Karl Lagerfeld sketches expected to make thousands at auction

A selection of original sketches by Karl Lagerfeld are expected to sell for thousands when they’re auctioned in Florida later this month (April19)The archive of 125 original sketches and portfolios have been privately owned since the 1960s, and were d…

A selection of original sketches by Karl Lagerfeld are expected to sell for thousands when they’re auctioned in Florida later this month (April19)

The archive of 125 original sketches and portfolios have been privately owned since the 1960s, and were drawn by the late designer while he was working as a couturier at the House of Tiziani in Rome during the early stages of his career.

The sketches are expected to sell for around $1,000 (£766) to $3,000 (£2,300) each, while other portfolio collections on offer at the auction are estimated to reach between $2,000 (£1,533) and $4,000 (£3,067).

Two of the most coveted items in the collection are designs intended for Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor.

The sale is being held by Urban Culture Auctions on 18 April (19) in association with Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

Speaking about the legacy of the designs, Rico Baca, co-owner of Urban Culture Auctions, gushed over the late designer.

“These sketches are the work of one of the most brilliant couturiers of the last half century,” he reflected. “They are very rare and might not have survived had they remained in Lagerfeld’s possession.”

The collection is especially rare as the creative was renowned for not holding on to any of his work.

“I throw everything away,” he told The New Yorker magazine in 2007. “The most important piece of furniture in a house is the garbage can! I keep no archives of my own, no sketches, no photos, no clothes—nothing!”

The German couturier, who oversaw Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand, died at the age of 85 on 19 February from complications of pancreatic cancer.

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Joan Collins: ‘If I’d done casting couch I would have played Cleopatra’

Joan Collins has revealed she would have played the role of Cleopatra if she had “been nice” to the studio bosses at the time.The actress, 85, spoke candidly about her early Hollywood experiences during an appearance at the London Palladium on Sunday (…

Joan Collins has revealed she would have played the role of Cleopatra if she had “been nice” to the studio bosses at the time.

The actress, 85, spoke candidly about her early Hollywood experiences during an appearance at the London Palladium on Sunday (17Feb19).

Performing her show Joan Collins: Unscripted, the actress was asked about rumours that she was in the running for the title role in 1963’s Cleopatra, which was eventually played by Elizabeth Taylor.

After showing a clip of her initial screen test, the performer addressed the political climate in Hollywood during the mid-20th century, suggesting that bosses favoured actresses that were “nice” to them.

“I’ll tell you something now that we are in the Me Too generation,” she said. “If I had been nice to those heads of studios and those people that were running Cleopatra, I would have played Cleopatra.”

The Dynasty star, who shared the stage with husband Percy Gibson, admitted that the head of 20th Century Fox at the time, Buddy Adler, had propositioned her when she was in line for the role.

Gibson went on to recall a story that he had read at the time, with Collins joking that she responded to the unwarranted advances with the quip “my agent’s outside, let’s bring him in and make the deal.”

Despite suggesting that several Hollywood actresses had made similar deals with studio bosses to secure roles, the American Horror Story star confessed that she’d never been enticed.

“I’ve never been involved,” she insisted, reiterating, “I’ve never done casting couch or any of that.”

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Camilla Belle lives by beauty advice from mother and grandmother

Actress Camilla Belle relies on beauty tips passed down by the women who raised her. The 32 year old has become known for her fashion choices and bold makeup and tells Us Weekly she received helpful advice from her mother and grandmother early on that…

Actress Camilla Belle relies on beauty tips passed down by the women who raised her.

The 32 year old has become known for her fashion choices and bold makeup and tells Us Weekly she received helpful advice from her mother and grandmother early on that has stuck with her.

“My mom always told me to wash my face entirely and moisturise and I used to be quite bad about putting sunscreen on every morning, but now I do,” she shares. “I don’t leave the house without putting sunscreen on my face, so those are things that I’m now sort of adapting as I’ve gotten older.”

Her mother has also been her go-to resource for style inspiration over the years.

“I have to give a lot of credit to my mom,” Camilla explains. “She has been my stylist and clothes extraordinaire my entire life, so we kind of work on everything together. We’re really inspired by Elizabeth Taylor and old Hollywood (glamour), so if anything, I’ll turn towards photos of her.“

The brunette beauty also swears by a tip handed down to her by her grandmother.

“My grandma was a really stunning woman and even when she was almost 80 years old, she would never leave the house without putting on her lipstick, even if it was to walk from one corner to the other,” she says.

“She didn’t have to have any other makeup on, but she had to put on her lipstick,” she added. “I think there’s something to be said about that and always keeping up appearances in a way.”

And so, just like grandma, the star always puts on a little makeup when she’s heading out, sharing that mascara is her go-to item.

“That’s my thing,” she smiles. “Or I’ll at least curl my eyelashes. I think I picked that up from my grandma. She wouldn’t leave (the house) without adding that one touch.”

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Handbag designer Judith Leiber dies hours after artist husband

Beloved handbag designer Judith Leiber has died, aged 97, just hours after her husband. She died on Saturday (28Apr18) at her home in Springs, New York as she mourned the passing of her partner, painter Gerson Leiber. Both died of natural causes, acc…

Beloved handbag designer Judith Leiber has died, aged 97, just hours after her husband.

She died on Saturday (28Apr18) at her home in Springs, New York as she mourned the passing of her partner, painter Gerson Leiber.

Both died of natural causes, according to reports.

Born Judith Peto in Budapest, Hungary, she became the queen of the clutch, with stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Greta Garbo among her fans, and more recently Blake Lively, who showcased a quirky fish-style bag at The Age of Adeline premiere in 2015. She also famously gifted each U.S. First Lady one of her minaudieres.

She studied chemistry in London but returned to Budapest to apprentice as a handbag maker and while selling her wares to members of the armed forces, she met her husband, a member of the U.S. Signal Corps. The Leibers wed in 1946 and moved to New York, where Judith worked for several handbag manufacturers.

Her career as a designer took off in 1953 after she created a pink rhinestone bag for Mamie Eisenhower to carry to her husband’s presidential inauguration, but it took her 10 years to build up the courage to go it alone and start her own company.

Her most famous pieces featured images of birds, cats, lions, rabbits, and dogs, and she often worked with ostrich, alligator, and frogskin.

In 2009, she launched a museum for her handbags in East Hampton, while her designs are also on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Dallas Museum, the Museum of the City of New York and the Smithsonian.

Her contemporary fans have also included Dame Helen Mirren, Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus, and Amy Adams, who have all clutched one of the designer’s creations on the red carpet in recent years.

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Whoopi Goldberg wore Elizabeth Taylor’s red AIDS awareness ribbon to Oscars

Whoopi Goldberg honoured her late friend Elizabeth Taylor on Sunday (04Mar18) by borrowing one of her red AIDS awareness ribbons to wear at the Oscars. The Ghost actress and TV personality attended Hollywood’s big night wearing a dark green/blue off t…

Whoopi Goldberg honoured her late friend Elizabeth Taylor on Sunday (04Mar18) by borrowing one of her red AIDS awareness ribbons to wear at the Oscars.

The Ghost actress and TV personality attended Hollywood’s big night wearing a dark green/blue off the shoulder floral Christian Siriano ballgown, and featured the red ribbon prominently on her neckline.

While the general purpose of the accessory was widely recognised, Whoopi reveals the ribbon was extra special because it was one of the exact ones philanthropist Elizabeth herself had actually owned.

“I was wearing the red ribbon which belonged originally to Elizabeth Taylor,” she explained on Monday’s (06Mar18) episode of her talk show The View.

“It was the 25th anniversary of her receiving the Jean Hersholt (Humanitarian) Award (from Oscars bosses), and we wanted to signal to people that the fight is not over, so… that was fabulous.”

Meanwhile, Whoopi, who rarely wears dresses, admitted she had a little trouble with her gown as she headed to the Dolby Theatre ceremony.

“It wasn’t so much a malfunction, but you don’t realise that there’s a lot of tulle in your dress, so it took four people to get me in the car, and once I got in the car, all the tulle was up (against the window)…,” she shared.

“Getting out of the car was interesting, because, of course, you don’t want to show everybody your business (flash people), but there you are!”

The 62-year-old, who was able to forgo wearing high heels to the event by hiding her favourite Dr. Martens boots under her floor-length skirt, faced another wardrobe issue once she stepped into the venue.

“I had this gorgeous dress and Christian put pockets in it so I could walk around (without a bag), so it was fabulous, but I realised, when I saw the seats inside the auditorium, that I wasn’t gonna be able to sit in that dress in that auditorium, because again, it would be showing (Oscars host) Jimmy Kimmel stuff he didn’t need to see!”

It seems Whoopi decided to spend the evening hanging out backstage as a result of her dress conundrum, as she was not featured prominently on-camera during the televised ceremony.

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