Giorgio Armani holds runway show in empty theatre amidst coronavirus fears

Giorgio Armani cancelled his runway show at Milan Fashion Week on Sunday due to fears over the spread of coronavirus.A representative for the Italian fashion house released a statement earlier in the day announcing that the fall/winter collection 2020 …

Giorgio Armani cancelled his runway show at Milan Fashion Week on Sunday due to fears over the spread of coronavirus.

A representative for the Italian fashion house released a statement earlier in the day announcing that the fall/winter collection 2020 would not take place in front of an audience, with models set to walk down the runway in an empty Armani showroom instead.

The show was streamed live on the luxury label’s website and social media channels, and designer Giorgio Armani, 85, was spotted arriving at the venue wearing a face mask.

“The decision was taken to safeguard the wellbeing of all his invited guests by not having them attend crowded spaces,” they commented.

Officials in Milan have reported 54 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and 11 towns in northern Italy have been placed into quarantine, following the deaths of three people.

The rest of the runway shows scheduled on Sunday went ahead as planned, and executives at the Italian National Fashion Chamber said there were no indications from health chiefs that cancellations were necessary.

Armani’s decision comes after fellow Italian fashion house Prada postponed its resort 2021 show in Japan amidst coronavirus concerns, while Chanel has also canned its repeat Metiers d’Art show in Beijing, China, as the virus continues to spread around the world.

Experts have warned that the outbreak is nearing a “tipping point” and could become an uncontrollable pandemic, as the disease has infected more than 79,000 people and killed around 2,600.

Italy and Iran have introduced stringent travel restrictions in an effort to contain the virus, and South Korea has been placed on red alert.

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Nicole Kidman has Cinderella moment each time she steps on red carpet

Nicole Kidman swears she has a Cinderella moment each time she attends a Hollywood event.The Big Little Lies actress is always one to watch on the red carpet as she opts for glamorous designer gowns and beautiful accessories. But while Nicole has been …

Nicole Kidman swears she has a Cinderella moment each time she attends a Hollywood event.

The Big Little Lies actress is always one to watch on the red carpet as she opts for glamorous designer gowns and beautiful accessories.

But while Nicole has been attending premieres and awards shows since the launch of her career in the late ’80s, she has now insisted that the novelty never fades.

“No dress has ever changed my life. Marrying my husband, Keith (Urban), having children-those things changed my life,” she wrote in an essay for U.S. Harper’s Bazaar. “Nevertheless, the fairy tale aspect of wearing couture is a glorious sidebar to my career. Golly, it is still lovely to me. I always say, ‘I’m going to the ball,’ when I’m walking a red carpet because it really does have that Cinderella quality.”

Nicole went to pinpoint the blue Armani Prive strapless gown with bow attached to the front which she donned for the 90th Academy Awards ceremony in March 2018 as one of her favourite dresses.

Even though the outfit fitted the star perfectly following two fittings, she was still surprised that it was easy to walk and sit in.

“Going to the Oscars as a presenter was just plain fun. I wore an Armani Prive dress, and I have to say they really take care of the details, like how to make a giant bow sit. Because remember, you have to be able to sit in the dress for four hours! Strangely enough, despite the boning on the corset top, this dress was unbelievably comfortable,” the 52-year-old shared.

In the essay, Nicole also added that she loves wearing vintage jewellery to events, especially “delicate” watches, and rarely attends after-parties, instead preferring to go home for a hot bath.

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Samuel L. Jackson unconcerned by Spider-Man poster eyepatch error

Samuel L. Jackson is unconcerned by an eyepatch error in some Spider-Man: Far From Home posters.Earlier this week, the Marvel movies regular took to Instagram to share a side-by-side comparison of two separate posters featuring his character Nick Fury,…

Samuel L. Jackson is unconcerned by an eyepatch error in some Spider-Man: Far From Home posters.

Earlier this week, the Marvel movies regular took to Instagram to share a side-by-side comparison of two separate posters featuring his character Nick Fury, in which his signature eyepatch appears on different eyes.

Jackson captioned the images: “Uhhhhhhh, What In The Actual F**K IS GOING ON HERE???!!!,” suggesting “#headsgonroll.”

However, when speaking to reporters from USA Today at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday, he insisted the social media post was made in jest.

“I was like: ‘I haven’t posted anything today, I’ll post this.’ That’s it,” he shared.

Reflecting that fans probably misinterpreted the post because of his use of expletives, he added: “I use that word (f**k) a lot. Always.”

All of the Spider-Man: Far From Home cast turned up for the debut screening, including Tom Holland, who plays the lead role of Peter Parker / Spider-Man, Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck/ Mysterio, and Zendaya in the part of Michelle “MJ” Jones. While all of the stars got dressed up for the night, it was Zendaya who captured the attention of photographers, with the 22-year-old rocking a red and black sequin backless gown from Armani Prive. She opted to accessorise with black stilettos from Christian Louboutin and had her freshly dyed dark red locks styled straight.

“If she was Spider-Man this would be her suit….. wearing Armani Prive @armani and @louboutinworld,” Zendaya’s stylist Law Roach wrote alongside a snap of the actress posing on the red carpet.

Spider-Man: Far From Home, which also features Jon Favreau, Cobie Smulders, and Marisa Tomei, is set to hit cinemas on 2 July.

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Katherine Schwarzenegger offers glimpse of elegant reception dress

Katherine Schwarzenegger has offered fans a glimpse of her elegant reception dress following her wedding to Chris Pratt.The author and influencer married the Avengers: Endgame actor at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California on Saturday, with the…

Katherine Schwarzenegger has offered fans a glimpse of her elegant reception dress following her wedding to Chris Pratt.

The author and influencer married the Avengers: Endgame actor at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California on Saturday, with the pair both wearing custom outfits from Giorgio Armani.

Now, Katherine and Chris have released a photo from their reception, with the snap showing that the 29-year-old changed out of her white column wedding gown with lace train into a figure-hugging ivory silk satin number with draped sleeves and plunging back.

She also sported Armani Prive white satin heels and had an embellished brooch clipped into her brunette tresses. Chris, 39, remained in his navy blue suit for the party.

The Hollywood couple has now shared two photos from the wedding, with the first posted to Instagram on Sunday, and depicting the newlyweds smiling at each other in their finery.

Regarding the ensembles, designer Giorgio Armani stated he was thrilled to create the looks.

“Katherine and Chris are truly the ultimate beautiful bride and handsome groom. I am proud to have played a role in this couple’s wedding. For them and for the bridal party, I designed elegant and sophisticated outfits, that would highlight their radiant personalities,” the Italian designer said in a statement, according to Just Jared.

The entire wedding party was kitted out in Armani outfits, including Katherine’s sister and maid-of-honour, Christina Schwarzenegger, and Chris’ six-year-old son Jack, from his marriage to Anna Faris, who sported an Armani Junior suit.

And Katherine also added in some sentimental touches to her wedding attire, wearing her grandmother’s earrings and the tulle veil her mother Maria Shriver donned when she wed her father Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1986.

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Cate Blanchett: ‘True chic is effortless’

Cate Blanchett has praised Giorgio Armani for teaching her how to appear effortlessly chic. The Oscar-winning actress is a lover of fashion, and dazzles on the red carpet with pieces from the likes of Balenciaga, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Christop…

Cate Blanchett has praised Giorgio Armani for teaching her how to appear effortlessly chic.

The Oscar-winning actress is a lover of fashion, and dazzles on the red carpet with pieces from the likes of Balenciaga, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Armani and Givenchy.

But it was her friendship with the 84-year-old Italian designer that prompted Blanchett to rethink her relationship with fashion.

“It should never be work. That’s something I learned from Mr. Armani. True chic is effortless, and it’s got to come from you,” she told InStyle.

And the Australian star is a big fan of rewearing clothes she’s worn in the past and doesn’t indulge in fast-fashion.

“It’s not what gets likes and views. So, yeah, I mean, I love fashion, I love costumes, and I’m also a great lover of rewearing things I’ve loved in the past,” the 50-year-old explained. “I would say my go-to is pretty much a well-pressed suit. Or a good pair of trousers.”

Blanchett has also mastered the fine art of applying make-up in a moving vehicle, and prefers a durable compact foundation, rather than liquid. Most days, she simply wears a touch of foundation, mascara and lipstick, and as the face of Giorgio Armani’s new perfume, Si Fiori, she always ensures to dab on some fragrance before stepping out.

However, when quizzed on her favourite smell, the mother-of-four had a very touching answer.

“It’s boring, but newborn babies. They’re just delicious. And so full of possibilities,” she gushed.

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Ryan Reynolds keen to reinvent masculinity for Armani campaign

Ryan Reynolds’ memories of his late father inspired him to redefine masculinity for his Armani Code campaign. The Deadpool star is looking to counter dominant representations of men and the traits expected of them by challenging the idea of masculinit…

Ryan Reynolds’ memories of his late father inspired him to redefine masculinity for his Armani Code campaign.

The Deadpool star is looking to counter dominant representations of men and the traits expected of them by challenging the idea of masculinity through his partnership with the luxury brand, and he found blasts from the past useful as he attempted to become an example of a modern man.

“I think as we move away from or make toxic masculinity a memory, I think that certainly anything that encompasses that is new and better,” he tells Elle magazine. “I also like the idea of everything feeling more integrated than it used to. It’s a pretty exciting paradigm shift that I think is welcomed by most people. I like that.”

The actor has had to shift his views of what it means to be a man after growing up with brothers and a dad who represented a traditional male ideal.

“When I grew up, I grew up the youngest of four boys and I grew up in a household where my dad was a boxer and a cop and there was a tremendous emphasis placed on masculinity and what it means to be a man,” he shares. “As I’ve moved through life I’ve seen that none of that is really true and integrating both a feminine side and a masculine side is something that’s been important to me for a long time. I don’t shy away from any part of me. It’s something that I just enjoy.”

Reynolds, who is currently raising daughters James, who is named after his father, and Inez with wife Blake Lively, signed on to represent the fragrance earlier this year (19) and knows first hand the feelings certain scents can evoke.

“My first memory of scent is a fireplace growing up” he adds. “There’s something just so warm and welcoming about that in a home. We grew up in a middle class family and, in the winter time, my dad would chop wood and bring it into the house. There’s something about that smell of wet wood that to me is pretty indelible in my mind.”

Reynolds lost his father in 2016, following his 20 year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

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Rosamund Pike explains the importance of Armani clothes

Rosamund Pike favours Armani clothes because they allow her “true form” to be revealed.The English actress has her pick of designers when it comes to dressing for glitzy showbiz events, but you’ll often find her wearing pieces from Giorgio Armani’s nam…

Rosamund Pike favours Armani clothes because they allow her “true form” to be revealed.

The English actress has her pick of designers when it comes to dressing for glitzy showbiz events, but you’ll often find her wearing pieces from Giorgio Armani’s namesake label.

She sat front row at the designer’s Milan Fashion Week show on Saturday (23Feb19), and opened up about why she’s such a big fan of the Italian label.

“At Armani, there’s a way the clothes follow the body that means your true form is revealed,” she enthused to The Guardian. “I felt that the first time I ever put on a pair of Armani trousers when I did my Bond film. I thought: ‘this works for my body'”.

The Gone Girl actress was in a tailored black suit for the Fall/ Winter 19 presentation, and was joined by Naomi Watts and Austin Mahone at the show.

She also spoke about the importance of clothes as a whole.

“Clothes have their own energy. They should never feel like costume. You should be able to buy into the energy of a good suit or a wonderful dress. Wearing them should feel effortless,” she smiled.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Glenn Close was feted at Armani’s Beverly Hills boutique ahead of Sunday night’s Oscars.

Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum and Sara Sampaio were among the stars who turned out for the stylish event, which was held after Close scooped the Best Female Lead at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

“Mr. Armani was the first designer to work with me,” she said to the Los Angeles Times.

Close, who lost out to Olivia Colman for the Best Actress Oscar, added to WWD: “The first important blazer I bought was a black, double-breasted Armani, it was in the Eighties when they had those amazing shoulders. And then the first fancy dress I borrowed was from Armani, for the first Kennedy Center honours I went to (in 1984). I still have the blazer. I probably have all my Armani suits because all through the ’90s, that’s all that I wore.”

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Deadpool damage prompted Ryan Reynolds to adopt new skincare routine

Ryan Reynolds had to rethink his skincare routine after the extensive prosthetics he wore in Deadpool damaged his face. The actor headlines the superhero franchise as Wade Wilson, whose flesh is burned during a horrific experiment, and the role requir…

Ryan Reynolds had to rethink his skincare routine after the extensive prosthetics he wore in Deadpool damaged his face.

The actor headlines the superhero franchise as Wade Wilson, whose flesh is burned during a horrific experiment, and the role required the star to undergo hours in the makeup chair to transform into Deadpool’s unmasked alter ego.

But it was the prosthetic removal that really ripped up the star’s skin.

“They rip up your face as they’re coming off,” he explains to Vogue, revealing he turned to the onset experts for skincare advice.

“I basically do whatever the lead artists tell me to do, including using this special moisturiser meant for burns,” he says. “It’s a bit more intense.”

The 42 year old relies on Edap Moisturizer, which contains Vitamin A, E, and, D oils.

“I work in showbiz, so I should go next level and have some really extensive, nuanced routine, but besides that, I don’t,” he shares.

Reynolds, who recently signed on as the new face of the Mr. Giorgio Armani fragrance brand, also takes scent selection seriously.

“Scent really is so powerful and intrinsic to memories that you don’t even really know are indelible until it strikes a chord, but I’m not an expert; I just know what I like,” he says.

Overall, the Canadian native’s self-care process rarely varies but he admits to occasionally raiding his wife Blake Lively’s product collection.

“I find something that I like and stick to it,” he explains. “That’s really the 30,000-foot view of my life because every day is different, so I like as many variables to stay the same as possible.”

He adds, “On a super cold winter day, sometimes I’ll steal whatever my wife has in her drawers and slather it on. I may not know exactly what it is, but I do make sure it says ‘moisturiser’.”

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James Dean helped Shawn Mendes get over photoshoot nerves

Shawn Mendes got over his early photoshoot nerves by trying to channel James Dean.The Canadian popstar first broke into the charts in 2015, after gaining a dedicated online following from the cover songs he posted on video sharing site Vine. In the yea…

Shawn Mendes got over his early photoshoot nerves by trying to channel James Dean.

The Canadian popstar first broke into the charts in 2015, after gaining a dedicated online following from the cover songs he posted on video sharing site Vine.

In the years since Shawn has become a global star, but he still remembers how nervous he used to be posing for cameras.

When asked by GQ who his style icon was, the 20-year-old was quick to answer: “James Dean, although everyone probably says that.

“Honestly though, when I started doing shoots I was so uncomfortable and felt really nervous and the only way that I could get through them was to really try to mimic and channel him. He just naturally kind of became someone I really looked up to I guess. I mean that’s what I’m also trying with my hair. Saying that though, he has great hair, but actually my dad has the best hair in the world. It’s really cool so I stole his look.”

As well as his music, the In My Blood singer has also been tapped to front the new watch campaign for Emporio Armani’s Connected timepiece – proving he’s well and truly left his photoshoot nerves behind.

Revealing 84-year-old designer Giorgio Armani is hands on with all aspects of his namesake label, Shawn said “it’s awesome” to be a part of the brand.

“It has a real family vibe, because Mr Armani is fully in control of everything, like the first thing I did with him he was there in person fixing the clothing, making sure everything was looking good,” he said. “It makes everyone in the company understand how important everything is, so it’s been really cool.”

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