Beyonce wore over 300 carats of diamonds to 2020 Golden Globes

Beyonce sported an impressive 323 carats worth of diamonds at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.The Drunk In Love hitmaker stunned in a custom-made black Schiaparelli gown complete with voluminous gold sleeves for the ceremony held at The Beverly Hilto…

Beyonce sported an impressive 323 carats worth of diamonds at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

The Drunk In Love hitmaker stunned in a custom-made black Schiaparelli gown complete with voluminous gold sleeves for the ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, where she was nominated for the Best Original Song prize for her tune Spirit from The Lion King.

While the singer lost out on the award to (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from Elton John’s musical biopic Rocketman, she won on the fashion stakes with her well-accessorised look.

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, the star’s stylist Zerina Akers revealed: “When I first laid eyes on Daniel Roseberry’s debut collection at Schiaparelli, I knew I wanted to work with him… (and) Lorraine Schwartz sealed the deal with these custom earrings and rings.”

She explained that the star’s earrings dazzled with over 250 carats of diamonds, while the four impressive rings she sported weighed in with over 73 carats worth of diamonds.

Beyonce and her rapper husband JAY-Z made their entrance at the event almost one hour late. They were accompanied by their longtime bodyguard Julius, who was carrying two bottles of Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Brut Gold Champagne – despite the ceremony being sponsored by its rival Moet & Chandon.

Jay has held a stake in Armand de Brignac since the mid-2000s.

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Idris Elba to star in Western for Netflix

Idris Elba is set to front an “all-black Western” for Netflix titled The Harder They Fall. The British actor will star alongside The Last Black Man in San Francisco’s Jonathan Majors in the new project. According to representatives for the streamin…

Idris Elba is set to front an “all-black Western” for Netflix titled The Harder They Fall.

The British actor will star alongside The Last Black Man in San Francisco’s Jonathan Majors in the new project.

According to representatives for the streaming service, the “all-black Western” will tell the story of real-life outlaw Nat Love, to be played by Majors, who discovers that the man – to be portrayed by Elba – who killed his parents two decades ago is being released from prison. He then reunites with his gang to track his enemy down and seek his revenge.

The film will be directed by British singer-songwriter Jeymes Samuel, who is known by his stage name The Bullitts, in his feature-length film debut. He has previously worked on a 51-minute Western titled They Die by Dawn, starring Rosario Dawson and Michael Kenneth Williams, who also portrayed Love, the real-life African-American cowboy and former slave.

Samuels is also a frequent collaborator with rapper JAY-Z, having directed the music video for his song Legacy in 2017 and worked with him on the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby in 2013. They will team up once again on The Harder They Fall, for which Jay will write and produce original music.

Both Samuel and Jay will serve as producers alongside James Lassiter and Lawrence Bender, while Samuel will also write the script with Boaz Yakin.

Elba was seen on screen earlier this year in Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw and will next be in cinemas as Macavity in Tom Hooper’s live-action movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats. He is currently filming The Suicide Squad alongside Margot Robbie and Peter Capaldi and the drama Ghetto Cowboy.

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Off-White tops The Lyst Index’s rankings of hottest brands

Off-White has been crowned as the hottest brand in the world in The Lyst Index’s latest rankings.The label, founded by designer Virgil Abloh in 2012, is known for its stylised streetwear-inspired items which feature the use of quotation marks, zip ties…

Off-White has been crowned as the hottest brand in the world in The Lyst Index’s latest rankings.

The label, founded by designer Virgil Abloh in 2012, is known for its stylised streetwear-inspired items which feature the use of quotation marks, zip ties, and industrial buckles, with celebrity fans including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, JAY-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna.

Now, researchers have compiled data from the fashion platform Lyst for the third quarter of 2019 and claimed Off-White has come out on top in relation to global Lyst and Google search data, conversion rates and sales, as well as brand and product social media mentions and engagement statistics worldwide.

Balenciaga, helmed by creative director Demna Gvasalia, was the runner-up, while Gucci fell back two spots in comparison to last quarter and landed in third place.

Other luxury brands in the top 10 included Versace, Prada, Valentino, Fendi, Burberry, Saint Laurent, and Vetements, while notable additions to the top 20 this quarter were Bottega Veneta and Loewe.

Since Daniel Lee joined Bottega Veneta in June 2018, the Italian fashion house has undergone a huge revamp, with the designer winning acclaim for his minimalist designs and Stretch sandals, which immediately sold out upon release following the launch of the label’s pre-fall 2019 collection.

“Daniel Lee has brought incredible energy to the evolution of Bottega Veneta and the reaction has been extraordinary,” Dario Gargiulo, chief marketing officer of Bottega Veneta, said of the brand’s transformation. “Free from any desire to become the hottest brand in the world, our focus is on the beauty and power of subtlety. We forego extensive explanation about our brand in favour of simply being visible and present across the current multicultural landscape.”

Among the most popular products were Bottega Veneta’s padded sandals, Adidas Continental 80 sneakers, Jacquemus’ pocket-sized Le Chiquito bag, Paco Rabanne’s reissued 1969 metal shoulder bag, Fendi’s FF motif bikini, and Mansur Gavriel’s cloud print sweater.

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Tyler Perry dedicates new studio soundstage to one-time critic Spike Lee

Tyler Perry has dedicated a soundstage at his new Atlanta, Georgia film complex to former critic Spike Lee after revealing the two moviemakers have patched up their differences.Lee, who once accused Perry of promoting black stereotypes in his Madea mov…

Tyler Perry has dedicated a soundstage at his new Atlanta, Georgia film complex to former critic Spike Lee after revealing the two moviemakers have patched up their differences.

Lee, who once accused Perry of promoting black stereotypes in his Madea movies, has been honoured alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Denzel Washington, and Oprah Winfrey with his own soundstage at the Tyler Perry Film Studios.

But in spite of his rocky history with Lee, Perry has now told TMZ Live that he had to include the director because of what he has done to advance African-American cinema.

“You cannot deny what he has done in the film industry and how he has been at the forefront to help me and everybody else get to the place where we are… I just wanted to honour him for what he has done,” Perry commented, revealing he and Lee once thrashed out their differences during a face-to-face meeting. “He came to my house and we sat down and we had a great conversation… This moment for me and Spike was a huge moment.”

Perry opened his new studio complex over the weekend and welcomed Beyonce, JAY-Z, Winfrey, Goldberg, and Samuel L. Jackson, among others, to the new site, which features the first full-scale replica of the White House.

During a discussion in 2009 with Ed Gordon on Our World with Black Enterprise, the Do the Right Thing director equated Perry’s work to minstrel shows.

Lee argued popularising characters like Madea is a disparaging action that spreads the idea of “buffoonery” in relation to black culture.

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JAY-Z’s deposition in perfume legal spat will be videotaped

JAY-Z has lost his battle to keep his deposition in his legal stand-off with the bosses of a perfume company completely under wraps.Fearing a leak, the rap mogul’s lawyers suggested the deposition – scheduled for Friday at Jay-Z’s Roc Nation offices in…

JAY-Z has lost his battle to keep his deposition in his legal stand-off with the bosses of a perfume company completely under wraps.

Fearing a leak, the rap mogul’s lawyers suggested the deposition – scheduled for Friday at Jay-Z’s Roc Nation offices in New York – should not be videotaped, but a New York State judge has ruled the interview will be recorded.

As a compromise, Judge Andrew Borrok has determined the master tape of the recording will be destroyed and all copies watermarked, according to court documents obtained by Billboard.

The rapper has been accused of breaching a contract with bosses at Parlux, who claim he failed to promote Gold Jay Z, a men’s fragrance he launched with them in 2016.

JAY-Z’s deposition was scheduled to take place at the end of August, but it was cancelled after his legal team learned that it would be filmed.

They have since argued their client’s brand and reputation could be damaged if the legal interview was leaked, and urged the judge to veto plans to tape the deposition.

Judge Borrok has denied the request, while ruling JAY-Z’s lawyers must pay for the legal fees incurred for the original, cancelled deposition in August.

Parlux bosses are seeking the return of advances and royalties paid to JAY-Z and at least $18 million (£14.6 million) in punitive damages.

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Virgil Abloh unveils debut jewellery collection

Virgil Abloh has finally dropped his debut collection of jewellery.The designer rose to fame after serving as artistic director for Kanye West and JAY-Z’s 2011 album Watch the Throne and has since gone on to launch streetwear brand Off-White as well as…

Virgil Abloh has finally dropped his debut collection of jewellery.

The designer rose to fame after serving as artistic director for Kanye West and JAY-Z’s 2011 album Watch the Throne and has since gone on to launch streetwear brand Off-White as well as land the coveted role of head designer of menswear at Louis Vuitton.

Now, Abloh is branching into the world of jewellery, taking to Instagram on Monday (14Jan19) to share a picture of a box with his name printed in bold lettering and the words “Recycled Jumbo Paper Clips”. He then uploaded a photo of him wearing a necklace made up of gold and silver interconnected paper clips, and simply captioned the snap, “Jacob”.

It is not known if Jacob refers to the name of the paper clip design or something else.

Abloh did not share any further details about the collection online, however, editors at WWD have reported that the fashion star is to present all of his jewellery, as well as new Off-White bag and sneaker designs at a pop-up store named Floral Shop at the Hotel Costes in Paris.

The collection will be on display from 17-29 January (19), with the concept coinciding with Paris Fashion Week: Men’s. Pieces will be able to pre-order, with Abloh previously explaining to a reporter at the fashion publication that the jewellery line was not technically part of his Off-White line, but remains aligned to his design ethos.

“It’s a necklace, there’s earrings, there’s an accessory. The idea is like high jewellery for all. It’s a crash – it’s a paper clip, but it’s also pave diamonds made in a very specific way,” the 38-year-old commented.

Abloh is showing his Off-White men’s line in Paris on Wednesday and his Louis Vuitton collection the following day.

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Beyonce unveils vibrant collection of holiday-themed merchandise

Beyonce has unveiled a vibrant range of holiday-themed merchandise in time for Christmas.The superstar drops a fun collection prior to the festive season each year, with her previous lines tapping into the success of her 2016 visual album Lemonade. O…

Beyonce has unveiled a vibrant range of holiday-themed merchandise in time for Christmas.

The superstar drops a fun collection prior to the festive season each year, with her previous lines tapping into the success of her 2016 visual album Lemonade.

On Monday (19Nov18), Beyonce dropped her 2018 range, with the offerings including black sweatshirts and joggers emblazoned with the word “HOLIDAYONCE” across the front in neon green, a neon green T-shirt featuring a grayscale portrait of the Formation singer, and a black cropped T-shirt.

A sweatsuit set and a “HOLIDAYONCE” scarf are also available in the clothing range, while other items reference the iconography used in her epic Coachella Music Festival gigs in April (18), which paid tribute to historically black colleges and universities and featured over 100 dancers.

A set of enamel pins features the Beyonce coat of arms – including depictions of Egyptian queen Nefertiti, a black panther and black fist, nods to the Black Panther Party and members’ fight for civil rights, as well as a bee – a reference to the nickname for her fans – the Beyhive.

There is also Beyonce-themed wrapping paper, featuring the Nefertiti and panther symbols, with three sheets priced at $10 (£8), while the Homecoming Mug Set, costing $45 (£35), contains three ceramic mugs in black, pink, and gold, printed with the coat of arms images.

For those seeking merchandise from Beyonce’s On the Run II Tour, which was co-headlined by her rapper husband JAY-Z, there are OTR II items still up for grabs, including a black T-shirt with the words This Is Real Love splashed on the front, and a kids’ sweater emblazoned with the OTR II logo.

All items are currently available for sale on Beyonce’s website. The merchandise costs between $10 and $125 (£8-£98).

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Virgil Abloh’s work to be celebrated with Chicago retrospective

Virgil Abloh’s work is to be the subject of a major retrospective.The Ghanaian-American designer rose to fame after serving as artistic director for Kanye West and JAY-Z’s 2011 album Watch the Throne and has since gone on to launch streetwear brand Off…

Virgil Abloh’s work is to be the subject of a major retrospective.

The Ghanaian-American designer rose to fame after serving as artistic director for Kanye West and JAY-Z’s 2011 album Watch the Throne and has since gone on to launch streetwear brand Off-White as well as land the coveted role of head designer of menswear at Louis Vuitton.

Now, Abloh’s creations are to be displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago, near where he grew up in Rockford, Illinois.

“The exhibition offers an in-depth look at the Chicago-based artist’s ever-expanding discipline, which encompasses fashion, architecture, music, and design,” museum officials said in a statement. “At the core of Abloh’s work is a deep interest in empowering young people, and this will be central to the exhibition, with a full programme of youth-oriented programming and cross-disciplinary offerings that mirror the artist’s wide range of interests.”

The exhibition has been organised by MCA chief curator, Michael Darling. Abloh’s fashion will be presented on mannequin displays alongside videos of his most iconic shows, while it will also include the 37-year-old’s work in other mediums, including furniture design, graphic design work and collaborative projects with other designers and artists such as Peter Saville and Tom Sachs.

To be presented in the Griffin Galleries of Art on the museum’s fourth floor, Abloh’s retrospective will run from 8 June until 22 September 2019.

Speaking to WWD, Darling added that he is hopeful that the collection will eventually head to more destinations.

“We’re trying to lock in other venues it might travel to, definitely some other cities in the U.S. and some international cities as well,” he told the fashion publication. “We’re kind of in the final runway at this point.”

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Beyonce ‘in no rush’ to shed ‘mommy pouch’

Beyonce is in “no rush” to work off her “mommy pouch” after discovering a new appreciation and confidence in her fuller figure. The Formation icon has reflected on her changing attitude to her body in a new cover article for U.S. Vogue, in which she r…

Beyonce is in “no rush” to work off her “mommy pouch” after discovering a new appreciation and confidence in her fuller figure.

The Formation icon has reflected on her changing attitude to her body in a new cover article for U.S. Vogue, in which she reveals she faced a rough recovery period following an emergency caesarean section last summer (17), when she gave birth to twins Sir and Rumi, siblings for her six-year-old daughter Blue Ivy with her husband JAY-Z.

“After the C-section, my core felt different,” she explained. “It had been major surgery… I needed time to heal, to recover.

“During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be.”

The message of self-acceptance is one Beyonce, who tipped the scales at 218 pounds (98 kilograms) when she welcomed the twins, wanted to impress upon readers by embracing a more natural look for the accompanying photoshoot with 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell.

“I think it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies,” she shared. “That’s why I stripped away the wigs and hair extensions and used little makeup for this shoot.”

Beyonce, who made her big return to the stage as a mother-of-three at California’s Coachella festival in April (18), insists she has yet to regain her pre-pregnancy figure, but she is happy to be carrying a few extra pounds – and she has no shame in sporting what has become known as a FUPA (fat upper p**sy area).

“To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller,” she continued. “I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real.

“Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my a** off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be.”

Beyonce’s rare candid comments about her changing figure appear to put to rest recent rumours suggesting she is pregnant again after fans noticed her slightly-rounded stomach during last month’s (Jul18) European leg of her ongoing On The Run II Tour with JAY-Z.

The Vogue shoot for the publication’s prestigious September issue has also made history as Tyler Mitchell, who was hand-picked by Beyonce, is the first African-American photographer to take charge of its cover imagery in its 125-year history. He is also one of the youngest to ever land the honour.

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Beyonce rocks Riccardo Tisci for Burberry outfit at latest gig

Beyonce is the first star to wear Riccardo Tisci’s new Burberry designs.Showing off the Italian designer’s debut looks for the English heritage label when her On the Run II Tour, which she’s performing with husband JAY-Z, stopped off in New Jersey, Bey…

Beyonce is the first star to wear Riccardo Tisci’s new Burberry designs.

Showing off the Italian designer’s debut looks for the English heritage label when her On the Run II Tour, which she’s performing with husband JAY-Z, stopped off in New Jersey, Beyonce rocked the brand’s famous check print in the head to toe Burberry get up.

Donning a Burberry bodysuit, cropped jacket, gloves and thigh-high boots, she added even more high-fashion glamour with matching sunglasses.

“QUEEN B in B @beyonce@burberry,” Tisci wrote in a post on his personal Instagram account, to which he shared three pictures.

And on the Burberry account, three photos were uploaded as well, with the caption: “#Beyonce performing ‘Nice’ in a custom #Burberry vintage check look. #OTRII.”

Another snap was titled, “#Beyonce in a bespoke #Burberryvintage check look for the #OTRII tour,” and the last: “Beyonce performs in East Rutherford New Jersey in a custom #Burberry vintage check look #OTRII.”

Beyonce and Jay are currently on the North American leg of their tour and head to Minneapolis next.

She’s already worn outfits from Balmain and Gucci by Dapper Dan during the trek, with each ensemble paired with matching boots.

Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller and LaQuan Smith have also provided garments for her impressive tour wardrobe.

New Burberry head Tisci, who took over from Christopher Bailey in March, will show off his first full collection at London Fashion Week in September. He recently unveiled a new logo for the luxury brand, with the TB monogram paying homage to company founder Thomas Burberry.

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