A Clockwork Orange title designer Pablo Ferro dies aged 83

Pablo Ferro, famed for his iconic title design work on movies such as A Clockwork Orange and Bullitt, has died at the age of 83.The Cuban-American award-winning designer died of complications from pneumonia on Friday (15Nov18) in Sedona, Arizona, his f…

Pablo Ferro, famed for his iconic title design work on movies such as A Clockwork Orange and Bullitt, has died at the age of 83.

The Cuban-American award-winning designer died of complications from pneumonia on Friday (15Nov18) in Sedona, Arizona, his family confirmed, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

Ferro, a self-taught artist whose signature style incorporated montage-like title sequences, creative stylistic typefaces, and quick-cut editing, worked on over 100 films including Stanley Kubrick classics A Clockwork Orange and Dr. Strangelove, Steve McQueen’s Bullitt, Men In Black, and The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), and served as a supervising editor on the music video for Michael Jackson’s 1983 hit Beat It.

Ferro, who was raised on his grandfather’s farm in Cuba, moved to New York City with his family when he was 12. He began his career in design in the mid-’50s, working with Disney animator Vladimir ‘Bill’ Tytla, who became his mentor.

He was also a contemporary of late Marvel founder Stan Lee, working with him early in his career on a series of sci-fi and adventure comics.

In the ’60s he and fellow artists Fred Mogubgub and Lew Schwartz launched their own company, creating visuals for advertising campaigns, before he got the call from Kubrick which kick-started his career in Hollywood.

Ferro’s work in title design has appeared in a dozen Academy Award-winning movies including Philadelphia and Good Will Hunting, and has also won him numerous Clio awards for creative excellence in advertising, design and communication, and a DGA Excellence in Film Award.

He later went on to create Pablo Ferro Films, served as a creative consultant on Hal Ashby’s 1983 Rolling Stones concert film Let’s Spend the Night Together and directed his own 1992 feature Me Myself and I, starring George Segal and JoBeth Williams.

The designer is survived by his former wife, Susan, as well as his children Joy Ferro-Moore and Allen Ferro.

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Aretha Franklin gown sells for $10,000 at memorabilia auction

Over 30 items worn by the late Queen of Soul were on the block during the event held by Julien’s Auctions in New York City as part of the two-day Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll extravaganza at the Hard Rock Cafe Time Square this weekend (09-10Nov18).Accord…

Over 30 items worn by the late Queen of Soul were on the block during the event held by Julien’s Auctions in New York City as part of the two-day Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll extravaganza at the Hard Rock Cafe Time Square this weekend (09-10Nov18).

According to editors at the Detroit Free Press, a pink silk two-piece Bill Blass-designed gown worn by Aretha at the Duets concert AIDS benefit in 1993, sold for the large sum.

A black silk hat adorned with black feathers, black fishnet and white silk flowers, which the singer wore to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opening ceremony in 1995, was sold for $3,125 (£2,420). While a strapless white silk evening gown and a satin coat worn by the Respect hitmaker at the 1998 Grammys’ pre-party sold for $8,750 (£6,778).

The outfits were a last-minute addition to proceedings, but memorabilia dealer Martin Nolan was quick to include them after getting a call from Aretha’s inner circle.

“It was completely unexpected,” Nolan told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve had the dates for this auction set since last May, so once we received these items in early September, we really needed to scramble to get everything photographed and included in a way that felt like we were doing right by her.”

The auction featured more than 800 items from music’s biggest icons including Prince, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Madonna, with the proceeds going to the Prince’s Trust, which helps disadvantaged young people in the U.K.

The Freeway of Love hitmaker died aged 76 after losing a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Michael Jackson wanted to be James Bond

King of Pop Michael Jackson desperately wanted to play James Bond. Longtime Hollywood agent Michael Ovitz has opened up about the singer’s 007 dream in his new book, Who is Michael Ovitz?, revealing Jackson once met him for lunch to discuss the possib…

King of Pop Michael Jackson desperately wanted to play James Bond.

Longtime Hollywood agent Michael Ovitz has opened up about the singer’s 007 dream in his new book, Who is Michael Ovitz?, revealing Jackson once met him for lunch to discuss the possibility of landing a Bond role.

“As he talked, his hat fell into the guacamole in front of him, and he picked it out and put it back on – unfortunately, with a blob of guacamole attached, which began to slide down the brim,” Ovitz writes. “(Fellow former agent) Ron Meyer tapped my leg to draw my attention to it, and we all watched in horrified fascination as it slid lower and lower while Michael was pitching us hard on how he was America’s next action hero.

“Then the blob fell off, and Ron totally lost it. I cracked up, too, and Michael stalked out.”

Ovitz ran after his upset client, at which point Jackson told him he had a specific role in mind: “I went and found him and explained for fifteen minutes that we hadn’t been laughing at him, but at the incident…

“Finally, Michael’s face cleared. ‘Okay, Ovitz. Okay,’ he said. ‘But I want to play James Bond.’ I am proud to report I didn’t laugh, this time.”

But the super agent felt he needed to explain to the singer that he wouldn’t be a good fit as the British spy, telling the King of Pop, “You’re thinly built, you’re too sensitive, you won’t be credible as a block of stone. You’d be great at it, of course, but it’d be bad for you.”

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Balmain unveils campaign starring three virtual models

Balmain has included three virtual models in its latest advertising campaign.Since he was appointed creative director of the French luxury brand in 2011, Olivier Rousteing has become famous for including big-name celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Jou…

Balmain has included three virtual models in its latest advertising campaign.

Since he was appointed creative director of the French luxury brand in 2011, Olivier Rousteing has become famous for including big-name celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Gigi Hadid in his marketing imagery.

However, Rousteing is now taking a different approach to advertising and has utilised computer-generated imagery (CGI) in order to enlist three new models into his so-called Balmain Army.

“There’s one quality that immediately stands out when you look at the growing Balmain Army: an unfettered celebration of inclusion,” a Balmain brand rep said in a statement. “Anyone and everyone is always welcome to join its growing ranks, they need only share our bold spirit of adventure.”

Working in partnership with CGI artist Cameron-James Wilson, Rousteing has included digital model Shudu, an avatar first created in 2017, as well as two new figures, Margot and Zhi, in the images – which promote the Balmain Bbox bag.

Speaking to Refinery29, the fashion star described Zhi as a “Chinese beauty with a really short haircut” who is inspired by late music icon David Bowie, while Margot is the essentially the “French girl of his childhood dreams”.

Rousteing went on to explain that he was influenced by the relationship between fashion and music icons when conceptualising the project.

In particular, he wanted to pay homage to the signature outfits worn by the late Michael Jackson.

“I love the fact that (Jackson) was really inclusive and, you know, that’s what I’m trying to do with the virtual reality army: different beauty, shapes, ages, and genders. This is the beginning of what it will mean to present diversity in the world,” he added.

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Hugo Boss reissuing Michael Jackson’s Thriller suit

Designers at Hugo Boss have marked Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday by reissuing the iconic white suit the King of Pop wore on the cover of Thriller. The fashion house’s tailors came up with the crisp outfit in 1982, and now a limited edition run on th…

Designers at Hugo Boss have marked Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday by reissuing the iconic white suit the King of Pop wore on the cover of Thriller.

The fashion house’s tailors came up with the crisp outfit in 1982, and now a limited edition run on the jacket and trousers is being made.

The look will be slightly updated – the new suit boasts a narrower silhouette and buttons on the jacket cuffs.

Only 100 of the Thriller suits are being made at a price of $1,195 (GBP919) each.

Hugo Boss has also announced the addition of white T-shirts that are modelled on the design of the original suit.

It’s not clear when the outfit will be made available to the public.

Jackson, who died in 2009, would have celebrated his 60th birthday on Wednesday (29Aug18).

The pop superstar’s kids, Prince and Paris, honoured their late father on his birthday at a special event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

Model and actress Paris, 20, and her filmmaker brother, 21, walked the red carpet at The Michael Jackson Diamond Celebration at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas, and Prince told news show Entertainment Tonight: “Being here today is definitely an awe-inspiring feeling, because our father was the King of Pop and he did so much. He did so much for the music industry, but I think he put emphasis and importance on the charitable contributions to humanity that he really used his platform to (support).”

The event featured a special performance of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson One show.

Michael’s 60th birthday was also commemorated by his sister Janet, 52, who released her own re-imagined version of the video to his 1992 hit Remember the Time. In the video, made with internet comedy star Kwaylon Rogers, she took on the role of an Egyptian queen – a part originally played by the model Iman in the nine-minute-long original directed by John Singleton.

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Iman launches online Q&A series

Iman has launched an Instagram Q&A series.The legendary supermodel is inviting her followers to get in touch online and ask her questions about her life and career. Posting a short clip ahead of the first Dear Iman episode on Wednesday (29August18), Im…

Iman has launched an Instagram Q&A series.

The legendary supermodel is inviting her followers to get in touch online and ask her questions about her life and career.

Posting a short clip ahead of the first Dear Iman episode on Wednesday (29August18), Iman explained: “Hey everybody, tomorrow I am lunching Dear Iman. What is that? It’s an opportunity for you to ask me any question. But tomorrow, it’s all about beauty.”

Using the hashtag #DearIman, her fans can get in contact with their burning questions.

In an interview with Vogue Arabia earlier this year, the Somalian beauty, who lost husband David Bowie in 2016, spoke about how she championed for change during her modelling heyday.

“As my career progressed, I became the first black model to refuse to work for a lower wage than other girls. To me, I was providing the same service, so I had to be paid equally,” she said.

And she recalled how once, during a shoot for American Vogue, the make-up artist didn’t have foundation for black skin tones. This inspired the 63-year-old to launch her own beauty line, Iman Cosmetics, which debuted in 2004.

“When you work in the industry, your looks are your currency,” she said. “If you don’t have a good appearance, you won’t be booked again – and no one will blame the beauty team or the photographer. This made me start experimenting with make-up from an early stage. I would buy any foundation with pigment so I could mix and match.”

Iman also took to Instagram on Wednesday to mark what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday. She uploaded photos of the pair in costume on the set of the 1992 video for Michael’s Remember the Time, where Iman starred as the wife of Eddie Murphy’s Pharaoh.

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Paris Jackson goes topless for new RE/DONE shoe campaign

Actress and model Paris Jackson has posed topless for a new shoe campaign. Michael Jackson’s daughter has dared to bare for the quirky photoshoot for RE/DONE + Weejuns, in which she poses with revamped penny loafers from the Weejuns collection careful…

Actress and model Paris Jackson has posed topless for a new shoe campaign.

Michael Jackson’s daughter has dared to bare for the quirky photoshoot for RE/DONE + Weejuns, in which she poses with revamped penny loafers from the Weejuns collection carefully placed to cover her breasts.

The 20 year old also shows off her many tattoos in the edgy images, with Paris pictured laying on her back with her arms outstretched in one shot, with a leopard print loafer balanced across her bare chest.

Another snap features the rising star sticking out her tongue as she holds a black crocodile print shoe in each hand, and holds them up against her bare breasts, with her colourful chakra tattoo, which runs down the centre of her chest, on full display.

Paris worked with photographer Juergen Teller on the project, a collaboration between bosses at RE/DONE, known for revamping Levi’s jeans into sustainable new pieces, and Weejuns’ parent company, G.H. Bass & Co.

The line, which hit retailers on Thursday (19Jul18), features 16 different styles and colour combinations, reports People.com.

The advertising campaign isn’t the first time Paris has stripped off for the cameras – she also ditched her top on social media in September (17), when she shared a snap of her chest to debut the chakra skin art, using flower emojis to cover her nipples.

She went topless again weeks later to promote body positivity, uploading a close-up snap of herself bending over a chair, with her face out of the picture to focus on her figure.

“Comfortable in my rolls. f**k wit me,” she captioned the image.

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Hugo Boss revamps Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller suit

Hugo Boss is releasing a revamped version of the white suit Michael Jackson wore on the cover of his Thriller album.The record, released in 1982, remains the world’s best-selling album of all time, and is famous for tracks Thriller, Billie Jean and Bea…

Hugo Boss is releasing a revamped version of the white suit Michael Jackson wore on the cover of his Thriller album.

The record, released in 1982, remains the world’s best-selling album of all time, and is famous for tracks Thriller, Billie Jean and Beat It, among others.

The cover artwork is just as iconic as the music, and features a young Michael, who was 24 at the time, reclining on the floor in the white suit layered over a black zipped jacket, with a baby tiger resting on one of his knees.

Now, German label Hugo Boss will be issuing 100 suits, each one numbered, as well as three unisex T-shirts, each featuring a significant moment in the late King of Pop’s career.

As well as the clothes, the luxury brand, along with Sony, has sponsored an exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery marking what would have been the singer’s 60th birthday.

Michael, whose father Joe Jackson passed away on Wednesday (27Jun18), died at the age of 50 in 2009 of an accidental overdose of drugs propofol and benzodiazepine.

“When the National Portrait Gallery told us that this artwork was included, it was a no-brainer for us to work with them because, on the cover (of the Thriller album), Michael is wearing the iconic Hugo Boss white suit,” said Hjordis Kettenbach, head of global communications at Hugo Boss, according to WWD. “It’s amazing to have this connection to him.”

Michael Jackson: On the Wall runs from 28 June to 21 October, before moving to Paris.

Adrien Brody, Mark Ronson and Brooklyn Beckham were among the guests at the exhibit’s opening earlier this week.

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Olivier Rousteing: ‘Music is essential to fashion’

Olivier Rousteing wanted to emphasise the importance of music in his latest collection for Balmain.The designer presented the brand’s menswear line for spring 2019 as part of Paris Fashion Week: Men’s on Sunday (24Jun18). The result was a tribute to mu…

Olivier Rousteing wanted to emphasise the importance of music in his latest collection for Balmain.

The designer presented the brand’s menswear line for spring 2019 as part of Paris Fashion Week: Men’s on Sunday (24Jun18). The result was a tribute to music legend Michael Jackson, who was frequently referenced throughout the presentation, and Rousteing is adamant that the fashion industry cannot exist without artists like the late King of Pop.

“What I wanted to express in this collection is that music is essential in fashion,” the 32-year-old explained in an interview with Fashion Network following the show. “Today people are beginning to accept it. Four or five years ago I started to include singers and rappers into my universe, a fairly pop universe. And people ask themselves the question: ‘What does fashion really want or need from this universe? Would fashion accept that it was a world of luxury, that it’s more exclusive than inclusive?'”

The French fashion designer cited Jackson as one of his favourite artists to listen to when he was growing up in Bordeaux and honoured the popstar with garments such as a Balmain slogan T-shirt written using the same font as his iconic seventh album Bad.

Other notable pieces included a bright red zippered leather jacket and a black and silver metallic military style sweatshirt, while many of the models imitated the Thriller hitmaker’s signature white sock and black loafer combination.

Rousteing also gave a nod to French singer Serge Gainsbourg during the collection and believes that both musicians were ahead of their time when it came to style.

“I wanted to show (Michael’s) inspiration and at the same time it is Gainsbourg because there are many Gainsbourg (sic) and it was a little bit of a discussion between Michael and Gainsbourg,” he shared. “That’s what I have in my universe of inspiration. It has this very traditional French side and at the same time, there’s an American side, the ’80s and ’90s. This collection is a summary of all my dreams and inspirations.”

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Paris Jackson: ‘I did not storm out of Dior fashion show’

Paris Jackson has insisted that she didn’t “storm out” of Dior’s fashion show recently, but left quietly because she was “heartbroken” over how they allegedly treated the horses. The 20-year-old was one of the famous faces at the fashion house’s Sprin…

Paris Jackson has insisted that she didn’t “storm out” of Dior’s fashion show recently, but left quietly because she was “heartbroken” over how they allegedly treated the horses.

The 20-year-old was one of the famous faces at the fashion house’s Spring/Summer 2019 Cruise Collection presentation at the Chantilly Stables in France on Friday (25May18), where some of the models rode side-saddle on horses.

Some reports emerged from the show suggesting Paris “huffed out barefoot” and “stalked out in a rage” as the first model appeared on the runway, and Paris addressed the speculation on Twitter on Tuesday night (29May18).

“To be clear, i did not ‘storm out’ of the show,” she wrote. “I quietly got up and walked out trying my hardest to not cause a scene, because i do not support animals being branded and whipped. not trying to become enemies in the fashion world in any way, but i will always be myself.

“Furthermore, i was not ‘enraged,’ just taken by surprise and a little heartbroken. and i have no doubt that all high end fashion brands will soon switch over to no-fur and anti animal cruelty, as that seems to be the pattern here. and we should all be very excited about that!”

Michael Jackson’s daughter had previously confirmed she left the show early by sharing a picture on Instagram of herself standing outside the venue looking up to the sky as it rained, while wearing the multi-coloured printed dress and black leather bag with a rainbow-striped strap that she posed in before the presentation. However, she had removed her red heels and was stood in the rain barefoot.

Paris, who reportedly follows a cruelty-free diet and uses her social media presence to campaign for animal welfare, wrote in the caption, “left early n did this,” with a storm emoji.

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