Reese Witherspoon has named a dress after her Big Little Lies character

Reese Witherspoon has named one of her Draper James dresses after her Big Little Lies character.The actress launched the clothing brand in 2015 with pieces inspired by her Southern U.S. upbringing, and chose to title it after her grandparents Dorothea …

Reese Witherspoon has named one of her Draper James dresses after her Big Little Lies character.

The actress launched the clothing brand in 2015 with pieces inspired by her Southern U.S. upbringing, and chose to title it after her grandparents Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon. And now Reese, who starred in and produced the HBO hit, has paid homage to the show through a new garment.

The ‘Madeline,’ named after the 42-year-old’s character Madeline Martha Mackenzie, is a silk A-line dress covered in a busy yellow and green floral print with beaded embroidery. Reese even took it upon herself to model the outfit for the Draper James online home page, pairing it with a pair of blue polka dot court shoes and a denim jacket slung over her shoulders, while posing next to a directors chair holding a megaphone.

As well as matching Reese’s signature Southern style, the Madeline – which retails at $295 (£224) – also matches her character’s preppy homemaker dress sense.

The Oscar winner is also working towards making her fashion line a family affair, having already recruited her 18-year-old daughter Ava Phillippe to lead a campaign, and she recently persuaded her two nieces to model pieces from the brand’s new Mommy & Me collection.

The two girls, Abby James and Draper, were styled in cute gingham dresses, while their mother – Reese’s sister-in-law Jennie – was also involved in the photoshoot, and similarly dressed in a gingham gown adorned with white flowers.

“Since Draper James launched, we have received countless requests for children’s clothing,” Katherine Brodie, director of e-commerce at Draper James said in a statement. “We hope that this collection is a success and that it gives us more insight into future products and partnerships.”

© Cover Media

Kristen Wiig departing TV comedy due to Wonder Woman commitments

Kristen Wiig is exiting a comedy project due to a scheduling conflict with Wonder Woman 1984.The actress confirmed in January (18) that she was to star and executive produce a TV series for Apple inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s short story collection, …

Kristen Wiig is exiting a comedy project due to a scheduling conflict with Wonder Woman 1984.

The actress confirmed in January (18) that she was to star and executive produce a TV series for Apple inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s short story collection, with Reese Witherspoon set to produce the 10-episode show under her Hello Sunshine banner.

However, an Apple spokesperson has now confirmed to Deadline that Kristen’s role as primary antagonist Cheetah/Barbara Ann Minerva in the second instalment of DC Comics’ Wonder Woman franchise has meant that she can no longer front the TV programme.

The Apple show, which would have marked Kristen’s first major TV role since her stint on NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live from 2005 until 2012, is reportedly on hold while producers decide how to proceed, but they are apparently keen to investigate casting a different actress.

Colleen McGuinness, who has previously produced TV shows such as 30 Rock and Friends from College, is to be the showrunner, while Lauren Neustadter is to act as a producer.

Production on Wonder Woman 1984 is currently underway, with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine reprising their roles from Patty Jenkins’ hit 2017 film.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, the film will follow Gal’s character as she comes into conflict with the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Kristen will play a British anthropologist who, after locating the lost city of Urzkartagan and stumbling into an ancient ritual, becomes the avatar of their Cheetah god.

Kristen was last seen onscreen in features films such Paul Feig’s 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters and 2017’s Downsizing, starring opposite Matt Damon. She has recently wrapped production on Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette, on a voice role in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and is also attached to Toni Erdmann, a remake of the popular 2016 German film about a father who creates an alter ego for himself in an effort to connect with his daughter.

© Cover Media

Reese Witherspoon picks up Martina Navratilova documentary

Reese Witherspoon will mark her documentary debut by producing a feature-length film about legendary tennis player Martina Navratilova.The Academy Award winner has signed up to produce the movie under her Hello Sunshine banner, with plans to undertake …

Reese Witherspoon will mark her documentary debut by producing a feature-length film about legendary tennis player Martina Navratilova.

The Academy Award winner has signed up to produce the movie under her Hello Sunshine banner, with plans to undertake the project alongside Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald and producer Suzanne Gilbert.

The Navratilova documentary will focus on the tennis star’s battles off the court as an activist for the rights of women and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

“The issues raised by Martina’s legacy resonate now more than ever, which is why it’s so important to tell her story to new generations of engaged young people who may not be aware of the vital role she played in shaping expectations around female identity and LGBT equality,” Charlotte Koh, head of digital media and programming for Hello Sunshine, who is also on the production team for the documentary, told Variety in a statement.

Navratilova, now 61, is considered one of the most accomplished players in tennis history after winning 18 singles titles, 31 major women’s doubles titles and 10 major mixed doubles titles.

“As monumental as Martina’s on-court achievements were, they pale in comparison to her role as a pioneer and trailblazer on questions of feminism, women’s athletics, equality for gay and lesbians across the planet, transgender visibility, immigrant rights, and the right of political dissent,” journalist Greenwald added in a press release. “I’m excited to be partnering with Reese and Hello Sunshine to explore her truly enduring legacy, her remarkable courage directly or indirectly inspiring millions of people who lacked any other role models.”

Witherspoon founded Hello Sunshine in 2016 in a bid to bring more inspiring stories about women to the big screen.

© Cover Media

Reese Witherspoon expanding lifestyle empire with new book

Actress Reese Witherspoon is sharing her secrets to Southern living in a new lifestyle book. The Walk the Line star, who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, drew inspiration from the theme of Southern hospitality to launch her Draper James clothing an…

Actress Reese Witherspoon is sharing her secrets to Southern living in a new lifestyle book.

The Walk the Line star, who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, drew inspiration from the theme of Southern hospitality to launch her Draper James clothing and accessories company in 2015, and now she has collected her best pieces of advice for her latest venture, Whiskey in a Teacup.

“It’s all about Southern living and my Southern heritage, and how that sort of informs pretty much everything I do, from what I eat, to how I decorate, to how I celebrate family traditions, even how I do my hair,” Reese says in a new promotional video.

“My grandmother Dorothea always said that it was a combination of beauty and strength that made Southern women ‘whiskey in a teacup,'” the actress adds on the book’s website. “We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery.

“I hope you’ll see how easy it is for you to bring a little bit of the South to your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a Southern side to every place in the world, right?”

The book is set for release in September (18), but it’s not the only new project on the Oscar winner’s plate – she has also unveiled her fresh line of home goods with U.S. retailer Crate & Barrel, for which she became a brand ambassador last year (17).

“Growing up in the South, I’ve learned to love presentation and entertaining, which is why I’m so excited for the Draper James Crate & Barrel co-branded collection,” she tells People.com. “It perfectly captures the spirit of Southern get-togethers with a blend of modern style.”

“This charming collection of outdoor accessories is perfect for your next backyard dinner party with friends and family or an afternoon picnic at the beach,” she adds.

The new collection, which features items including floral-print dishes, gingham table linens, and glasses with Draper James’ signature Southern phrases like, “Cheers y’all”, went on sale on Tuesday (01May18).

© Cover Media

Rebecca Minkoff: ‘Success is all about taking risks’

Rebecca Minkoff has encouraged budding entrepreneurs to show courage in their work.The American designer launched her namesake brand in 2001 with a five-piece collection, including a reimagining of the iconic I Love New York T-shirt which caught the me…

Rebecca Minkoff has encouraged budding entrepreneurs to show courage in their work.

The American designer launched her namesake brand in 2001 with a five-piece collection, including a reimagining of the iconic I Love New York T-shirt which caught the media’s attention. Her celebrity fans include Reese Witherspoon and Kate Mara, but Minkoff is certain she wouldn’t be where she is today if she hadn’t shown “guts” when it came to launching her career.

“You have to sell yourself harder than anyone else will and you have to believe in yourself more than anyone else ever will,” she insisted in an interview with NewsOK. “You have to sell your own success. There are people with less talent and a lot of guts who are very successful because they take risks.”

The fashion mogul has put herself forward as a keynote speaker at this year’s Women in Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City, U.S.A (18). This isn’t the first time Minkoff has done her bit to encourage female success, having opted to pull out of her New York Fashion Week slot this year in favour of debuting her collection via a new women’s empowerment platform. She’s adamant that women everywhere should take control of their lives, and the mother-of-two also believes that more companies should cater to those who have families to care for at home.

“The workplace was developed mostly by men, and the things that women with families need are vastly different,” she said. “In my ideal world, you are at work from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. so you are actually able to take your kids to school and cook them dinner while still having a career and making money,” she smiled. “I’m hoping in the next five to ten years that we can get that figured out as more women have higher roles within companies.”

© Cover Media

Miuccia Prada looks to reject ‘cliche’ with her clothes

Miuccia Prada is adamant the secret to her design success is avoiding trend-orientated clothes.Miuccia, who took over the family business in 1978, has always been at the forefront of fashion, preferring to think outside the box rather than try and emul…

Miuccia Prada is adamant the secret to her design success is avoiding trend-orientated clothes.

Miuccia, who took over the family business in 1978, has always been at the forefront of fashion, preferring to think outside the box rather than try and emulate current trends.

Reflecting on some of her favourite looks from over the years, the 68-year-old style trailblazer recreated key items for a new shoot with British Vogue using nylon gabardine, the material that became synonymous with the designer in the ’80s when she unveiled the now-iconic Prada nylon backpack.

“Actually, I think they are very contemporary,” she said of clothes she designed more than 20 years ago. “Many works of Prada don’t look old because it’s never a trend for a trend’s sake. It reflects aspects of people, personalities, and ideas. It’s more concept than trend.

“I do so much thinking. I doubt everything. That is the process of my job, the doubt, the discussion. You do something, maybe a camel coat, but how can a camel coat be against the notion of itself? It’s my way of working. Always trying to go against the rules, the cliche.”

Her forward thinking has ensured Prada has never gone out of style, and it’s a brand coveted by the likes of Eva Mendes, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Reese Witherspoon.

Miuccia is also keen to appeal to a younger audience but stops short of labelling the group “millennials”.

“When they talk about millennials, it’s because somebody wants to sell something to them, and I think it’s deeply disrespectful,” she mused. “(Selling is) definitely an important part of our job, but it’s not our instinct. Our instinct is just doing a good job, to respect people, to do something we think is meaningful.”

© Cover Media

Reese Witherspoon to hold female filmmaking camp with Ava DuVernay

Reese Witherspoon is planning to join forces with her A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay to lead a summer camp for aspiring female filmmakers. The Legally Blonde actress has become a top producer in recent years, working behind the scenes on Osca…

Reese Witherspoon is planning to join forces with her A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay to lead a summer camp for aspiring female filmmakers.

The Legally Blonde actress has become a top producer in recent years, working behind the scenes on Oscar-nominated movies Gone Girl and Wild, in which she also starred, as well as Emmy and Golden Globe-winning TV drama series Big Little Lies.

Now Reese reveals she will be holding a series of filmmaking workshops for young female directors later this year (18) in a bid to nurture new talent.

“I’m doing a camp this summer for female filmmakers,” she told The Associated Press in a joint interview with her A Wrinkle in Time co-stars Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling. “Thirty girls between 18 and 20 are going to learn how to write their own stories and shoot their own movies.”

“It makes me excited!” the bubbly Oscar winner added before joking about roping in her kids to help with her summer film school: “I’m going to make my family work at the camp. I just think, no one ever taught me how to do any of it (filmmaking),” Reese, 41, continued. “Ava’s going to help me.”

The news took Oprah by surprise, as she expressed her concerns about Reese juggling so many ventures at once, while also raising three children. The media mogul shared a few words of advice for hardworking Witherspoon after recalling how tough it was for her friend Ava to complete multiple projects while shooting A Wrinkle in Time.

“I’m Ava’s life coach and I try to help her not to take on too many things…,” Oprah said as she detailed the “impossible” task her friend had set herself. “She did it. But you don’t do that without it taking a toll on you, and eventually that catches up with you. So take care of yourself.”

© Cover Media

A Wrinkle in Time costume designer talks Oprah Winfrey’s complex couture

The costume designer of A Wrinkle in Time has revealed how he created the impressive outfits seen in the movie.The Disney fantasy film stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling as a trio of astral travellers, Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and …

The costume designer of A Wrinkle in Time has revealed how he created the impressive outfits seen in the movie.

The Disney fantasy film stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling as a trio of astral travellers, Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who. Paco Delgado was responsible for designing the elaborate garments worn by the supernatural characters, and admits that his work on the film was one of the most gruelling jobs he’s encountered.

“I have to say that this time I felt the most close to working on something similar to haute couture,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “When you create costumes, you use fabric and sew and it’s always complex, but not this level of complexity. We were embroidering hand-cast moulded plastic beads that we created in a warehouse especially for the movie, pleating neoprene and metal mesh.”

Paco went on to outline how the garments reflected the personalities of the three celestial characters.

“(Mrs. Which) is a warrior who has been in the universe battling against the forces of evil, so that came through with the use of metallic,” he detailed, explaining that unusual materials like plastic and optic fibres were prevalent in Oprah’s outfits.

Whereas he was inspired by everything from hummingbirds to butterflies when it came to Reese, who plays a character hailing from an ecological paradise.

“I looked at a Calla lily flower and thought, ‘It would be amazing if we could make that into a dress,” he smiled.

Finally, Paco wanted to depict Mrs. Who’s body of cultural knowledge within her clothing.

“I thought it would be good if (Mindy’s) dresses drew on influences from the earth like Japanese kimonos, African prints, South African embroidery, all mixed together in a sort of cocktail,” he shared, adding that the many layers resemble pages in a book.

© Cover Media

Reese Witherspoon unveils March On red lipstick for charity

Actress Reese Witherspoon has debuted her own signature red lipstick for Elizabeth Arden’s new March On female empowerment initiative. The bold lip colour, also called March On, continues to link the Oscar winner’s recent promotional campaigns for the…

Actress Reese Witherspoon has debuted her own signature red lipstick for Elizabeth Arden’s new March On female empowerment initiative.

The bold lip colour, also called March On, continues to link the Oscar winner’s recent promotional campaigns for the cosmetics brand with the company’s role in the suffragette movement in the early 1900s, when founder Elizabeth Arden handed out free red lipsticks for activists to wear as they campaigned for the right to vote.

Now the Wild star, who serves as the firm’s Storyteller-in-Chief, is launching the March On ads to support, encourage, and celebrate women worldwide, with all proceeds from her new product benefitting the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, known as UN Women.

“With March On, Elizabeth Arden gives the power of red lipstick a whole new meaning,” Reese tells PeopleStyle. “Not only does it symbolise feminine power and solidarity, but it will also contribute to creating a world where gender equality can become a reality.”

In the campaign video, Reese tells fans: “Never underestimate the power of the right lipstick. One hundred per cent of the proceeds of my Elizabeth Arden signature lipstick are going to support UN Women as they help change the lives and futures of women everywhere.

“Elizabeth Arden was founded by a woman who was dedicated to empowering other women. Let’s keep that tradition going. Together we march on.”

In addition to funds raised from the sale of the limited edition March On lipsticks, bosses at Elizabeth Arden are also donating $1 million (£728,300) to the UN Women organisation.

© Cover Media

Reese Witherspoon wows in red at A Wrinkle in Time premiere

Reese Witherspoon pulled out all the stops for the A Wrinkle in Time premiere on Monday night (26Feb18).The actress led a parade of celebrities at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles to celebrate the launch of Ava DuVernay’s new fantasy-adventure fil…

Reese Witherspoon pulled out all the stops for the A Wrinkle in Time premiere on Monday night (26Feb18).

The actress led a parade of celebrities at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles to celebrate the launch of Ava DuVernay’s new fantasy-adventure film, which follows a young girl on a quest to find her father.

Reese, who portrays astral traveller Mrs. Whatsit in the flick, posed up a storm in a dark red one-shouldered gown from Michael Kors and topped off her look by having her blonde hair styled into loose waves.

She was joined at the event by Storm Reid, who takes on the lead role of Meg Murry. Storm, 14, looked lovely in a blue dress with sequin-studded tiered skirt which was custom made for her by Coach.

Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling, who play astral travellers Mrs. Which and Mrs. Who, also turned heads at the event. Oprah looked elegant in a dark blue dress with gold detailing which she complemented with bedazzled gold and black glasses as well as a braided hairstyle that took two hours to complete, while Mindy, who gave birth to her daughter Katherine in December (17), wowed in a purple Greta Constantine dress with a structured neckline.

Fellow star Chris Pine sported a blue three-piece suit from Giorgio Armani, Gugu Mbatha-Raw rocked a white gown with multi-coloured drapery by Vionnet, Bellamy Young looked like a princess in a white Azzi & Osta Couture ballgown, and director Ava stood out in a fuchsia dress from Cushnie et Ochs, which she accessorised with Stuart Weitzman shoes and H. Stern jewellery.

A number of other Hollywood names turned up to show their support for the movie, with Eva Longoria putting her growing baby belly on display in an olive green dress and black jacket, and Tracee Ellis Ross making a statement in a strapless floral dress from Michael Kors.

Laura Dern, Ellen Pompeo, Tessa Thompson, Yara Shahidi, Bianca Lawson and Anthony Anderson were also in attendance.

© Cover Media