu…

Rita Ora is launching her own clothing line, Roara Republic.

Singer Rita has been mixing fashion and music for years, and has previously designed lines for Adidas, as well as modelled for Roberto Cavalli and lingerie brand Tezenis.

She’s now fully focusing her efforts on design and has teased details about her new label on social media.

“-5 Days to the Official Release!!! Full Collection available online Sat 3rd March 09:00 GMT http://store.ritaora.com #roararepublic,” she posted online next to a snap of her in a green Roara Republic sweater.

In a second post, the blonde star added a photo of herself wearing a branded white T-shirt and matching bucket hat.

Fans can click on the website link, where they’ll find a countdown clock ahead of the site going live.

Talking about her line, Rita explained the message behind the brand.

“I have been working secretly on this for a while with my team,” she said in a statement. “I am so passionate about fashion so it’s such a pleasure and honour for me to be able to express that through my very own collection. It is meant to inspire you to be your best self, your own hero.”

The 27-year-old, who showed off her style credentials as the host of America’s Next Top Model last year (17), also recently flexed her design muscles to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her homeland Kosovo’s independence. She designed a colourful new hooded sweatshirt in honour of the event, with all money raised from sales going to charity.

Rita previously told Glamour magazine that she dreamed of creating her own clothing brand.

“One day in the future, one hundred per cent, I want my own label,” she said in 2015.

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Kelly Brook no longer feeling under pressure to look perfect

Former model-turned-actress Kelly Brook no longer pressures herself to look perfect after learning to embrace her changing figure. The Piranha 3D beauty and TV personality, who is known for her curves, understands there are aspects of ageing she canno…

Former model-turned-actress Kelly Brook no longer pressures herself to look perfect after learning to embrace her changing figure.

The Piranha 3D beauty and TV personality, who is known for her curves, understands there are aspects of ageing she cannot control, so instead of obsessing over them, she’s decided to take a more relaxed approach to beauty.

“I think I’m embracing getting older and not looking fabulous all of the time,” the 38-year-old tells Now magazine. “The work I do has changed – I’m doing a lot more daytime TV and fewer lingerie and swimwear shoots.

“I’m just ageing and changing, and while I try to look my best, I don’t put pressure on myself.”

Kelly, whose exes include actors Jason Statham and Billy Zane, also credits her current boyfriend, model Jeremy Parisi, with inspiring her to take up running, because the 32-year-old loves to stay active.

“He drags me out all the time to go running, and he’s really good at motivating me,” she smiles.

Kelly’s body confidence is now at an all-time high, and she has no qualms about what she sees in the mirror.

“In some nice afternoon light, standing on a beach in a bikini, I don’t think I look too bad for a girl who’s nearly 40,” she says.

The star’s comments come weeks after she hit back at critics online for slamming her bikini body in a photo she shared on social media following a vacation in France at the end of 2017.

After trolls called her “fat” and “plump”, Kelly insisted she pays no mind to haters, declaring, “I will not let the negativity of a few stop me sharing.”

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Pete Wentz looks to Pharrell for forever young skin inspiration

Rocker Pete Wentz has “latched on” to the wisdom imparted to him by Pharrell Williams in his bid to maintain youthful skin for decades to come.The Fall Out Boy musician is serious about staving off wrinkles and he has incorporated skincare techniques t…

Rocker Pete Wentz has “latched on” to the wisdom imparted to him by Pharrell Williams in his bid to maintain youthful skin for decades to come.

The Fall Out Boy musician is serious about staving off wrinkles and he has incorporated skincare techniques the Happy singer uses to ensure his face stays young and bright.

“People are always asking about the key to my skin routine, but I’m always latching on to people who have super skin,” he tells Pete Wentz. “The guy with super skin is Pharrell, who somehow has just looked 21 forever. And he told me, exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. And I trust him on that.

“The reason I like this one (Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant) in particular is because it comes dry, which makes it perfect for travelling. If you’re just taking a carry-on, often liquid exfoliants are too large for the three-ounce rule, but this you can take anywhere because it’s not a liquid. You just add water to it and start exfoliating. I think it might have charcoal in it, which is like this year’s avocado toast or kale.”

Pete blames plane travel for getting him close to the danger zone when it comes to dry skin.

“I’m one of the driest people. From being constantly on airplanes, I think that moisturization has been the key to everything for me,” the 38-year-old explains. “I’m trying to get carded at least one time when I’m 40, and La Mer may be the way to get there. It’s not fragrant, so even as a man you can kind of rock it, and even though you can use it anywhere on your body, it’s priced like gold, so it’s really not to be wasted. You don’t want to blow it on spots that take up a lot of real estate. I go for the face usually.”

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Kaia Gerber lands Chanel campaign

Kaia Gerber is Chanel’s new poster girl.Model of the moment Kaia, the daughter of runway legend Cindy Crawford, has been walking for the French label since October 2017, but has yet to star in a Chanel campaign – until now. Chanel head Karl Lagerfeld h…

Kaia Gerber is Chanel’s new poster girl.

Model of the moment Kaia, the daughter of runway legend Cindy Crawford, has been walking for the French label since October 2017, but has yet to star in a Chanel campaign – until now.

Chanel head Karl Lagerfeld has tapped 16-year-old Kaia to appear in the brand’s spring 2018 handbag ads. Karl pulled double duty on the campaign by shooting the images himself, with the result a series of black and white photos which see Kaia posing with the luxury accessories.

The setting for the shoot was the study at Mademoiselle Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s apartment at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris, with Kaia reclining on a sofa wearing a variety of outfits, including Chanel’s signature tweed as she shows off the new 11.12, Gabrielle and Boy handbags.

The campaign further cements Kaia and Karl’s professional partnership. It was announced in January (18) that Kaia will be designing a capsule collection for the Karl Lagerfeld label, made up of ready-to-wear and accessories.

Described as blending Karl’s Parisian chic aesthetic and Kaia’s signature West Coast casual style, the Karl Lagerfeld x Kaia collection hits stores in September (18).

“When Karl first told us his idea to collaborate with Kaia, we were all excited by the incredible potential and power of bringing their two worlds together,” Karl Lagerfeld’s chief executive officer Pier Paolo Righi previously commented. “We have been working intensely over the last months with Kaia in L.A. and at our studio in Paris. It was exciting to see her clear vision, passion and engagement, and the collection will definitely inspire many young women.”

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Investment firm snaps up lingerie brand La Perla

Investment company Sapinda has acquired high-end lingerie brand La Perla.The Amsterdam-based global investment group announced plans to buy a majority stake in the label on Monday (26Feb18) which is currently owned by Italian businessman Silvio Scaglia…

Investment company Sapinda has acquired high-end lingerie brand La Perla.

The Amsterdam-based global investment group announced plans to buy a majority stake in the label on Monday (26Feb18) which is currently owned by Italian businessman Silvio Scaglia through Pacific Global Management.

Since taking over the brand in 2013, Scaglia has implemented a major turnaround strategy involving opening new boutiques and tapping major models such as Kendall Jenner for campaigns but is now selling the Bologna-based company.

“I know that Sapinda has the necessary resources to take La Perla to the next level and continue my vision of building a global luxury brand, but keeping production in Europe,” Scaglia said in a statement, adding he is certain Sapinda executives will continue with his vision for the label. “La Perla heritage in corsetry was the foundation for starting a real revolution in fashion. We are proud to have a unique team, with the ability to create luxurious and unique products which are made in Italy.”

In late December (17), bosses at Chinese conglomerate Fosun International confirmed they were interested in buying La Perla. However, negotiations hit a stumbling block, with Reuters reporting that La Perla bosses didn’t want production moved out of Europe.

Lars Windhorst, co-founder of Sapinda, added that he had been seeking to enter the luxury space for a while and was excited by La Perla’s future.

“Silvio and his team have done a tremendous job in expanding the business in a sector that continues to demonstrate huge growth potential,” he said. “We are prepared to further invest, to improve the financial performance of the company and to continue implementing Silvio’s vision.”

Scaglia, the founder of telecommunication firm Fastweb, purchased La Perla at auction for $81 million (£57 million). He soon launched a Made to Measure line, available in flagship stores, which features a bespoke design with gold embroidery. In addition, La Perla’s first Atelier collection was unveiled during Paris Couture Week in 2015, with models including Naomi Campbell, Isabeli Fontana and Natasha Poly walking the runway.

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Simon Porte Jacquemus set to launch men’s line

Simon Porte Jacquemus is gearing up to launch his debut men’s collection.The French designer is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in fashion, having started his own brand in 2009 when he was only 19. Jacquemus has been teasing a big announceme…

Simon Porte Jacquemus is gearing up to launch his debut men’s collection.

The French designer is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in fashion, having started his own brand in 2009 when he was only 19.

Jacquemus has been teasing a big announcement on his social media pages over the past week, and at the conclusion of his fall/winter 2018 womenswear show on Monday night (26Feb18), presented as part of Paris Fashion Week, he confirmed that he is working on a men’s range by wearing a brown hoodie printed with the words “L’Homme Jacquemus” printed on the front as he took his bow on the catwalk.

“I see the Jacquemus man as I see the Jacquemus woman, it’s my own story and emotions – all that inside a collection,” Jacquemus told WWD, adding that his inspiration for the collection is very personal. “I started to imagine the man when last year I fell in love.”

Jacquemus will present his new line as part of Paris Fashion Week: Men’s in June, though he is yet to decide if he will stage a full runway show or more intimate unveiling.

If his womenswear designs are anything to go by, fans of the designer can expect a range of simple silhouettes and the use of deconstructed fabrics. At his show on Monday, Jacquemus showed a number of flowing tunics, cotton shirt dresses and wool coats in an earthy palette of off-white, olive, taupe and tan shades.

One model wore a draped mini dress made out of dark green silk and carried a small red purse, while another wore a shirt made from the same fabric that was matched with tailored brown trousers.

There was also draped skirts matched with simple white T-shirts, knitted dresses with low necklines, belted trench coats, as a well as a dramatic dark green cape jacket.

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Natasha Poly used onions and eggs in her beauty routine as a teenager

Natasha Poly picked up some unusual food-based beauty tips when she was younger.The model grew up in Soviet Russia in the ‘80s and ‘90s, which meant it was some time before Western practices regarding fashion and beauty reached the country. As a re…

Natasha Poly picked up some unusual food-based beauty tips when she was younger.

The model grew up in Soviet Russia in the ‘80s and ‘90s, which meant it was some time before Western practices regarding fashion and beauty reached the country.

As a result, Natasha had to rifle through a 1950’s book her grandmother gave her for beauty hints and tips as a youngster.

“I once boiled up the brown skin of an onion and washed my hair with it to dye it strawberry orange. It worked,” the 32-year-old revealed to The Guardian. “I also learned how to use water bottles as weights to stay in shape and how to make a hair mask from egg (and from beer, which smelled pretty bad).

“One thing that definitely works is putting fresh strawberries all over your face, like a mask. It’s great on sunburned skin because of all the vitamin C.”

The fashion icon adopts a more conventional approach to beauty nowadays and cites Laura Mercier’s Rose Nourishing Oil and Secret Concealer as two of her favourite everyday products, while she relies on Kevyn Aucoin’s contour kits for red carpet appearances.

And though Natasha has had a hugely successful career, fronting campaigns for top brands including Gucci, Prada and Versace, she mourns the effects the job has had on her tresses.

“Modelling will destroy your hair,” she groaned. “I used to go to my hotel after every show and wash my hair because it was so wrecked from ironing and back-combing. If I was doing five shows a day, that was five washes a day.”

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Christian Dior devotes fall 18 collection to feminist themes

Christian Dior paid homage to feminist movements in its latest fashion collection.Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her fall/winter 2018-2019 collection at the Musee Rodin on Tuesday afternoon (27Feb18), showing as part of Paris Fashion We…

Christian Dior paid homage to feminist movements in its latest fashion collection.

Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her fall/winter 2018-2019 collection at the Musee Rodin on Tuesday afternoon (27Feb18), showing as part of Paris Fashion Week.

In the show notes, label representatives explained that Chiuri wanted to celebrate youthquakers, the 1960s movement that challenged conventions of the time, as well as second-wave feminism and the events of 1968.

“Anniversaries can be triggers for exceptional memories. Remembering is also about reinventing and imagining. Fifty years after the urgency and creativity that the year 1968 bought, this is an opportunity for Maria Grazia Chiuri to revive an era when the rules of fashion were turned on their head,” they said. “Indeed, thanks to this emulation which stimulated the emergence of new ideas, creativity for creativity’s sake, the cut-up technique and travel as means of discovering others but also oneself, youth occupies a place at the centre of the scene.”

Models winded through guests sat on benches, including Cara Delevingne, in a room entirely covered with posters containing feminist iconography, magazine imagery, and the slogans, “I am a woman” and “Women’s rights are human rights”.

The show opened with a model sporting a purple and red tartan skirt and jacket, along with leather boots and a black cap. A procession of similar outfits followed, with the line-up including kilts in different lengths embroidered with the label’s branding and matched with rocker-inspired T-shirts, pleated skirts with tartan and organza panels, and splashes of silver fabrics.

Knitwear was a large element of the collection, with sweaters featuring the peace symbol, as were patchwork fabrics, which were used in blazers, coats, and shirts.

Chiuri also injected a rock chic vibe into several looks, pairing fluffy coats with minidresses, and had all models wear glasses made from yellow, orange and red plastic.

She matched unexpected fabrics together as well, such as point d’esprit on masculine jackets and small coats, and used woollen embroideries on organza dresses, with all items styled to counterbalance the idea of a uniform.

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