Cher nearly wore different outfit to 2019 Met Gala

Cher had a new outfit to wear to the 2019 Met Gala but changed her mind at the last minute.The superstar made a surprise appearance at the annual fashion event back in May and even took to the stage at one point to perform some of her biggest hits for …

Cher had a new outfit to wear to the 2019 Met Gala but changed her mind at the last minute.

The superstar made a surprise appearance at the annual fashion event back in May and even took to the stage at one point to perform some of her biggest hits for the star-studded crowd.

But while Cher had a whole look planned for the camp-themed night, she opted to stay in her favourite denim jeans, pink camisole, black jacket, and blonde wig when she arrived at the venue.

“I had another outfit to wear but at the last minute, I just thought ‘F**k it. I don’t want to wear anything,” she said in a video for Vogue.com’s Life in Looks series. “So, this is what I came in, except I had a big fluffy, puffy coat that my friends at Chrome Hearts made me. I’ve had these jeans forever; they are patched over patches. And so, I love them. They’re not particularly attractive but I don’t really care.”

However, Cher went for style over comfort when she attended her first Met Gala back in 1974. The Believe hitmaker selected a nude Bob Mackie dress with silver sequins and white feather trim for the bash, with the provocative look certainly courting plenty of attention at the time.

“If you look at it, it looks like it’s stuck to me, and that’s because it is,” the 73-year-old recalled. “I think it was shocking for a lot of people because it was souffle, the dress was souffle, which was a material that was outlawed in America, you could only get it in France. Marlene Dietrich had her beaded dresses made out of it. And so, when you put it on, Bob sprayed it on with a little hand sprayer, and it just sticks to your skin, so it looks like your skin is beaded. I think people were a little taken aback.”

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Cher recalls shock reaction to her first ‘naked dress’

Cher couldn’t believe people’s reactions when she first stepped out in a “naked dress”.In a new video for Vogue.com’s Life in Looks series, the superstar has broken down 22 of her most famous looks and costumes, with the ensembles extending from the ea…

Cher couldn’t believe people’s reactions when she first stepped out in a “naked dress”.

In a new video for Vogue.com’s Life in Looks series, the superstar has broken down 22 of her most famous looks and costumes, with the ensembles extending from the early 1960s until the present.

But while Cher has worn many rule-breaking outfits over the years, she pinpointed the nude Bob Mackie dress with silver sequins and white feather trim that she sported to the 1974 Met Gala and on the March 1975 cover of TIME magazine as one of her most provocative.

“If you look at it, it looks like it’s stuck to me, and that’s because it is,” she said. “I think it was shocking for a lot of people because it was souffle, the dress was souffle, which was a material that was outlawed in America, you could only get it in France. Marlene Dietrich had her beaded dresses made out of it. And so, when you put it on, Bob sprayed it on with a little hand sprayer, and it just sticks to your skin, so it looks like your skin is beaded. I think people were a little taken aback.”

Another one of Cher’s iconic outfits has to be the black beaded crop top and skirt, also by Mackie, which she donned when serving as a presenter at the Oscars in 1986.

“This was one of my favourite, favourite outfits. I came to Bob with an idea. I said, ‘I want to have a mohawk, and I want to do something that is not actually Indian, but I want it to be so over-the-top that it’s next week.’ He came back with this. The beautiful shawl was cashmere. I loved the whole thing,” the 73-year-old recalled. “I had the idea mostly because the Academy didn’t really like me. They hated the way I dressed, and I had young boyfriends and they thought I wasn’t serious. So, I came out and said, ‘As you can see, I got my handbook on how to dress like a serious actress.'”

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Designers praise Bob Mackie’s contribution to fashion industry

Top designers have lauded Bob Mackie’s contribution to the fashion business ahead of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having worked…

Top designers have lauded Bob Mackie’s contribution to the fashion business ahead of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.

The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having worked closely with entertainment icons including Joan Rivers, RuPaul, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Carol Burnett and Cher.

Mackie is to receive the prestigious Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 CFDA awards on 3 June, and in the lead-up to the ceremony, a number of fashion stars have shared their praise for the style pioneer, with Tom Ford describing him as a true influencer.

“Bob Mackie’s work has influenced fashion in a dramatic way, in that many of the body-fitting, seemingly transparent, and heavily beaded gowns that are worn on red carpets today are derivative of his work for stars like Diana Ross and Cher,” he commented in an oral history feature for Vogue.com. “The images of his costumes and gowns for these women have become a part of the landscape of fashion from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, and in my case, become part of my hard drive of references.”

While Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele spoke about how he met the “guru” at the 2019 camp-themed Met Gala and gushed over the designer’s role in shaping Hollywood careers.

“You have to put energy inside clothes; Bob’s creations made impetuous energy of great artists and through his clothes, the artists were able to magnify their talent. Bob Mackie sanctified the voice and the attitudes of the rock stars who are the gods of the 20th century,” he insisted.

Elsewhere, Mackie’s longtime client Burnett noted that the designer always had a vision for an entire look, including wigs, make-up and accessories, while Cher noted that he is a “perfectionist” when it comes to fit.

In addition, ’90s supermodel Shalom Harlow, who wore a Mackie ensemble to the 2009 Met Gala, shared that it’s not possible to be a “shy wallflower” in one of his creations.

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Bob Mackie documentary in the works

Legendary designer Bob Mackie is to be the subject of a new documentary film.Mackie’s flamboyant and glitzy creations are instantly recognisable, like the feather and rhinestone devil costume he made for Elton John’s 1986 Ice on Fire Tour, a recreation…

Legendary designer Bob Mackie is to be the subject of a new documentary film.

Mackie’s flamboyant and glitzy creations are instantly recognisable, like the feather and rhinestone devil costume he made for Elton John’s 1986 Ice on Fire Tour, a recreation of which can currently be seen in new movie Rocketman, or Cher’s midriff-baring black beaded two-piece, which she wore to the 1986 Oscars complete with plumed headdress.

Now, Matthew Miele is giving the fashion star the documentary treatment in an upcoming feature.

“Matthew Miele (the director) has done some work I admire, the Bergdorf Goodman documentary (Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s) and the Harry Benson (Shoot First) film which I really enjoyed. I like his aesthetic,” Mackie told The Hollywood Reporter.

The film is set for a December 2020 release and will focus on the 80-year-old’s 50-year career.

“Bob Mackie is an American original, and to be given a chance to showcase how he accomplished his life’s work and made each design worthy of amplified spectacle is something that will leave audiences inspired,” said Miele in a statement. “Like his costumes, Bob is wholly unique and unfiltered, which makes for a compelling and candid subject.”

Before production gets underway, triple Oscar nominee Mackie will be honoured at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards on 3 June. It was announced earlier this month that he was to be the 2019 recipient of the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, following in the footsteps of Tommy Hilfiger, Oscar de la Renta and Giorgio Armani.

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Barbie to be honoured at 2019 CFDA Awards

Barbie will be honoured with the Board of Directors’ Tribute at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.First launched in 1959 by American toy company Mattel, Barbie is undoubtedly the world’s most popular toy doll, with …

Barbie will be honoured with the Board of Directors’ Tribute at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.

First launched in 1959 by American toy company Mattel, Barbie is undoubtedly the world’s most popular toy doll, with more than a billion sold.

Now, the CFDA’s board – composed of designers such as Michael Kors, Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, and Prabal Gurung – have decided to bestow Barbie with prestigious prize at the upcoming gala in order to acknowledge her enduring influence on fashion.

“Barbie has had such wide influence on American fashion and culture,” said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA. “Her story personally resonates with so many CFDA members that the Board of Directors decided to honour her with the special tribute.”

The tribute comes at the perfect time, seeing as Barbie celebrates her 60th anniversary this year. Over the past six decades, the doll has inspired many designers and influencers, with Mattel’s first partnership being with Oscar de la Renta in 1985.

Designer Bob Mackie collaborated with Barbie on a doll in 1990, while more recently, Moschino’s Jeremy Scott unveiled a Barbie-themed line for spring 2015, and Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, Anna Sui, and Wang, are among those who have created their own versions.

“It is a tremendous honour for Barbie to be recognised by the CFDA Board of Directors for her contributions to American fashion. For the past six decades, Barbie has inspired and been inspired by fashion and creative communities,” added Richard Dickson, Mattel’s president and chief operation officer. “Barbie has had the great privilege of collaborating with some of the greatest designer of our time and this award is a moment to celebrate her lasting influence.”

Previous recipients of the Board of Directors’ Tribute include former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Tom Ford, Gloria Steinem, and Janelle Monae.

The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards will be held on 3 June at the Brooklyn Museum. Others to be feted include French stylist Carine Roitfeld, who will be presented with the Founder’s Award, singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, who will collect the Icon Award, and famed costumer Mackie, who will be feted with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Bob Mackie to receive CFDA’s Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award

Bob Mackie is to be honoured with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having wor…

Bob Mackie is to be honoured with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.

The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having worked closely with entertainment icons including Joan Rivers, RuPaul, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Carol Burnett, and Cher.

Now, Mackie is to receive one of the most prestigious prizes at the upcoming CDFA Fashion Awards.

“Bob Mackie is one of the most prolific designers of all time,” said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA, in a statement. “He is a true artist and the ultimate showman.”

Mackie started out working as a sketch artist for legendary French haute couturier Jean Louis, and in 1969, was hired to design costumes for Ross, The Supremes, and The Temptations, in the TV special G.I.T. on Broadway. He continued to make stage costumes for Motown star Ross, and also oversaw the wardrobes for Mitzi Gaynor, Ann-Margret, The Carol Burnett Show, and Minnelli On Minnelli with Liza Minnelli, among others, though is perhaps best known for creating the showstopping black ensemble Cher wore to the 1986 Academy Awards.

In a post regarding the announcement on his Instagram page, Mackie described the prize as a “tremendous honour”.

Previously, the California native was presented with the Fashion Exuberance Award by Ross at a CFDA event in 2001.

He has also received three Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design for his work on films like 1981’s Pennies from Heaven and 1975’s Funny Lady, and most recently, received a 2019 Tony Award nomination for Best Costume Design in a Musical for making the costumes for Broadway’s The Cher Show.

The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards will be held on 3 June (19) at the Brooklyn Museum. Others to be feted include French stylist Carine Roitfeld, who will be presented with the Founder’s Award, and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, who will collect the Icon Award.

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Cher’s stylist urged her not to wear infamous 1986 Oscars dress

Cher’s longtime designer Bob Mackie advised her not to wear the headline-making dress she wore to the 1986 Academy Awards ceremony. The iconic singer caused quite a stir when she arrived at the Oscars in a showgirl-inspired black two piece and massive…

Cher’s longtime designer Bob Mackie advised her not to wear the headline-making dress she wore to the 1986 Academy Awards ceremony.

The iconic singer caused quite a stir when she arrived at the Oscars in a showgirl-inspired black two piece and massive featured headwear, and Mackie, who has worked with the singer for five decades, still recalls trying to talk her out of the look.

“I’m always the conservative one,” he tells People magazine. “At first I told her, ‘You can’t dress like that to give somebody an award, you’ll pull all the focus from them’. And she said, ‘Oh, they won’t mind’. Then, there she is, and she’s on the cover of every newspaper all across the country. She knows what she’s doing. Of course she was the one that got printed.”

During the event, she took the stage to present Don Ameche with the Best Supporting Actor honour for Cocoon.

Mackie has since come to appreciate the impact his friend’s look made and the statement she was trying to make by wearing it.

“People liked it and hated it at the same time,” he adds. “Critics said, ‘Well, that’s not fashion’. Well, it wasn’t meant to be fashion. She wanted to do it just because it was fun. Halloween is her favourite holiday, and she loves to dress up. She always says, ‘I don’t ever want to be dressed like a housewife in an evening gown’.”

Mackie first met the Believe hitmaker in the 1960s, while working on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, in which she appeared alongside her then-husband Sonny Bono, and on Tuesday (30Apr19), he earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Costume Design for his work on the Broadway production The Cher Show. He created over 450 costumes, most of them exact replicas from Cher’s closet, which took a year to develop.

“I kept all of the the original patterns from every look we did,” he tells the publication. We even had beading patterns from her most famous outfits, which all require thousands of beads. That helped craft the wardrobe on a short timeline.”

The infamous Oscars dress was among the looks recreated.

“There were some absolute replicas, especially her 1986 Oscars gown,” he shares. “I had a wardrobe for years and we kept everything that we ever made, and for the Oscars, we had the original one to look at, which made a big difference.”

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Laura Mulleavy talks enduring influence of cinema on Rodarte’s designs

Rodarte designer Laura Mulleavy credits Hollywood’s influence as shaping her as a designer.The California-based fashion star, who co-founded and runs the label with her sister Kate Mulleavy, is big on movies, which she is certain is down to her life gr…

Rodarte designer Laura Mulleavy credits Hollywood’s influence as shaping her as a designer.

The California-based fashion star, who co-founded and runs the label with her sister Kate Mulleavy, is big on movies, which she is certain is down to her life growing up just next to Tinseltown.

She and Kate once considered moving their brand to America’s fashion capital, New York, but U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour convinced them to stay put.

“Overall, I think there’s always been a strong fashion community in Los Angeles; it’s just been through a different lens,” Laura told The Hollywood Reporter. “We have (James) Galanos and Rudi Gernreich and Bob Mackie, and then you have the history of Hollywood costume design, which is so profound on fashion in general. I always looked to film as something that really affected my view of design and my aesthetic.”

As for which films had a lasting impact on Laura, she insisted that the work of horror director Alfred Hitchcock comes out on top. It was the designer’s mother who introduced her to cinema at a young age, and she has been enthralled with it ever since.

“Hitchcock was a big part of my understanding of fashion design and Hollywood,” she explained. “Vertigo was shot at places I used to go to and I know the areas in San Francisco where The Birds (was shot).

“It’s the same thing in L.A. The street corner in Pasadena is Michael Myers’ house (from Halloween). You know the city through these locations in cinema. Because we responded so much to the visual styling of film, fashion just became a part of what Los Angeles is to us. When you see incredible costumes in a film, it’s a very powerful thing that you never get out of your head.”

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Oscars leading ladies should wear yellow or gold if they want to get lucky on Sunday

Actresses who want to get lucky at the Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19) should wear yellow and avoid green, according to a new style study. Fashionistas at Global.Accessorize.com have researched the outfits and designers that lead to good fortune at the Aca…

Actresses who want to get lucky at the Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19) should wear yellow and avoid green, according to a new style study.

Fashionistas at Global.Accessorize.com have researched the outfits and designers that lead to good fortune at the Academy Awards, revealing that 60 percent of female nominees who wear yellow on the red carpet go on to win the Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress honours.

On the other hand, looking back at 40 years of Oscars fashion, leading ladies who opt to shimmer in silver for Hollywood’s big night rarely win – 92 per cent have missed out on Oscar gold.

Meanwhile, the lucky colour for Best Actress nominees is bold gold, with 43 per cent of all golden girls going on to win. The unluckiest colour is green, with only one of 14 taking home an Oscar.

Yellow is also the colour for Best Supporting Actress hopefuls, while grey is a big no for those up for the prize.

Among the designers, Bob Mackie is Oscars gold when it comes to Best Actress style choices as all the nominees who have chosen to wear his creations have won, according to the Accessorize experts, but Giorgio Armani remains the king of the Academy Awards as his designs have been on more women lifting the statuette than any other.

One of the biggest surprise winners ever, Mira Sorvino, added a little luck to her bid for Best Supporting Actress glory by wearing a yellow Armani gown – she went on to win the prize in 1996 for her role in Mighty Aphrodite.

As for the luckiest style, more women have been called to the stage in gowns that feature “an illusion neckline, short sleeves and a hemline above the knee”.

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Drew Barrymore bored of ‘safe’ red carpet outfits

Drew Barrymore has had enough of celebrities choosing “safe” red carpet outfits.The actress has worked in the film industry since she was a child in the 1980s and has attended all the glitziest awards ceremonies in the business.However, in recent years…

Drew Barrymore has had enough of celebrities choosing “safe” red carpet outfits.

The actress has worked in the film industry since she was a child in the 1980s and has attended all the glitziest awards ceremonies in the business.

However, in recent years, Drew has noticed that celebrities are reluctant to make bold statements with their fashion choices, and believes this is out of fear of criticism and negativity.

“I miss the days of Bjork with the swan or Cher and (designer) Bob Mackie. It’s like let’s do this. It’s a red carpet, why is everyone playing it so safe?” she asked during a video interview recorded for U.K. television show This Morning. “I think it’s because we got so into this culture of critiquing people on the red carpet that nobody wanted to be the butt of the joke. I think people just need to not care, not worry about haters or critiques and put on a show, because that’s what the red carpet is for.”

The Never Been Kissed star also refuses to give in to pressure to look young, and is adamant that she’s never had any interest in exploring cosmetic surgery.

“I’ve not been tempted by cosmetic surgery and I don’t necessarily look my best naturally every day, but I don’t want to fight city hall, as we’d say in America,” the 43-year-old explained. “My philosophy when it comes to ageing is, ‘It’s going to happen.’ I feel like I have such an addictive personality too, that if I started, I would be that crazy lady that spirals down the rabbit hole. So, I just know don’t touch it, don’t do it.”

Drew, who owns cosmetics company Flower Beauty, follows a “pretty mild” skincare regime comprised of cleansers, toners, serums, and moisturisers.

“I love a good oil,” she added. “But nothing in the oily T-zone – that’s all toners and astringents.”

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