Brandon Maxwell ‘thrilled’ to make InStyle’s iconic dresses list

Brandon Maxwell is “thrilled” to have one of his designs make it into InStyle magazine’s rundown of the most iconic red carpet dresses.  To mark its 25th anniversary, editors at the U.S. publication tapped models Joan Smalls, Karen Elson, and Amber V…

Brandon Maxwell is “thrilled” to have one of his designs make it into InStyle magazine’s rundown of the most iconic red carpet dresses.

  To mark its 25th anniversary, editors at the U.S. publication tapped models Joan Smalls, Karen Elson, and Amber Valletta to wear 25 of the most legendary red carpet gowns, and Maxwell was overjoyed to see his pink column cape dress, which was worn by Thandie Newton to the 2018 Emmys, included in the list.  

 “For @instylemagazine 25th anniversary they chose 25 of the most iconic red carpet dresses from the past 25 years to be shot on today’s supermodels, and we are so thrilled to be included!” he wrote on Instagram beside an image of Elson modelling the design as she walks down a street.  

 “In the September issue, @misskarenelson wears #brandonmaxwell pink crepe column cape gown from the Spring/Summer 2019 runway collection. This dress was first worn by @thandienewton on the night she won her Emmy, and styled by @erinwalshnyc.”  

 The designer and Lady Gaga’s fashion director, who launched his eponymous label in 2015 and boasts Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively, and Michelle Obama as celebrity supporters, also thanked InStyle’s editor-in-chief Laura Brown and her team for “including us amongst so many dresses that I have loved over the years!”  

 The photoshoot was shot by Sebastian Faena and styled by Julia von Boehm. For the feature, the British model also wears the pale pink Ralph Lauren ballgown Paltrow wore to collect her Oscar in 1999, the ivory satin Marc Bouwer dress Angelina Jolie chose for the 2004 Academy Awards, the strapless emerald Tom Ford number Julianne Moore wore to the 2013 Oscars, and the plunging light blue Prada gown Lupita Nyong’o was wearing when she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014. 

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Blake Lively developing fashion TV series with Amazon Prime

Blake Lively has signed a deal with Amazon Prime for a new scripted fashion TV series.Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, made the announcement at the Television Critics Association summer press tour over the weekend, and confirmed bosses had close…

Blake Lively has signed a deal with Amazon Prime for a new scripted fashion TV series.

Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, made the announcement at the Television Critics Association summer press tour over the weekend, and confirmed bosses had closed an exclusive deal with the 31-year-old actress to develop and produce TV shows for the streaming giant.

“It took a long time, but we just closed our deal with Blake,” Salke said. “We closed a first-look deal and we’re talking and developing a show. It’s not ready…”

News of Lively’s partnership with Amazon first surfaced in October, and Salke revealed that the Gossip Girl star has pitched a scripted TV series set in the fashion world.

“It’s set in New York, there’s a fashion component,” she added.

The pregnant mother-of-two is also in talks to bring another project to life with Amazon Prime, but Salke kept those details under wraps.

“There’s another (project) that’s around a piece of IP (intellectual property),” she teased.

The news was announced on the same day Amazon executives revealed they had struck deals with Dirty John star Connie Britton and Lena Waithe, who is set to develop a horror TV series entitled Them.

And Blake’s project isn’t the only fashion-focused TV show on the streaming service – Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are currently filming and executive producing their new show, Making the Cut, with supermodel Naomi Campbell, fashion editor Carine Roitfeld, as well as designers Joseph Altuzarra and Nicole Richie.

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Christian Louboutin would love to see Queen Elizabeth II wear his shoes

Christian Louboutin would love to see Queen Elizabeth II step out in a pair of his shoes one day.The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled stilettos, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, incl…

Christian Louboutin would love to see Queen Elizabeth II step out in a pair of his shoes one day.

The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled stilettos, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, including celebrities such as Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and Blake Lively.

However, Louboutin has now confessed that the one person he would truly be honoured to see sport his designs is Britain’s monarch.

“I would love to see the Queen of England in my shoes,” he told The Independent, before going on recall one occasion in which he briefly thought the 93-year-old was wearing a pair of Louboutins.

“She was stepping out of a car and you couldn’t see, but there was a red carpet there and because of that, there was a reflection and it looked like the sole of her shoe was red! So many people called me and said, ‘Oh my God, the Queen of England!'”

Louboutin soon realised The Queen was wearing her signature black mid-height heels, though the moment did give him quite the thrill.

Elsewhere in the chat, the Frenchman discussed how he came to create his popular line of ballet flats and high heels which complement a wide range of skin tones, as well as his enduring passion for the colour red.

“Red is fire, blood, love and passion,” the designer smiled. “It carries a symbolism that you don’t get with other shades.”

Among all of his various ventures, Louboutin is currently gearing up to showcase his vast shoe collection in a new exhibition in Paris. After funding a partial restoration of the Palais de la Porte Doree, he will take over more than 14,000 square foot of the Art Deco-inspired location in February 2020.

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Manolo Blahnik will never design running shoes

Manolo Blahnik will never be tempted to design a line of running shoes.The Spanish designer’s luxury footwear is a staple of the fashion world, with celebrity fans including Jennifer Aniston, Blake Lively, Olivia Palermo and Miranda Kerr. However, Blah…

Manolo Blahnik will never be tempted to design a line of running shoes.

The Spanish designer’s luxury footwear is a staple of the fashion world, with celebrity fans including Jennifer Aniston, Blake Lively, Olivia Palermo and Miranda Kerr.

However, Blahnik has now shared that he remains committed to his signature elegant aesthetic and has no desire to enter into the trendy athleisure market.

“They said to me that I should do a wonderful collection of running shoes and I said, ‘What?! I’m not vile like that!'” he shared in an interview with The Telegraph. “I’m not into this at all. It’s for the new tacky generation.”

Blahnik went on to explain that his next collection of footwear may be inspired by a recent trip to the ancient city of Delphi in Greece, though he is yet to settle on the exact look and will never resort to copying.

“I love going around the Benaki museum in Athens – you have everything you want! I could copy it all, but I hate that. It can inspire you and you can use the details and mood, but I can’t copy,” the 76-year-old insisted. “My mother always said I was a contradictorian – if anything was fashionable, I would run a mile.”

Meanwhile, a number of Blahnik’s creations are to be showcased in a new exhibition entitled An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection. The curated collection of shoes are placed alongside the paintings, sculpture and furniture items at the venue in London.

“The Wallace Collection has been a point of reference for me since my early days in London. It was – and remains – one of my favourite museums with the most refined selection of art. I am incredibly humbled and honoured to be a part of the project and have my work displayed at the museum,” he said in a statement.

The exhibition opens on Monday and will run until 1 September.

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Blake Lively suffers stomach knots before red carpets

Actress Blake Lively might seem like she’s effortlessly cool at big events, but she’s always tied up in knots and battling butterflies on her way to red carpets.The A Simple Favor star, who is considered a fashion tastemaker with her fabulous outfit ch…

Actress Blake Lively might seem like she’s effortlessly cool at big events, but she’s always tied up in knots and battling butterflies on her way to red carpets.

The A Simple Favor star, who is considered a fashion tastemaker with her fabulous outfit choices, admits she can’t get comfortable in front of cameras unless she plays a character.

“The only way that I feel comfortable doing red carpets and interviews is when I adopt the same thing that I do when I’m acting, which is to play a character,” she tells screen star Sydney Sweeney in a joint interview with InStyle. “So when I’m going to a premiere, I think, ‘Who is that character?’ And I step into that. I still get knots in my stomach before red carpets.”

Although her nerves still get the better of her before she debuts an ensemble at a big event, Blake has a lot of faith in her choices and doesn’t employ a stylist.

“You just want to represent yourself properly, so that’s why I chose to style myself,” she said, revealing her former Gossip Girl TV gig helped her develop style confidence.

“I also had the very fortunate and unique opportunity of being on Gossip Girl, where fashion was a main character,” she added, “so I started developing a relationship with designers, and then I’d get their email addresses. It all happened organically.”

To pump up her confidence when she is wearing a particularly sexy gown, Blake channels bombshell Jennifer Lopez before she graces the red carpet.

“With some outfits you need to do a smolder (face expression) because if you’re wearing a slit up to your hip bone and you’re smiling like you’re on (Disney thrill ride) Space Mountain; it just doesn’t go together,” she explained. “It took me a few years to learn it too. If you pretend that you’re J.Lo, that helps.”

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Ralph Lauren receives honorary British knighthood

Ralph Lauren has become the first American fashion designer to receive knighthood.On Wednesday (14Nov18), British Vogue reported that the 79-year-old has been recognised for his services to fashion with an honorary British knighthood. Bono, Steven Spie…

Ralph Lauren has become the first American fashion designer to receive knighthood.

On Wednesday (14Nov18), British Vogue reported that the 79-year-old has been recognised for his services to fashion with an honorary British knighthood. Bono, Steven Spielberg and Bill Gates are among the other non-British citizens to receive the same honour.

The news tops off a fantastic few months for the fashion mogul, who has been celebrating his eponymous brand’s 50th birthday this year.

He received a CFDA Members Salute in June on behalf of the 500-plus members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, who paid tribute to his global effect and leadership in the fashion industry. At the time, CFDA chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg praised: “I respect and admire everything that Ralph Lauren stands for, including his philanthropy and kindness.”

The label also staged a 50th anniversary fashion show in September, which was attended by a plethora of celebrities such as Kanye West, Jessica Chastain and Blake Lively. At the event, fellow guest Oprah Winfrey proclaimed to Lauren: “What I know for sure is what is real, is what lasts. And we are here because you have lasted.”

Addressing his success in a recent interview with Town and Country magazine, the fashion veteran was adamant that his legacy stems from his willingness to take chances.

“Good taste alone is not going to build a company that lasts for 50 years. You know, good taste can be boring taste, and classics can be uninteresting,” he explained. “If all I had was good taste, people would say this is just an old man designing clothes.”

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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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Blake Lively: ‘Research for The Rhythm Section was the hardest thing I’ve ever done’

Researching addicts for her new movie The Rhythm Section was the hardest thing Blake Lively has ever done for a film.In the action thriller, the former Gossip Girl star plays Stephanie Patrick, a woman who seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a…

Researching addicts for her new movie The Rhythm Section was the hardest thing Blake Lively has ever done for a film.

In the action thriller, the former Gossip Girl star plays Stephanie Patrick, a woman who seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family.

Stephanie is a heroin-addicted prostitute who lives on the streets, and Blake admits the preparation for the role was hard to take.

“I did ride-alongs with cops on drug busts and I spent a lot of time walking through alleyways talking to some addicts, some of whom were just teenagers,” she told Britain’s HELLO! magazine. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, the actress also had difficulties during the shoot, as she sustained a hand injury while filming an action sequence in Ireland in December (17) and production was suspended while she reportedly had surgery. The production then down indefinitely in January to allow the 31-year-old, who had to have a second operation on her hand, to fully recover. Filming resumed in the summer.

The film is directed by Reed Morano and written by Mark Burnell from his 1999 novel of the same name. The thriller also stars Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown and is due for release in February.

Blake is currently on the promotional trail for her new comedy-thriller A Simple Favour, co-starring Anna Kendrick.

She admitted to the magazine that she was challenged on that shoot, too, because she had to go up against a comedic natural like Anna.

“Getting to do a comedic part with Anna is just like being asked to play tennis for the first time at Wimbledon – it’s just the best of the best,” she gushed. “It’s incredibly intimidating, but it also really heightens your game.”

A Simple Favour is in cinemas now.

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Blake Lively: ‘Women need to embrace unlikable roles’

Blake Lively has no problems taking on horrible characters after spending the past decade as one of Hollywood’s sweethearts. The Gossip Girl star feels that men are often considered “charming and sexy” when they play bad guys, while actresses do not c…

Blake Lively has no problems taking on horrible characters after spending the past decade as one of Hollywood’s sweethearts.

The Gossip Girl star feels that men are often considered “charming and sexy” when they play bad guys, while actresses do not come off in the same positive light if they play a bully or a vamp villain – but she still urges her peers to stretch themselves and take on unlikable roles, because women shouldn’t need to feel it is important for their characters to be popular.

“I keep getting, ‘Here’s this great script, it’s a male but we will gender flip it’,” she tells the Associated Press. “Well why don’t we just flip it now…’ They’ve already written (it), but instead of rewriting it, they are like, ‘Now this person is a woman’, which is great because you want women to be as unlikable as men.”

But Blake accepts that some roles need a revamp when a woman signs on to take a part written for a guy: “If you gave a woman Harrison Ford’s line, it would be like, ‘You can never say that, she’s such a jerk’, but if it’s a man, it’s sort of charming and sexy,” she adds. “So it’s good to have a touch of that, but also there are differences in men and women.

“Let’s do a little bit of rewriting (but) I think we need to embrace being unlikable – that is sort of what I’ve done.”

In Blake’s new film, A Simple Favor, the actress plays a high-maintenance mean mum with a suitcase full of secrets, who disappears and is presumed dead.

It’s a role that was a bit of a stretch for bright and breezy Blake, but she jumped at the chance to be a part of the Paul Feig movie, because the who project reminded her of old Hollywood.

“I don’t even know what films I would compare this to, because to me it’s not really a thriller and it’s not really a comedy, but what I loved about it is that it was like movies like Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, where the plot is very sinister and disturbing and full of twists, but the characters are so over the top and fabulous,” she says.

“That happened in Hollywood back in the 1940s, but not so much now and I think it’s just time to do it again.”

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Blake Lively hits fitness goals with just two days of training per week

Blake Lively maintains her model-like physique with a maximum of three weekly visits to the gym.The A Simple Favor actress and her husband, Ryan Reynolds, welcomed their second daughter, Inez, in 2016, and Blake quickly dropped the baby weight thanks t…

Blake Lively maintains her model-like physique with a maximum of three weekly visits to the gym.

The A Simple Favor actress and her husband, Ryan Reynolds, welcomed their second daughter, Inez, in 2016, and Blake quickly dropped the baby weight thanks to a little help from New York-based trainer Don Saladino – and she admits she didn’t need to spend her life at the health club.

“I see her as much as her schedule allows,” DriveClubs gym Saladino tells Us Weekly. “We aim for two to three days a week, but she is incredibly busy. She enjoys training, but it doesn’t run her life. Her family is always first. The secret to our success was improving her strength and conditioning – this is how she was able to lose 61 pounds (28 kilograms).”

The fitness professional also trains with Blake’s other half, and reveals strength training during their sessions helps them reach their fitness goals.

“People have always been panicked about getting too big. If this happens, it’s because of poor or higher calorie nutrition,” he explains. “If a person comes to me with the focus of looking great in a swimsuit or naked, then cardio alone will not do it. I do believe there is the correct amount of resistance training volume. This is where a lot of the magic happens.”

Don also works with other celebrity clients like Stranger Things actor David Harbour and former Gossip Girl star Sebastian Stan, and he puts the emphasis on movement in every session.

“The one thing that never changes is movement quality. I’m always prioritising maintaining strength with movement quality,” he shares. “Because of this, they are always in shape and can adapt to any role they need to prep for.”

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