Donatella Versace: ‘I’m not leaving Versace’ 

Donatella Versace has promised fashion fans that she is not departing Versace.The Italian fashion house, which the 63-year-old designer has run since the tragic death of her brother Gianni Versace in 1997, was snapped up by executives at Michael Kors H…

Donatella Versace has promised fashion fans that she is not departing Versace.

The Italian fashion house, which the 63-year-old designer has run since the tragic death of her brother Gianni Versace in 1997, was snapped up by executives at Michael Kors Holdings Limited on Tuesday (25Sep18) for $2.12 billion (£1.6 billion).

While the move marks a major shift for the management of the business, Donatella has now shut down rumours swirling on social media suggesting she may be leaving the company.

“Ciao a tutti! (Hello to all),” she began in a statement posted on her Instagram page on Thursday (27Sep18). “You all know how I love the interaction that I have with all of you here. First of all, I wanted to let you know that I am NOT going anywhere, so for those who wanted to get rid of me, well…it ain’t happening!”

Donatella will continue to oversee the creative side of Versace and is to become a shareholder in Capri Holdings Limited, the new name for Michael Kors Holdings, along with her older brother Santo Versace and her 32-year-old daughter Allegra Versace.

And in her Instagram post, she emphasised that she is committed to upholding the values of the house and has plans to forge an “exciting” new path for the brand.

“I also wanted to reassure you that Versace will remain ITALIAN, Made in Italy and that it will keep its GLAMOUR, DARING and INCLUSIVE attitude that have made you all love it. This is just the beginning of an exciting, new adventure that I hope you will live together with me! xoxo Donatella,” the fashion icon added.

As part of the Capri Holdings deal, Versace’s management team will continue to be led by chief executive officer Jonathan Akeroyd.

He will oversee a new strategic plan for the long-term growth of the business, including a proposal to open 100 more stores and develop e-commerce platforms.

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Ashley Graham had to cut up her clothes to feel sexy as a teen

Ashley Graham used to cut up her clothes as a teenager because it was the only way she could obtain sexy outfits.The model is one of the leading figures promoting size diversity in the fashion industry today, and recently announced she is teaming up wi…

Ashley Graham used to cut up her clothes as a teenager because it was the only way she could obtain sexy outfits.

The model is one of the leading figures promoting size diversity in the fashion industry today, and recently announced she is teaming up with British brand PrettyLittleThing to launch her own body-inclusive range of clothes.

Ashley is adamant that women of all shapes and sizes should have the opportunity to access clothes that make them feel “sexy, sassy, glamorous”, and recalled in a new interview how she would customise her own wardrobe so she could own the type of outfits she couldn’t purchase on the high street.

“I remember in middle school and high school thinking, ‘What am I going to wear for school the next day?’ And I could never figure out where to buy it or how to put it together in my closet so I actually started cutting my clothes up because I wanted to show off my stomach, show my breasts, and so I just would kind of create my own things,” she recalled in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “My mum and dad thought I was crazy because I was cutting clothes that I had just bought but they let me and I got to wear things that I felt good and sexy in and here I am now, still cutting clothes up.”

Away from fashion design, the 30-year-old has been walking for various brands throughout Fashion Month, including Michael Kors in New York and Dolce & Gabbana in Milan.

And after new research confirmed that New York Fashion Week was the most diverse ever, with the number of plus-size models double that of the last two seasons, Ashley is pleased by such progress.

“I think some people wish (diversity) would happen a little faster but I’ve been doing this for almost 19 years now and I’ve never seen it accelerate at the rate it’s happening now. I’m encouraged by it,” she smiled.

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Balmain serves up galactic glamour for spring 2019 

Balmain has dished up a series of futuristic outfits for its latest collection.The French luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Olivier Rousteing, unveiled its spring/summer 2019 line as part of Paris Fashion Week on Friday morning (28Sep18…

Balmain has dished up a series of futuristic outfits for its latest collection.

The French luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Olivier Rousteing, unveiled its spring/summer 2019 line as part of Paris Fashion Week on Friday morning (28Sep18).

Taking inspiration from modern architecture and unconventional materials, the presentation opened with a model sporting a dramatic white pleated dress with statement sleeves, with a number of white outfits following, including a minidress with structured shoulder pads and a knitted jumper dress which was paired with thigh-high silver boots.

Cara Delevingne made a rare catwalk appearance at the start of the spectacle and strutted her stuff in a white satin suit and silver crop top made from silver metal.

Other models showed off mini dresses which looked as if they were constructed from pieces of broken glass, while the futuristic theme was apparent in the use of accessories such as clear PVC booties, silver metal belts and matching purses.

Part way through the show, Rousteing added some colour via the addition of a parade of pale blue denim outfits, some of which were enhanced by white tops or silver sequin jackets, as well as items which were splashed with Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Models also wore separates featuring a black and white splatter pattern, with the design featured on a line-up of purses.

Towards the end of the show, the designer introduced a few outfits made from pale pink fabric too, with a satin jumpsuit and belted number featuring quilted materials proving to be real highlights.

However, fashionistas will undoubtedly be coveting the eveningwear section of the presentation, with the show concluding with a mirror-covered jacket worn with a pair of blue boyfriend jeans, a mosaic-like mini dress made from shiny mirror tiles, and a silver dress with oversized sleeves paired with a giant belt.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Friday with shows from Issey Miyake and Celine.

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Seth Rogen to star as a pickle maker in new comedy

Seth Rogen is set to star in an untitled comedy movie about a pickle maker.The untitled project is based on a 2013 New Yorker novella Sell Out, and the actor will play a character called Herschel Greenbaum who falls into a factory pickle barrel and is …

Seth Rogen is set to star in an untitled comedy movie about a pickle maker.

The untitled project is based on a 2013 New Yorker novella Sell Out, and the actor will play a character called Herschel Greenbaum who falls into a factory pickle barrel and is brined for 100 years, only to emerge unaged into hipster Brooklyn where he meets his grandson Ben (also played by Rogen). Cinematographer Brandon Trost – a frequent collaborator with Rogen, including the films This Is the End, Neighbors and The Interview – is in talks to make his directorial debut through the project, working from a script written by Simon Rich, who wrote the original story.

Sony are helming the picture, while Rogen, Superbad screenwriter and producer Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce the film through their Point Grey Pictures banner. The trio previously teamed up to produce another Sony comedy: 2016’s Sausage Party, which went on to be a smash hit, making $98 million (£75 million) in the U.S.

Alexandria McAtee and Rich will executive produce and production on the film is set to start 29 October (18) in Pittsburgh.

After starring in and producing the Oscar-nominated The Disaster Artist in 2017, Rogen has since had a role in Kristen Bell’s Like Father, as well as upcoming movies Flarsky – a comedy alongside Charlize Theron – and The Lion King, in which he lends his voice to the character of Pumbaa.

However, this year he has also produced Blockers, starring Leslie Mann, and Netflix’s Game Over, Man!, as well as Good Boys, which is set for a 2019 release.

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Elton John wants biopic to include worst moments

Elton John has told producer Matthew Vaughn to include all his worst behaviour in a new biopic The Crocodile Rock singer, 71, has now settled down with his husband David Furnish and their two kids Zachary, seven, and Elijah, five, but was once notorio…

Elton John has told producer Matthew Vaughn to include all his worst behaviour in a new biopic

The Crocodile Rock singer, 71, has now settled down with his husband David Furnish and their two kids Zachary, seven, and Elijah, five, but was once notorious for his diva antics and battled a cocaine addiction in the 1970s and ’80s.

Matthew said Elton has given him his blessing to tell his story warts and all – and that the resulting movie, which will be directed by Dexter Fletcher, may well shock fans.

“This film is going to make people’s jaws hit the ground,” Matthew told the Daily Mail. “Elton just said, ‘Tell it all. Go as R-rated as you need to’. And we do just that, with his blessing. The flaws and the genius are all there.”

The movie, titled Rocketman, is currently being shot in London, with Taron Egerton, who starred alongside Elton in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, playing the rock idol.

The first image of Taron in costume as Elton was released on Thursday (27Sep18), showing the actor dressed as a young Elton dressed in winged boots, a gold jacket and a pair of his iconic glasses, while reclining on a sofa inside an aircraft.

Dexter, who is directing the movie after stepping in to complete Freddie Mercury’s biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, said the film will explore a personal side to the star.

“It’s about Elton navigating personal and family relationships,” he explained. “He looks for love in all the wrong places, he abuses himself with drugs and booze – yet he’s a genius who has survived for over half a century in show business.”

The British filmmaker also said Taron had “nailed” Elton’s unique singing style.

Rocketman will also star Bryce Dallas Howard, who will play the musician’s mother Eileen, Jamie Bell as his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, and Richard Madden as former lover and manager John Reid.

Elton recently began a mammoth three-year farewell world tour, as he plans to quit live performing to spend time with his family.

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