Victoria Beckham gearing up to launch debut skincare product

Victoria Beckham is venturing into the skincare market with a new moisturiser.The fashion designer and beauty executive Sarah Creal co-founded Victoria Beckham Beauty earlier this year, with the line comprised of clean cosmetics made with luxurious ing…

Victoria Beckham is venturing into the skincare market with a new moisturiser.

The fashion designer and beauty executive Sarah Creal co-founded Victoria Beckham Beauty earlier this year, with the line comprised of clean cosmetics made with luxurious ingredients.

Now, Beckham has announced the launch of a priming moisturiser formulated in collaboration with scientists at high-end German skincare company Augustinus Bader.

“I am so excited to finally announce my collaboration with Professor @augustinusbader,” she captioned a snap of herself and label founder Professor Augustinus Bader on her Instagram page. “I have been working on this for a long, long time and it has been a dream to develop, with Augustinus, a priming moisturiser that works to improve the health of my skin and gives that fresh, natural glow that I love.”

The moisturiser will be unveiled on 19 November. In a chat with Britain’s The Times’ newspaper, Beckham explained that the product was inspired by the Morning Aura cream that was included in her 2016 capsule collection for Estee Lauder, but insisted the new version is “better”.

And Professor Bader is also very pleased with the final result.

“It was an honour to collaborate with Victoria for her first skin launch. I’m excited to share some of our skincare benefits in this product. It’s the first product of its kind to care for your skin cells while also preparing your skin for make-up application,” he commented.

Professor Bader’s The Cream, a deeply hydrating moisturiser, has developed a huge following among celebrities, with fans including Diane Kruger and Kim Kardashian. A 50ml bottle of The Cream costs $265 (£205).

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Karl Lagerfeld died day before he was to meet Diane Kruger’s baby

Karl Lagerfeld passed away the day before he was to meet Diane Kruger’s baby girl.Following health complications of pancreatic cancer, the Chanel and Fendi creative director died on 19 February at the age of 85, with the news sending shockwaves through…

Karl Lagerfeld passed away the day before he was to meet Diane Kruger’s baby girl.

Following health complications of pancreatic cancer, the Chanel and Fendi creative director died on 19 February at the age of 85, with the news sending shockwaves throughout the fashion industry.

Among the celebrities to pay tribute to Lagerfeld at the time was actress Kruger, a Chanel muse, and she has now spoken about how the designer had planned to meet her daughter in his last days.

“You know it’s kind of sad, I flew to Paris so he could meet my daughter, and he passed away the day before we were supposed to meet,” she commented in an interview with People TV. “It’s really sad… (but) he had a good life.”

Kruger and her actor partner Norman Reedus welcomed their first baby together in November. The couple are yet to share the tot’s name.

Elsewhere in the chat, Kruger recalled how she had developed a “special bond” with Lagerfeld over the course of her career, especially as they could speak German to each other, and because they lived in the same building in Paris.

“He was my neighbour in Paris, so I want to say for the last 20 years I would see him twice or three times a week just walking down the street,” the 43-year-old smiled, before adding that she once also walked through Versailles with him and accompanied him on a trip to China.

“You know, he was truly somebody very eccentric and very funny, but also very sweet,” she added. “We spoke German to each other, so I think we always had a very special bond because nobody could understand.”

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Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne to design white shirts in honour of Karl Lagerfeld

Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne are among a host of famous faces who are set to design white shirts in honour of Karl Lagerfeld.The iconic Chanel and Fendi designer, who passed away at the age of 85 February, was well-known for his chic uniform of a blac…

Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne are among a host of famous faces who are set to design white shirts in honour of Karl Lagerfeld.

The iconic Chanel and Fendi designer, who passed away at the age of 85 February, was well-known for his chic uniform of a black suit and a crisp white high-collared shirt, and once said that he had wished he had invented the enduring garment.

Now, five months after his death, celebrities including Moss, Delevingne, Diane Kruger, Amber Valletta, Lewis Hamilton, Tommy Hilfiger, Alessandro Michele, Takashi Murakami and Sebastien Jondeau have been tasked with designing their own interpretation of Lagerfeld’s white shirt for A Tribute to Karl: The White Shirt Project, according to editors at WWD.

Fashion editor Carine Roitfeld, who was a close friend of the couturier, has overseen the project, which will benefit the French charity Sauver la Vie.

The 64-year-old noted the white shirt project would “allow us to honour (Lagerfeld’s) legacy while incorporating his unwavering love of fashion and giving back; I can’t imagine a better way for us to celebrate his passion for creativity.”

All of the white shirts will be on display at Lagerfeld’s headquarters on the Rue Saint-Guillaume in the French capital during Paris Fashion Week, and in a further tribute to the godfather of fashion – who was a fan of the number seven – the shirts will be replicated 77 times and sold for 777 euros ($875/£700) on Karl.com.

Pier Paolo Righi, chief executive officer of the Karl Lagerfeld fashion house, said that the white shirts are “a very unique and intimate way of relating back to Karl.”

“The participants in this tribute are all people who Karl knew, who he felt connected to, or who inspired him,” he told the fashion publication. “After Karl’s passing, so many people wanted to share their admiration for Karl and express their emotions.”

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Diane Kruger replacing Marion Cotillard in spy thriller 355

Diane Kruger has been tapped to replace Marion Cotillard in Jessica Chastain’s star-studded spy thriller 355. The Inception star was unveiled as part of the line-up alongside Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, and Fan Bingbing at the 2018 Canne…

Diane Kruger has been tapped to replace Marion Cotillard in Jessica Chastain’s star-studded spy thriller 355.

The Inception star was unveiled as part of the line-up alongside Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, and Fan Bingbing at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in France, when the international espionage movie was announced, but it was reported in May that Cotillard had withdrawn from the project for personal reasons.

Now, director Simon Kinberg has revealed he has recruited the Inglourious Basterds star for the role.

“I’m so ecstatic to have an actress of her calibre to round out this extraordinary cast,” he said to Variety of the German actress.

Chastain came up with the idea for an all-female ensemble spy thriller and pitched it to her X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Kinberg, who has since co-written the script with Theresa Rebeck.

“I brought the idea to Simon, told him about the actresses I was thinking of, and he was so sweet. He said, ‘I want to do it with you,'” Jessica told Deadline back in Cannes. “Then I called all the women, told them what I was envisioning and that I wanted it to be a collaborative process, and how we would all create this together… Every single actress I called said yes.”

The Help star previously assured fans she would be recruiting “eye candy” male roles and has since cast Avengers’ Sebastian Stan and her Zero Dark Thirty co-star Edgar Ramirez.

Chastain and Bingbing were on the Cannes jury in 2017 when Kruger was awarded the Best Actress prize for In the Fade. Her latest movie, The Operative, recently debuted at the Berlin Film Festival, and she is also set to appear in biographical drama Butterfly in the Typewriter.

Production on 355 is set to begin in July, with location shoots set for Paris, London and Morocco.

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Diane Kruger shows off washboard abs four months after giving birth

Diane Kruger has left millions of women worldwide green with envy after showing off her washboard abs just four months after giving birth to her first child.The Inglourious Basterds star welcomed a daughter into the world in November (18), after findin…

Diane Kruger has left millions of women worldwide green with envy after showing off her washboard abs just four months after giving birth to her first child.

The Inglourious Basterds star welcomed a daughter into the world in November (18), after finding love with The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus.

The couple are notoriously private, but Diane, 42, decided to treat her Instagram followers to a rare insight into her personal life as she shared a snap of herself on the social media site on Saturday (16Mar19).

Alongside the picture, which showed her wearing a red bikini top and black chequered trousers as she knelt in front of a mirror, Diane wrote: “Am I showing off? F**k yeah. ’cause it’s been hard work to get my abs back. I didn’t think it was possible after having a baby. And certainly not at my age. I want to thank @hannahbower2 for sharing her journey and helping me get motivated. I don’t have a trainer, but I’ve been committed to getting my body back. For myself first….but also for my (ghost emoji). The female body is AMAZING.”

Referring to her unusual workout get-up, Diane added the hashtag: “#andyesIminabikiniworkingoutcauseitshothereandwhynot.”

Speaking previously about her fitness regime in an interview with Coveteur.com, Diane explained that she’s all about being “strong” rather than skinny. And when it comes to her go to routines, the German-American screen star prefers doing stretching exercises, such as Pilates and barre, rather than high-intensity cardio.

“I want to be strong, it’s bizarre. I come from ballet, so I used to work out pretty much every day until I was 15,” she said. “About two or three years ago I had to gain weight for a movie, and it wouldn’t come off – I’ve been the same weight my entire life, and it wouldn’t come off, so I started going to the gym. I guess it’s coming from ballet, I have a very competitive thing in me, and I got really into it and I love it. Now I go four or five times a week – I do Pilates, I do Xtend Barre. I just love it, and it makes me feel strong, and I feel confident.”

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The fashion and showbiz world mourn Karl Lagerfeld

Some of the biggest names in fashion and showbiz have shared their sadness at the passing of Karl Lagerfeld.News broke on Tuesday morning (19Feb19) that the German fashion giant had passed away at the age of 85, with sources claiming he died after a se…

Some of the biggest names in fashion and showbiz have shared their sadness at the passing of Karl Lagerfeld.

News broke on Tuesday morning (19Feb19) that the German fashion giant had passed away at the age of 85, with sources claiming he died after a secret battle with pancreatic cancer.

Stars have now paid tribute to the Chanel head, who also helmed the womenswear and fur collections at Fendi and ran his own namesake label.

“Karl your genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I. We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration. We were always learning from you,” Donatella Versace wrote next to a black and white photo of the pair on Instagram, while Victoria Beckham posted: “So incredibly sad to hear this. Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally. RIP (broken heart emoji)x vb.”

British Vogue editor Edward Enninful told his followers that the world had “lost one of the greatest designers in the history of fashion” and Bella Hadid admitted “nothing feels right today” after she heard of Lagerfeld’s passing.

A lot of the iconic couturier’s famous muses also shared their grief.

“Karl…..I cannot tell you how much you meant to me and how much I will miss you… I will never forget your kindness towards me, your laughs, your imagination. I came to France see you this week and introduce you to my daughter…I’m heartbroken I was too late. Rest In Peace, I adore you,” Diane Kruger wrote.

“You made me feel like a princess,” Lily Allen posted. “I never quite understood what you saw in me but I am forever grateful for the support that you and Chanel have given me over the last 15 years. Rest In Peace Karl, you were a true genius and will be missed, so much.”

And Alexa Chung said: “Rest in peace, Karl. I remember being so scared to interview you and yet you were in fact incredibly witty and generous. Thank you for inviting me to some of the most glamorous experiences of my life, it was an honour to know you. Oh yeah and thanks for the dry shampoo tip, will always think of you as I powder my wig.”

Chanel has also released an official statement, via CEO Alain Wertheimer.

“Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the house of Chanel’s success throughout the world,” Wertheimer said. “Today, not only have I lost a friend, but we have all lost an extraordinary creative mind to whom I gave carte blanche in the early 1980s to reinvent the brand.”

Concerns over Lagerfeld’s health were recently raised after Chanel announced he was too “tired” to appear at the Spring/ Summer haute couture show in Paris in January, the first time he had ever missed the final bow.

Chanel’s Fall/Winter 19 show is scheduled for the final day of Paris Fashion Week on 5 March, while Fendi will be showing in Milan on Thursday.

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Diane Kruger worked with Mossad for The Operative

Actress Diane Kruger underwent training with agents from Israeli security force Mossad to prepare for her role in The Operative. The Inglourious Basterds star plays a woman recruited to work undercover with the crack operatives in Iran and explains sh…

Actress Diane Kruger underwent training with agents from Israeli security force Mossad to prepare for her role in The Operative.

The Inglourious Basterds star plays a woman recruited to work undercover with the crack operatives in Iran and explains she fell in love with the project as soon as she read the script.

The German star also thought she would be a good fit for the role because of her command of several languages.

“When I first read (the script), I thought immediately that this is a project that I really want to pursue,” she said at a press conference for the film on Sunday (10Feb19). “The character kind of talked to me. I was like, ‘Oh yeah, I could be a Mossad agent’.”

Kruger also liked the complexity of her character, a credits director Yuval Adler for crafting a strong, but relatable female lead.

“She’s not a killer,” she said. “This is not Jason Bourne or James Bond… We hadn’t seen a spy movie per se that was talking about the realities of what a spy really goes through every day. I thought it was a very modern, refreshing take.”

“How do you live in a country for a couple of years and fall in love with somebody…? You develop feelings, whether you have a family at home or not,” she added when asked about the film’s plot. “How does one go about that? And, at the end of the day, we’re all human. Things get messy. And I was interested in finding a truth in that.”

The film offer came at a good time for the new mum – after reading a string of scripts surrounding Nazi roles: “I’ve been offered so many Nazi roles, you couldn’t believe,” she recently told Vulture. “And I’ve never really wanted to do it. I’ll only do it if it’s more obtuse. Like with Marwen. Same with Inglourious Basterds.

“I never had any desire to be in that kind of movie to be honest, for obvious reasons, and I feel like it’s been done to death. How many movies do we need to see about that? That’s just my opinion. But watch, next year I’ll be in more Nazi movies, I’m sure!”

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Lily Aldridge welcomes second child

Supermodel Lily Aldridge and Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill have welcomed their second child.Taking to Instagram on Saturday (02Feb19), Lily, 33, announced that she had given birth to a son, a sibling for her six-year-old daughter Dixie, last T…

Supermodel Lily Aldridge and Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill have welcomed their second child.

Taking to Instagram on Saturday (02Feb19), Lily, 33, announced that she had given birth to a son, a sibling for her six-year-old daughter Dixie, last Tuesday.

Alongside a black-and-white photo of her baby’s tiny feet, she wrote, “Winston Roy Followill. Blessed our lives January 29, 2019.”

Neither Lily nor her husband Caleb have shared any further details, although a number of the couple’s celebrity friends were quick to add congratulatory comments to the post.

“Congrats Lily!!” wrote Kate Bosworth, alongside a series of kiss face emojis, Chrissy Teigen commented, “TOESSSSSS (sic)!!!!!! Congratulations,” and Diane Kruger added: “Congratulations. A miracle every time.”

Meanwhile, Lily’s friend and Victoria’s Secret colleague Candice Swanepoel simply posted a string of blue heart emojis.

Back in August (18), Lily confirmed her pregnancy by sharing a photo on Instagram showing her posing on a beach in a bikini, with her burgeoning bump on full display. The brunette beauty did not reveal her baby’s gender or due date at the time.

However, she has remained very active throughout her pregnancy, and walked the runway at Brandon Maxwell’s show during New York Fashion Week in September.

In a post thanking the designer for casting her in the presentation, she wrote on Instagram, “So proud to walk the @brandonmaxwell runway 5 months pregnant! I’ve walked (a) few runways in my life and this is a moment that I’ll look back on forever with great emotion. Thank you, Brandon, for letting my shine & being such a true gentleman, Love you FOREVER!!!”

Caleb, 37, and Lily married in 2011.

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Nicholas Kirkwood took three years to design his first pump heel

Nicholas Kirkwood didn’t design a pump shoe for three years when he first launched his brand.The London-based fashion star is best known for his footwear, founding his eponymous label in 2005 and becoming the go-to designer for red carpet shoes, with h…

Nicholas Kirkwood didn’t design a pump shoe for three years when he first launched his brand.

The London-based fashion star is best known for his footwear, founding his eponymous label in 2005 and becoming the go-to designer for red carpet shoes, with his fans including Jessica Biel, Diane Kruger, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

While Kirkwood trained in design and shoemaking, he has now shared in an interview with The Talks that he was “quite naive” when he set up his company and didn’t get around to making some footwear basics for a long time.

“I didn’t go work for another shoe designer, so I never really understood how the shoe industry works or how you’re meant to develop a collection. In that aspect I was very green but honestly, I think that was kind of an advantage,” he reflected. “It meant I didn’t have to follow the rules. I didn’t design a pump for, like, three years. I had no idea about range planning at all, or carry-overs. I just thought you have to do a banging collection every season!”

Kirkwood is now well known for pushing the boundaries of shoe design, with his creations expertly marrying architectural craftsmanship and tradition.

His leather Beja mules and Lola ballet-inspired pumps with pearl detailing on the heels remain very popular, and he explained that computer technology has really opened up design possibilities for him.

“I love that kind of blend between something that needs to be handcrafted, needs to be done in the most exquisite way, with something that can be done better with technology – I’m really up for that! But you know, I’m very nerdy and love technology,” the 38-year-old said.

In addition, Kirkwood spoke about how he is embracing 3D technology and other modes of design. But he confessed that not every experiment is a success.

“I mean, failed designs happen most seasons! If you’re trying to be innovative you have to accept that there’s going to be a certain amount of failure, otherwise you’re not pushing it enough,” he added.

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Diane Kruger has no desire to follow style trends

Diane Kruger is so confident in her own style that she has no desire to follow the latest trends. The actress has cemented herself as a major fashion icon in the celebrity world, garnering praise for her often bold but elegant evening looks. And accor…

Diane Kruger is so confident in her own style that she has no desire to follow the latest trends. 

The actress has cemented herself as a major fashion icon in the celebrity world, garnering praise for her often bold but elegant evening looks. And according to Diane, the key to her great sense of style is keeping it personal.

“I don’t know if people necessarily ask me for advice, but what I’ve learned over the years is what works for me,” she explained in an interview with InStyle U.S. “I don’t feel the need to comply with trends. I like looking at the collections and trying new things, but I’m not going out of my way to try to be in style.”

The 42-year-old, who recently welcomed a baby girl with boyfriend Norman Reedus, pays close attention to her hair and make-up in order to update a look, and admitted that she has “an embarrassing amount of make-up” at home. Though she knows what she likes, Diane is always willing to look to other women in order to find ideas.

“I get inspired by other women, movies, magazines. And I’ve discovered a lot of great artists on Instagram, like Nina Park (who has worked with Zoe Kravitz),” the blonde beauty shared. “It’s fun to check out (a professional’s) page.”

The Inglourious Basterds star rates Pat McGrath Labs’ Permagel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil and Tom Ford’s Traceless Foundation Stick, which is “nearly invisible, even in daylight”.

However, her biggest extravagance is an elliptical machine and a set of weights, which she bought in order to exercise at home.

“Working out is my time: It’s one hour when no one can reach me and I can gather my thoughts,” she smiled. “When I make a film, I often request to have that (the equipment) in whatever apartment they rent for me.”

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