Manicurist to the stars launches vegan nail polish collection

The nail artist to stars like Beyonce and Amal Clooney has unveiled a line of vegan nail polish. Gina Alcedo has launched The Brentwood Collection as part of her NVLA (Nailvana LA) brand. The Los Angeles native began using the products on her A-list …

The nail artist to stars like Beyonce and Amal Clooney has unveiled a line of vegan nail polish.

Gina Alcedo has launched The Brentwood Collection as part of her NVLA (Nailvana LA) brand.

The Los Angeles native began using the products on her A-list clients before deciding to release them to the public, revealing the oxblood colour Clooney wore to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s New York baby shower last month (19) is among the offerings.

“Building upon years of product experience and knowledge, NVLA has been in development for just under two years,” she tells Us Weekly. “I started testing on myself, my husband, friends and family, and once the formula met my standards, then I began offering to clients to try.”

Another shade, a bold red, has been a favourite of media mogul and activist Ariana Huffington, so much so that it was named after her.

“For certain colours, like Ms Huffington Pink, I enlisted Arianna’s feedback throughout the process,” Alcedo shares.

Other shades include Bristol Circle Blue, Burlingame Grey, Sunset Blvd and Nude and Perfect.

To distinguish the items from others on the market, Alcedo wanted to offer cruelty-free polish, made with vegan formulas and myrrh to prevent breakage.

With two decades in the beauty business, Alcedo made sure to include products that help repair damaged nails and cuticles.

“I recommend my Nailvana Cuticle Cream, which helps nails recover from gels and acrylics,” she shares.

As for which colours novices to the collection should try first, she predicts the stars will opt for shades associated with spring.

“I’ve been seeing a lot of green and yellow, which my clients, who tend to be pretty conservative, may wear once a year,” she shares. “Round nails are also trending right now.”

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Amal Clooney’s showstopping royal wedding dress available to buy

Copies of Amal Clooney’s popular Stella McCartney dress are now available to purchase. The human rights lawyer, who is married to Hollywood actor George Clooney, made a splash at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in May (…

Copies of Amal Clooney’s popular Stella McCartney dress are now available to purchase. 

The human rights lawyer, who is married to Hollywood actor George Clooney, made a splash at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in May (18) when she stepped out at Windsor Castle, England in a marigold yellow midi dress with cap sleeves and matching hat from the London-based fashion designer.

Amal’s ensemble proved to be a major hit with fans on social media, and now, Stella has released replicas of the dress for customers to buy.

“Worn by Amal Clooney to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding, Stella McCartney’s canary-yellow Amal dress will make an elegant statement at a special occasion,” a description of the garment reads on the Matches Fashion website. “It’s crafted to a vintage-inspired silhouette with a lightly pleated square neckline and ties at the back which flow over the figure-flattering shape. Style it with metallic accessories and glittering pumps for a sophisticated edit.”

Known as the Amal Tie-Back Crepe Dress, the number is currently only available in yellow. The dress is priced at $1,612 (£1,250).

Apart from Meghan’s stunning white Givenchy wedding gown and her chic halterneck reception dress, also designed by Stella, Amal’s outfit was one of the most talked-about looks from the wedding.

According to data compiled by researchers at Lyst, over 17,000 people, from 65 countries, searched for a yellow Stella McCartney dress in the 48 hours following the wedding, while traffic to the designer’s website increased by 3,000 per cent in one day.

Other highly sought-after looks from the wedding included actress Carey Mulligan’s floral Erdem dress and the black floral Valentino ballgown tennis ace Serena Williams wore to the reception.

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Cindy Crawford unveils travel shoe collection for Sarah Flint

Cindy Crawford has designed a capsule collection of travel-ready shoes for Sarah Flint.The model continues to be one of the most successful figures in fashion and has numerous business ventures under her belt, including a homeware line and a skincare r…

Cindy Crawford has designed a capsule collection of travel-ready shoes for Sarah Flint.

The model continues to be one of the most successful figures in fashion and has numerous business ventures under her belt, including a homeware line and a skincare range named Meaningful Beauty.

Crawford signed on as an investor and advisor for designer Flint’s footwear company late last year (17), and now she has collaborated on the Jet Set line for the growing brand.

“After working together (as an investor) for over a year, we talked about collaborating on a small capsule collection that reflected my busy life,” she told People.com. “The travel collection is the result. Three different styles of shoes that are beautiful, versatile and easy to throw in my carry-on bag.”

The Jet Set range is comprised of three styles; a pointed flat, a sandal with mid-height heel and a black leather combat boot.

In addition, the flat design is available in black or red suede as well as gold Nappa silk, with Crawford describing the item as one of her absolute must-haves.

“The Travel Flat is the ultimate essential. It’s both a neutral style and elevated with cut out details and a pointed toe. It’s officially become my go-to flat, taking me from the plane, to meetings, and everything in between,” the 52-year-old wrote on Instagram.

Handcrafted in Italy, the Sarah Flint x Cindy Crawford collection is priced from $375 to $695 (£285 – £530).

Flint launched her debut footwear collection in 2013, and while she first began selling to high-end department stores, she later decided to reject traditional retail and focus on e-commerce.

Other celebrity fans of the label include Amal Clooney, Blake Lively and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

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George and Amal Clooney moved to tears over personal chef’s dishes

George Clooney and his wife Amal are often brought to tears as they taste the meals prepared by their personal chef.The Gravity actor and the international civil rights lawyer hired 33-year-old cook Vivianna Frizzi to prepare meals for them in 2013, an…

George Clooney and his wife Amal are often brought to tears as they taste the meals prepared by their personal chef.

The Gravity actor and the international civil rights lawyer hired 33-year-old cook Vivianna Frizzi to prepare meals for them in 2013, and the busy parents of two love her food so much they rarely want to eat out anymore.

“(Frizzi) can make anything, including handmade gnocchi with pesto that would make you cry,” George, who divides his time between homes in England and Lake Como, Italy, tells People. “Vivi cooks almost every night for us now because we have the twins. Going out isn’t as easy or as interesting as it used to be. Besides all of our friends would rather eat her food than hit up a local restaurant in Como or in London.”

The Clooneys’ weekly pizza nights have become legendary and guests love the pies Frizzi bakes, but the couple also enjoys her sushi dishes, risotto, and Lebanese and Indian treats.

Amal and George’s one-year-old twins, Ella and Alexander, aren’t quite as taken by the live-in cook’s food, but Frizzi admits she doesn’t feel pressured to impress the tots.

“The twins are not fussy eaters,” she laughs, revealing salmon, tomato risotto, Margherita pizza, and ricotta with raspberries are always on the menu for the toddlers. “When they like a dish, they put their little fingers on their cheeks, smile and say, Mmm!”

Although Frizzi never disappoints with her creations, she has failed to teach the Clooneys how to cook for themselves.

“Honestly, Amal and I are such poor chefs that any lesson from Vivi in the kitchen would be like teaching a whale to fly,” George says.

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Halpern teams with Topshop on disco-inspired collection

Halpern is collaborating with Topshop on a partywear line.Launched by designer Michael Halpern in 2017, the London-based fashion house is quickly building a reputation for offering up unabashed glamour, with celebrity fans including model Adwoa Aboah, …

Halpern is collaborating with Topshop on a partywear line.

Launched by designer Michael Halpern in 2017, the London-based fashion house is quickly building a reputation for offering up unabashed glamour, with celebrity fans including model Adwoa Aboah, lawyer Amal Clooney and actress Lupita Nyong’o.

Now, Halpern is set to make moves into a new market and has confirmed that he is working with high street retailer Topshop on a playful line of disco-ready partywear.

“I think it’s fabulous that as a younger brand we’re able to work with Topshop, making the type of clothing we do for the main Halpern collection in an accessible way so more people can really feel the glamour,” he said in a statement. “I want the whole world to feel as glam as possible, and this type of collaboration is a fantastic way to accomplish that.”

The collection will include 28 pieces, each set to be priced from $45 (£35). Items include sequin jumpsuits, neon velvet separates and camouflage print minidresses.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Michael; especially at such an exciting time in his career. Our capsule embodies the disco spirit and signature feminine silhouettes he is renowned for; we can’t wait to bring the world of Halpern to Topshop with styles that will no doubt kick-start the partywear season for our customers,” added Anthony Cuthbertson, global design director for Topshop and Topman.

The Halpern x Topshop line will be available to purchase from select stores and online from November (18), just in time for the Christmas party season.

Halpern, who hails from the U.S., studied at both Parsons School of Design and Central Saint Martins. Having previously worked for designers including Oscar de la Renta and Versace, the star is considered one to watch in the fashion world and won the British Emerging Talent – Womenswear prize at last year’s The Fashion Awards.

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British royals lead Tatler’s 2018 best-dressed list

Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have been declared two of Britain’s best-dressed women by Tatler magazine.The U.K. publication will publish the full feature in its September issue (18), but has already revealed that the two royals have…

Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have been declared two of Britain’s best-dressed women by Tatler magazine.

The U.K. publication will publish the full feature in its September issue (18), but has already revealed that the two royals have made the cut.

Praising The Queen as “the ultimate power dresser,” editors noted her fondness for “bright block colours” as well as her love of floral prints, while former Suits actress Meghan’s impeccable dress sense was boosted by her wedding to Prince Harry in May, where she wore an elegant bridal gown designed by Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller.

“Prince Harry’s Californian bride blew us away with her Givenchy wedding dress and has redefined modern royal style with every subsequent appearance,” a Tatler editor commented in a statement.

Meghan is joined on the list by her sister-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who was complimented for re-wearing outfits and mixing designer and high street labels. While Catherine’s five-year-old son Prince George earned a place for flying “the flag for Christopher Robin chic” with a wardrobe full of shorts, long socks and sleeveless jumpers.

Away from the royal family, singer Dua Lipa was mentioned for her outfits, particularly her choice of “bra tops and tracksuits”.

Meanwhile, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya was described as “sharp and suave,” whereas Amal Clooney received recognition for being “polished” with a “playful” touch.

Other high-profile names on Tatler’s 2018 list include Burberry designer Riccardo Tisci, Jerry Hall, Nicky Hilton, Harry Styles, Stella McCartney as well as A-list couple Lily James and Matt Smith.

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Richard Quinn launches debut collection for Debenhams

Richard Quinn has launched a collection of dresses with high street store Debenhams.The 28-year-old winner of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, has dressed celebrities including Amal Clooney for the 2018 Met Gala, Adwoa Aboah a…

Richard Quinn has launched a collection of dresses with high street store Debenhams.

The 28-year-old winner of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, has dressed celebrities including Amal Clooney for the 2018 Met Gala, Adwoa Aboah and Thandie Newton and is known for his floral prints and prom-style silhouettes.

And the British designer, who made headlines earlier this year when The Queen sat in the front row of his fall runway show, has now created an 11-piece capsule collection making his couture style a little more accessible.

“It was an effortless collaboration and it’s always nice to have different entry points,” the designer explained to WWD of his decision to collaborate with Debenhams. “Perhaps the girl who doesn’t shop at Net-a-Porter or MatchesFashion can now have a Richard Quinn garment that is still intrinsically ‘us.'”

Quinn explained that he borrowed a few ideas for the prints in the collection from his personal archive, as well as creating some exclusive ones for the line.

Key pieces include an electric blue velvet Bardot dress, a printed jumpsuit and a super-glamorous strapless, floral evening gown with a train perfect for a summer wedding or a red carpet event.

All designs retail at reasonable price points ranging from $91 – $198 (£69 – £149).

Christine Morgan, director of public relations at the store, explained the brand didn’t want Quinn to tone down his signature style.

“We’ve kept it more to his handwriting than to ours,” she said. “It is quite a brave range for a store like Debenhams, but we haven’t tamed it down too much or diluted it – which is a great thing.”

The collection’s standout is a sheer panelled floral-print dress that’s flying off the shelves.

“People have been actively searching it out and we’ve had a really good reaction to it so far,” she added.

Quinn’s second collection for Debenhams will launch for spring 2019.

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Stella McCartney ‘speechless’ over Oprah Winfrey praise

Oprah Winfrey left Stella McCartney speechless after publicly thanking the designer and her team for saving her royal wedding outfit.Oprah was one of the A-list guests at Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s nuptials on Saturday (19May18), and …

Oprah Winfrey left Stella McCartney speechless after publicly thanking the designer and her team for saving her royal wedding outfit.

Oprah was one of the A-list guests at Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s nuptials on Saturday (19May18), and stunned in a blush pink double tiered dress by the English designer.

The outfit wasn’t the media mogul’s first choice though; she had originally intended to wear a beige dress until she realised it photographed “too white” for a wedding.

Luckily, Stella and her team were on hand to make sure Oprah avoided the ultimate wedding guest faux pas.

Sharing a video that Oprah had uploaded thanking the Stella McCartney employees, the designer posted a message of her own.

“@Oprah… you are truly the most outstanding human. Speechless that you shared this gratitude with your followers… all at Stella McCartney bow down to your brilliance x Stella,” she wrote on the label’s Instagram account.

In the clip Oprah had shared with her 14.4 million followers, the chat show legend didn’t hold back with her praise.

“I would like to thank the Stella McCartney team for working all night long to get this dress finished because we had dress-gate,” she laughed. “Wrong colour! Now we’ve got the right colour. I think we’re going to do OK. Thank you so much for the detail, and working all night. Thank you to the Stella McCartney team. Amen, amen, amen.”

As well as making Oprah’s dress, Stella also outfitted Amal Clooney for the nuptials. But the designer’s piece de resistance was creating the white silk crepe evening dress Meghan wore to her wedding reception.

“I am so proud and honoured to have been chosen by the Duchess of Sussex to make her evening gown and represent British design,” Stella gushed to WWD. “It has truly been one of the most humbling moments of my career and I am so proud of all the team on this stunning sunny royal day.”

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