Kristen Stewart to portray Diana, Princess of Wales in Spencer

Kristen Stewart has signed on to portray Diana, Princess of Wales in Pablo Larrain’s upcoming movie Spencer. The Twilight star will play the beloved British royal in a drama that will focus on Diana deciding to end her marriage to Prince Charles. S…

Kristen Stewart has signed on to portray Diana, Princess of Wales in Pablo Larrain’s upcoming movie Spencer.

The Twilight star will play the beloved British royal in a drama that will focus on Diana deciding to end her marriage to Prince Charles.

Spencer, referring to Diana’s maiden name, will be helmed by Larrain, who previously directed Natalie Portman as former U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy in 2016’s Jackie, from a script by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. Production is expected to begin in early 2021.

Explaining his decision to cast the American actress in the role, Larrain told Deadline, “Kristen can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile and ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need. The combination of those elements made me think of her. The way she responded to the script and how she is approaching the character, it’s very beautiful to see. I think she’s going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time. She is this force of nature.

“We’re very happy to have her, she’s very committed. As a filmmaker, when you have someone who can hold such a weight, dramatic and narrative weight just with her eyes, then you have the strong lead who can deliver what we are looking for.”

Spencer will be set across three days – Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day – during one of Diana’s final Christmas holidays at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England in the early ’90s. It will examine her troubled relationship with Charles and her love for her sons William and Harry.

“Usually, the prince comes and finds the princess, invites her to become his wife and eventually she becomes queen. That is the fairy tale,” Larrain explained. “When someone decides not to be the queen, and says, ‘I’d rather go and be myself,’ it’s a big, big decision, a fairy tale upside down. I’ve always been very surprised by that and thought it must have been very hard to do. That is the heart of the movie.”

Diana married Charles in 1981 and they eventually divorced in 1996. She tragically died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

The royal has been portrayed onscreen on numerous occasions, including by Naomi Watts in 2013’s Diana. She will be played by Emma Corrin in the upcoming season of Netflix’s The Crown.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge dazzles in emerald green at Irish event

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stole the spotlight in an emerald green dress at event in Ireland on Tuesday night.The British royal and her husband Prince William have travelled to the Emerald Isle for a three-day visit, where they will make stops in …

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stole the spotlight in an emerald green dress at event in Ireland on Tuesday night.

The British royal and her husband Prince William have travelled to the Emerald Isle for a three-day visit, where they will make stops in County Meath, County Kildare, and Galway.

Following a meeting with Irish President Michael D. Higgins, Catherine and William met with guests from across the creative arts, sport, business, and charity sectors at the Guinness Storehouse’s Gravity Bar in Dublin, where the couple ended the night by sipping on a pint.

However, it was the mother-of-three’s dress from U.K. label The Vampire’s Wife that really caught attention. Known as the Falconetti design, the number features a three-quarter length skirt and softly gathered ruffles at the hem. It is priced at $2,042 (£1,595) and currently available for pre-order online.

Catherine, 38, accessorised with Dorato earrings from H&M, a gold clutch from Wilbur & Gussie, and her go-to Manolo Blahnik velvet pointed pumps.

Accordingly, a number of royal followers were quick to praise her fashion-forward ensemble on social media, with one writing, “The Vampire’s Wife, really???! Wow, that seems so out there for her and I love it! And those funky earrings!” while another added: “She looks great! Love the green on her.”

Earlier in the day, Catherine arrived in the Irish capital in another green outfit comprised of a silk floral print pleated dress from Alessandra Rich, a forest green coat from Catherine Walker, a velvet headband from Zara, diamond earrings, and a green suede purse from L.K. Bennett.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge recycles Alexander McQueen dress for BAFTAs

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge made an eco-friendly statement on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) by rewearing an Alexander McQueen dress.It was revealed last month that the dress code for the prestigious ceremony at Lon…

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge made an eco-friendly statement on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) by rewearing an Alexander McQueen dress.

It was revealed last month that the dress code for the prestigious ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall was to “dress sustainably”, and the 38-year-old royal opted to recycle one of her opulent designer gowns to the bash on Sunday.

Catherine first wore the floor-length white dress with gold embellishment for a state dinner in Malaysia in 2012 with husband Prince William, and on Sunday, she updated the look with a pair of gold Jimmy Choo pumps, a matching clutch, and a mother of pearl necklace and earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels.

The mother-of-three also traded her usual half-up, half-down hairstyle for an elegant updo, with her brunette locks swept into a similar style she wore to the BAFTAs last year.

The guidelines for the BAFTAs were part of the academy’s plans to create the first-ever carbon neutral awards ceremony.

“Sustainability is very important to BAFTA, and we’re doing more than ever before,” a spokesperson told Harper’s Bazaar U.K.

Guests attending the ceremony were asked to “dress sustainably” and encouraged to rewear outfits, rent designer pieces or choose vintage gowns. And if the celebrities decided to buy something new, a list of sustainable brands, including Reformation and Stella McCartney, were suggested.

It’s not the first time that there’s been a dress code for the BAFTAs – back in 2018, many guests wore black in support of the Time’s Up movement. Catherine was criticised for opting to wear dark green instead, but she did accessorise the gown with a black sash.

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Joaquin Phoenix makes poignant speech about ‘systematic racism’ at 2020 BAFTAs

Joaquin Phoenix gave a powerful speech about “systematic racism” in Hollywood as he accepted the Best Actor prize at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.The 45-year-old scooped one of the night’s top honours at the ceremony for his stell…

Joaquin Phoenix gave a powerful speech about “systematic racism” in Hollywood as he accepted the Best Actor prize at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.

The 45-year-old scooped one of the night’s top honours at the ceremony for his stellar performance in Todd Phillips’ Joker, and used his appearance onstage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to highlight the lack of diversity at the 2020 BAFTAs, for which no people of colour were nominated for acting categories.

“I feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don’t have that same privilege,” Joaquin began. “I think that we send a very clear message to people of colour that you’re not welcome here.”

“I think that’s the message that we’re sending to people that have contributed so much to our medium and our industry, and in ways that we benefit from,” he continued, adding that he wants people to be “acknowledged, appreciated and respected for their work.”

“This is not a self-righteous condemnation because I’m ashamed to say that I’m part of the problem,” he stated, and confessed to the star-studded audience that he had previously not done “everything in my power” to make sure the film sets he worked on were inclusive.

“We have to do the hard work to truly understand systemic racism. I think it is the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuate and benefit from a system of oppression to be the ones that dismantle it. So that’s on us,” he concluded to wild applause.

Prince William, who serves as the President of BAFTA, also addressed the contentious issue while awarding the BAFTA Fellowship to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

“We find ourselves talking again about the need to do more to address diversity in the sector. That cannot be right in this day and age,” he shared. “BAFTA take this issue seriously, and following this year’s nominations, have launched a full and thorough review.”

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Sarah Burton to be honoured at The Fashion Awards 2019

Sarah Burton is to be honoured with the Trailblazer Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.On Wednesday, executives at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced that the designer, who serves as creative director of Alexander McQueen, will be bestowed with …

Sarah Burton is to be honoured with the Trailblazer Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.

On Wednesday, executives at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced that the designer, who serves as creative director of Alexander McQueen, will be bestowed with the prestigious prize at the annual ceremony on 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

“Sarah’s empowering and narrative approach to shows and her focus on community and appreciation of craft, technology, and British heritage is what has made her one of the most respected designers of our time,” said Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive. “Her commitment to sharing her vision and expertise with the future generations of fashion designers has been remarkable. She’s an incredible source of inspiration for many generations to come and we look forward to celebrating with her in London in December.”

Burton took over as head designer at Alexander McQueen in May 2010 following the brand founder’s death at the age of 40 in February that year. She also rose to global prominence in 2011 when she designed Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s dress for her wedding to Prince William.

For Burton’s spring/summer 2020 show, the fashion star championed U.K.-wide craftsmanship, drawing upon the expertise of the fabric mills of the North of England, Mallon linen, and Irish beetling.

“Burton has demonstrated a considered and consistent vision for the house, overseeing all aspects including brand image and retail concept; expanding to innovative retail spaces; new global flagship stores; exhibition spaces and educational programmes,” a BFC representative added.

Previously, Rush shared that Giorgio Armani will be bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the ceremony and Naomi Campbell will take home the Fashion Icon Award.

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Stella McCartney criticised for promoting coat worn by Duchess of Sussex during Remembrance Day service

Stella McCartney has been criticised for promoting the coat that was worn by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during the Remembrance Day service on Sunday.The Duchess joined her husband Prince Harry, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the…

Stella McCartney has been criticised for promoting the coat that was worn by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during the Remembrance Day service on Sunday.

The Duchess joined her husband Prince Harry, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family at the Cenotaph war memorial in London on Sunday to pay her respects to the military and civilian servicemen and women who have lost their lives in conflict.

She was wearing a black, belted wool Stella McCartney coat at the sombre service, along with a black brimmed hat and a poppy brooch on her lapel.

Stella shared a picture of Meghan in the $1,980 (£1,545) garment on Instagram and called herself “so honoured” in the caption.

“So honoured to have HRH Duchess of Sussex in our Autumn ’19 coat at Remembrance Day service. x Stella #RemembranceDay,” the 48-year-old wrote, prompting a flurry of comments slamming the designer for using a photo from the Remembrance Day service to plug her brand.

“Remembrance Day is to honour those that fought for us not to use for advertising purposes. Pretty shocked,” one follower wrote, while another commented: “Using Remembrance Day to advertise your clothes is a little disrespectful! People died and you take pictures of people showing respect for advertising purposes. Just wrong.”

Stella then removed the offending photo and replaced it with a video of a field of poppies instead.

“Remembering the ones that sacrificed to give us freedom x Stella⁣,” she wrote.

The actress-turned-royal is a big fan of Stella’s designs and famously wore a stunning white halterneck dress created by the fashion icon for her evening wedding reception last year.

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Ralph Lauren becomes first American designer to be awarded honorary knighthood

Ralph Lauren is the first-ever American designer to be awarded an honorary knighthood, the U.K.’s highest honour.The 79-year-old was presented with the prestigious insignia by Prince Charles in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. Fol…

Ralph Lauren is the first-ever American designer to be awarded an honorary knighthood, the U.K.’s highest honour.

The 79-year-old was presented with the prestigious insignia by Prince Charles in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

Following the ceremony, which was attended by Lauren’s family, the designer was humbled by the honour of Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE), which he was awarded for his services to fashion.

“To have the honorary KBE conferred on me by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and presented to me personally by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is an honour I have humbly accepted,” he said in a statement.

Lauren, who stepped down from his position as chief executive officer of Ralph Lauren in 2015, added: “I have always been inspired by the history, traditions, and culture of Great Britain and the historic relationship our two countries have shared. This is one of the most meaningful honours bestowed at this very special moment in my 50th anniversary.”

Other honorary American KBEs include Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope, and Ted Kennedy.

Over the years, Lauren’s iconic brand has also been worn by several members of the royal family, including Princess Diana, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

This isn’t the first time Lauren has been honoured in the U.K., as back in 2016, the British Fashion Council awarded the designer with its Outstanding Achievement award at the Fashion Awards in London.

He has also donated millions of dollars to the Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research at The Royal Marsden Hospital, which he unveiled alongside his wife Ricky and Prince William in 2016.

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Richard Quinn receives Queen Elizabeth II Award for Design

Queen Elizabeth II presented the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to emerging designer Richard Quinn on Tuesday (20Feb18). The British monarch made her first-ever appearance at London Fashion Week by attending Quinn’s fall/winter …

Queen Elizabeth II presented the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to emerging designer Richard Quinn on Tuesday (20Feb18).

The British monarch made her first-ever appearance at London Fashion Week by attending Quinn’s fall/winter 2018 show, and was perched on the front row alongside U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

The Queen wore a duck egg blue tweed dress and matching jacket with Swarovski crystals, designed by her longtime dressmaker Angela Kelly, as she shared pleasantries with Wintour and Caroline Rush, the chief executive of the British Fashion Council.

The 91-year-old was invited to attend the show to present her new prize to Quinn, a fashion graduate of the prestigious London design school, Central Saint Martins.

In a post on the royal family’s official Twitter page, a representative explained: “The Award, initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy, will be awarded annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows talent and originality, whilst demonstrating value to the community and/or sustainable policies.”

Quinn is fast building up a reputation for his exceptional prints and has already been marked for success as part of the BFC’s NEWGEN talent identification and support scheme. And Rush is hopeful that the prize will encourage other creative people to pursue a career in fashion.

“It is an incredible honour for our industry to be granted this recognition by Queen Elizabeth II,” she said in a statement. “For the honour to be bestowed annually on an emerging designer, in recognition of the U.K. being the global centre for fashion talent is great recognition for Richard Quinn, as well as the incredible talents that have developed businesses here in the U.K., and those that will follow in his footsteps.”

The Queen’s surprise appearance took place a day after her pregnant granddaughter-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge hosted the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange event at Buckingham Palace on Monday as part of London Fashion Week.

The bash, attended by guests including Wintour and supermodel Naomi Campbell, was held to showcase designs by emerging talent from across the Commonwealth.

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