Ralph Lauren doesn’t view himself as a fashion designer

Ralph Lauren has never considered himself to be a fashion designer.The American star made the unlikely admission while speaking about his new HBO documentary, Very Ralph, which follows his rise to success. Explaining how he prefers traditional styles …

Ralph Lauren has never considered himself to be a fashion designer.

The American star made the unlikely admission while speaking about his new HBO documentary, Very Ralph, which follows his rise to success.

Explaining how he prefers traditional styles and timeless pieces, he told British newspaper The Telegraph: “I hate fashion. I never thought of myself as a fashion designer. It was more about timeless things I liked – and values.”

Lauren insisted that his goal was to “make things beautiful” and doesn’t mind being criticised over his ideas.

“I like old things, but that doesn’t make me boring. It’s how you style them. I love to make things beautiful. Who doesn’t appreciate that?” the 80-year-old shared.

While he has an eye for chic and classic pieces, Lauren also revealed that his children – sons Andrew, 50, and David, 48, and daughter Dylan, 45 – hated him choosing clothes for them when they were younger.

“I used to pick out things from very traditional children’s shops in London for Dylan, and she’d refuse to wear them. The kids in her class were just not wearing that kind of stuff,” he recalled.

Elsewhere in the interview, the industry icon also discussed being rejected for a role at large U.S. retailer Saks Fifth Avenue early on his career.

“I don’t know what happened to that person who interviewed me. But I’m still here,” he quipped.

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Ralph Lauren: ‘I was never relevant in the fashion world’

Ralph Lauren has never been interested in becoming a “relevant” figure in the fashion business.The veteran designer is the subject of a new HBO documentary, Very Ralph, which was shot by director Susan Lacy over several years. Opening up about the eve…

Ralph Lauren has never been interested in becoming a “relevant” figure in the fashion business.

The veteran designer is the subject of a new HBO documentary, Very Ralph, which was shot by director Susan Lacy over several years.

Opening up about the events in his life that come under the spotlight in the film, Lauren revealed that when he first began his career by launching The Ralph Lauren Corporation in 1967, he was dismissed by fashion industry leaders.

“No one applauded me when I started. And there were people who didn’t love what I did. They didn’t love it 25 years ago, and they don’t love it now,” he told Vanity Fair. “I was never relevant. I always did my own thing.”

And Lauren is a firm believer in the American Dream, which is the belief that anyone in the United States can be successful.

“I’ve done everything honestly. I created what I did. No one gave me anything. Someone lent me money, $50,000. It was a lot of money then, but it was very little for starting a business,” the 80-year-old stated. “I did it all quality, and I believe that America has helped me. Living here has been great. Couldn’t have done it in any other country.”

Lauren celebrated the 50th-anniversary of his company last year with a star-studded fashion show in New York’s Central Park, and just a few months later, he became the first American designer to be given an honorary knighthood in the Queen’s Honours.

“I’m cool, I’m loose. I have a good life. I’ve enjoyed my life,” he quipped.

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Jennifer Lopez’s Griselda Blanco movie finally getting underway

Jennifer Lopez’s project about real-life drug lord Griselda Blanco is now getting the big-screen treatment. It was announced in August 2016 that the actress/singer would be playing the notorious Colombian drug dealer known as “The Cocaine Godmother” i…

Jennifer Lopez’s project about real-life drug lord Griselda Blanco is now getting the big-screen treatment.

It was announced in August 2016 that the actress/singer would be playing the notorious Colombian drug dealer known as “The Cocaine Godmother” in a TV movie for HBO, but it has now been revealed that the film will be coming to cinemas instead under the title The Godmother, thanks to a collaboration between Lopez and STX Films.

The Out of Sight star is also considering making her directorial debut with the crime drama, but has not been formally attached to the role, sources have told both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter.

“I’ve been forever fascinated by the story of Griselda Blanco and jumped at the chance to play her on screen,” she said in a statement. “She is all things we look for in storytelling and dynamic characters – notorious, ambitious, conniving, chilling. In a genre dominated by legendary kingpins, I’m eager to shine a spotlight on this anti-hero and excited to partner with STX for the third time so we can bring this compelling, complicated story to life.”

The Godmother follows the ups and downs of Blanco, who outsmarted and outhustled the men around her to rise from an impoverished childhood in Colombia to become one of the world’s biggest drug lords.

The 50-year-old will also serve as a producer alongside Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina, among others, and the screenplay will be written by Terence Winter, who is known for creating Boardwalk Empire, and Deadwood’s Regina Corrado.

The film marks Lopez’s third collaboration with STX Films following 2018’s Second Act and the upcoming Hustlers.

“We love working with Jennifer, Elaine and Benny. They are extraordinary producers and we value their partnership and trust,” said STX Films chairman Adam Fogelson. “This is an epic true crime story that Jennifer is passionate about telling and we can’t wait to begin production on The Godmother with her and her team.”

Lopez will follow in the footsteps of Catherine Zeta-Jones, who portrayed Blanco in the Lifetime movie Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story last year.

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Joe Jonas dresses as Sansa Stark ahead of Game of Thrones premiere

Joe Jonas dressed as fiancee Sophie Turner‘s Game of Thrones character Sansa Stark ahead of the show’s highly-anticipated season eight premiere.The Sucker hitmaker first donned the outfit for a Halloween party last year (18), and gave it another outi…

Joe Jonas dressed as fiancee Sophie Turner‘s Game of Thrones character Sansa Stark ahead of the show’s highly-anticipated season eight premiere.

The Sucker hitmaker first donned the outfit for a Halloween party last year (18), and gave it another outing before the season’s first episode on aired on Sunday (14Apr19), sharing a hilarious clip on Instagram of his new look.

In the video, which the star simply captioned “MOOD”, Joe could be seen making a grand entrance in one of the character’s signature floor-length, blue velvet dresses, complete with a corset, bell sleeves and gold embellishments around the neckline.

The 29-year-old topped off the look with a wig that strongly resembled Sansa’s iconic auburn tresses, styled in homage to the popular character, while the theme music from the HBO series played over the video.

Stars flocked to remark on the Burnin’ Up star’s resemblance to his beau, despite the fact that he still kept his stubble and bushy eyebrows.

“Tooooo good!!” wrote brother Nick Jonas’ wife Priyanka Chopra, while Joe’s I Can Do That co-star Alan Ritchson laughed, “Hast been a harsh winter for our queen.”

While Joe is hugely supportive of his fiancee and a renowned fan of the show, Sophie recently revealed that he had to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) after learning how the series ends while spending time on the set.

Admitting bosses took desperate measures to keep details under wraps, Sophie told Entertainment Tonight: “Joe was on set most of the time so he kind of figured it out and he was like, ‘Can you fill me (in)?’ And, he signed an NDN, NDA and everything so it’s all good.”

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John Varvatos launching Game of Thrones capsule line

John Varvatos is launching a clothing collection inspired by hit TV series Game of Thrones.The HBO fantasy drama, an adaption of George R. R. Martin’s novels, has built up a huge international following since the first season premiered in 2011, with th…

John Varvatos is launching a clothing collection inspired by hit TV series Game of Thrones.

The HBO fantasy drama, an adaption of George R. R. Martin’s novels, has built up a huge international following since the first season premiered in 2011, with the eighth and final season set to return to U.S. screens on 14 April (19).

To celebrate Game of Thrones, Varvatos has now announced that he is gearing up to release a capsule line influenced by the themes and costumes of the show on Thursday (14Mar19).

“From the very first episode, I have been inspired by the incredible costumes in Game of Thrones,” the 63-year-old said in a statement, according to WWD. “To have this opportunity to collaborate is a dream come true.”

The full range will be unveiled at Varvatos’ Bowery boutique in New York on Wednesday evening, with one preview image depicting a male model sporting a brown jacket with brown button detailing, while another teaser image showed a black T-shirt with red dragon motif on the front.

In addition, the 11-piece line will include trousers, leather outerwear, and a messenger bag, with prices ranging from $98 to $2,698 (£75 to £2,050).

Regarding the concept, Jeff Peters, vice president of licensing and retail for HBO, confirmed that the Varvatos line would be the only luxury fashion collaboration to mark the end of Game of Thrones.

“John Varvatos has delivered a stunning collection of high-quality pieces that are fashionable and wearable, while capturing the show’s essence through its details and ornate design,” the executive commented to the fashion publication.

The John Varvatos x Game of Thrones pieces will be available to buy on the label’s website and at selected stores, as well as at some Bloomingdale’s department stores.

Varvatos is no stranger to collaboration, having previously teamed with singer/actor Nick Jonas on a fashion collection.

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Emilia Clarke gets Game of Thrones-inspired dragon tattoo

Emilia Clarke has been inked with a Game of Thrones-inspired tattoo.The 31-year-old, who plays dragon mother Daenerys Targaryen in the hit HBO series, unveiled her new body art on Wednesday (19Sep18), sharing a snap to Instagram showing three flying dr…

Emilia Clarke has been inked with a Game of Thrones-inspired tattoo.

The 31-year-old, who plays dragon mother Daenerys Targaryen in the hit HBO series, unveiled her new body art on Wednesday (19Sep18), sharing a snap to Instagram showing three flying dragons sitting proudly on her right wrist.

“MOD (Mother of Dragons) 4 LYFE!!!! @_dr_woo_ made sure this mamma ain’t NEVER forgetting her babies….” Emilia captioned the post, tagging Los Angeles-based celebrity tattoo artist Doctor Woo.

The star also added a series of hashtags including “#dontworryionlybrieflypassedout” and “#couldntbehappierifitried.”

Emilia revealed her plans for the Game of Thrones tribute earlier this year, explaining to Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa during an interview on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan that she felt the need to commemorate her time on the award-winning series.

“I’m going to get a dragon right here, kind of flying away,” she said, gesturing to her wrist. “So, I think that’s cool. A little kind of peace out.”

When Kelly questioned if she was actually going to go through with it, the actress replied: “Yes! Sorry, mum!”

Emilia, who also has a tattoo of a bumblebee on her left pinkie finger, isn’t the only Game of Thrones star to pay tribute to the show with permanent ink.

Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, confirmed in June that she had been inked with a tattoo of direwolf, the sigil of House Stark, with the words “the pack survives” written underneath.

The final season of Game of Thrones will be aired on HBO in the first half of 2019.

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Peter Dinklage addresses My Dinner with Herve whitewashing claims

Peter Dinklage has hit back at claims that his new film My Dinner with Herve has whitewashed Herve Villechaize.The Game of Thrones star portrays the Fantasy Island actor in an upcoming HBO movie, while Jamie Dornan plays a journalist who interviewed Vi…

Peter Dinklage has hit back at claims that his new film My Dinner with Herve has whitewashed Herve Villechaize.

The Game of Thrones star portrays the Fantasy Island actor in an upcoming HBO movie, while Jamie Dornan plays a journalist who interviewed Villechaize shortly before he committed suicide at the age of 50 in 1993.

However, there has been some criticism over Dinklage’s casting after a reporter recently alleged that Villechaize had Filipino heritage. But, contrary to popular belief, the Emmy Award winner has insisted this was not the case.

“Herve wasn’t Filipino,” Dinklage explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Dwarfism manifests physically in many different ways. I have a very different type of dwarfism than Herve had. I’ve met his brother and other members of his family. He was French, and of German and English descent.”

He added that while those who accuse the film of whitewashing “think they’re doing the right thing politically and morally,” in reality, they are “judging and assuming what he is ethnically” based on his looks alone.

Editors at IndieWire have reported that HBO president Casey Bloys also rejected the allegation, agreeing that Villechaize’s brother confirmed that they were not Filipino.

And while he had considered the issue of race, the executive asserted that it was Dinklage’s “passion project” to dramatise Villechaize’s life.

“I don’t think anyone like him has really been humanised like that (onscreen) before… having gone through this experience of acting in Hollywood (and how it) takes a toll,” he said at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Villechaize achieved worldwide recognition for various roles, including his portrayal of evil henchman Nick Nack in the 1974 James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun.

My Dinner with Herve, which Dinklage is also producing, is scheduled for release in the U.S. on 20 October (18).

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Sophie Turner struggled changing her hair colour for Game of Thrones

Sophie Turner has opened up about her initial apprehensions when she was forced to dye her hair red for Game of Thrones.The actress, who plays Sansa Stark on the hit HBO fantasy series, is a natural blonde, and admits she initially struggled making the…

Sophie Turner has opened up about her initial apprehensions when she was forced to dye her hair red for Game of Thrones.

The actress, who plays Sansa Stark on the hit HBO fantasy series, is a natural blonde, and admits she initially struggled making the transition to red when she accepted her life-changing role. However, as her character gained confidence throughout the course of the show, so did Sophie in reality.

“As a redhead, I was originally really shy. I was 13 and changed my hair from blonde to red (for the show) and I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is so weird, this is not me’,” the 22-year-old told People Style. “But my role in Game of Thrones went from being a very vulnerable and insecure young girl to being a powerful woman who is very confident in herself and very empowered. So whenever I think of my red hair, I relate it to such a strong woman.”

The X-Men: Apocalypse star is now the face of Wella, and credits the haircare brand’s Wellaplex in-salon treatment as the key to her strong healthy hair. She also revealed that her Game of Thrones co-star Maisie Williams, who plays her on-screen sister Arya, often steals her hair products, and went to admit that the pair bonded over some embarrassing beauty blunders.

“When we were younger, we would do each other’s makeup really badly as a joke and go out to bars with terribly, sh**ty makeup on and it would be hilarious,” giggled the British star.

Maisie has been confirmed as one of the bridesmaids in Sophie’s upcoming nuptials to DNCE singer Joe Jonas, and the bride-to-be has decided to delay picking out that all-important dress for a very good reason.

“I think fashion is ever-changing. You never know what’s going to be fashionable next year, so I think I am just holding off for now,” she smiled.

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