Miuccia Prada named GQ’s Designer of the Year

Miuccia Prada has landed the top honour at GQ’s first-ever fashion awards.The 70-year-old has been named 2019 Designer of the Year of editors at the publication, and in an accompanying interview, she opened up about her passion to “free” men from tradi…

Miuccia Prada has landed the top honour at GQ’s first-ever fashion awards.

The 70-year-old has been named 2019 Designer of the Year of editors at the publication, and in an accompanying interview, she opened up about her passion to “free” men from traditional tailoring.

“Doing fashion with men, I thought that they never wanted to exaggerate. When it’s too much ‘fashion,’ it’s never right,” she explained, before adding that her contribution to men’s clothing has been “to make a little bit of fashion to free them, but not too much”.

Miuccia, who is known in the industry as Ms. Prada, also revealed that she takes a unique approach when designing and creating pieces for her menswear collections.

“I imagine myself as a man,” the designer stated. “Imagination in our job is everything.”

The businesswoman also touched on Prada’s recent collaboration with Adidas, despite her previously negative feelings towards teaming up with other brands for limited-edition capsule collections.

“Everybody asks us. But I always thought that those collaborations were just for selling,” she shared. “I wanted to find a much deeper reason. The truth is that we are seriously interested in doing things in a good way. My husband and I never wake up in the morning saying, ‘We will have to make money.'”

Her lengthy career in fashion is going from strength to strength, and Miuccia is determined to keep going so she can carry on transforming men’s fashion.

“(I want to) empower women and to make men more human. Or gentle,” she added.

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Daisy Ridley discusses Carrie Fisher’s ‘really sad’ final scenes in The Rise of Skywalker

Daisy Ridley has warned Star Wars fans that Carrie Fisher’s final scenes in The Rise of Skywalker are “really sad”.The 60-year-old actress, who played Princess/General Leia Organa in the sci-fi franchise, passed away unexpectedly in December 2016 after…

Daisy Ridley has warned Star Wars fans that Carrie Fisher’s final scenes in The Rise of Skywalker are “really sad”.

The 60-year-old actress, who played Princess/General Leia Organa in the sci-fi franchise, passed away unexpectedly in December 2016 after suffering a cardiac arrest onboard a flight from London to Los Angeles.

In order for her character to appear in the third and final movie in the current trilogy, director J.J. Abrams was handed the task of using old footage of Carrie from 2015’s The Force Awakens and 2017’s The Last Jedi.

Still mourning the death of her friend and co-star, Daisy then had to reshoot scenes that included old footage of Carrie so that the story could continue, despite the death of the Star Wars icon.

“It was definitely difficult,” the 27-year-old told GQ magazine. “It was emotional doing it, because you’re also weirdly picturing her. You’re not picturing how the scene is going to be.”

“It’s really sad,” Daisy lamented. “And it’s going to be really sad, but also, it’s amazing that they have all this footage that is woven into the story in such a strange way.”

The British star also revealed that she never discussed Carrie’s death with some of her co-stars, including Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker.

“I would never presume. Mark’s known her for 40 years,” Daisy said, becoming emotional as she revealed she had spoken to Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, who plays Lieutenant Connix. “I had a conversation with Billie about it. I just wanted to ask Billie how she was doing.”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas from 18 December.

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Robert De Niro insisted Martin Scorsese made The Irishman

Robert De Niro insisted Martin Scorsese made The Irishman and cast Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.The three-and-a-half hour-long gangster drama is based on the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses and follows the true story of mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sh…

Robert De Niro insisted Martin Scorsese made The Irishman and cast Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.

The three-and-a-half hour-long gangster drama is based on the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses and follows the true story of mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, who was allegedly involved in the 1975 disappearance of notorious union boss Jimmy Hoffa.

De Niro plays Sheeran, while Pacino plays Hoffa, with Pesci back on the big screen after a nine-year break to play mobster Russell Bufalino in the Netflix epic.

In an interview with GQ magazine, the Oscar winner revealed that after he read I Heard You Paint Houses, he immediately spoke to his frequent collaborator Scorsese.

“And then I said to Marty, we have to do this. I said, ‘Marty, Joe plays Russell. Al plays Hoffa,” De Niro said. “I was very happy to get us all together, to have us all together and do probably our last movie together.”

Due to the film taking place over more than 50 years, the Hollywood veteran confessed that he and Scorsese looked at getting in other actors to play the younger versions of Sheeran, Hoffa and Bufalino.

“We talked about lots of stuff, you know? Getting younger actors in and so on,” he added.

However, Scorsese decided to go with high-tech CGI which could digitally de-age the actors in post-production, and settled on Netflix to finance the project, which had a budget of around $100 million (£81 million).

The Irishman is in cinemas now for a short theatrical run and will debut on the streaming service on 27 November, in order to ensure that the movie is eligible for awards season.

And De Niro isn’t fazed by the prospect of more people watching the film at home than in the cinema.

“I’m aware of that. What I’m happy about is that we got to make the movie the way we wanted and we got the money to do so,” he shared, before confessing that he wasn’t even a Netflix subscriber.

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Liam Payne trained hard to get in shape for Hugo Boss underwear campaign

Liam Payne spent 90 per cent of his time in the gym over the past year to prepare for his Hugo Boss shoot.The Strip That Down hitmaker recently shot a sizzling partially nude ad campaign for Hugo Boss underwear, something the 26-year-old had dreamed of…

Liam Payne spent 90 per cent of his time in the gym over the past year to prepare for his Hugo Boss shoot.

The Strip That Down hitmaker recently shot a sizzling partially nude ad campaign for Hugo Boss underwear, something the 26-year-old had dreamed of to motivate himself while in the gym.

“Before we landed the deal with Hugo I’d gone into my gym and said, ‘I’m going to get an underwear commercial.’ I just wanted to do it; I knew I could do it. And then it actually happened! And I worked my a*s off and I’m still hitting the gym: I didn’t realise once you get on that thing you can’t really turn it off,” he told GQ Hype magazine.

The father-of-one revealed that he was at the gym for “90 per cent” of his time in an effort to look super ripped for the shoot with model Stella Maxwell, and the results have given him more self-confidence.

“It’s been a lot of training and being an athlete and working out – it became 90 per cent of my job for the best part of a year leading up to that shoot, which was crazy,” he explained. “Come 2019 everyone’s a lot more open about body image and I wanted to get in shape. Not to show off my body to anyone else, I just knew that’s what would give the confidence on set. I didn’t want to arrive not ready and not looking like I’d worked hard to get there.”

The former One Direction singer also opened up on his decision to go sober for a year, confessing it was hard on his social life.

“I was the biggest recluse on the planet. I would get up at 5am and go running in the park, but at night I would be in bed by 7pm. Is that a way to live your life?” he candidly shared.

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Stella Maxwell and Liam Payne star in racy Hugo Boss campaign

Stella Maxwell and Liam Payne have stripped off for a racy new Hugo Boss underwear campaign.Former One Direction star Liam was announced as a celebrity brand ambassador for the German fashion house back in May, and a short time later, unveiled his debu…

Stella Maxwell and Liam Payne have stripped off for a racy new Hugo Boss underwear campaign.

Former One Direction star Liam was announced as a celebrity brand ambassador for the German fashion house back in May, and a short time later, unveiled his debut Hugo x Liam Payne line.

Now, Liam has teamed up with bosses at Hugo on another campaign, this time to promote a range of bodywear, with the imagery shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

One snap shows the singer lying on a bed in just his underwear with Stella behind him completely nude, with just a sheet protecting her modesty, while another photo depicts Liam naked with the topless model on top of him.

And the British singer has admitted he required a little liquid courage in preparation for the risque photoshoot.

“There was a lot of tequila involved for this shoot,” he said in an interview with GQ Hype magazine. “(The photoshoot) ended up being a lot more naked than I thought it was – and for her as well. She was also naked. And I was just, you know, ‘Don’t look!’ She was naked behind me and I was thinking, ‘Liam, don’t look whatever you do.'”

However, Liam also confessed that his mother wasn’t immediately pleased when she first saw the provocative pictures.

“It was a lot of fun to shoot but my mum wasn’t best pleased. There’s this really raunchy shot of me and Stella, and I showed my mum,” the 26-year-old smiled. “She took one look at it and gave me a clip round the ear. All I was thinking was, ‘I better not tell her about the London buses!'”

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Harry Styles keeps clothes under surveillance in frozen vault

Harry Styles stores his clothes in a frozen vault which is under surveillance 24 hours a day. The former One Direction star has become known for his experimental and flamboyant style in recent years, and it has now been revealed his love of fashion ext…

Harry Styles stores his clothes in a frozen vault which is under surveillance 24 hours a day.

The former One Direction star has become known for his experimental and flamboyant style in recent years, and it has now been revealed his love of fashion extends to the aftercare of the outfits as well.

According to his frequent collaborator, designer Harris Reed, Styles doesn’t just stow old garments away in a closet for safekeeping, he makes sure they are well looked after in a temperature-controlled archive.

“I can’t say where it is located, but everything goes to an archive,” Reed explained to GQ. “It’s basically like a giant refrigerator – a frozen vault – somewhere in London where I am not going to disclose. But the clothes all have 24 hours surveillance, which you can look at via an iPad, specifically done for his outfits, and they have all been cryogenically frozen in time to preserve them. That’s also what is more surreal for me.

“After his first solo tour that I produced 14-15 looks for – he wore about six or seven – I was wondering where the others were and he was like, ‘Don’t worry, they are all under surveillance.’ I was like, ‘Oh, that’s chic.'”

Reed, who has been working with the popstar since 2017, gave the interview to discuss the blue sleeveless suit with flared trousers he designed for Styles’s new music video Lights Up, and revealed he made it in three days without the singer present.

“We didn’t have any time to do a fitting, so I had to fit the whole outfit on myself,” he shared. “Harry and I have very different body proportions, so we were just very lucky. I remember they flew to South America to shoot the video and Harry texted me, ‘It fits! It works!’ And I was in f**king heaven. I didn’t sleep for a solid three days doing that outfit, so I was thrilled.”

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Aaron Paul: ‘I loved lying to people about Breaking Bad movie’

Aaron Paul didn’t struggle to keep news of Breaking Bad spin-off movie El Camino under wraps, because he “loves lying to people”.The 40-year-old actor reprises his role as Jesse Pinkman for the newly-released Netflix movie. Rumours began about El Camin…

Aaron Paul didn’t struggle to keep news of Breaking Bad spin-off movie El Camino under wraps, because he “loves lying to people”.

The 40-year-old actor reprises his role as Jesse Pinkman for the newly-released Netflix movie. Rumours began about El Camino before bosses confirmed it, but Aaron didn’t find it tough to fob fans off when they questioned him about the speculation – because he’s a good liar.

“It was so easy to keep it a secret,” he laughed to GQ magazine. “I love secrets. I love surprises. The last thing I want to do is spoil the surprise. I love lying to people, in the harmless way. It’s great. I think it’s a fun thing. Even after the film was in the can, people would say, ‘Look, are any of those rumours about possibly revisiting the Breaking Bad universe true?’ And I’d go, ‘You know, rumours are so funny. I’m hearing these rumours. I haven’t read a script. If Vince (Gilligan, creator) wants to go into that world again with me, I would, of course, jump at the chance I love that man.’ And that was it.”

Aaron and former co-star Bryan Cranston, whose character Walter White died at the end of Breaking Bad, also sparked rumours they might be reuniting for a sequel when they shared pictures of themselves posing in Mexico. It later emerged that the promotional snaps were for Aaron and Bryan’s mezcal line Dos Hombres, but that didn’t stop the screen star having a giggle when he saw fans’ excitement about a potential follow-up series.

“I mean, we were posting photos of ourselves, not in character. Us, like, walking in a river in Mexico,” he said. “Those characters don’t go to Mexico, you know? And Walt is dead. And I don’t have any of my Jesse Pinkman tattoos on. People were just… wishful thinking.

“And I respect that, and I love that. It shows you the excitement of this show, and the possibility of a movie or a new season was always looming in the distance for these hardcore fans.”

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Jared Leto convinced someone stole Gucci replica head from 2019 Met Gala

Jared Leto thinks someone may have stolen his Gucci replica head from the 2019 Met Gala.The actor/singer arrived at the prestigious event back in May wearing an opulent couture outfit designed by the Italian label’s creative director, Alessandro Michel…

Jared Leto thinks someone may have stolen his Gucci replica head from the 2019 Met Gala.

The actor/singer arrived at the prestigious event back in May wearing an opulent couture outfit designed by the Italian label’s creative director, Alessandro Michele.

However, Leto made headlines as he was carrying a full-size replica of his head on the red carpet which was fashioned into a useful evening bag.

Michele and his Gucci team worked with Italian special effects firm Makinarium to create the unique piece, which cost more than $11,000 (£8,900).

Yet, five months later, Leto has confessed that he hasn’t seen his head clutch since the Met Gala and is under the impression that a fellow partygoer took it.

“Honestly, I have no idea,” he told GQ magazine. “I think someone may have stolen it. If anyone out there finds it, bring it into your nearest Gucci store in exchange for a pair of dirty sneakers.”

At this year’s event, Leto’s head-to-toe Gucci outfit featured a long-sleeved red gown with crystals draped over his chest and shoulders.

The star has been a longtime muse of creative director Michele, and even wore a Gucci wardrobe for the recent tour with his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars.

“I have a lot of help from the Gucci team. They’re an incredible group of people. So talented, so gifted. I feel really fortunate to work with Alessandro and this motley crew of artists and craftspeople that he’s put together,” the 47-year-old gushed.

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Simon Pegg surprised by response to weight loss picture

Simon Pegg didn’t expect his recent body transformation to cause such a commotion. The Star Trek actor hit headlines in March when his personal trainer Nick Lower posted a picture on Instagram showing his appearance after six months of training and die…

Simon Pegg didn’t expect his recent body transformation to cause such a commotion.

The Star Trek actor hit headlines in March when his personal trainer Nick Lower posted a picture on Instagram showing his appearance after six months of training and dieting to play a hostage victim in upcoming indie thriller Inheritance. The image depicted a topless Simon looking noticeably thinner and leaner and sporting a new six-pack.

The British star has now admitted to British GQ magazine that he had no idea the picture would become such a big deal.

“The response from that picture was so weird,” he said. “Some people said, ‘You look ill,’ which is what my wife thought. Others were saying, ‘Well done.’ And the thing is, it wasn’t meant to be an aspirational thing. It was a snapshot that my trainer took and I really didn’t expect the furore that followed. All I can think of is that people still think of me as that schlubby guy from Shaun of the Dead.”

To prepare for the role, Simon spent six months doing strength work, circuit training, core exercises and daily 10 kilometre runs. He eventually lost 20 pounds (nine kilograms) and cut his body fat from 12 to eight per cent.

As a result, the 49-year-old has found himself “probably addicted to training” now that filming is over, as he feels “out of sorts” if he doesn’t do a form of exercise every day.

“You release so many endorphins every day (when training) that when you stop what you get is an endorphin deficit and that makes you feel a little bit down,” he explained. “So, doing all that training, then doing the movie and then going back to eating pies again actually made me feel a little bit low afterwards. Losing that focus and that goal-orientated training was quite tough.”

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J. Cole vows to stay true to his own style

J. Cole has vowed to remain true to his fashion preferences after regretting a stylist’s suggestion. The rapper was preparing for the BET awards in 2013 when his personal dresser suggested he wear a Versace sweater to the event. The black pullover, fe…

J. Cole has vowed to remain true to his fashion preferences after regretting a stylist’s suggestion.

The rapper was preparing for the BET awards in 2013 when his personal dresser suggested he wear a Versace sweater to the event. The black pullover, featuring gold medallions, was considered to be over the top by Cole but his team convinced him it would raise his profile.

“I remember it like, ‘Nah, bro, you gotta step it up a level, you gotta own some superstar s**t’, almost with the implication that I could be further along if I just looked like a star,” he tells GQ. “This is what the people want to see.”

The 34 year old recalls hitting red carpet only to discover two other artists, DJ Drama and Brandon T. Jackson, were sporting the exact same item and now notes the piece would have been better suited for someone like French Montana.

“Man, look, no disrespect to French, but I feel like this (is) some s**t French Montana would have on,” he shares, revealing he didn’t recognise himself in the mirror at the time.

He adds, “I’m like looking in the mirror like, ‘Who the f**k is this?’”

Following the incident, the star retreated from the limelight to engage in some much needed self reflection, and he now insists to the time away from the spotlight helped pave the way towards him becoming a family man, later marrying his college sweetheart Melissa Heholt and welcoming a son.

“For a while, I felt a little weird about it,” he adds of his career break. “I felt, ‘Did I miss something?’ ‘Cause I didn’t feel the change that people talk about. And then I figured out what it was. I changed my life in order to get ready to have a family and to have a son. I literally changed my life, where I was living, the things that I was doing. I changed. So because of that, when my son came, I was ready. I already made room.”

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