Giles Deacon inspired by Kensington Palace when creating Billy Porter’s Oscars outfit

Giles Deacon was inspired by a room inside Kensington Palace when making Billy Porter’s voluminous skirt for the 2020 Oscars.The Pose star hit the red carpet at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night wearing a show-stopping custom creation by…

Giles Deacon was inspired by a room inside Kensington Palace when making Billy Porter’s voluminous skirt for the 2020 Oscars.

The Pose star hit the red carpet at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night wearing a show-stopping custom creation by the British designer, with the look completed with a gold feathered bodice and Jimmy Choo heels.

The idea to include a nod to royalty in the outfit was first dreamed up by Porter’s stylist, Sam Ratelle, who took a tour of the 415-year-old residential palace, which is home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, last year.

He pitched his regal plans to Deacon, and the duo combined a particular room from Kensington Palace into high fashion.

The designer had already used ideas from the palace for previous collections and decided to incorporate details from the Roman-inspired Cupola Room, which features gilded statues and a grand marble dome, into the skirt.

“I love the idea of Billy being this kind of messenger sent from the gods,” Deacon told The New York Times, adding that he turned the walls of the room into a print that was enlarged for Porter’s skirt.

The fashion star, who designed a wedding dress for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, Pippa Middleton, back in 2017, also told the publication that he felt it was “very poignant to be dressing Billy”.

And Ratelle insisted that his Emmy-winning client isn’t trying to challenge to constraints of gender roles, he’s just merely wearing an artistic creation.

“I don’t see female energy,” he added of the skirt. “I see a dude. I see a dude wearing armour, wearing something that’s artistic and innately couture.”

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Kate Spade biography in the works – report

Fashion critic Vanessa Friedman is reportedly penning a biography of the late designer Kate Spade.The 55-year-old committed suicide in June 2018, after suffering from depression and anxiety for years. According to the New York Post’s Page Six column, t…

Fashion critic Vanessa Friedman is reportedly penning a biography of the late designer Kate Spade.

The 55-year-old committed suicide in June 2018, after suffering from depression and anxiety for years.

According to the New York Post’s Page Six column, the biography will mark the first solo book by Friedman, the New York Times’ fashion director and chief fashion critic, following her contributions to several fashion books, including one about designer Emilio Pucci.

Spade’s widower Andy Spade reportedly has a good relationship with Friedman and is aware of the project and anxious about it.

Two days after his estranged wife’s death, Andy, the brother of actor David Spade, issued a lengthy statement to Friedman paying tribute to his “best friend for 35 years”.

“My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can’t even begin to fathom life without her,” he continued. “We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already.”

Andy also revealed Kate had been a longtime depression sufferer but had been “actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease”.

“There was no indication and no warning that she would do this,” he added. “It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling.”

Freidman paid her own tribute to her friend when news broke of the designer’s death, and said she “solved the problem” of how to dress women “without elitism.”

“She represented not just a terrific talent who built an idea about handbags into what became a billion dollar brand, but a critical figure in the continuum of women who have defined fashion in the United States,” Freidman wrote.

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Khloe Kardashian defends herself after endorsing weight loss shakes

Khloe Kardashian has defended herself after coming under fire for endorsing weight loss shakes online.The 33-year-old hit back at critics who accused her of promoting an unrealistic lifestyle to her millions of Instagram followers, and insisted that sh…

Khloe Kardashian has defended herself after coming under fire for endorsing weight loss shakes online.

The 33-year-old hit back at critics who accused her of promoting an unrealistic lifestyle to her millions of Instagram followers, and insisted that she always tries to keep her social media presence “authentic.”

In an interview with the New York Times, the reality star reflected on her past endorsements, and insisted that she is more selective over deals than she was at the beginning of her career.

“I think in the beginning of our careers we got really excited like ‘OMG, a brand wants me!’ and sometimes it might not be an alignment with things you believe in,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star said. “You step into this whirlwind and this whole life and we’ve been very particular about what we do.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Khloe revealed that she wants to help fans discover the empowering benefits of exercise, and explained that she shares all of her workouts on Snapchat because she’s aware that not everyone can afford her lifestyle.

“Well, listen, I am showing you what to do, silly person, 15 repetitions, three times, here’s the move,” she said.

Last month (Mar19), British actress Jameela Jamil attacked Khloe on Instagram, calling the star “irresponsible” and suggesting that she was damaging young girls by being so focused on her body.

“It’s incredibly awful that this industry bullied you until you became this fixated on your appearance,” she wrote. “But now please don’t put that back into the world, and hurt other girls, the way you have been hurt. You’re a smart woman. Be smarter than this.”

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Steven Spielberg can’t stand to watch his own movies

Steven Spielberg often refuses to watch his own films until years after they’re released to keep his mind sharp and focused.The legendary filmmaker has spent over four decades in showbusiness making classic movies like Jaws, E.T.: The Extraterrestrial,…

Steven Spielberg often refuses to watch his own films until years after they’re released to keep his mind sharp and focused.

The legendary filmmaker has spent over four decades in showbusiness making classic movies like Jaws, E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, The Color Purple, Lincoln, Jurassic Park and many others, but the three-time Academy Award-winning director doesn’t bother viewing his own features onscreen when he’s done with a project.

“I’m always moving really fast, and I don’t look back a lot,” he told The New York Times. “That’s why I don’t sit down and look at my movies on a movie screen after I’ve made them. Sometimes it’s years before I will even dare look at a movie again, and sometimes I’ll shut it off after five minutes.”

The 71-year-old mogul, who has amassed an estimated net worth of close to $4 billion, does everything he can to stay present and could care less about whether or not his movies are hits at the box office anymore.

“I’m really too busy, both in my private life and in my professional life, to have a lot of time to dwell on success or failure,” he explained.

Although Spielberg took on more lighthearted fun projects in his early career, such as classic family adventure film Raiders of the Lost Ark, he is now devoted to creating films with a deep social message, like his forthcoming film Ready Player One, a dystopian vision of the future with overcrowded slum cities.

“Now I feel a deeper responsibility to tell stories that have some kind of social meaning,” he shared. “If I have a choice between a movie that is 100 per cent for the audience and a movie that says something about the past, I will always choose history over popular culture. Even with all the popcorn in a film like ‘Ready Player One,’ it does still have social meaning.”

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