Amber Valetta urges shoppers to stop buying brand-new clothes

Amber Valletta has urged shoppers to stop buying brand-new clothes in a bid to help save the environment.The American model is pushing for much more sustainability in the fashion industry, and in an interview with Footwear News, said that she is reduci…

Amber Valletta has urged shoppers to stop buying brand-new clothes in a bid to help save the environment.

The American model is pushing for much more sustainability in the fashion industry, and in an interview with Footwear News, said that she is reducing her carbon footprint by buying vintage.

“Things have value. Slow down. We don’t have to buy just because we have the urge to buy,” Amber explained, adding that she “hates” shopping.

The 46-year-old, who regularly takes part in Jane Fonda’s Fire Drill Fridays climate change protests, went on to urge more leading figures, especially women, to promote eco-friendly fashion.

“Fashion affects everybody. We all have to get dressed, and one out of six people on the planet work in the garment industry in some capacity. It’s mostly women. And we know that women, one, push the economy, two, hold the money, and three, spend it,” she commented. “Fashion has an incredible opportunity to become a 21st-century industry that can really prove to the rest (of the world) how to do things properly.”

And Amber also wants to use her platform to inspire people to solve the industry’s huge environmental impact.

“We have so much potential. This is why I put my focus here, otherwise, I’d just stop focusing on fashion and go focus on environmental activism, but I actually think we can be the biggest change agents,” the star added, noting that her top tips for reducing her fashion footprint include buying quality designer pieces that have longevity and fixing broken items.

© Cover Media

Jane Fonda rules out undergoing any further plastic surgery

Jane Fonda has no desire to go under the knife for any further plastic surgery.The 82-year-old actress still looks as glamorous as ever when she hits the red carpet for a premiere or awards ceremony, but has been open about the amount of work it’s take…

Jane Fonda has no desire to go under the knife for any further plastic surgery.

The 82-year-old actress still looks as glamorous as ever when she hits the red carpet for a premiere or awards ceremony, but has been open about the amount of work it’s taken to maintain her flawless visage and enviable hourglass figure.

Yet, in an interview with Elle Canada, Jane insisted she won’t have any more procedures done.

“I can’t pretend that I’m not vain, but there isn’t going to be any more plastic surgery – I’m not going to cut myself up anymore,” she shared, before adding: “I have to work every day to be self-accepting; it doesn’t come easy to me.”

But the screen star tries to lift her spirits by poking fun at herself in hilarious posts on her social media pages.

“I try to make it very clear that it has been a long and continuing struggle for me,” the Grace and Frankie star insisted. “I post pictures of me looking haggard – and once with my tooth out!”

Jane candidly discussed her plastic surgery past in her 2018 documentary, Jane Fonda in Five Acts.

And as to why she’d decided to go public with that revelation, the Hollywood veteran replied: “I knew that if I really told the truth, it would be universal. All these issues are universal among women: ‘I’m not good enough; I have to please, starting with Daddy; I’m not pretty enough; I’m not thin enough; I’m not smart enough.'”

© Cover Media

Jane Fonda leads stars re-wearing dresses to 2020 Oscars

Jane Fonda promoted sustainable fashion at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday night by slipping into a dress she’d previously worn six years ago.The 82-year-old looked stunning in a red sequin Elie Saab gown as she presented the Best Picture prize to Pa…

Jane Fonda promoted sustainable fashion at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday night by slipping into a dress she’d previously worn six years ago.

The 82-year-old looked stunning in a red sequin Elie Saab gown as she presented the Best Picture prize to Parasite director Bong Joon Ho and producer Kwak Sin-ae during the ceremony held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

However, fans were quick to point out that Jane had first sported the dress at the 67th International Cannes Film Festival in 2014, with the move in keeping with her promise not to purchase any new clothes as part of her protests against climate change.

In addition, the Grace and Frankie star swapped her signature blonde hairstyle for a shorter, silver crop and topped off her ensemble with Pomellato jewellery, explaining in a post on Instagram that she opted for items from the brand because the designers “only use responsible, ethically harvested gold and sustainable diamonds”.

But Jane wasn’t the only celebrity to recycle a look for the Oscars. Elizabeth Banks opted to give a pre-loved gown another outing and attended the Vanity Fair after-party wearing a scarlet Badgley Mischka dress.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the bash, Elizabeth revealed she had first worn the ensemble at the magazine’s party back in 2004.

“I’m upcycling this dress – I wore this dress for the first time to Vanity Fair in 2004,” she explained. “And, we very rarely get a dress gifted to us. Badgley Mischka made this dress for me. Back then, I was in Seabiscuit, which was a big Oscar nominee, and they gave it to me, and I recently moved and found it in the back of the closet. And it still fits! So, I’m wearing it on the carpet tonight. Very excited to be wearing a dress, recycling a dress from 16 years ago.”

Elsewhere, Booksmart actress Kaitlyn Dever wore a red Louis Vuitton dress made from “completely sustainable” fabrics, while Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star Margot Robbie looked stunning in a vintage midnight blue gown from Chanel.

© Cover Media

Amber Valletta willing to go to jail over climate change protests

Amber Valletta chose to get arrested for protesting about climate change in order to put herself on the line for the environment. The model joined actress Jane Fonda in Washington, D.C. for her weekly Fire Drill Fridays protest, which is designed to g…

Amber Valletta chose to get arrested for protesting about climate change in order to put herself on the line for the environment.

The model joined actress Jane Fonda in Washington, D.C. for her weekly Fire Drill Fridays protest, which is designed to get politicians to address climate change, in November and was subsequently arrested.

In a new interview with Porter magazine, Valletta explained that she had been “feeling this need to get loud” about the environment and put herself out there in an attempt to make people realise the planet is worth fighting for.

“I chose to get arrested,” she said. “I’ve been feeling this need to get loud; to step into my own. I don’t care what anyone thinks. I can’t sit on the sidelines; I need to physically put myself on the line. I chose to get arrested as a symbol. My life is worth putting out there, in order to show that all our lives are worth fighting for.”

Valletta then recalled the “profound” feeling she experienced seeing government buildings such as the Supreme Court and Capitol Hill as she was getting arrested.

“I believe in this. I will risk public opinion, being in jail,” the 45-year-old shared. “It was profound. This is the most important crisis we’re facing. I’m not diminishing cancer or AIDS, diabetes or addiction, but there won’t be anything left to fight for. Nothing else matters.”

Elsewhere, Valletta explained that she wants the younger generation to be able to appreciate the natural world.

“It makes me want to cry. I’ll be dead, but my great-grandkids? To live in a world where they wouldn’t experience this; where they couldn’t see elephants or a whale,” she continued. “The ocean could be disgusting and full of plastic; you can’t eat fish, go to a beach, see coral; you can’t have the opportunity to be doctors, scientists or creators. We take it for granted. It’s overwhelmingly ridiculous.”

© Cover Media

Anna Wintour does not approve of matching couple outfits

Anna Wintour does not approve of couples wearing matching outfits in public.The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry.But while Wintour has seen many trends …

Anna Wintour does not approve of couples wearing matching outfits in public.

The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry.

But while Wintour has seen many trends come and go, in a video interview for her Go Ask Anna series, she noted that she can’t stand it when people make a point of wearing the same clothes.

“Absolutely not,” she sighed. “I am not a fan of partner dressing. I think everybody should be completely independent.”

Wintour was then asked by another member of the public for her take on sustainable fashion and whether she believed a day will come where we will “shop from our own closets”.

Accordingly, she insisted that everyone should carefully consider what they buy – within reason.

“I did hear recently that the great Jane Fonda has given up shopping. But I imagine that she has a very, very large closet to shop from while she remains in Washington (D.C.) demonstrating for climate change. And good for her, what a fantastic thing to be doing with your Fridays,” the 70-year-old commented. “But I also think it’s important to remember that fashion gives one so much joy and so much sense of optimism. Yes, we should all shop more responsibly, more carefully, thinking about things that really are going to last. But fashion is also about individuality, self-expression and reflecting a moment. I think it’s very, very important to remember that.”

And as for her New Year’s resolution for 2020, Wintour has one main goal.

“I only have one New Year’s resolution and that is to do absolutely everything I can to help elect a Democratic candidate for (U.S.) President,” she added.

© Cover Media

Jane Fonda vows never to buy any more clothes

Jane Fonda has declared she will not buy any new clothes ever again. The veteran actress and activist has recently been arrested in Washington, D.C. four Fridays in a row as part of her Fire Drill Fridays campaign to pressure lawmakers into doing more …

Jane Fonda has declared she will not buy any new clothes ever again.

The veteran actress and activist has recently been arrested in Washington, D.C. four Fridays in a row as part of her Fire Drill Fridays campaign to pressure lawmakers into doing more to save the environment. She attended the climate change protest last Friday but made sure to avoid arrest after learning she could face months of jail time if she was taken into custody.

While addressing a crowd of protesters, Fonda declared that the red coat she has worn to every Fire Drill Fridays protest will be the last piece of clothing she ever buys.

“You see this coat?” she said. “I needed something red and I went out and found this coat on sale. This is the last article of clothing that I’m gonna ever buy.”

The Grace & Frankie star then explained that 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg has made her think more about consumerism.

“I grew up when consumerism didn’t have such a stranglehold over us. So, when I talk to people and say, ‘We don’t really need to keep shopping. We shouldn’t look to shopping for our identity. We just don’t need more stuff,’ I have to walk the talk. So, I’m not buying any more clothes,” the 81-year-old continued, jokingly that she’ll have “a lot of free time” now that she’s done with shopping.

During a subsequent interview with NPR, Fonda reiterated her claim, saying, “I’m not buying any more clothes… Period,” and described consumerism as a “major disease” in America.

“We have to get back to living in balance, not always wanting more. I want a bigger thing than you do. I want a better house than you have. I want a bigger yacht than you have. I want more clothes. No, just enough is enough,” she stated. “Enough is good enough. And I can’t say get out of your comfort zone if I haven’t done it.”

© Cover Media

Jordan Peele to receive BAFTA’s Britannia Award for directing

Jordan Peele is to receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing from BAFTA Los Angeles. The filmmaker, who won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his directorial debut Get Out, will be honoured with the 2019 John Schlesinger Britannia A…

Jordan Peele is to receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing from BAFTA Los Angeles.

The filmmaker, who won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his directorial debut Get Out, will be honoured with the 2019 John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing in recognition of his two horror films, Get Out and Us.

“Jordan Peele has earned record-breaking success and critical acclaim through work that pushes boundaries and shines a light on stories of important social relevance,” said BAFTA Los Angeles chief executive Chantal Rickards in a statement. “His imaginative storylines, inclusive casting, and bold style evokes John Schlesinger’s spirit of independence, integrity and commitment to excellence. We are honoured to celebrate Jordan’s talents at this year’s ceremony.”

Peele follows in the footsteps of previous directing honourees including Sam Mendes, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, and Kathryn Bigelow.

Executives at the Los Angeles branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will hand out the honours during in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel in California on 25 October.

The 40-year-old will join other stars at the event, including Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is set to receive the British Artist of the Year prize, Jackie Chan, who will be presented with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment accolade, Jane Fonda, who will be honoured with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, and British actor/comedian Steve Coogan, who will be given the Excellence in Comedy honour.

Peele is currently producing The Twilight Zone TV show, a remake of horror classic Candyman, and animation Wendell and Wild. He served as a writer on all three projects and has also lent his voice to the latter.

© Cover Media

Duchess of Sussex wants to shift focus away from ‘superficial’ fashion with British Vogue issue

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex aimed to switch the focus from “superficial” fashion to deeper, more substantial content with her issue of British Vogue magazine. The British royal guest-edited the September 2019 issue of the fashion bible with the help of…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex aimed to switch the focus from “superficial” fashion to deeper, more substantial content with her issue of British Vogue magazine.

The British royal guest-edited the September 2019 issue of the fashion bible with the help of editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, and in her letter to readers, the 37-year-old outlined her aims for the Forces for Change edition, revealing that she wanted to focus on internal beauty rather external, deeper issues rather than superficial fashion pieces, and feature designers talking about their heritage rather than their clothes.

“I had read a book many moons ago called The Four-Chambered Heart, by Anais Nin, which had a quote that has always resonated with me: ‘I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living,'” she wrote. “For this issue, I imagined, why would we swim in the shallow end of the pool when we could go to the deep end? A metaphor for life, as well as for this issue. Let’s be braver. Let’s go a bit deeper.

“That’s what Edward and I have aimed to achieve. An issue of both substance and levity. It is, after all, the September issue of British Vogue, and an opportunity to further diversify what that typically represents.”

Although she had control over many aspects of the magazine, such as which Commonwealth designers, ethical and sustainable brands were featured, the former actress did concede that there would still be adverts in the issue.

“There is one caveat for you to remember: this is a magazine. It’s still a business, after all,” Meghan stated. “I share that to manage expectations for you: there will be advertising sections that are requisite for every issue, so while I feel confident that you’ll feel my thumbprint on most pages, please know that there are elements that just come with the territory. The overall sentiment I hope you’ll find, however, will be one of positivity, kindness, humour and inclusivity.”

Meghan also ensured she displayed that “spirit of inclusivity” and diversity on the cover, which features 15 women including model and activist Adwoa Aboah, Christy Turlington, and actress Jane Fonda.

© Cover Media

Adwoa Aboah ‘honoured’ to be selected for British Vogue’s September issue cover

Adwoa Aboah feels “honoured” to have been named as a force for change by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for the September 2019 issue of British Vogue. The British model appears alongside the likes of Adut Akech, Christy Turlington, Salma Hayek, and 16-year…

Adwoa Aboah feels “honoured” to have been named as a force for change by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for the September 2019 issue of British Vogue.

The British model appears alongside the likes of Adut Akech, Christy Turlington, Salma Hayek, and 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg on the cover of the publication’s Forces for Change issue, which was guest-edited by the royal.

Sharing the cover on Instagram, the 27-year-old told her followers being selected for her work with Gurls Talk, an online community she founded for young women to discuss issues like mental health and sex, is one of her biggest achievements so far.

“I can’t even begin to explain what an honour this is to have been featured alongside these inspirational womxn for @britishvogue’s September Issue (sic),” Aboah wrote. “To have been chosen by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @sussexroyal and @edward_enninful as one of 15 #forcesforchange because of all the work I do with @gurlstalk feels like one of the biggest achievements yet. Thank you to everyone who made it a possibility.”

Supermodel Turlington also shared the cover on Instagram and expressed her pride at being featured alongside the other trailblazing women.

“Grateful to have been selected to join these #forcesforchange for the September Issue of @britishvogue I am beyond proud to introduce the #ForcesForChange September 2019 issue of @BritishVogue, guest-edited by HRH The Duchess of Sussex,” she wrote in the caption.

The 15 women, which also include actresses Gemma Chan, Jameela Jamil, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, and Yara Shahidi, were photographed by Peter Lindbergh.

Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful unveiled the new cover on Sunday and revealed that Meghan declined to appear on it because she feared it would be a distraction.

© Cover Media

Jackie Chan to receive honour from BAFTA Los Angeles

Jackie Chan is to be honoured with a Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment prize by BAFTA Los Angeles. The Rush Hour star has been chosen as the recipient of the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment by execu…

Jackie Chan is to be honoured with a Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment prize by BAFTA Los Angeles.

The Rush Hour star has been chosen as the recipient of the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment by executives at the Los Angeles branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) organisation in recognition of his career in the movie industry.

“Over his 50-year career, Jackie has become a beloved, revered personality we all know and love for his innovative stunt work and unique blend of martial arts and comedy. He rose from rags-to-riches through years of hard work and tireless dedication to perfecting his craft, ultimately earning him global fame and success,” BAFTA Los Angeles chief executive Chantal Rickards said in a statement of the 65-year-old. “We are delighted to honour this inspirational actor with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment.”

The Hong Kong-born actor, who was awarded an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, will receive the new honour during the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards on 25 October at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, alongside Jane Fonda.

The Grace and Frankie actress was previously announced as the recipient of the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.

“Jane Fonda is and always has been an unstoppable force on stage, on screen and behind the camera. The legendary actress’s illustrious career has spanned decades and awarded her with numerous accolades for the dozens of characters she has so brilliantly portrayed,” said Los Angeles chair of the board, Kathryn Busby, back in May. “We could not think of a more deserving recipient for this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film and are looking forward to honouring her outstanding achievements.”

© Cover Media