Haider Ackermann exiting Berluti

Haider Ackermann is departing Berluti after three seasons at the label.The Colombian-born designer joined the Paris-based menswear brand in September 2016 and has since gone on to build a reputation for his sharp suits and eye-catching accessories.But …

Haider Ackermann is departing Berluti after three seasons at the label.

The Colombian-born designer joined the Paris-based menswear brand in September 2016 and has since gone on to build a reputation for his sharp suits and eye-catching accessories.

But on Friday (30Mar18), bosses at Berluti parent company Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) announced that Ackermann was exiting his role as creative director.

“Haider has been at the core of the evolution of Berluti’s collections and image these past few seasons,” said Berluti’s chief executive officer Antoine Arnault, according to WWD. “I want to thank him for everything he has accomplished since his arrival. His feel for materials, colours, and his wonderful shows will always be linked to the history of the house.”

Ackermann studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and went on to work at John Galliano before starting his eponymous line in 2001.

He has not yet shared whether he will be joining another fashion house or concentrating on his own brand but uploaded a statement on Instagram in which he explained how happy he was to have been a part of the Berluti story.

“I am immensely proud to have been able to put my creativity at the service of this house with an exceptional know-how, whilst working with a passionate team. I thank them for their commitment,” he added.

Ackermann’s exit marks another shake-up within the world of men’s fashion, as Hedi Slimane has recently joined Celine, where he will debut menswear, and Kim Jones has left his role at Louis Vuitton in order to take up the role of head menswear designer at Dior Homme, succeeding Kris Van Assche. Off-White designer Virgil Abloh will replace Jones at Louis Vuitton.

Berluti executives are expected to announce Ackermann’s successor shortly.

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Rosamund Pike prefers to ‘disappear’ into her characters

Rosamund Pike prefers to hide behind her characters onscreen.The British actress gained fame after winning an Oscar nomination for her starring role in 2014’s Gone Girl, but has shied away from flashier, blockbuster roles in favour of more independent …

Rosamund Pike prefers to hide behind her characters onscreen.

The British actress gained fame after winning an Oscar nomination for her starring role in 2014’s Gone Girl, but has shied away from flashier, blockbuster roles in favour of more independent fare.

She is currently enjoying a run of playing real-life people, from Ruth Williams Khama in A United Kingdom to the title role in upcoming Marie Curie biopic Radioactive, and Rosamund admits she enjoys “hiding in plain sight”.

“I’m the kind of actor who’s more interested in disappearing than putting myself out there all the time,” she told Britain’s Total Film magazine. “I suppose the bona fide movie stars (are different), someone like Tom Cruise, who knows their brand very well and puts that energy out there again and again in a very brilliant way. I’m much more interested in disappearing and hiding in plain sight.”

She reveals that since her nomination the “floodgates are wide open” and she’s been offered roles that are better than ever. She’s therefore ended up working on back-to-back films, which have included western Hostiles, in which she plays a mother who loses her family in a Comanche Indian attack.

When it came to shooting the film, Rosamund, 39, admitted she disappeared into the character so much that she found the process quite traumatic.

“I had to live in a very, very dark place for a while,” she said. “It felt real. When I re-watch that, I feel it was something I lived rather than something I acted in.”

Her other upcoming roles include A Private War, in which she plays American war journalist Marie Colvin, and Entebbe, in which she plays Brigitte Kulhmann, a German-born terrorist who hijacked a plane from Tel Aviv to Paris in 1976.

However, she isn’t just after dark roles, as she revealed to the magazine that she wrote to director Rob Marshall asking to be considered for Mary Poppins Returns, without realising the role had already gone to Emily Blunt.

“(I said), ‘Just so you know, I would really love to be Mary Poppins’,” she confessed. “It’s worth putting your hat in the ring sometimes.”

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Josh Brolin terrified Avengers castmates on set

Josh Brolin’s portrayal of supervillain Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War left his castmates genuinely terrified.The 50-year-old first played the all-powerful alien in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy but has so far been restricted to cameo appearances in…

Josh Brolin’s portrayal of supervillain Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War left his castmates genuinely terrified.

The 50-year-old first played the all-powerful alien in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy but has so far been restricted to cameo appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

However, in Infinity War, the character comes to the fore – and the actor’s performance frightened his castmates.

“Josh is terrifying,” Spider-Man actor Tom Holland told Empire magazine. “He has to wear this stupid mo-cap (motion capture) costume, with big rolling polystyrene shoulders and a tennis ball two feet above his head. He looks ridiculous, but as soon as the cameras come on he becomes this nine-foot-tall terrifying, alien.”

So convincing was the star’s villainy, that even Marvel veteran Robert Downey Jr., who first played Tony Stark in the 2008 movie Iron Man, admitted to feeling scared.

“Brolin doesn’t take himself too seriously, but there’s a lot of weight in how he’s portraying this guy,” the star explained. “We literally are all a bit scared when he’s done cracking wise and steps into it. Get ready, brother. The Brolin Effect is coming.”

The movie features a huge cast of characters from various Marvel movies, including the original team of Avengers, Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, but co-director Joe Russo has insisted that the main focus of his movie is Thanos.

“With a film this big, you have to tie it to a point of view,” he shared. “The point of view in this movie is Thanos, which makes this a really unique film. We want people to walk out of the theatre going, ‘That is a bad man.'”

Avengers: Infinity War is in cinemas from 25 April (18).

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