Catherine Zeta-Jones launches vegan footwear line

Catherine Zeta-Jones has teamed up with bosses at British footwear brand Butterfly Twists to create a new vegan shoe line.The 10-piece collection has been launched via the Oscar-winning actress’ lifestyle brand, Casa Zeta-Jones, and will serve as Cathe…

Catherine Zeta-Jones has teamed up with bosses at British footwear brand Butterfly Twists to create a new vegan shoe line.

The 10-piece collection has been launched via the Oscar-winning actress’ lifestyle brand, Casa Zeta-Jones, and will serve as Catherine’s first expansion into footwear.

The Welsh-born star has been creating the line over the last year, and each of the soft-soled pumps is made entirely from animal-friendly leather.

“I’ve always had a passion for fashion,” she said in a statement launching the new venture. “I learned to sew from my nana and my mam and was always designing and creating something new. Shoes are a natural extension of that, and something I’ve always wanted to design.

“I love their (Butterfly Kisses) brand and knew I could collaborate with them on something really fresh and different. They are global, virtually in every country, and that was also important to me, so Casa Zeta-Jones could have a far and expansive reach to women everywhere.”

And when the Chicago star told husband Michael Douglas about the project, he asked her how many pairs of shoes do women need.

“My answer is, ‘Are there ever enough?’ Like every woman I love shoes! Flats, heels, sneakers I love them all!” Catherine added.

The star was also impressed by Butterfly Twists’ approach to eco-friendly fashion.

“Vegan materials are so advanced and luxurious now it is difficult to tell the difference between real leather and vegan leather. I know that it’s an important consideration for many women and I’m happy I can create something that is sustainable without sacrificing style,” she shared.

Casa Zeta-Jones x Butterfly Twists, priced from $71 (£60) is available online now at casazetajones.com.

© Cover Media

Naomi Watts facing her demons during lockdown with exercise

Naomi Watts is facing her demons head on during lockdown with a transformational workout.The King Kong star shared details of her life at home during lockdown with Vogue.com, and revealed that she’s been focusing on her mental health and wellbeing in s…

Naomi Watts is facing her demons head on during lockdown with a transformational workout.

The King Kong star shared details of her life at home during lockdown with Vogue.com, and revealed that she’s been focusing on her mental health and wellbeing in self-isolation.

“We all know that exercise is a fantastic way to shift a mood. I love the rush of endorphins after a physical challenge. I’ve been live streaming The Class by Taryn Toomey which is great for body and mind. She really has you face all your demons head on. It’s very cathartic,” the 51-year-old explained.

The Class is a vigorous workout, favoured by fellow celebs including Gwyneth Paltrow, which features repetitive calisthenics and plyometrics and ends with a group meditation.

Naomi also swears by De Mamiel Sleep Series oil, $65, which claims to boost sleep quality with a blend of herbs, watermelon seed oil and passionflower oil.

“I keep De Mamiel Sleep Series oil by my bedside table. I’m loving the ‘Settle’ oil right now as it helps calm your mind before you sleep,” she shared. “I also keep Jao Goe oil beside my bed as it’s super hydrating and amazing to use on your heels and elbows. And that’s about the size of a quarantine day for me!”

The Impossible actress, who shares two sons with ex-boyfriend Liev Schreiber, has been cooking to alleviate her anxiety, and has been meticulously planning her day to avoid feeling uncertainty during lockdown.

“I’m a planner and not being able to think too far forward gives me anxiety. With all the uncertainty it’s best to just think small… ‘How do I get through this day?’ Things like cooking, exercise, meditation are all helpful. Also talking to friends, some that I don’t get to see that often,” she stated.

© Cover Media

Will Ferrell loved looking like Marvel hero in new comedy

Will Ferrell loved that he looked like a Marvel character in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.The Step Brothers actor stars as Icelandic musician Lars, who is in band called Fire Saga with his childhood friend Sigrit, played by Rachel Mc…

Will Ferrell loved that he looked like a Marvel character in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

The Step Brothers actor stars as Icelandic musician Lars, who is in band called Fire Saga with his childhood friend Sigrit, played by Rachel McAdams, in the Netflix comedy.

Real-life Marvel costume designer Anna B. Sheppard, who’s behind the looks in Captain America: The First Avenger and Spider-Man: Far from Home, created the outfits for Ferrell’s new flick, which delighted the American funnyman.

“Will loved it,” Sheppard told Fashionista of the Thor-like costume Ferrell wears in a music video fantasy sequence. “So that was important, and we were joking because he said, ‘Oh, I look like somebody from a Marvel movie!’ And I said, ‘Because you have a Marvel costume designer, that’s why.'”

As for McAdams’ ice queen vibe, Sheppard drew inspiration from a little closer to home after rejecting two earlier designs.

“I asked my daughter to lend me her wedding dress,” she smiled. “It’s a £8,000 designer wedding dress and I really had to beg her – on my knees.”

She eventually agreed, but all hopes of seeing her gown immortalised on a billboard at the planned Rotterdam premiere, which would have coincided with the real Eurovision Song Contest, were dashed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The movie was instead released on Netflix in late June.

“We are watching it tomorrow (at home) so maybe she won’t be cross with me, hopefully,” Oscar nominee Sheppard said ahead of her home viewing.

© Cover Media

Whitney Port designs capsule collection for Rent the Runway

Whitney Port has designed a new capsule collection for Rent the Runway.The Hills star has teamed up with the luxury subscription fashion service to create the 19-piece Love, Whit by Whitney Port line, featuring floral-printed tie-waist dresses, maxi sk…

Whitney Port has designed a new capsule collection for Rent the Runway.

The Hills star has teamed up with the luxury subscription fashion service to create the 19-piece Love, Whit by Whitney Port line, featuring floral-printed tie-waist dresses, maxi skirts, peasant blouses, one-shouldered jumpsuits, and crop tops.

And the 35-year-old, who had her own Whitney Eve label from 2009 until 2014, revealed one-third of the collection is made from recycled fabrics and sustainable cotton.

“It’s been six years now, and I’ve just been itching to do this again; when I’m designing, that’s when I feel the most me,” she told Page Six Style. “Renting is a great way to be sustainably involved in fashion.”

A portion of the proceeds is also being donated to the non-profit organisation Until We Do It, which is currently working to distribute 50 million face masks to vulnerable people across the U.S. during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Whitney, who is mother to two-year-old Sonny, assured women that there was nothing remotely body-hugging in her collection.

“There’s nothing body-con – that’s not my style. It’s all very flowy and loose and easy to wear. They’re pieces for the woman who maybe has felt a little bit of a loss of control now, and wants to bring some joy into her life and to feel elevated and put-together, but still really comfortable,” she explained.

And her own wardrobe as a working mother has inspired the overall theme of her collection.

“As a multitasking mom, I gravitate toward pieces that can be easily mixed and matched, or one-piece dresses you can throw on,” Whitney shared.

Love, Whit by Whitney Port is available on Rent the Runway now.

© Cover Media

Mindy Kaling makes Poseidon-inspired face mask for Instagram challenge

Mindy Kaling made her very own face mask inspired by a piece of Ancient Greek art for a new social media challenge.The 41-year-old comedy actress and writer took to Instagram to take part in the #MetMaskChallenge, which calls on users to pick an artefa…

Mindy Kaling made her very own face mask inspired by a piece of Ancient Greek art for a new social media challenge.

The 41-year-old comedy actress and writer took to Instagram to take part in the #MetMaskChallenge, which calls on users to pick an artefact from the extensive collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and create a face covering influenced by the piece.

Mindy shared her stunning design, which was based on a terracotta cup dating back to 540 B.C.

“I love a good design challenge, especially when it involves something as important as wearing a mask! ” she began her post. “I did the #MetMaskChallenge and created my own mask inspired by artwork from The @metmuseum collection! I used the Terracotta kylix (drinking cup) ca. 540 B.C. (swipe for a picture!), attributed to the Amasis Painter.⁣”

In the picture, The Mindy Project star can be seen wearing the face mask, which strikingly resembles terracotta, as she urged her 5.4 million followers to design their own.

⁣”The piece features Poseidon, the god of the seas, among Greek warriors from Homer’s Iliad. Poseidon, seeing the Greeks hard-pressed, decided to help renew their valor and ordered his chariot prepared so that he could ride to their aid,” the mother-of-one continued. “Take the #MetMaskChallenge and create your own!”

Saturday Night Live star Heidi Gardner has also taken part in the challenge, and debuted her face mask which was inspired by the “sumptuous period rooms in The Met’s Wrightsman Galleries” which she encountered on her last visit to the museum.

© Cover Media

Kim Kardashian ‘grateful’ for KKW Beauty collaborations with Black women

Kim Kardashian shared her appreciation for the Black women who have featured in her KKW Beauty campaigns.To celebrate Blackout Day 2020 on Tuesday, which is a day when Black Americans only spent money at Black-owned businesses, Kim took to social media…

Kim Kardashian shared her appreciation for the Black women who have featured in her KKW Beauty campaigns.

To celebrate Blackout Day 2020 on Tuesday, which is a day when Black Americans only spent money at Black-owned businesses, Kim took to social media to profile several models who have featured in ads for her hugely successful beauty brand.

The 39-year-old then encouraged other brands to consider casting the models in the future.

“We’ve had the privilege of photographing the most gorgeous black models since launching @kkwbeauty 3 years ago. I’m so grateful for their creative collaborations and I encourage other brands to book these incredible women for jobs in the future,” Kim wrote on Twitter and her Instagram Stories.

She then posted more than 30 KKW Beauty campaign shots featuring Black models, including Tori Nicole Bass, Crystal Tillman, and Theresa Hayes, and tagged their agencies and social media accounts in the pictures.

“Thank you for using your platform for good causes,” one of her Twitter followers wrote, while another added: “And the DIVERSITY in the skin TONES! We love to see it.”

Last month, Kim’s cosmetics and fragrance brand was valued at $1 billion (£799 million) after she sold a 20 per cent stake in KKW Beauty to Coty for $200 million (£160 million).

The deal is said to be enabling the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star to expand her brand into skincare, haircare and nail products.

© Cover Media

Kourtney Kardashian rocks edgy new look for first-ever Vogue Arabia cover

Kourtney Kardashian rocked an edgy new look as she graced the cover of Vogue Arabia for the first time.The star posted snaps from the shoot on social media, and revealed she wrote the empowering coverline herself. “It is an honor @voguearabia to be on …

Kourtney Kardashian rocked an edgy new look as she graced the cover of Vogue Arabia for the first time.

The star posted snaps from the shoot on social media, and revealed she wrote the empowering coverline herself.

“It is an honor @voguearabia to be on your July/August cover! This issue is dedicated to the power of following your instincts and what makes you happy, which is why I wrote the cover lines myself, the power of reclaiming yourself,” Kourtney captioned the image on Instagram which sees the mother-of-three with a blunt bob, and wearing a bespoke chainmail piece created by sculptural womenswear designer and stylist Graham Cruz.

The shoot took place at her home in Calabasas, Los Angeles, with photographer Arved Colvin-Smith, for the upcoming issue, in which she also revealed she had finally quit the long-running reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

On working with the oldest Kardashian/Jenner sibling for the summer issue, editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut said Kourtney’s approach to holistic wellbeing was one of the reasons they chose her as cover star.

“It is this sense of reclaiming yourself that we want to celebrate in our July/August issue. If there’s anything I have learned during the recent Covid-19 lockdown, it’s that we need to take good care of ourselves – mentally and physically,” he shared.

“With this in mind, we asked wellbeing enthusiast Kourtney Kardashian, the eldest sister of the most famous family in Hollywood, to grace this summer cover. Besides creating Poosh, an online platform dedicated to healthy living, the mother of three is going through a moment that many did not see coming – leaving Keeping Up With The Kardashians. All for the sake of her own happiness.”

© Cover Media

Drew Barrymore: ‘I work so hard to not be the size of a bus’

Drew Barrymore joked karma is the reason why she has to work out so hard to keep herself in shape.The 45-year-old discussed body image during an interview for InStyle magazine, and revealed that she has maintained focus on her diet and fitness regime d…

Drew Barrymore joked karma is the reason why she has to work out so hard to keep herself in shape.

The 45-year-old discussed body image during an interview for InStyle magazine, and revealed that she has maintained focus on her diet and fitness regime despite being in the midst of a global pandemic.

“I eat really clean and healthy, and I do an hour of Pilates at least four days a week. I have to work so hard at not being the size of a bus,” she quipped. “And it’s OK. That is just my journey. That is my karma. I don’t know, maybe I was thin and mean in a past life.”

The 50 First Dates star also opened up on the affect juggling working and home schooling her two daughters, Olive, seven, and six-year-old Frankie, was having on her mental health.

“I felt very overwhelmed at first – and I hate feeling overwhelmed. It was weird to be a mom and a teacher and a provider and a friend. I felt sad for a while that I was all I could offer my children,” Drew candidly shared. “Then I realised that I had to get out from under it. I have so much empathy and patience for everyone but myself, it’s sick.”

The Flower Beauty founder, who shot the cover images for the InStyle spread herself, confessed while it’s been hard taking care of herself during the Covid-19 lockdown, she acknowledged that things will begin to get back to some kind of normality soon.

“In these times you can just start to feel bad about yourself. I began to self-doubt and beat myself up. Then I was like, ‘This is temporary.’ I tell my kids that too. It’s not normal; it’s the new normal. It’s a learning curve, and, hopefully, this is all happening for a reason,” she explained.

© Cover Media

Matthew Rhys worked with Perry Mason costume designer to capture ‘disheveled’ detective

Matthew Rhys worked extensively with the Perry Mason costume designer to create the perfect “disheveled” look for his character.The Welsh actor plays the private investigator in the new HBO reboot, which is set in 1930s Los Angeles, and Emma Potter rev…

Matthew Rhys worked extensively with the Perry Mason costume designer to create the perfect “disheveled” look for his character.

The Welsh actor plays the private investigator in the new HBO reboot, which is set in 1930s Los Angeles, and Emma Potter revealed how she and Matthew joined forces to find weather-worn pieces fit for the haphazard detective.

The designer, who previously worked on the third season of hit HBO show True Detective, told The Hollywood Reporter that she and The Americans star began building Perry’s wardrobe with a simple brown leather jacket.

“It was important for Matthew and I to start from a place of vintage clothing even though we would have to build something for him. To put something old and worn on was an organic way to find this character that was so dishevelled,” Emma explained, adding that she had seven versions of the jacket, with some featuring cigarette burns and missing buttons.

“We had a great ageing and dyeing team who came in and spent a really long time breaking down the garments,” she recalled. “We had this idea that we wanted him to have this kind of jacket that’s almost like a piece of armour, that he can kind of disappear within.”

Emma turned to local costume shops in Los Angeles to dress the characters, but also designed and created many pieces in-house, with Canadian brand Himel Brothers making Matthew’s leather jackets.

“It’s not a time period when everyone has a lot of clothing,” Emma explained. “It was really important for us for certain characters… to have a pretty small, concise closet and to repeat the clothing.”

Perry Mason, which originally aired in the ‘50s, is available to watch now on HBO in the U.S., and Sky Atlantic in the U.K.

© Cover Media

Kanye West’s Yeezy brand received $5 million Covid-19 bailout

Kanye West’s Yeezy brand received $5 million in Covid-19 aid from the U.S. government, despite the rapper’s personal wealth.Hundreds of thousands of businesses across the country accepted help from a federal fund that was launched by President Donald T…

Kanye West’s Yeezy brand received $5 million in Covid-19 aid from the U.S. government, despite the rapper’s personal wealth.

Hundreds of thousands of businesses across the country accepted help from a federal fund that was launched by President Donald Trump in an effort to help firms during the coronavirus pandemic.

The $2 trillion (£1.6 trillion) stimulus plan was aimed at helping cash-strapped businesses keep afloat, particularly as lockdown restrictions hampered trading and supply chains, with the loans capped at $10 million (£8 million).

After pressure to disclose the recipients of the funds, the U.S. Treasury’s Small Business Administration released public records documenting every business who received a loan.

Among the big name recipients included Yeezy LLC, whose owner Kanye was declared a billionaire in April, Valentino USA Inc., Oscar de la Renta LLC and Vera Wang Group LLC. Good American, the clothing label co-founded by Khloe Kardashian, was also listed.

The documents state that the $2 to $5 million (£1.6 to £4 million) loan to Kanye’s footwear and clothing firm also led to 106 jobs being saved, while the financial boost helped Valentino salvage 281 jobs, Oscar de la Renta saved 42, and Vera Wang preserved 197 roles.

Khloe’s Good American brand, which she co-founded with Emma Grede, received $1.2 million (£960,000), according to People magazine, with 57 jobs subsequently saved by the bailout.

“We have a large wholesale footprint and all of our partners were forced to close their stores, with many shutting down warehouses and cancelling orders,” a Good American rep told the outlet. “Applying for and receiving the PPP loan was a necessary step we had to take to ensure the long-term survival of our brand and business.”

© Cover Media