Lea Michele loves to indulge in relaxing baths

Lea Michele finds taking a luxurious bath to be the best way to relax.The actress/singer always turns heads on the red carpet and is known for her flawless complexion and shiny brunette locks. While Lea has a very busy schedule with her work on TV show…

Lea Michele finds taking a luxurious bath to be the best way to relax.

The actress/singer always turns heads on the red carpet and is known for her flawless complexion and shiny brunette locks.

While Lea has a very busy schedule with her work on TV show The Mayor and planning her upcoming nuptials to Zandy Reich, she has now shared that finds the best way to slow down at the end of the day is a long soak in the tub.

“I am a really big fan of (Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand) Goop, and I love their detox bath salts at the end of the day or even before an event if I want to relax or detox,” she told People.com. “I love using their charcoal one as well – all of them are incredible and the complete detox line is fantastic. I can detox my system or I use them to get my skin to look its absolute best.”

When Lea has more time to spare, she will call up her friend Emma Roberts and book in a session at Shape House, an “urban sweat” lodge.

Or she will ask Ashley Tisdale to go for a massage with her.

“We get massages together, she loves beauty. She will tell me all of her favourite little beauty things,” the 31-year-old smiled.

During the interview, Lea explained that she is boosting her health by taking Olly Vitamins, the company she is a brand ambassador for. And she also abides by a mostly plant-based diet.

“Beauty is not just on the outside. Getting to feel and look your absolute best starts from the inside out,” she added. “I go back and forth in between pescatarian and vegetarian diet, and I love doing cleanses when I can. I see results in my skin and in my hair, the texture of my hair, and my overall energy level.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow teams with Lilly Pulitzer on Goop line

Gwyneth Paltrow has co-designed a five-piece collection with Lilly Pulitzer for Goop.Goop, Gwyneth’s lifestyle company, is no stranger to teaming up with big-name brands, working with Christian Louboutin, Stella McCartney and Nicole Richie’s House of H…

Gwyneth Paltrow has co-designed a five-piece collection with Lilly Pulitzer for Goop.

Goop, Gwyneth’s lifestyle company, is no stranger to teaming up with big-name brands, working with Christian Louboutin, Stella McCartney and Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960 in the past.

Now, American brand Lilly Pulitzer is getting the Goop treatment.

“I felt so inspired looking through Slim Aarons’ photos of these glamorous, elegant women dressed in Lilly Pulitzer. The opportunity to reinvent the aesthetic has been a lot of fun,” Gwyneth said in a statement, referencing photographer Slim’s images of Rockefeller and Vanderbilt women wearing Lilly Pulitzer.

Working with Mira Fain, Lilly Pulitzer’s executive vice president of product design and development, Gwyneth came up with the Kiss Kiss print, a swirly pink and white design, which features across all five pieces, including the Paltrow Blouse, Gwyneth Stretch Shift Dress, Lilly Maxi Skirt, Palm Beach Silk Maxi Dress and the Palm Beach Tote.

“This was an exciting and fun creative collaboration. We were delighted to work with Gwyneth Paltrow and the talented Goop team and bring to life a capsule collection that highlights the best of both brands” Mira said. “While designing the collection, we were thrilled to hear Gwyneth share her memories of wearing Lilly Pulitzer during the summer visits to The Hamptons.”

Prices range from $398 (£303) for the silk maxi to $88 (£67) for the tote.

The Goop x Lilly Pulitzer collection is available online, at Goop’s Sag Harbor pop-up in The Hamptons, New York, and in Lilly Pulitzer stores across America.

Lilly Pulitzer, Inc. was founded by late socialite and designer Lillian Pulitzer Rousseau in 1959.

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Zac Posen would ‘love’ to design men’s clothing

Zac Posen is open to designing menswear collections in the future..The American designer launched his namesake label in 2001 and has dressed some of the world’s most famous women, including Uma Thurman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rihanna. Though his own brand…

Zac Posen is open to designing menswear collections in the future..

The American designer launched his namesake label in 2001 and has dressed some of the world’s most famous women, including Uma Thurman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rihanna. Though his own brand is catered exclusively to women, Posen has recently revealed the results of his partnership with Delta Air Lines, in which he was recruited to redesign the company’s iconic uniforms. And having had the opportunity to dress men and women in line with the collaboration, the fashion star is interested in expanding his client base.

“I’d love to do men’s clothing,” he insisted in an interview with Teen Vogue. “It really has to do with time. I’ve had my company for over 17 years and you have to give things the right time and have the right partners in the process. That’s really key before you jump into something. At the right time, we’ll be there. I make everything I wear every single day, head to toe.”

The 37-year-old added that each suit he wears as a Project Runway judge has been created via Brooks Brothers, the historic clothier he has been creative director of since 2014.

“I feel very lucky and fortunate to have that experience,” he smiled. “I’m really happy with the suits I own. And some of the mens’ Delta uniform, I’ll be incorporating with jeans for a more casual look.”

Though Posen is currently overseeing numerous projects, he always finds time to unwind from his many duties in order to return to his duties with a clear head.

“I go to my kitchen. I cook. I take a fashion detox,” he explained. “I have a cookbook, it’s called Cooking with Zac. That is my calm. I turn on my music, I close my door, and I drape. I’m very old-school in that way but it happens, and it just comes.”

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Goop partner with U.S. hotel chain on new fitness classes

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand Goop is branching out into fitness classes after partnering with Westin Hotels & Resorts.The brand is dedicated to healthy living, and now fans can take part in special classes, called G. Sport Sessions, this summer (1…

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand Goop is branching out into fitness classes after partnering with Westin Hotels & Resorts.

The brand is dedicated to healthy living, and now fans can take part in special classes, called G. Sport Sessions, this summer (18).

A-list trainer, and regular Goop contributor, Tracy Anderson is leading the classes with a 45-minute workout session.

Participants will also get the chance to take part in a Q&A reception with Westin Fresh by The Juicery and will receive a Goop-curated gift bag with its new G. Sport activewear, G. Soak bath salts, Goop Glow and a Westin fitness accessory.

“At Goop, we believe wellness can be transformative for both your body and your mind, but we also know how hard it is to keep up your healthy routines during the summer. We hope G. Sport Sessions will be a way for guests to carve out time for themselves,” Megan O’Neill, senior beauty editor at Goop, said in a statement. “We incorporated some of our favourite things to create the experience, including a sweat session with Tracy, amazing food and a grab bag of luxurious Goop products.”

Sessions are priced at $150 (£113), and tickets are available online now.

The first session takes place at The Westin Chicago River North on 28 July, followed by a second at The Westin Austin (Texas) Downtown on 25 August.

As well as training celebrities including Gwyneth, Lena Dunham and Victoria Beckham, Tracy also recently launched a versatile fitness collection on shopping channel QVC, in partnership with G.I.L.I., by Jill Martin.

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Miuccia Prada looks to reject ‘cliche’ with her clothes

Miuccia Prada is adamant the secret to her design success is avoiding trend-orientated clothes.Miuccia, who took over the family business in 1978, has always been at the forefront of fashion, preferring to think outside the box rather than try and emul…

Miuccia Prada is adamant the secret to her design success is avoiding trend-orientated clothes.

Miuccia, who took over the family business in 1978, has always been at the forefront of fashion, preferring to think outside the box rather than try and emulate current trends.

Reflecting on some of her favourite looks from over the years, the 68-year-old style trailblazer recreated key items for a new shoot with British Vogue using nylon gabardine, the material that became synonymous with the designer in the ’80s when she unveiled the now-iconic Prada nylon backpack.

“Actually, I think they are very contemporary,” she said of clothes she designed more than 20 years ago. “Many works of Prada don’t look old because it’s never a trend for a trend’s sake. It reflects aspects of people, personalities, and ideas. It’s more concept than trend.

“I do so much thinking. I doubt everything. That is the process of my job, the doubt, the discussion. You do something, maybe a camel coat, but how can a camel coat be against the notion of itself? It’s my way of working. Always trying to go against the rules, the cliche.”

Her forward thinking has ensured Prada has never gone out of style, and it’s a brand coveted by the likes of Eva Mendes, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Reese Witherspoon.

Miuccia is also keen to appeal to a younger audience but stops short of labelling the group “millennials”.

“When they talk about millennials, it’s because somebody wants to sell something to them, and I think it’s deeply disrespectful,” she mused. “(Selling is) definitely an important part of our job, but it’s not our instinct. Our instinct is just doing a good job, to respect people, to do something we think is meaningful.”

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Diane von Furstenberg happy to see feminism back in fashion

Diane von Furstenberg is happy to see the feminism is once again “back in fashion”.The Belgian-born fashion designer redefined womenswear with the launch of her iconic wrap dress in 1974, and has gone on to outfit the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer…

Diane von Furstenberg is happy to see the feminism is once again “back in fashion”.

The Belgian-born fashion designer redefined womenswear with the launch of her iconic wrap dress in 1974, and has gone on to outfit the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

Furstenberg has been an advocate for women’s rights ever since she launched her brand and is now excited to see feminist themes rise to the forefront of public conversation once again.

“I’ve always been a feminist, so for me, I was so happy to see that it came back into fashion, so to speak,” she said in an interview with Here & Now. “Because I was a feminist in the ’70s, but then my children’s generation, somehow, they took it a little bit for granted. But now I see for my granddaughters, they are not taking it for granted and they are very active.”

In response to the sexual harassment scandals currently rocking Hollywood, Furstenberg is certain that the “genie came out of the bottle” but will now “stay out”.

And she believes it is now more important than ever to show support for female-focused events such as International Women’s Day, which was marked on Thursday (08Mar18).

“I think every woman is a role model for other women when she’s willing to be honest and sincere, and talk about not only her successes, but also her challenges, her vulnerability and her fears,” the 71-year-old shared.

To celebrate women this week, Furstenberg is hosting a number of panels which are open to the public at her boutique in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

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Gwyneth Paltrow invests in plus-size brand Universal Standard

Gwyneth Paltrow is among a group of entrepreneurs who have invested $7 million (£4.9 million) into plus-size brand Universal Standard.The 45-year-old actress, who has found huge success with her lifestyle brand Goop, is branching into plus-size fashio…

Gwyneth Paltrow is among a group of entrepreneurs who have invested $7 million (£4.9 million) into plus-size brand Universal Standard.

The 45-year-old actress, who has found huge success with her lifestyle brand Goop, is branching into plus-size fashion by pledging her support for the direct-to-consumer, season-less brand.

According to Business of Fashion, the Iron Man star is among a group of entrepreneurs who have contributed to the company, set up by fashion journalist Alexandra Waldman and private equity veteran Polina Veksler in September 2015.

It’s a change for Gwyneth, who didn’t include plus-size clothing in her Goop clothing label when it launched in 2016. Other investors reportedly include MatchesFashion founders Tom and Ruth Chapman, Toms founder Blake Mycoskie, SoulCycle boss Elizabeth Cutler as well as Sweetgreen’s Jonathan Neman and Nicolas Jammet.

The cash injection will likely be used to aid the brand’s expansion, while also focusing on fabric innovation and the extension of size offerings. While the brand originally offered stylish essentials from a U.S. size 10 to a 28, it is hoping to offer sizes 6 to 32 in the coming year. The funding will also be used to help brand awareness and build a network of showrooms across America.

Among Universal Standard’s unique selling points, which is believed to have been largely responsible for attracting the attention of investors, is their Universal Fit Liberty initiative, which sees them replace purchases in a new size if the customer’s size fluctuates over the course of a year. This has helped them attract new customers, given that some have previously been unwilling to purchase larger clothes because they view their size as a “temporary circumstance”.

“Spending anything over $19.99 (£14.20) became a pain point because it was like making a commitment to your size,” Waldman explained. “We wanted to relieve the anxiety of that purchase decision, from both an emotional standpoint and a financial standpoint.”

The clothes that are returned to the brand as part of the Universal Fit Liberty initiative are donated to charity.

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi designs featuring on U.K. postal stamps

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi is to be honoured with collection of U.K. postage stamps.The Isle of Man Post Office is introducing a set of six postage stamps charting the twenty-year history of British designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, with the…

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi is to be honoured with collection of U.K. postage stamps.

The Isle of Man Post Office is introducing a set of six postage stamps charting the twenty-year history of British designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, with the collection featuring images of iconic pieces, such as the Red Finella Dress worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during the 2016 Royal Tour of Canada, and the Citrus Power Dress once sported by the likes of Amy Winehouse and Gwyneth Paltrow. The stamps also include images of garments from the label’s more recent collections, such as a quilted floral dress.

Maxine Cannon, general manager of the Isle of Man stamps and coins, told WWD that the new stamp series aims to emphasise homegrown talent and the advantages of growing up in a small community.

Thornton added that the island, where both he and co-designer Bregazzi hail from, has always informed their design aesthetic.

“We draw on the colours and the raw beauty of the island, the diversity of the landscape and memories from our childhood which have been a great inspiration,” he shared. “From the fishing boats and the lobster pots, to the colours of the promenade, to the sea and the changing seasons, the pagan history and the Celtic symbols have been a great source for us to draw on, and we often incorporate them in prints and designs.”

Prices for individual stamps range from $1.40 to $2.65 (£1-£1.86) and will launch during London Fashion Week (Feb18) when Preen by Thornton Bregazzi showcase their fall/winter 2018 collection.

Late designer Oscar de la Renta, who passed away aged 82 in 2014, was also graced with an honourary stamp collection last year (17). The United States Postal Service released an 11-part collection which featured an Inez and Vinoodh-photographed portrait of the fashion legend and individual homages to some of his signature designs.

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