Naomi Campbell instantly dazzled by Adut Akech’s star quality

Naomi Campbell has recalled how she instantly knew Adut Akech had the power to become a fashion star.The British supermodel invited the South Sudanese-Australian model, whom she refers to as her “daughter”, for a live chat on her YouTube channel on Wed…

Naomi Campbell has recalled how she instantly knew Adut Akech had the power to become a fashion star.

The British supermodel invited the South Sudanese-Australian model, whom she refers to as her “daughter”, for a live chat on her YouTube channel on Wednesday. Reflecting on the time she first met Adut, Naomi shared that it was at Tim Walker’s Alice in Wonderland-themed photoshoot, also starring Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Whoopi Goldberg, and Lupita Nyong’o.

“(Diddy) and I were getting ready in hair and make-up… and Adut walks in,” she remembered. “And we both look up in the mirror and we’re both just like, ‘Boom!’ It just hit us… we were like, ‘Did you just see what I just saw? Oh my goodness, she is incredible, special, a star.’ Knew it right away.”

Naomi then noted that she wanted to spend more time getting to know Adut follow the shoot, but couldn’t as the model had to study for her final school exams. Yet, the meeting left a lasting impression on the 20-year-old.

“They didn’t tell me you were there until I saw you so, you can imagine how much I would be in shock. But I was trying to keep it together, I was trying to keep my cool,” she smiled. “I was shocked overall that I as even there!”

Elsewhere in the chat, Adut also thanked Naomi for reaching out to her via text message after her first appearance on the runway at a Saint Laurent show in Paris.

“I went home that night and I cried. It was my first Paris Fashion Week, I’d just finished school, I’d just left my family and I was moving to New York. It was so overwhelming for me. I was like, ‘Wow, I feel like I’ve just found my first family member,” she added.

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Diddy and Jennifer Lopez reconnect online for charity dance-a-thon

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs reunited virtually with his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez on Sunday as they danced together online to raise funds for coronavirus relief.The rap mogul hosted an all-day dance party on Instagram Live on the Easter holiday to boost dona…

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs reunited virtually with his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez on Sunday as they danced together online to raise funds for coronavirus relief.

The rap mogul hosted an all-day dance party on Instagram Live on the Easter holiday to boost donations to non-profit Direct Action, which is providing aid to U.S. medical workers in underprivileged communities during the global pandemic.

He had raised $3.5 million (£2.4 million) within the first hour of the benefit bash, during which he welcomed guests DJ D-Nice, COVID-19 survivor Rita Wilson, Brazilian superstar Anitta.

He continued to step things up by chatting to models Naomi Campbell and Winnie Harlow, comedienne Tiffany Haddish, and rapper Megan Thee Stallion, while he also reconnected with Lopez and her fiance, retired baseball ace Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez.

“Hi Papi!” greeted Lopez, after Diddy asked how they were doing. “We’re great, we’re blessed and we’re happy to be here today to support you…”

During their online reunion, Diddy dedicated Elvis Crespo’s Suavemente to his ex, with whom he has remained close friends, as J.Lo exclaimed, “You know I like that!”, and began dancing along with the Bad Boy Records founder.

As Diddy showed off his fancy footwork, Lopez quipped, “I probably taught you that!”

The conversation took on a serious tone for a moment as Lopez expressed her thanks to healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak, gushing, “For me, it’s just about their dedication…, inspiring everybody to just think bigger and to put yourself on the line for somebody else is the ultimate sacrifice.

“It’s just so inspiring to me and it’s a beautiful thing… It’s such a great and beautiful thing.”

Meanwhile, as Rodriguez joined in the chat, Lopez revealed the former New York Yankees athlete is Diddy’s “biggest fan”, as the hitmaker played the remix of his track Been Around the World for A-Rod.

Diddy and Lopez dated for two years from 1999 until 2001. She and A-Rod became engaged last year (19).

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Kate Hudson launches own vodka brand

Kate Hudson is looking to make a splash in the liquor industry with her own craft vodka brand.The How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days star has created King St. Vodka, described as an “ultra-premium spirit” hand-crafted in Santa Barbara, California, after real…

Kate Hudson is looking to make a splash in the liquor industry with her own craft vodka brand.

The How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days star has created King St. Vodka, described as an “ultra-premium spirit” hand-crafted in Santa Barbara, California, after realising this particular corner of the market is one dominated by male entrepreneurs.

Hudson explained how the idea came about in a new Instagram post announcing her latest venture, writing, “After a particularly long day, I decided to host an impromptu cocktail party with my closest friends.

“As I prepared to whip up a batch of dirty vodka martinis I surveyed my bar, but I wasn’t 100 per cent happy with my options. Then I wondered, ‘Are any of these vodkas founded by women?’ I did some research, they weren’t. So, I decided to make my own just the way I like it! @KingStVodka #KingStVodka.”

In additional marketing materials, the actress revealed that the brand is named after the New York City street on which she once lived, “where many of my most precious memories were made”.

A release date has yet to be announced, but Hudson promises fans the seven-times distilled liquor, which is free of gluten and distilled with alkaline water, is “insanely delicious” and “best served with good company”.

“The creative side of me thought it would be a fun challenge to develop a vodka for my palate, and in a beautiful package that I would love to have on my bar and share with friends. The businessperson in me is now looking forward to the challenge of building a brand in an entirely new industry,” the 40-year-old added.

Hudson is the latest celebrity to unveil her own vodka brand – rap mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is behind the Ciroc label, actor Channing Tatum launched the Born and Bred line in 2017, and country star Blake Shelton owns Smithworks Vodka.

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Jennifer Lopez didn’t consider iconic green Versace gown to be ‘risque’

Jennifer Lopez didn’t think the Versace gown she wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards was particularly daring at the time.The superstar attracted huge media coverage when she stepped out at the music event alongside then-boyfriend Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs in the d…

Jennifer Lopez didn’t think the Versace gown she wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards was particularly daring at the time.

The superstar attracted huge media coverage when she stepped out at the music event alongside then-boyfriend Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs in the dress, which was made from silk chiffon and featured a plunging neckline.

Jennifer modelled a reimagined version of the dress at Versace’s spring/summer 2020 show last month, and has now recalled how she hadn’t expected such a dramatic reaction when she first selected the tropical print ensemble.

“I really didn’t think about it, I didn’t think it was all that risque to be honest,” she said in a video for Vogue.com. “I was more excited that it was the Grammys. I wasn’t really thinking about the dress that much. I was just glad I had something to wear.

“As I got to the red carpet, it was really crowded and we were trying to get through, and then all of a sudden people started moving so we could pass through. And I was like, ‘This is weird.’ And there was a little buzz in the air, people started yelling and screaming…. There was something extra about it.”

During the Grammy Awards, Jennifer presented the award for Best R&B Album alongside actor David Duchovny.

And the Jenny from the Block star still remembers the cheers from the audience as she walked out.

“Again, when we walked out onto the stage, there was this murmur in the crowd. And everybody started clapping, and I was smiling – just trying to be (as) normal as you can be a Grammys onstage. It was just one of those perfect moments. I got onstage and it kinda blew open and the dress was just provocative enough I guess, to make people really interested,” the 50-year-old smiled, before comparing it the iconic white dress Marilyn Monroe wore in her 1955 film, The Seven Year Itch. “I guess it’s like when Marilyn’s dress blew up. Even though she held it down, it was still like, ‘Oh my God!'”

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Jennifer Lopez’s stylist urged her not to wear iconic Versace gown

Jennifer Lopez had to convince her stylist to let her wear her now-iconic Versace dress to the 2000 Grammy Awards.The superstar, who modelled a reimagined version of the dress at Versace’s spring/summer 2020 show last month, attracted huge media covera…

Jennifer Lopez had to convince her stylist to let her wear her now-iconic Versace dress to the 2000 Grammy Awards.

The superstar, who modelled a reimagined version of the dress at Versace’s spring/summer 2020 show last month, attracted huge media coverage when she stepped out at the music event alongside then-boyfriend Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs in the ensemble, which was made from silk chiffon and featured a plunging neckline.

But in a new video for Vogue.com, Jennifer recalled how her stylist at the time, Andrea Lieberman, said she couldn’t sport the gown.

“(On the day of the Grammys) there was two or three dresses… and then when I tried on the green one and I came out, everyone was there… glam and everybody… and they were like, ‘That’s the dress! That is the dress, that is what you are wearing. Let’s go,'” she remembered. “And then Andrea, my stylist was like, ‘You can’t wear that one,’ and I was like, ‘Why did you bring it then?'”

Jennifer went on to explain that Andrea had some reservations about the gown because designer Donatella Versace had already worn it to an event, as had Spice Girls singer Geri Halliwell.

Yet, as soon as the I’m Real hitmaker made her entrance on the red carpet, she knew she had made the right decision.

“There was a little buzz in the air, people started yelling and screaming…. There was something extra about it,” the 50-year-old mused, before adding that she can’t believe how one dress altered her entire life.

“Donatella and I talk about it sometimes and we just usually mention it as The Dress… In terms of my career, this dress really marked a moment in time, if you don’t know my music and you don’t know my movies, people know about that moment and that dress. That was it.”

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Gucci and Dapper Dan unveil first collaboration

Gucci and Dapper Dan have unveiled their first collaborative line.The Italian fashion house, currently helmed by Alessandro Michele, and the Harlem-based couturier first announced a new Gucci x Dapper Dan capsule collection in 2017, continuing the part…

Gucci and Dapper Dan have unveiled their first collaborative line.

The Italian fashion house, currently helmed by Alessandro Michele, and the Harlem-based couturier first announced a new Gucci x Dapper Dan capsule collection in 2017, continuing the partnership the brands established after Gucci tapped Dan as the face of its fall/winter 2017 menswear campaign, and also helped him to reopen his famed Harlem atelier 25 years after Dan’s original store shuttered.

On Tuesday (17Jul18), the clothing line was officially released and is now available to purchase online and in select international Gucci flagship stores.

Large woven chains and abundant GG interlocking logos are key features of the collection, with the pieces taking inspiration from Dan’s 1980s heyday in which he grew famous for the pioneering streetwear looks worn by the likes of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Aaliyah and Mike Tyson.

“Taking inspiration from archive imagery from the ’80s showing Dapper Dan’s custom pieces, the gallery of pictures shot in and around the streets of Harlem New York have a similar street aesthetic to the original photographs,” a Gucci representative shared in a statement, regarding the collection’s retro street lookbook. “Featuring young personalities from the neighbourhood together with models wearing the ready-to-wear and accessories of the Gucci-Dapper Dan collection, the lookbook pays homage to the celebrated designer’s heritage.”

Vintage silhouettes, metallics and velour are featured in many of the garments, as well as Gucci’s signature red and green striped motif.

The brand names are printed on sporty T-shirts, comfortable sweaters and even slides, while the iconic Gucci logo is displayed over baseball caps, backpacks, oversized jackets and sneakers.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs emulated Jude Law’s TV pope for Met Gala jewels

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs channelled Jude Law’s TV portrayal of The Young Pope for his look at Monday night’s (07May18) Met Gala. The Bad Boy Records boss graced the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with his longtime girlfriend Cassie, wearing an…

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs channelled Jude Law’s TV portrayal of The Young Pope for his look at Monday night’s (07May18) Met Gala.

The Bad Boy Records boss graced the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with his longtime girlfriend Cassie, wearing an all-white papal-style suit, complete with a single white glove on his right hand to reflect the event’s theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

He topped off his outfit with a diamond cross necklace he commissioned Lorraine Schwartz to design in 2010 and other items created by the jeweller, including a custom platinum and diamond single earring, and an oversized pinky ring, which were all inspired by British actor Jude’s look in the hit TV drama.

“A lot of the inspiration for the jewellery was Jude Law in The Young Pope; Puff (Diddy) was like, ‘His swag is on a million’.” his longtime stylist, Derek Roche, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Diddy, who attended a private Catholic school as a child, also wanted to use his fashion to reflect his status in the entertainment industry.

“In the Catholic church, the Pope is kind of the next thing to God, right?,” Derek explained. “It didn’t hurt that Puff’s favourite colour is white. When we thought about what the Pope wears, Puff said, ‘I’m godlike, right? As a successful black man, as a father, as an entrepreneur. So why not wear that same cloth, why not wear white like the Pope?'”

The rap mogul’s suit was a bespoke wool silk design from Musika Frere, a rising New York-based label founded by Davidson Petit-Frere and Aleks Musika, and they originally provided Diddy with a matching cape to add a little dramatic flair to his appearance.

“We took the cape away, because I thought, ‘Is he a superman or a Pope?’ And Puff thought it was too much,” Derek shared. “So we pulled back from all the regalia and pomp and circumstance and embroidery and decided to keep it more simple.

“He didn’t want it to look like a costume. Even though it is a costume party, Puff didn’t want to look like he was dressed up for Halloween. He still wanted to be himself. So, organically, it evolved into this beautiful, heaven-like look. He looks so strong and powerful. He said that when he walked into the room, he wanted to look heavenly.”

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Dapper Dan’s memoir to be adapted for big screen

Dapper Dan’s upcoming memoir is to be adapted for the big screen. The Harlem-based couturier, real name Daniel Day, is known for pioneering streetwear in the 1980s and making bespoke garments for celebrities such as Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Aaliyah and Mike…

Dapper Dan’s upcoming memoir is to be adapted for the big screen.

The Harlem-based couturier, real name Daniel Day, is known for pioneering streetwear in the 1980s and making bespoke garments for celebrities such as Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Aaliyah and Mike Tyson.

Day’s appropriation of luxury brand logos in his designs led to litigation in the ’90s, with the designer forced to work “underground” for private customers since closing his original store in 1992 but following a series of partnerships with Gucci, he has made a resurgence in the mainstream fashion arena.

The designer’s story has been chronicled in his book, to be released by Random House in 2019, with executives at Sony Pictures now confirming that they’ve obtained the rights to the story.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the memoir will be adapted by Jerrod Carmichael, the comedian and writer who is perhaps best known for creating and playing the lead role in the semi-biographical NBC sitcom, The Carmichael Show.

The project has been described as a “high-stakes coming-of-age” story, though casting details and a potential release date have not yet been announced. Carmichael will produce the biopic alongside Immersive Pictures’ Josh Bratman, while Ange Giannetti and Maia Eyre will produce for Sony.

Day, who is often photographed in tailored suits, has had a long history with Gucci, as in the 1980s, the fashion star garnered attention for using the brand’s logo in various outfits. However, the appropriation debate flared up last year when Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele was criticised by U.S. Olympic athlete Diane Dixon for including in his resort collection a jacket that copied a design Day had made her in 1989.

Since then, Michele has offered to work with Day, and included him in the Italian label’s fall/winter 2017 menswear campaign and backed his relaunched Harlem atelier on Lenox Avenue.

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