Don O’Neill steps away from THEIA label

Don O’Neill is no longer the creative director of THEIA. The Irish fashion designer launched the New York-based eveningwear and bridal label in 2009 and some of his creations became famous for being worn by the likes of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Opra…

Don O’Neill is no longer the creative director of THEIA.

The Irish fashion designer launched the New York-based eveningwear and bridal label in 2009 and some of his creations became famous for being worn by the likes of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, and Khloe Kardashian.

Over the weekend, O’Neill took to Instagram to reveal that THEIA was being restructured as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and he would subsequently no longer serve as creative director.

“All of our lives have been greatly impacted by the global pandemic of Covid-19, and It is with a heavy heart that I announce, THEIA is being re-structured and I, and many others will no longer be part of it,” he wrote.

“I created the brand from a flash of inspiration when THEIA, The goddess of light sparked in my mind 11 years ago. It has been an extraordinary journey… I set forth to design luxurious evening and bridal dresses, that would be cut and shaped to flatter all women, so that they would feel beautiful and confident, allowing their inner light to shine brightly, which I achieved with the love, support and guidance of so many many amazing people.”

The 54-year-old concluded his post by insisting he was remaining positive about the “new exciting chapter” in his life and revealing he was in the process of writing a memoir.

“During the lock down I began writing a book on my life story, it has been quite the journey so far and I look forward to seeing how the story continues,” he teased.

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Adele shows off incredible transformation in rare social media post

Adele has showed off her incredible transformation in a new social media post to mark her 32nd birthday.The Hello singer took to Instagram on Wednesday to upload a picture of herself posing in a black, high-neck minidress with puffball sleeves while st…

Adele has showed off her incredible transformation in a new social media post to mark her 32nd birthday.

The Hello singer took to Instagram on Wednesday to upload a picture of herself posing in a black, high-neck minidress with puffball sleeves while standing in front of a giant floral arch outside of her home in Los Angeles.

In the accompanying caption, Adele thanked her fans for their well wishes and also took the time to acknowledge essential healthcare workers on the frontline during the global coronavirus pandemic.

“Thank you for the birthday love. I hope you’re all staying safe and sane during this crazy time,” she wrote. “I’d like to thank all of our first responders and essential workers who are keeping us safe while risking their lives! You are truly our angels. 2020 okay bye thanks x.”

Famous followers including designers Riccardo Tisci and Virgil Abloh, Lil Nas X, Jameela Jamil, and Rita Wilson were quick to wish the Someone Like You hitmaker a happy birthday in the comments on the post, which has already amassed almost two million likes.

And Chrissy Teigen was one of the first to note the mother-of-one’s total body transformation, with Adele having reportedly lost around seven stone (44 kilograms).

“I mean are you kidding me,” the model and cookbook author quipped, while Oprah Winfrey pressed the British star for new music this year: “Our birthday gift should be an Adele 2020 album, yes?!”

The Oscar winner split from her husband, Simon Konecki, in April last year.

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Viola Davis: ‘It took me a long time to wear red lipstick’

Viola Davis took a “long time” to get the confidence to wear red lipstick.In a new interview with People.com, the Oscar-winning actress and L’Oréal Paris brand ambassador opened up about the changes to her beauty regime now that she’s in her fifties. …

Viola Davis took a “long time” to get the confidence to wear red lipstick.

In a new interview with People.com, the Oscar-winning actress and L’Oréal Paris brand ambassador opened up about the changes to her beauty regime now that she’s in her fifties.

Specifically, Viola noted that she is working to highlight her features rather than hide them.

“I love embracing my nose and my lips. It’s like all of a sudden I was like, ‘Viola, that’s what your lips always looked like? Why’d you have a problem with that?'” she shared. “I love wearing red lipstick, which took me a long time, because I think my lips are fabulous. Now, I don’t want to look like anyone other than me. That was a big thing in my twenties.”

Viola also revealed that she used to struggle to find the right foundation and concealer for her skin tone, especially after her complexion changed as she got older.

“(You don’t want one) that is too ashy or too dark,” the 54-year-old explained, noting that she needed a formula that “feels like a part of your skin” so you “don’t feel like it’s wearing you.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Viola confessed she once dreamed of looking like Oprah Winfrey after falling in love with the outfit she wore to the 1986 Academy Awards.

“I wanted to look like Oprah, especially when she went to the Oscars for The Color Purple,” she gushed. “I thought she was the most beautiful (woman).”

But Viola has never admitted that to Oprah’s face, even though they’ve since become friends.

“Literally, Oprah went to one of my weddings and I never had the guts to say, ‘Oprah, I was always trying to look like you!'” the How to Get Away with Murder star laughed.

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Jennifer Lopez was ‘a little sad’ about Oscars snub

Jennifer Lopez was left “a little sad” when she didn’t receive an Oscar nomination for her role in Hustlers.The star was hotly tipped for awards success for her acclaimed role as stripper Ramona in the 2019 box office hit, also starring Cardi B, Consta…

Jennifer Lopez was left “a little sad” when she didn’t receive an Oscar nomination for her role in Hustlers.

The star was hotly tipped for awards success for her acclaimed role as stripper Ramona in the 2019 box office hit, also starring Cardi B, Constance Wu, and Lizzo, but she failed to bag a nomination on the Oscars shortlist.

During Oprah Winfrey’s 2020 Vision Tour on Saturday in Los Angeles, the 50-year-old confessed she got caught up in the speculation that she would be attending the ceremony for the first time as a nominee so felt let down when her name wasn’t read out in the Best Supporting Actress category.

“I was sad, I was a little sad because there was a lot of buildup to it. There were so many articles, I got so many good notices – more than ever in my career – and there was a lot of, ‘She’s going to get nominated for an Oscar, it’s going to happen, if it doesn’t you’re crazy,'” Lopez said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I’m reading all the articles going, ‘Oh my God, could this happen?’ And then it didn’t and I was like ‘Ouch,’ it was a little bit of a letdown,” the mother-of-two candidly shared, before adding that she also felt she had let her team down by failing to nab an Oscar nomination.

“I think they had a lot of hopes on that and they wanted it too, so I felt like I let everyone down a little bit,” Lopez sadly stated.

Despite the snub, the On The Floor hitmaker soon realised there was more to life than accolades after looking at all the accomplishments she had achieved over the past 12 months, including her performance at the Super Bowl Halftime Show alongside Shakira.

“You want people’s validation, you want people to say you did a good job,” she shared. “And I realised, ‘No, you don’t need that, you do this because you love it… I don’t need this award right here to tell me that I am enough.'”

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Oprah Winfrey still reeling from Joan Rivers’s weight question

Oprah Winfrey is still reeling from the time Joan Rivers asked her a question about her weight during her mid-1980s debut on The Tonight Show.The media mogul, who has spent much of her adult life battling weight issues, still finds it hard to talk abou…

Oprah Winfrey is still reeling from the time Joan Rivers asked her a question about her weight during her mid-1980s debut on The Tonight Show.

The media mogul, who has spent much of her adult life battling weight issues, still finds it hard to talk about her TV chat with Rivers, admitting her dream of appearing on America’s top late-night show quickly became a nightmare.

“I was 30 years old and it was the biggest moment in my life; I’d made it to The Tonight Show…,” the 66-year-old remembered during a recent appearance on The Talk. “But essentially Joan called me fat. I was called out as being a fat girl on national TV as a surprise and I felt immense shame about it… I could cry right now thinking about that moment.

“Not one part of me ever, to this moment, thought, ‘I should have thought, Joan, why did you do that?’ Every part of me thought, ‘Oh, she saw me. She now knows. She’s saying the thing that everyone else is thinking.'”

In a 2017 interview with TV medic Dr. Mehmet Oz, Winfrey admitted she was stunned by the question about her weight because she had no idea Rivers would be going there.

“They do a pre-interview with you… (and) they did not ask me anything about my weight,” she recalled. “I think the interview’s about over… I think she said, ‘Why do you have the weight…?’ All I could hear was, ‘Fat… You’re fat… She’s saying you’re fat on national TV’. I felt shamed by that experience.”

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Lady Gaga: ‘A Star Is Born character stayed with me for a long time’

Lady Gaga took a long time to shed her character from A Star Is Born.Last year, the popstar played rising singer Ally alongside Bradley Cooper in the musical drama, which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey…

Lady Gaga took a long time to shed her character from A Star Is Born.

Last year, the popstar played rising singer Ally alongside Bradley Cooper in the musical drama, which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Elle magazine, Gaga admitted she couldn’t immediately let go of Ally because the character’s career trajectory reflected her own and brought up pain from her past.

“Well, actually, the character of Ally stayed with me for a long time. I had to relive a lot of my career doing that role,” she explained. “I don’t know how you feel when you’ve acted, but for me, I don’t view it as filming a movie. I film it as living the character, and it’s a moment in my life, so I relived it all again, and it took a long time for it to go away.”

Although she lost out to The Favourite’s Olivia Colman for the Best Actress prize, the 33-year-old didn’t go home empty-handed, as she won the Best Original Song for Shallow. However, looking at the prestigious statuette reminded her of that pain.

“When I won the Oscar for Shallow, I looked at it, and a reporter asked me, ‘When you look at that Oscar, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see a lot of pain.’ And I wasn’t lying in that moment,” Gaga continued. “I have been traumatised in a variety of ways by my career over the years from many different things, but I survived, and I’ve kept going. And when I looked at that Oscar, I saw pain.”

Gaga will follow up on her award-winning role with Ridley Scott’s drama about the assassination of Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of Guccio Gucci, who founded the Italian fashion house. She will play Maurizio’s ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani, who hired a hitman to shoot and kill him on the steps of his office in 1995.

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Lady Gaga’s make-up and Sarah Jessica Parker’s backpack make Oprah’s Favorite Things list

Lady Gaga and Sarah Jessica Parker have been given a big business boost after finding their creations on Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things wish list for Christmas 2019.The media mogul has just launched this year’s collections of must-haves – and they fea…

Lady Gaga and Sarah Jessica Parker have been given a big business boost after finding their creations on Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things wish list for Christmas 2019.

The media mogul has just launched this year’s collections of must-haves – and they feature make-up from Gaga’s Haus Laboratories line and a backpack designed by actress Parker.

Introducing the items, which range from budget to luxury, in an online video, Winfrey asked Gaga to show her how best to apply her make-up and Parker surprised the TV icon by stopping by to model her Carried Away Convertible Samsonite collaboration.

Taking to Instagram following the announcement, the Born This Way singer posted a snap of herself with the 65-year-old and wrote: “@Oprah @OprahMagazine thank u for including @hauslabs on your list of favorite things this year! (sic).”

All 79 items, which also include desserts, sustainable goods and fashion accessories, will be featured in the December 2019 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.

Among the cosy picks are E-Marie’s Travel Blanket, Intelex’s Plush Slippers, and Echo’s Faux-Fur Pull-Through Scarves, while some of the more interesting selections include the Flywheel Home Bike with Built-in Tablet, the Wolf Gourmet Precision Griddle, Pink Picasso Paint-by-Number Kits, Skeem Design Fireplace Match Cloches, and Truff Hot Sauce.

Meanwhile, Winfrey has given slimwear brand Spanx a huge endorsement after raving about the firm’s new Perfect Black Pants.

“When I first saw these ultraflattering pants, I immediately called Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, to applaud her,” she wrote. “In sizes XS to 3X, they have built-in tummy control, so you don’t need to wear compression gear underneath – you’re already Spanxed!”

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Lady Gaga wants Haus Laboratories to break ‘the status quo of beauty’

Lady Gaga created Haus Laboratories to rebel against what society considers to be beautiful. The Bad Romance hitmaker announced in July that she was venturing into the beauty industry with Haus Laboratories, with her first make-up collection comprised…

Lady Gaga created Haus Laboratories to rebel against what society considers to be beautiful.

The Bad Romance hitmaker announced in July that she was venturing into the beauty industry with Haus Laboratories, with her first make-up collection comprised of lip liners, lip glosses, and eyeshadows.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Elle magazine, Gaga explained that she wants to use her brand to rebel against the current standards of beauty in today’s society.

“I felt that I had the platform and had built the foundation around what I stand for, so that when this company came out, it would be a rebellion in a kind way against the status quo of beauty as it is today, which is in many ways on social media, a competition,” she said. “It’s a beauty pageant in a lot of ways. This company exists in an influential space in culture where we say, ‘Our Haus. Your Rules.’ And everyone is welcome – all gender identities…. all gender identities, all racial identities, everyone, every age. This is for everyone.”

The 33-year-old shared that she decided to take the plunge with the company this year because she felt she could dedicate enough time to it.

“I wanted to put everything into it, which I do with everything that I do. I don’t just put a company together, hire a staff, and have them do it. I said this the other night at our launch: ‘My fingerprints are all over this. It’s a crime scene,'” the star continued.

Elsewhere in the interview, Oprah asked Gaga about her quirky, headline-grabbing outfits and asked if she felt pressure to constantly outdo herself. Accordingly, the singer admitted she used to deliberately be shocking and think “What am I going to do next to get people’s attention?” but she recently realised she was on a “greater mission on this Earth than to freak the hell out of people”.

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Prabal Gurung names dressing Michelle Obama as his biggest fashion moment

Prabal Gurung has named dressing former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as his biggest fashion moment.The designer celebrated the 10th anniversary of his eponymous brand and the release of his forthcoming self-titled book with a star-studded bash in Los…

Prabal Gurung has named dressing former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as his biggest fashion moment.

The designer celebrated the 10th anniversary of his eponymous brand and the release of his forthcoming self-titled book with a star-studded bash in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and in a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, opened up about the highs and lows of his decade in the industry.

Gurung shared some of his most memorable moments dressing famous faces – including Demi Moore and Oprah Winfrey – but it was creating not one but two dresses in the space of a few months for Obama that was the pinnacle of the 40-year-old’s career.

“The biggest moment for me was when First Lady Michelle Obama wore (the brand) because it validated my mom’s desire. I told her, ‘I’m dressing all these celebrities.’ And she said, ‘Let’s talk,’ and told me why I should dress Michelle Obama. A year later, when I dressed her, I was in Paris and I called my mom,” Gurung recalled.

The former First Lady initially wore Prabal Gurung in March 2010, with the Nepalese-American designer then creating a custom gown for her to wear for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May later that same year.

Olivia Munn, Laverne Cox, Rachel Zoe, Joan Smalls, Jaime King, and Law Roach were among the guests at the intimate bash too, and Gurung went on to emphasise his desire to keep championing inclusivity and social issues during his shows.

“I came to America as an immigrant with a dream of becoming a fashion designer almost 20 years ago. Tonight is about celebrating people who are different. It’s a celebration of people who are misfits. Whether you’re in the film industry, whether you’re in fashion, any creative field. We all know how it feels to be different,” he shared.

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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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