Christian Siriano inspired by Birds of Prey for fall 20 collection

Christian Siriano was inspired by comic book film Birds of Prey while designing his latest collection.The fashion designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 line as part of New York Fashion Week on Thursday night, with the presentation drawing in the likes…

Christian Siriano was inspired by comic book film Birds of Prey while designing his latest collection.

The fashion designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 line as part of New York Fashion Week on Thursday night, with the presentation drawing in the likes of Heidi Klum, Leslie Jones, Alexa Chung, Rachel Bilson, Alicia Silverstone, and Angela Sarafyan.

Regarding his influences, Siriano shared in his show notes that he was fascinated by the attitude of Margot Robbie’s character Harley Quinn in the recently released DC Comics movie Birds of Prey, as well as the costumes and overall colour palette.

“This season, I let my imagination run wild. I was first inspired by the film Birds of Prey where I took ideas of Harley Quinn running through a dark abandoned carnival fun house,” he explained. “This led to a mythical, gothic and artistic experimental collection. I even found myself looking into the Dadaism art movement of the early 20th century for ideas of sculpture, form, futurism and expression.”

To open the show, Siriano had a model walk the runway in a gunmetal grey jacket, striped black and gold trousers, and a leather choker with silver chain details. Alluding to Harley Quinn’s signature make-up, a black heart motif was drawn under her eye.

A parade of black dresses with silver embellishment followed, with some looks accessorised with dangly earrings and wide-brimmed hats.

At one point, the 34-year-old fashion star introduced pops of fuchsia and lime in the form of metallic dresses and two-piece suits, while he waited for the end of the spectacle to introduce a range of ballgowns with touches of ’80s flair, including a striking dress made from dark orange silk.

At the conclusion, Siriano offered up a line of red carpet-ready ensembles, including a gown made from pink and black tulle, with model Coco Rocha sporting a dramatic metallic gown with architectural shoulders and flared hemline to close.

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Josh Gad praises ‘amazing messaging’ for children in The Angry Birds Movie 2

Josh Gad returned for The Angry Birds Movie 2 because of the sequel’s “amazing message”.The animated sequel, based on the hugely popular mobile phone game, comes almost three years after the first film, The Angry Birds Movie, debuted in cinemas. …

Josh Gad returned for The Angry Birds Movie 2 because of the sequel’s “amazing message”.

The animated sequel, based on the hugely popular mobile phone game, comes almost three years after the first film, The Angry Birds Movie, debuted in cinemas.

And Gad, who voices yellow bird Chuck, said that he immediately signed up to return when he realised that the sequel was going to be something special.

“There’s no reason to do a sequel unless you’re going to try to top the original, and with this, it was immediately clear to me that there was a whole different approach,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “The idea of frenemies uniting, when it was first pitched to me, was just so ingenious.

“The movie has some amazing messaging in it, not the least of which is overcoming differences with people you disagree with in order to find a common ground, which I think speaks to a lot of issues we’re dealing with right now.”

A number of Hollywood A-listers also make an appearance in the sequel, with Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones voicing the villainous purple bird Zeta.

“(She was) such inspired casting and brings such an unwieldy new energy to the film that disrupts everything in such a great way,” Gad gushed.

However, director Thurop Van Orman revealed that Jones unknowingly cast herself in the role a few years ago.

“She was on a talk show a few years ago, I don’t even remember which talk show, and she was like, ‘I’ve always wanted to be a villain, if anybody is listening I want to be a villain!'” he remembered. “So when we were looking at who to cast as a villain we were like, ‘Oh yeah, s**t, she would be amazing.'”

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Leslie Jones teamed with Christian Siriano after other designers made her feel ‘big’

Leslie Jones teamed up with Christian Siriano after she was made to feel like she wasn’t a “regular size” in Hollywood. Back in 2016, the 51-year-old vented her frustrations on Twitter after she found no designers were willing to dress her for the pr…

Leslie Jones teamed up with Christian Siriano after she was made to feel like she wasn’t a “regular size” in Hollywood.

Back in 2016, the 51-year-old vented her frustrations on Twitter after she found no designers were willing to dress her for the premiere of her movie Ghostbusters.

“Maybe because I’m tall, maybe I’m not the regular size – which is not that big,” she told Variety in a new interview. “I’m (a) 10, 12. I guess it’s big for a Hollywood size, but I’m a normal-sized woman.

“I always knew I liked clothes. I just didn’t know how to translate that as far as dressing myself.”

Days before the Ghostbusters premiere, the Saturday Night Live writer and comedian took to social media to voice her disappointment, before she headed out to the mall to look at dresses at U.S. department store, Macy’s.

“It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie. Hmmm that will change and I remember everything,” she posted at the time.

The tweet blew up, and she was then contacted by Siriano, and together, they created her dream dress – a red, off-the-shoulder floor length gown, with a thigh-high slit – inspired by the 1976 film Sparkle.

For her first Emmy nomination in 2017, she collaborated again with Siriano on a daring black sequinned dress.

“That was just me wanting to have something really dramatic and see-through, because I had been working out, so I wanted to show off my body,” the star explained.

And for her second Emmy nod a year later, Jones loosened up with a pastel-coloured iridescent trouser suit designed, once again, by the Project Runway winner.

“I didn’t have any pockets, so I had my speech in my bra,” she recalled. “And I remember that I was so hot, and I was sweating, so the ink went onto my breast. When I took it off, I had ‘God’ on one breast and ‘Lorne’ (Michaels, Saturday Night Live creator) on the other one!”

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Christian Siriano: ‘Curvy women should be able to wear what they want’

Christian Siriano is adamant that every woman should wear what they want to wear – regardless of their size.The former Project Runway winner has made a name for himself as an inclusive designer over the years, and famously dressed Leslie Jones for the …

Christian Siriano is adamant that every woman should wear what they want to wear – regardless of their size.

The former Project Runway winner has made a name for himself as an inclusive designer over the years, and famously dressed Leslie Jones for the premiere of Ghostbusters in 2016 when no other designers would.

When it comes to his clientele, Siriano is proud to have women of all shapes and sizes on his roster and thinks that there are no outfits that are off-limits for those with a few extra curves.

“I think that you can be a size two and a size 26 and wear similar things. It’s just that as a designer we have to change certain things – just mathematically,” he mused in an interview with The Associated Press. “But in general, it’s about… I like the idea that you can be these different types of women and wear similar clothes.

“I think that’s been a misconception for a really long time – people are like, ‘Oh I’m this size, I can’t wear something.’ And I don’t always agree with that. I think it’s more about finding that inner confidence, trying things you wouldn’t try before.”

Siriano, who has taken over from Tim Gunn as the new mentor on Project Runway, now counts stars including Victoria Beckham, Emily Blunt, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Taylor Swift among his most famous clients.

And he always tries to ensure that the people he outfits – whether they’re famous or not – always feel confident and special.

“That’s what I try to push on our clients – whether it’s a red carpet or it’s a mum at home – I try to get everyone to feel the same way,” the 33-year-old smiled. “This idea of women and what they love and what they feel great in, I really like that they’re all so different and diverse because that’s what our world is like.”

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Christian Siriano reaches out to Bebe Rexha following Grammys dress drama

Christian Siriano is the latest designer to offer to dress Bebe Rexha for the Grammys after fans got in touch with the inclusive fashion star.Bebe called out the fashion world on Monday, revealing she can’t find a designer to dress her toned U.S. siz…

Christian Siriano is the latest designer to offer to dress Bebe Rexha for the Grammys after fans got in touch with the inclusive fashion star.

Bebe called out the fashion world on Monday, revealing she can’t find a designer to dress her toned U.S. size 8 (U.K. 12) frame because they deem her “too big” to wear their creations.

While she didn’t name names, she let the people in question know that she is now no longer interested in wearing their outfits.

Numerous labels have since reached out and offered to dress Bebe, who is up for two awards at the annual prizegiving on 10 February (19), with Christian the latest to get in touch.

“Thanks everyone for thinking of us. We have dressed @beberexha a few times and would be happy to do it again for her,” he wrote on his social media accounts.

Christian previously swooped in when Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones publicly revealed no designers would dress her for the premiere of the rebooted film franchise.

Since winning reality TV competition Project Runway in 2008, the 33-year-old has become known for his inclusive attitude to style and fashion.

Michael Costello has also offered up his designer services.

“I don’t blame her for being upset, I’ve been friends with Bebe for a really long time, I’m sad that she didn’t call me first because I would have said yes,” Michael told TMZ. “But I still offer to dress Bebe. I’m going to get bashed for saying this but, I’m with her. F**k those other designers who only want to dress the size two girls or the girls who are presenting or the nominees.”

August Getty, Tanya Taylor, and Elizabeth Kennedy are among the other fashion stars to get in touch with Bebe ahead of February’s ceremony.

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Paul Feig defends Leslie Jones over Ghostbusters backlash

Moviemaker Paul Feig has offered his support to his Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones after she attacked studio bosses for announcing plans to make a sequel to the original two movies. Jones lashed out on Monday (21Jan19), calling the planned Ghostbuster…

Moviemaker Paul Feig has offered his support to his Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones after she attacked studio bosses for announcing plans to make a sequel to the original two movies.

Jones lashed out on Monday (21Jan19), calling the planned Ghostbusters 3 an insult to the stars of Feig’s 2016 female-led remake, in which she starred alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon.

”So insulting. Like f**k us. We dint (didn’t) count,” she raged on social media. ”It’s like something (President) Trump would do. (Trump voice) ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying. ‘Such a d**k move. And I don’t give f**k I’m saying something! (sic).”

As expected, her comments were met with disapproval from hardcore fans of the original two movies, who were thrilled to hear Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 director Ivan Reitman’s son, Jason, was behind the new film.

Many took aim at Jones and now Feig has come out in support of his leading lady, tweeting: ”An absolute honest to God never ending supply of bulls**t and hate from these trolls. Leslie spoke her truth and I support her.

“I am very open to Jason’s new version of GB but am also sad that our 2016 team may not get to bust again… We’re forever proud of our movie.”

The planned fourth Ghostbusters film will completely ignore Feig’s movie and will serve as a pure sequel to Ivan Reitman’s 1989 Ghostbusters 2.

Following the fallout from her initial rant, Jones attempted to clarify her comments, adding: “The point is if they make this new one with all men and it does well which it will. It might feel that ‘boys are better’ it makes my heart drop. Maybe I could have use different words but I’m allowed to have my feelings just like them.”

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Bebe Rexha: ‘I can’t find a designer for the Grammys’

Bebe Rexha can’t find a designer to dress her for the Grammy Awards next month – because she is “too big”. The singer, who is nominated in the Best New Artist and Best Country Duo/Group Performance categories, took to social media on Monday (21Jan19) …

Bebe Rexha can’t find a designer to dress her for the Grammy Awards next month – because she is “too big”.

The singer, who is nominated in the Best New Artist and Best Country Duo/Group Performance categories, took to social media on Monday (21Jan19) to explain her predicament three weeks before music’s big night, revealing she’s struggling to find an outfit.

“A lot of times artists will go and talk to designers, and they’ll make them custom dresses to walk the red carpet…,” the Meant to Be star says in a video posted to Instagram. “I had my team hit out a lot of designers, and a lot of them do not want to dress me because I’m too big.

“If a size 6/8 is too big then I don’t know what to tell you. Then I don’t want to wear your f**king dresses… To all the people that said that I’m thick… f**k you, I don’t want to wear your f**king dresses.”

Bebe captioned the video: “Im sorry, I had to get this off my chest. If you don’t like my fashion style or my music that’s one thing. But don’t say you can’t dress someone that isn’t a runway size. We are beautiful any size! Small or large! Anddddd My size 8 a** is still going to the Grammys.”

She isn’t the first real-size celebrity to speak out about the red carpet snobbery surrounding designers refusing to dress certain body types – comedian Leslie Jones took aim at the fashionistas when she couldn’t find anyone to dress her for the Ghostbusters premiere in 2016 – she took to Twitter to voice her disdain, writing: “It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie. Hmmm that will change and I remember everything.”

She refused to name the designers she reached out to, but Christian Siriano stepped forward and offered to dress her, stating: “I love Leslie and can’t wait to make her something fabulous to wear. I dress and support women of all ages and sizes.”

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Leslie Jones insulted about new Ghostbusters sequel

Comedienne Leslie Jones has slammed plans to revamp the Ghostbusters movie franchise. The Saturday Night Live regular was part of the cast of Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot in 2016, and now she’s insulted there’s already another movie in d…

Comedienne Leslie Jones has slammed plans to revamp the Ghostbusters movie franchise.

The Saturday Night Live regular was part of the cast of Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot in 2016, and now she’s insulted there’s already another movie in development – and director Jason Reitman isn’t planning on using Jones or any of her castmates.

“So insulting. Like f**k us. We dint (didn’t) count,” she tweets, days after the first teaser for Ghostbusters 3 was released last week (ends18Jan19).

“It’s like something (Donald) trump would do. (Trump voice) ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers (sic), better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying. Such a d**k move. And I don’t give f**k I’m saying something!!”

Feig’s all-female reboot wasn’t a hit with critics or fans of the long-running franchise, even though three of the Ghostbusters’ original cast members – Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson – were featured in the film, and now it seems movie bosses want to try a sequel to the first two projects, and not a follow up to the 2016 movie.

Jason Reitman, the son of Ivan Reitman who directed the first two Ghostbusters films, has revealed his new film will be “the next chapter in the original franchise”, adding, “It is not a reboot. What happened in the Eighties happened in the Eighties, and this is set in the present day.”

Reitman has yet to respond to Leslie’s angry tweet and it isn’t known if Hudson, Murray and Aykroyd will appear in his sequel.

Last week’s teaser, which debuted online, featured the fabled Ghostbusters car under a dust cover in a barn.

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Christian Siriano celebrates 10 years in fashion with star-studded magazine shoot

Christian Siriano has celebrated 10 years in fashion with a photoshoot featuring a diverse group of stars, including Coco Rocha, Selma Blair and Danielle Brooks.After winning Project Runway in 2008, where guest judge Victoria Beckham praised his design…

Christian Siriano has celebrated 10 years in fashion with a photoshoot featuring a diverse group of stars, including Coco Rocha, Selma Blair and Danielle Brooks.

After winning Project Runway in 2008, where guest judge Victoria Beckham praised his designs as a breath of fresh air, Siriano was given a cash injection to get his company going.

Over the last decade, he’s built up a reputation for dressing models and actresses of all shapes and sizes, famously coming to the rescue of Leslie Jones after she claimed no designers would dress her for her Ghostbusters premiere, and is thrilled to be able to cater to so many women.

“It’s so hard to predict what will happen because there are everyday challenges that sometimes overshadow the big, beautiful picture, but today it’s really nice to see all the clothes from over the years together in one place and all these beautiful, different types of women modelling them,” Siriano mused to Elle magazine on the set of this 10-year anniversary shoot.

Along with model Coco and actresses Selma and Danielle, plus-size beauty Candice Huffine and Hawaiian transgender rights activist Janet Mock are also among the women to pose in Siriano’s creations.

“When you first start, you’re like, ‘Oh my God, can I even do this? Can we keep it going? Is it going to continue?'” he recalled of the early days of his label.

He’s quick to point out that he’s never felt like “he’s made it” in the business but did admit to feeling proud of his achievements. And while he hopes to have longevity in the industry, he knows he has a long way to go.

“The hardest part is that all of us – all brands that haven’t been in business for 50 years – we’re kind of held at the same calibre as Dior and Gucci but we’re not,” the 32-year-old stated. “We can’t be because we don’t have the budgets, we haven’t been in business for 50 years. We all hang in the same retailer and we’re scrutinised in the same way, which is quite hard because it’s very different.”

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