Rihanna wants Poison Ivy role in The Batman

Rihanna wants to audition for the role of Poison Ivy in the new Batman film. The star sparked speculation she might be set to play Catwoman in The Batman, the Robert Pattinson fronted reboot of the superhero franchise, after donning Catwoman style lea…

Rihanna wants to audition for the role of Poison Ivy in the new Batman film.

The star sparked speculation she might be set to play Catwoman in The Batman, the Robert Pattinson fronted reboot of the superhero franchise, after donning Catwoman style leather boots in an Instagram video she dubbed, “Bat-mobile, but make it fashion!”

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at her 5th Annual Diamond Ball in New York City on Thursday, the Umbrella hitmaker shot down the Catwoman casting rumours – but revealed she’s desperate to play another of the Dark Knight’s nemeses.

“That (post) has to do a lot with Batman (because) I have separate obsessions,” Rihanna revealed. “I have (a) bigger obsession with Poison Ivy, I’m just being honest. And yeah, I died my hair red because of Uma Thurman in the original.”

Thurman played Poison Ivy, a red-headed villain who uses mind-controlling plant toxins for criminal ends, in 1997’s Batman & Robin. However, the film was a flop, and the character has not appeared in an official Batman movie since.

Rihanna revealed she would love to audition, adding: “You know what, they didn’t call me yet. But if they did, I would love to go in and try out because Poison Ivy is one of my obsessions in life. I did it for Halloween one year, I mean come on!”

The singer has previously been linked to the role, with editors at website HotNewHipHop claiming Warner Bros. chiefs are considering handing her the part.

The villains for The Batman, which debuts in 2021, are yet to be announced, but director Matt Reeves has revealed there will be a “rogues gallery” of different bad guys – meaning Rihanna’s favourite character could be featured.

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Rihanna ‘too involved’ in Savage X Fenty design process

Rihanna personally signed off on every single detail in her latest Savage X Fenty collection. The singer and fashion designer showed off the latest collection for her lingerie brand during an epic extravaganza at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part…

Rihanna personally signed off on every single detail in her latest Savage X Fenty collection.

The singer and fashion designer showed off the latest collection for her lingerie brand during an epic extravaganza at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday night.

But in an interview with Entertainment Tonight backstage, the 31-year-old revealed that she is “too involved” in all aspects of the design process and there is nothing in the line that hasn’t had her stamp of approval.

“Oh my God, I’m too involved. I want a break but I’m a control freak, so I do everything,” Rihanna shared. “I see everything. There’s not one step of the way, there’s not one lace trim, there’s not one bra strap… there is not one bow on a panty that I do not see and approve.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s the only way you can preserve a brand, that you start from scratch… Here, I have a unique opportunity to change things. I’ve always been so sincere with my perspective on this brand but to see the way that we’re perceived in the lingerie world.”

The fashion and beauty mogul added that there’s pressure on her to continue producing size-inclusive garments, admitting, “It makes me feel like now we cannot neglect those consumers.”

This year’s Savage X Fenty presentation was bigger than ever thanks to a partnership with executives at Amazon Prime Video, who will exclusively broadcast the show on 20 September. To keep details under wraps, photography and cell phones were banned from the venue.

In addition to the new designs, the show will also feature performances from DJ Khaled, Halsey, Big Sean, and Migos, among others, as well as special appearances from Cara Delevingne, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Normani, Joan Smalls, and Laverne Cox.

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Kendall Jenner amazed by niece North West’s sense of style

Kendall Jenner is amazed by her niece North West’s “creative” sense of style.The model made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night, where host Jimmy asked her about pictures showing her and North wearing similar feath…

Kendall Jenner is amazed by her niece North West’s “creative” sense of style.

The model made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night, where host Jimmy asked her about pictures showing her and North wearing similar feather tops from Prada. Kendall clarified that they were totally different garments, but went onto praise six-year-old North, the daughter of her sister Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West.

“Oh my God, for sure. She’s obsessed,” she commented when asked about whether North loves clothes. “And she’s so good at it. It’s crazy, she does all her outfits now. And Kanye just buys her all these fun clothes, and Kim as well. It’s so cool. She’s really creative and it’s really fun to watch.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Kendall participated in a round of a game called Pour It Out, where she revealed that she thinks Brad Pitt and Rihanna would make the perfect couple.

“I feel like they’re so gorgeous,” the 23-year-old gushed, before detailing an awkward encounter with the Fight Club star at one of Kanye’s recent Sunday Service gospel gatherings.

“I literally just saw Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and it was so good and he just like gets better with age… and I’m like, ‘I gotta go,'” she recalled.

When Jimmy asked if she left because she didn’t want to meet him, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians personality insisted: “No, isn’t there a saying don’t meet your superhero whatever… I don’t know, I just love him so much, I’m like, I’m just gonna leave it at that and leave. I get nervous.”

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Selena Gomez gearing up to launch beauty line – report

Selena Gomez is reportedly gearing up to launch her own beauty collection. The superstar appears to be looking to make a splash in the booming cosmetics market, as editors at WWD reported on Tuesday that employees at her production company, July Moon…

Selena Gomez is reportedly gearing up to launch her own beauty collection. 

The superstar appears to be looking to make a splash in the booming cosmetics market, as editors at WWD reported on Tuesday that employees at her production company, July Moon Productions, recently filed a trademark for “Selena Gomez” at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

According to the publication, the filing covers a number of different beauty products, including “fragrances, cosmetics, skincare preparations, haircare preparations, soaps, moisturisers, and essential oils,” among other formulas.

Should the trademark be granted, the 27-year-old will follow in the footsteps of other celebrities taking over the beauty world. Lady Gaga is set to release her Haus Beauty line on Amazon in September, while Rihanna has found success with her Fenty Beauty brand, Drew Barrymore runs Flower Beauty, and Kim Kardashian oversees the popular KKW Beauty collection.  

Back in 2011, Gomez launched a namesake fragrance with Adrenalina, and during the development phase, she asked fans to help create her perfume’s scent by choosing the ingredients.  

Of late, the Hands to Myself hitmaker has collaborated on ready-to-wear collections with designers at New York-based fashion label Coach, following the success of her debut Selena Grace handbag and accessories line. 

And in 2018, she also created a range of apparel, shoes, and accessories with sportswear giant Puma. 

Her very first foray into fashion was in 2010 when she released her juniors and school apparel clothing line, Dream Out Loud, at U.S. store Kmart. However, this line is no longer available.  

A representative for Gomez has not yet commented on the trademark application.  

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Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty launching new eyebrow products

Rihanna has created a new eyebrow product for her Fenty Beauty line.  The singer and beauty mogul launched the inclusive cosmetics brand in 2017, offering make-up fans foundation, concealers, eyeliners, eyeshadows and more. While Rihanna has not pro…

Rihanna has created a new eyebrow product for her Fenty Beauty line.

  The singer and beauty mogul launched the inclusive cosmetics brand in 2017, offering make-up fans foundation, concealers, eyeliners, eyeshadows and more. 

While Rihanna has not promoted the launch on social media, during an appearance at the Sephora Store Leadership Conference in Las Vegas this week, she announced that the company will be introducing an eyebrow product called the Ultra Fine Brow Pencil & Styler.

  “I was not gonna come all the way to Vegas empty-handed,” Rihanna told the conference crowd in video footage taken by an attendee. “So we’re gonna give you guys an exclusive sneak peek of one of the next products coming out – the very next product coming out.”

  According to a promotional video shown at the conference, the Ultra Fine Brow Pencil & Styler will come in 14 different shades and range in colour from dark and light brown shades to red and beige shades. 

  The product will reportedly hit Sephora stores from 23 August. 

  The surprise announcement comes hot on the heels of the news that Fenty Beauty is releasing a new foundation called the Pro Filt’r Hydrating Foundation, a medium-to-full coverage formula that will be available in the same 50 shades as the original Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation.

  Speaking of the new foundation at the conference, the 31-year-old, who wore a shiny lavender pantsuit, told the audience: “Well, I hope you guys like it because it’s one of my favourite products. It’s something we’ve been working for a really, really long time. We wanted to perfect it, have the right coverage, the right moisture, without being greasy… I’m not very big on greasy, I like dew, I don’t like grease.”

  The new foundation range launches online and in Sephora, Boots and Harvey Nichols stores from 15 August.

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Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls and Karen Elson model iconic Hollywood gowns

Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, and Karen Elson have been selected to model iconic Hollywood gowns for the new issue of U.S. InStyle magazine.To mark the 25th anniversary of the publication, editor-in-chief Laura Brown decided to shoot a series of special…

Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, and Karen Elson have been selected to model iconic Hollywood gowns for the new issue of U.S. InStyle magazine.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the publication, editor-in-chief Laura Brown decided to shoot a series of special subscriber covers depicting the top models wearing some of the industry’s most legendary red carpet dresses.

For one image, Valletta is seen standing on a city street while sporting the black Versace gown with gold safety pins that Elizabeth Hurley wore to a premiere in 1994, a second shows Elson posing in the pale pink Ralph Lauren ballgown Gwyneth Paltrow wore to collect her Oscar in 1999, and a third features Smalls in the huge pink Giambattista Valli dress that Rihanna chose for the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Reflecting on Hurley’s breakthrough fashion moment, Donatella Versace recalled to editors how she never once anticipated the daring design to garner so much controversy.

“I know, you’d expect something more interesting behind one of the most famous red-carpet dresses in history,” the Italian designer shared. “But as for many things, chance played a big role in making it all happen. No one could really fathom such an astonishing reaction, or that Liz would steal the spotlight from everyone else.”

The photoshoot was shot by Sebastian Faena and styled by Julia von Boehm, with the dresses secured by Rina Stone and Lizzy Oppenheimer.

Other pictures feature the sequinned Louis Vuitton dress worn by Alicia Vikander at the 2016 SAG Awards, the red Balenciaga dress donned by Nicole Kidman at the 2007 Academy Awards, the pale green one-shoulder Valentino number Jennifer Lopez chose for the 2003 Academy Awards, and the purple Rodarte dress worn by Natalie Portman to the 2011 Academy Awards, among many others.

“When we were planning our 25th anniversary issue, talk of course turned to legendary red carpet dresses. It’s easy to choose favourites and stick them in a story. What’s not, and what we’re so proud of, is securing 25 of the greatest dresses of the past 25 years and shooting them, out in the world, on the supermodels of today,” wrote Brown on Instagram. “The word ‘Iconic’ is overused in fashion, but it’s the only word for this.”

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Tyra Banks invites Rihanna lookalike to audition for Modelland

Tyra Banks has invited a young Rihanna lookalike to audition for her new Modelland attraction. Ala’a Skyy Baytops shot to instant stardom last month after popstar Rihanna posted an image of the seven-year-old on her Instagram account, marvelling at t…

Tyra Banks has invited a young Rihanna lookalike to audition for her new Modelland attraction.

Ala’a Skyy Baytops shot to instant stardom last month after popstar Rihanna posted an image of the seven-year-old on her Instagram account, marvelling at their identical looks – and it appears Tyra couldn’t believe the resemblance either.

“I lost my mind,” she recently told Entertainment Tonight, explaining the lead character in her new Modelland world looks just like Rihanna too. “Rihanna looks like Tookie, the lead girl in the Modelland story. I was like, ‘Help me! Who is this girl? I want to find this girl and hopefully, possibly she can try out’ – because she’s got to act and do all that stuff to play little Tookie.”

Tyra tracked her down and called Ala’a’s mother to invite the little girl to audition for Modelland, a 21,000-square-foot, ticketed interactive attraction which the America’s Next Top Model star describes as “Harry Potter meets Willy Wonka, meets Disneyland”.

Modelland is currently under construction and Tyra is hand-selecting the models who will represent the ambitious project, revealing she is still looking to cast 14 people from the ages of 18 to “60-something”.

“I am doing a big search for the very first Modelland models, and when I say models, I don’t mean professional models that are signed to modelling agencies; I don’t mean the stereotype look of what people think a model is,” the 45-year-old explained. “At Modelland, we are redefining what a model is.”

Modelland is set to open in Santa Monica, California later this year.

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Model Carissa Pinkston admits she pretended to be transgender

Carissa Pinkston has admitted she lied about being transgender to avoid backlash over transphobic comments.The 20-year-old, who has modelled for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty line, Marc Jacobs, and Schiaparelli, reportedly used …

Carissa Pinkston has admitted she lied about being transgender to avoid backlash over transphobic comments.

The 20-year-old, who has modelled for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty line, Marc Jacobs, and Schiaparelli, reportedly used the name Rissa Danielle to post some disparaging remarks on Facebook back in May, in which she said being “transgender does not make you a woman”.

She was identified on Twitter as the person behind the comments, and was subsequently dropped by bosses at her agency, Elite Model Management.

Earlier this month, Pinkston tried to defend her transphobic words by sharing a candid post on Instagram – which she has since deleted – and claimed she was, in fact, transgender.

“I wasn’t ready to come out about it yet but today I got fired and I’ve been receiving hate mail and death threats ever since so I’m being forced to tell the truth,” the aspiring model wrote. “I’m Transgender. I transitioned at a very young age and I’ve lived my life as a female ever since. It’s been very hard to keep this secret but what I said about trans-women is a direct reflection of my inner insecurities and I have since come to realise that I am a woman… WE ALL ARE!”

Shortly after Pinkston shared the post, she was branded as a liar by transgender models, including Aaron Philip, on social media. Following the backlash, she issued an apology on Instagram.

“I apologise for any transphobic remark I’ve ever made towards the trans community. I panicked and I thought if I came out as trans that I could somehow make things better for myself but it appears I’ve only made things worse,” she wrote in the now-deleted post. “I’m truly sorry. I’m only 20 and I’m human. I make mistakes but I refuse to let them define me.”

Pinkston concluded her message by adding that she hopes everyone can forgive her and “move on from this”.

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Mary Quant to receive lifetime achievement award

Mary Quant is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural World Fashion Awards (WFA). The iconic British designer, who revolutionised fashion in the ’60s and reintroduced colourful clothes to post-war Britain, will receive the ho…

Mary Quant is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural World Fashion Awards (WFA).

The iconic British designer, who revolutionised fashion in the ’60s and reintroduced colourful clothes to post-war Britain, will receive the honour at London’s Savoy Theatre on 18 September.

The WFA organisers said they selected Quant for the award in recognition of her “amazing journey as a powerful role model for the working woman, challenging conventions, whilst popularising the miniskirt, colourful tights, and tailored trousers” and to celebrate her role in “encouraging a new age of feminism”.

“It is such an honour to receive this award from the World Fashion Awards. It has been a privilege to have spent my life doing what I love and enjoy with so many extraordinarily talented and passionate people,” she said in a statement.

The award comes months after officials at the V&A Museum in London opened the first international retrospective about the designer, which features over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from her personal archive. It is open until February 2020.

Quant isn’t the only honorary award winner – Dame Vivienne Westwood is set to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Fashion prize at the ceremony.

The World Fashion Awards aims to celebrate the achievements of established and emerging fashion brands, outlets, designers, models, manufacturers, and influencers, and the winners of each category will be voted for by the general public.

Nominees for Womenswear Designer of the Year include Marc Jacobs, Elie Saab, Clare Waight Keller, Victoria Beckham, and Richard Quinn, while those competing for Menswear Designer of the Year include Rick Owens, Virgil Abloh, Raf Simons, Ozwald Boateng, and Riccardo Tisci.

The shortlist for International Fashion Icon Award includes Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Priyanka Chopra and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

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LVMH boss Bernard Arnault becomes world’s second richest person

Bernard Arnault has overtaken Bill Gates to become the world’s second richest person.The LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton chairman and chief executive was named on Bloomberg’s latest Billionaires Index on Tuesday, thanks to his total net worth of a who…

Bernard Arnault has overtaken Bill Gates to become the world’s second richest person.

The LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton chairman and chief executive was named on Bloomberg’s latest Billionaires Index on Tuesday, thanks to his total net worth of a whopping $108 billion (£86.5 billion). Microsoft founder Gates has been number two on the list for seven years.

Arnault, who owns the luxury French conglomerate that oversees more than 70 high-fashion brands, including Louis Vuitton, Celine, Givenchy and Fendi, earned an estimated $39 billion (£31 billion) last year alone.

The 70-year-old Frenchman joined Gates and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who has a net worth of $125 billion (£100 billion).

According to editors at Bloomberg, Gates would be the richest man in the world if his $35 billion (£28 billion) charitable donations, made by him and wife Melissa through their foundation, were taken into account.

Arnault is also a philanthropist and was among those who pledged huge amounts of money to repair the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris after a devastating fire raged through the medieval building in April, and personally promised a donation of $224 million.

LVMH had record-setting sales and profits in 2018, and the luxury conglomerate continues to grow.

Back in May, bosses launched Fenty Maison with Rihanna – which features ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories – in the group’s first fashion house creation since Christian Lacroix in 1987.

And on Monday, it was announced that LVMH has teamed up with British designer Stella McCartney, who split from rival conglomerate Kering last year.

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