Cher releases first new fragrance in three decades

Cher has finally unveiled her new fragrance.The superstar has been working on her latest scent with master perfumers for several years and announced in May that she was gearing up to launch the product, having last made a foray into the fragrance indus…

Cher has finally unveiled her new fragrance.

The superstar has been working on her latest scent with master perfumers for several years and announced in May that she was gearing up to launch the product, having last made a foray into the fragrance industry back in 1987.

Now, Cher has released the perfume, named Eau de Couture by Cher.

“For me, a great perfume triggers excitement, emotion, and memories,” she said. “When I wear Cher Eau de Couture, I feel sexy, warm and ready for anything. The process of creating my own fragrance was very personal. Now that it’s completed, I hand it out to the universe, and I know everyone who wears it will create their own excitement… and amazing memories.”

Eau de Couture has top notes of bergamot, clove, and neroli, heart notes of jasmine, rose, and orange flower, as well as base notes of vetiver, sandalwood, and vanilla orchid.

In the accompanying campaign, Cher is seen posing in a black outfit, with an image of the blue perfume bottled overlaid on top. Top fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott helmed the photoshoot.

Speaking about the unisex scent in an interview with WWD, Cher described it as warm and “very touchy-feely”.

“It makes you want to hold onto yourself,” the 73-year-old insisted. “We’ve come a long, long way since I first put out a perfume, so I really do believe this is genderless.

“I (made) it for people who love perfume or people who want to smell good, people who feel that it’s part of who they are.”

Cher Eau de Couture is now available to buy from the Scent Beauty website. A 50ml bottle is priced at $85 (£65).

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Cher’s fragrance took four years to make due to her indecisiveness

Cher’s new fragrance took four years to create because she kept changing her mind during the process.The pop icon recently released Cher Eau de Couture – her first scent in more than 32 years – and explained that the process took more than four yea…

Cher’s new fragrance took four years to create because she kept changing her mind during the process.

The pop icon recently released Cher Eau de Couture – her first scent in more than 32 years – and explained that the process took more than four years because she kept changing her mind.

“I can’t say exactly why it took four years,” the 73-year-old told Allure magazine. “Nothing ever took me four years. I just knew when I had it. A few times, I thought I had it, but a few days later, I changed my mind. It was kind of like, you know it when you see it.”

Cher Eau de Couture is the Believe hitmaker’s second fragrance, her first being Uninhibited back in 1987. Featuring notes of bergamot, clove, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, and vanilla orchid, the fragrance is a mixture of traditionally feminine and masculine scents.

However, Cher was keen to avoid giving her scent a gender.

“I don’t think in terms of genders. I didn’t specifically want to create a ‘genderless’ fragrance. I created it for people who like it. I’ve worn men’s fragrances,” Cher explained. “I wanted a heavy scent. Not that I wanted people to run out of the elevator, but I wanted to be sure it lasted beyond the first spray.”

Her new scent is influenced by her favourite smells and inspired by her mother – who was a big fan of Christian Dior’s Joy.

“I do love the smell of freshly cut grass. I used to do cartwheels and remember that smell really well. I love the smell of popcorn and pumpkin pie. My mom always smelled good. I know she sometimes wore Joy, but she guarded it like it was diamonds,” Cher sweetly recalled.

Cher Eau de Couture is now available for $85 (£66) on scentbeauty.com.

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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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Cara Delevingne: ‘I’m not as confident as people think’

Cara Delevingne is “constantly” working on finding ways to build her self-confidence.The model/actress launched her career in 2011 and has since gone on to walk the runway for brands such as Chanel and Burberry, as well as embark on a Hollywood career….

Cara Delevingne is “constantly” working on finding ways to build her self-confidence.

The model/actress launched her career in 2011 and has since gone on to walk the runway for brands such as Chanel and Burberry, as well as embark on a Hollywood career.

But in spite of her public persona, Cara has struggled with anxiety and depression in the past, and in a new interview marking the launch of her Nasty Gal holiday campaign, she shared that she is not always as strong as onlookers may think.

“I’m constantly working to find (confidence),” the 27-year-old commented. “I don’t know if I’m as confident as the public might assume.”

Yet, Cara went on to emphasise her belief that all people should be “empowered” to be themselves.

“I think it’s very important that everyone feels empowered – man or woman. I’ve always tried to embrace and promote messages of uniqueness and individuality. I hope that helps people to feel more empowered every day,” she stated.

Elsewhere in the chat, Cara spoke about her gig fronting Nasty Gal’s 40-piece holiday range, which pays homage to outfits worn by stars such as Cher and Stevie Nicks, and is comprised of ripped jeans, leather-look trousers, cropped blazers, lace bustiers, statement T-shirts, oversized suiting, and items with ’80s-style power shoulders.

In particular, the model is a fan of the jeans with cut-outs and crop tops and insisted she isn’t afraid to re-wear her favourite pieces.

“I am a serious re-wearer. When I’m obsessed with something, I’m obsessed,” Cara said. “(My style) hasn’t changed much over the years and what I look for in clothes hasn’t changed, but with age and maturity, I do appreciate style a bit more. I like to have fun expressing myself through fashion and mix high street with vintage and sportswear.”

The Nasty Gal holiday collection can now be purchased from the brand’s website. Select styles in the range are available in U.S. sizes 2 – 22 (U.K. 4 – 24), with items priced from $19 – $195 (£15 – £150).

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Cara Delevingne fronting campaign for Nasty Gal’s holiday collection

Cara Delevingne is starring in the campaign for Nasty Gal’s holiday collection.The British model/actress has been tapped by executives at the online fashion retailer to front the marketing imagery for the upcoming line, which is inspired by female rock…

Cara Delevingne is starring in the campaign for Nasty Gal’s holiday collection.

The British model/actress has been tapped by executives at the online fashion retailer to front the marketing imagery for the upcoming line, which is inspired by female rock icons.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to star in Nasty Gal’s holiday campaign,” she said. “I’ve followed the brand for years and am inspired by their approach to fashion – always rebellious and ever-evolving. I love to work with brands that push the envelope on style, and this collection does just that.”

Drawing upon outfits worn by stars such as Cher and Stevie Nicks, the 40-piece line is comprised of ripped jeans, leather-look trousers, cropped blazers, lace bustiers, statement T-shirts, oversized suiting, and items with ’80s-style power shoulders.

Highlights include a silver sequin dress, a jacket covered in white pearls, and a T-shirt emblazoned with the words, “I am a rich man,” a reference to a famous comment Believe hitmaker Cher made in a 1996 TV interview.

Cara’s campaign was shot at Electric Lady Studios, the recording studio founded by Jimi Hendrix in New York City.

And Nasty Gal bosses couldn’t be more thrilled with the final result.

“Cara’s fearless style has captured international attention as she continues to make waves in fashion, cinema, and music. With over 43 million followers on Instagram, her influence is widely recognised as she uses her platform to advocate for mental health, women’s rights, and animal conservation,” they praised.

Select styles in the range are available in U.S. sizes 2 – 22 (U.K. 4 – 24), with items priced from $19 – $195 (£15 – £150).

The Nasty Gal holiday collection will be available to purchase from 23 October on the brand’s website.

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Lizzo eyeing up clothing line

Lizzo has set her sights on making a foray into the fashion business. During a recent Q&A at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Juice hitmaker shared that she has been enjoying experimenting with different looks since finding success and wants a fashi…

Lizzo has set her sights on making a foray into the fashion business.

During a recent Q&A at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Juice hitmaker shared that she has been enjoying experimenting with different looks since finding success and wants a fashion line to channel that energy.

“That’s my thing I feel like a f**king princess lately. Now, I love to play with shapes… I love it, I need a clothing line,” she shared, adding that the public are still hung up about her figure. “Don’t ask me what size I am… it is my size.”

The singer/rapper has seen a shift in the way the fashion industry accepts women with fuller figures in recent years, a far cry from the days she would borrow men’s clothes because she didn’t feel comfortable with the selection of outfits available.

“I would borrow guys’ clothes and wear flannel,” she commented. “I’ve learned a lot from my team. Like, look at Diana Ross … look at Cher, and I now say, ‘Yeah, let’s do that s**t!'”

Lizzo now takes more pride in her outfit choices, quipping: “I want Kate Moss to look at me and say, ‘Damn, where you got that dress?'”

Previously, the 31-year-old opened up about her work in promoting body positivity and noted that she finds it odd when people label her as “brave” for loving and embracing her figure.

“When people look at my body and be like, ‘Oh my God, she’s so brave,’ it’s like, ‘No I’m not.’ I’m just fine. I’m just me. I’m just sexy,” she shared in a chat with U.S. Glamour magazine. “I don’t like it when people think it’s hard for me to see myself as beautiful. I don’t like it when people are shocked that I’m doing it.”

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Marc Jacobs to receive inaugural MTV Fashion Vanguard Award

Marc Jacobs has been named as the recipient of the first-ever MTV Fashion Vanguard Award.The New York-based designer unveiled his first collection under his namesake brand back in 1986 and has since gone on to branch out into a number of categories, in…

Marc Jacobs has been named as the recipient of the first-ever MTV Fashion Vanguard Award.

The New York-based designer unveiled his first collection under his namesake brand back in 1986 and has since gone on to branch out into a number of categories, including perfume and cosmetics.

Now, bosses at MTV and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have announced that Jacobs is to be honoured for making an “indelible impact” on the industry at the upcoming 2019 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).

“Jacobs and music are inextricably linked, from tapping Cher and Missy Elliott for his ad campaigns, to dressing fashion icons Lady Gaga, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “With a legacy that spans over three decades, Jacobs is a preeminent figure in fashion and music, perfectly embodying the spirit of the Fashion Trailblazer Award.”

In addition, Jacobs and his team are working with MTV to create a multimedia activation on the red carpet to highlight his creative vision at the event. The on-the-ground experience will have a dedicated photographer and stylised elements.

Jacobs’s clothing has been tied to music videos since the start of his career and he used the vintage MTV logo for pieces he designed in his spring 2017 resort collection.

“First of all, MTV always had the coolest graphics,” he told Vogue of his design inspiration. “It was very spot-on for what MTV was saying and who they were saying it to. It really spoke to me, and I think that generation of people at that time.

“I’ve maintained them in my memory bank, and they’ve never gone away. They’re iconic.”

The MTV Video Music Awards will take place in Newark, New Jersey on 26 August. Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco is hosting the event.

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Famed filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli dies

Oscar-nominated director Franco Zeffirelli has died at the age of 96.The Italian filmmaker passed away at his home in Rome on Saturday after a battle with pneumonia. “He had suffered for a while, but he left in a peaceful way,” Zeffirelli’s son, Lucian…

Oscar-nominated director Franco Zeffirelli has died at the age of 96.

The Italian filmmaker passed away at his home in Rome on Saturday after a battle with pneumonia.

“He had suffered for a while, but he left in a peaceful way,” Zeffirelli’s son, Luciano, told America’s CBS News.

Born Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli, he began his adult life as an architect, but was inspired to pursue a career in entertainment after watching Laurence Olivier’s 1944 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Henry V.

He enjoyed some early work as an actor and set designer, before he was taken under the wing of director Luchino Visconti, who instilled his love of opera in the young Zeffirelli.

He went on to stage more than 120 opera productions during his lifetime, including Placido Domingo’s La Traviata and Otello in the 1980s, while also taking charge of notable films like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s 1967 version of The Taming of the Shrew, and 1968 hit Romeo and Juliet, starring Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director.

Zeffirelli later reunited with Hussey for 1977 TV mini-series Jesus of Nazareth, in which the actress portrayed the Virgin Mary.

Taking to Instagram, Hussey paid tribute to the director and uploaded several photos of them together.

“RIP dearest Franco. You take a piece of my heart with you. Thank you for one of the most beautiful times of my life,” she captioned the snaps.

Zeffirelli’s love of Shakespeare’s works also led him to work with Mel Gibson in Hamlet, which was released in 1990.

His other movie credits include Jon Voight’s The Champ in 1979, Endless Love, which marked Tom Cruise’s big screen debut in 1981, and Tea with Mussolini in 1999, which starred singer Cher.

“My dear friend and brilliant artist, Franco Zeffirelli… has passed,” she wrote on Twitter, alongside a collage of images, including stills from the film.

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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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