Serena Williams debuts size-inclusive dress

Serena Williams has unveiled a size-inclusive dress that she designed “for every body”.The tennis ace shared a video on Instagram showing her wearing the $120 (£99) red Twist Front Dress from her eponymous clothing collection alongside six other women…

Serena Williams has unveiled a size-inclusive dress that she designed “for every body”.

The tennis ace shared a video on Instagram showing her wearing the $120 (£99) red Twist Front Dress from her eponymous clothing collection alongside six other women.

Serena, who is mother to daughter Alexis Olympia, explained that the confidence-boosting long-sleeved dress can be worn by women of every size, as she designed the garment to be fully inclusive.

“We’re having a red-hot summer over @serena. I designed the Twist Front Dress for everybody and every BODY,” the 37-year-old captioned the video.

“No one in the world looks exactly the same,” the Grand Slam winner says at the beginning of the clip. “We all are different people, we have different personalities, we have different traits. We all look different and we’ve got to bring our personalities out.”

She then asks the other women to share how they feel wearing her Twist Front Dress.

“I’m curvy, but feel confident in my curves,” one states, while another jokes: “I feel spicy like a jalapeno.”

The knee-length dress is also available in black, and in sizes XS to 3XL at serenawilliams.com.

Serena, who wed Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in 2017, launched her eponymous label with a 12-piece capsule collection in May 2018. The sports star said the line was “inspired by femininity and strength” and explained that she had an ‘S’ embroidered into each of the garments to help women find their own ‘S’ word.

“My ‘S’ is strong and sure,” Williams said. “I have a really good friend of mine, who’s been through a lot and her ‘S’ word is ‘survivor.’ That really touched me. My mom’s ‘S’ word is ‘steadfast’ and boy, is she steadfast.”

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Serena Williams unbothered by criticism of her style

Serena Williams is never worried about what people think of her personal style.The tennis champ, who recently lost to Simona Halep in the Wimbledon Ladies Singles final, has come out on top of U.S. magazine Sports Illustrated’s fourth annual Fashionabl…

Serena Williams is never worried about what people think of her personal style.

The tennis champ, who recently lost to Simona Halep in the Wimbledon Ladies Singles final, has come out on top of U.S. magazine Sports Illustrated’s fourth annual Fashionable 50 list, which honours the most fashionable athletes.

While Serena is known for her bold style on and off the tennis court, and has often been targeted by critics for her choices, she admitted to the publication that she spends very little time worrying about the opinions of others.

“People always have things to say when you’re wearing fashion. It could be good things. It could be bad things. I don’t care what people say. I’m like just so past it-you could say whatever you want to say,” the star, who shares 22-month-old daughter Olympia with husband Alexis Ohanian, commented. “Honestly, you’re allowed to have your opinion. My life is far too complicated to worry about people that want to say mean things. I have a daughter, I have a family, I have a career. I have too much to worry about.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Serena explained that her whole career “has been really about tennis and fashion”.

She studied at fashion school as a teenager and while her previous clothing collections, including her Signature Statement collection for the Home Shopping Network (HSN), didn’t catch on, she is adamant her new S by Serena line will be different.

“I tried it before and it didn’t work. Then I sat down and invested in myself and really put a really good effort behind it. Now I really get to express myself. I get to see how you can wear fashion so many different ways and how you can represent yourself. I have this whole big vision of what S by Serena is going to be,” the 37-year-old added.

Other athletes on Sport Illustrated’s list included Odell Beckham Jr., Lewis Hamilton, Maria Sharapova, Cristiano Ronaldo, Tom Brady, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade.

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Anna Wintour didn’t approve of employee wearing hat to 2019 Met Gala

Anna Wintour took note when one of her employees wore a hat to the 2019 Met Gala.The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief is one of the most important figures in the fashion world, and over the course of her career, has been praised for her ability to spot trend…

Anna Wintour took note when one of her employees wore a hat to the 2019 Met Gala.

The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief is one of the most important figures in the fashion world, and over the course of her career, has been praised for her ability to spot trends and discover designers.

However, Wintour has very specific ideas when it comes to dressing for an occasion and was less than impressed when a staff member didn’t quite abide by the dress code at the event in May.

“Personally, I’m not too big a fan of casual. I think I always prefer when someone errs on the side of dressed,” she said in a new interview for her Go Ask Anna video series when asked if it is possible to dress in a casual way and still be perceived as professional. “There was a member of our team that turned up at the Met Gala recently without a tie and wearing a hat and I’m not sure that I approved.”

In a further question, Wintour went on to explain that she keeps her own wardrobe organised and packed full of printed dresses to make sophisticated dressing simple.

“I have a wardrobe full of print dresses, so every morning I just go to one of my print dresses of choice and put it on. It makes decision making a lot easier,” the 69-year-old insisted.

Elsewhere in the chat, the editor spoke about several people who she has been inspired by of late, and pinpointed New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, tennis ace Serena Williams, and American politician Pete Buttigieg.

“I think (Ardern) led her country through a terrible, terrible tragedy with enormous grace and a message of hope,” she said, referring to the Christchurch mosque shootings in March. “And then I also have to cite Serena Williams, who to me has faced defeat and triumph with equal grace and charm and humility and humour. I’m also a big fan of Mayor Pete. I think it’s wonderful that a young man from South Bend, Indiana, who speaks 100 languages, was a military vet, went to both Oxford and to Harvard and just happens to be gay, is part of the conversation in the Democratic race. And I hope that if not in my lifetime, in my children’s lifetime, or my grandchildren’s lifetime that there will be a moment in politics when you are not defined by a label.”

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Will Smith’s King Richard movie lands director

Will Smith’s King Richard movie has found its director in Reinaldo Marcus Green.The Monsters and Men filmmaker is set to direct the film, which tells the true story of Richard Williams, who, despite having no tennis background, oversaw his daughter Ven…

Will Smith’s King Richard movie has found its director in Reinaldo Marcus Green.

The Monsters and Men filmmaker is set to direct the film, which tells the true story of Richard Williams, who, despite having no tennis background, oversaw his daughter Venus and Serena’s tennis careers from overgrown courts in Compton, California to the top of the international game almost two decades ago, when Serena won the US Open in 1999 and Venus beat Lindsay Davenport to win the 2000 Wimbledon title.

Green will also be the first black filmmaker that Smith has ever worked with in his 25-year career, according to IndieWire.

Tim White and Trevor White will produce through their Star Thrower banner and James Lassiter will produce for Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment company. The Aladdin star’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith, brother-in-law Caleeb Pinkett and Allan Mandelbaum will executive produce.

Green’s directorial debut, Monsters and Men, had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to win the Special Jury Prize for Outstanding First Feature.

He also helmed the first three episodes of the highly anticipated Netflix series, Top Boy, and recently completed principal photography on his next movie, Good Joe Bell, starring Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton.

When Smith was attached to star as Richard Williams earlier this year, it sparked a colourism debate, with some social media users believing he is too light-skinned to play the tennis coach. He has not yet responded to the criticism.

Warner Bros. is set to release King Richard on 25 November next year, just before the Thanksgiving. holiday in the U.S.

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Harry Styles opts for Gucci class at first Met Gala

Harry Styles opted for a new romantic look as he made his debut at the Met Gala in New York on Monday evening (06May19). The singer, who is co-hosting this year’s fashion event, arrived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art decked out in Gucci and wearing…

Harry Styles opted for a new romantic look as he made his debut at the Met Gala in New York on Monday evening (06May19).

The singer, who is co-hosting this year’s fashion event, arrived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art decked out in Gucci and wearing a single pearl teardrop earring. He walked the pink carpet with Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele.

This year’s theme, Camp: Notes on Fashion, had the stylists and the world’s top designers reaching deep into their wardrobes for outlandish outfits – Lady Gaga was one of the first divas to arrive and she wowed with a four-costume stripshow, beginning with a huge shocking pink gown and ending in designer underwear, while Serena Williams had comfort in mind as she arrived at the Met Gala with her husband Alexis Ohanian wearing bright yellow sneakers.

Normally a no-no at the big event, the tennis ace clearly had an athletic pass as the Nike footwear complemented her voluminous neon yellow gown, which was embroidered with leaves.

Stand-outs also included TV producer Ryan Murphy, who appeared to conjure up the ghost of Liberace on the carpet by wearing an ornate orange cape over a sparking, pink and orange tuxedo, and his Glee star Darren Criss, who went for an “80s new wave rock ‘n’ roll look” complete with a glittering jester jacket and heavy make-up.

And Pose star Billy Porter made the most regal entrance, carried up the pink carpet by six topless hunks as he lounged on a black velvet chaise longue. He later stepped down to reveal his flamboyant black and gold outfit had been kitted with wings, giving him an otherworldly ancient Egyptian vibe.

Yellow was clearly in vogue, with Charli XCX also opting for a high-slit neon gown that showed off her legs as she also made her Met Gala debut, and reality TV star Kris Jenner wowed with a new hot blonde look as she arrived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her boyfriend Corey Gamble wearing a black Tommy Hilfiger gown.

Taron Egerton also made his Met Gala debut in Ferragamo, while Rocketman co-star Richard Madden opted for a classic black Dior Men by Kim Jones Oblique tuxedo and matched the outfit with a black shirt.

Mindy Kaling, model Karlie Kloss, and Awkwafina were golden girls in Moschino, Dapper Dan and Altuzarra, respectively.

Like Karlie, fellow model Ashley Graham opted for Dapper Dan and a little Gucci as she rocked a leggy schoolgirl look in a form-fitting pink checked and green blazer, and Celine Dion looked like a shimmering Las Vegas showgirl in silver Oscar de la Renta, complete with an outrageous headpiece.

She confessed that she was initially confused about the theme of the 2019 Met Gala, stating, “I thought, like, ‘Camping? We’re going camping!'”

Meanwhile, Jared Leto turned heads – including his own – with the night’s oddest accessory – he showed up with a replica of his own head. The rocker and actor also sported a floor-length Gucci robe embellished with dozens of rhinestones, and it was a good night for the Brits as Emily Blunt and Sienna Miller shimmered in gold and silver, while Black Panther star Danai Gurira opted for a sexy top hat and tails catsuit.

Demi Moore was also a big talking point, returning to the Met Gala after an eight year absence is a sleek black number with a plunging neckline, and Harvey Weinstein’s ex-wife, designer Georgina Chapman was also back on the carpet for the first time since the movie mogul’s sex scandal exploded in 2017. And talking of firsts, it was also date night for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, who until Monday night had never arrived at the Met Gala together.

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Anna Wintour hoping to see ‘outrageous’ outfits at 2019 Met Gala

Anna Wintour is expecting to see many “outrageous” outfits and lots of feathers at the 2019 Met Gala.The annual fundraising event for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City is to take place on Monday night (0…

Anna Wintour is expecting to see many “outrageous” outfits and lots of feathers at the 2019 Met Gala.

The annual fundraising event for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City is to take place on Monday night (06May19), with this year’s theme revolving around the new exhibit, Camp: Notes on Fashion, based on Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, Notes on Camp.

U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour, who is the co-chair of the Met Gala, has remained tight-lipped about the forthcoming bash, but she did share in the latest instalment of her Go Ask Anna video series that she predicts guests will opt for over-the-top ensembles.

“I think this year’s exhibition, possibly more than any other, is about self-expression and individuality,” she commented. “What we are all most hoping to see is something that is outrageous, that is fun, tongue-in-cheek… so my guess is that we’re going to see a very large amount of feathers on the red carpet.”

Wintour went on to explain that she is looking forward to seeing what her co-chairs Lady Gaga, Serena Williams and Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele will wear, but is especially excited to see Harry Styles’ take on the theme.

“He reminds me so much of a young Mick Jagger, so I think all of us, all of his fans certainly, which I count myself as one, are looking forward to something that is daring and fearless, colourful, different, and no doubt it will be Gucci,” the 69-year-old gushed.

Elsewhere in the chat, Wintour noted that one of the most elaborate outfits she has ever seen worn to the Met Gala was the look Sarah Jessica Parker sported to the Punk: Chaos to Couture event in 2013, and that she always enjoys seeing what fashion-forward garments Jaden Smith, Katy Perry, and Solange Knowles pull together.

“(Solange) is someone who supports young designers, so it is always great to see a celebrity not wearing a boldface name, someone who is able to have the spotlight thrust on them – which is fantastic. Katy Perry – she takes it to quite an extreme. My guess is that this year, the men are going to rule,” she added.

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Serena Williams changed her clothing line to meet Duchess of Sussex’s standards

Serena Williams has taken her fashion label to championship levels to meet the standards of her royal pal, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.The Olympic gold medallist is close friends with the former actress, who married Britain’s Prince Harry last year (18),…

Serena Williams has taken her fashion label to championship levels to meet the standards of her royal pal, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

The Olympic gold medallist is close friends with the former actress, who married Britain’s Prince Harry last year (18), and their friendship has inspired the way the athlete approaches her clothing line, S by Serena.

“Listen, if we’re giving our stuff to Meghan, it has to be the highest quality that we can get,” the tennis ace tells Business of Fashion. “So, that’s what I tell our team internally: ‘We have to make sure it’s super high quality that, you know, is fit for a royal princess!’”

Meghan wore a S by Serena ‘Boss’ blazer last autumn and the piece sold out almost instantly, giving life to the label, which is Serena’s third foray into the fashion business. Two of her previous lines, Aneres and a partnership with HSN, no longer exist.

“I’ve been trying for years and years to do something in fashion,” she explains. “I’ve been doing this for so long and it’s never hit. It’s so easy when you’re so successful at something else to just do that and keep being amazingly successful at it. But that’s not the story I wanted to tell. And I always felt like if I didn’t at least do it one more time, 100 per cent with my backing, that I would always have some sort of regret.”

Although it took her a while to slam an ace with her fashion ventures, Serena is always motivated to meet a high bar when it comes to the Duchess, and she made sure the New York City baby shower she planned for the royal in February at the Mark Hotel was a top-notch event.

“Planning something like that takes a lot of effort,” the champ shares. “I’m a perfectionist, so I’m like, ‘Let’s make it perfect’.”

The pregnant duchess and Prince Harry are reportedly due to welcome their first child any day now.

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Will Smith pushing new Williams sisters biopic, attached to play their father

Will Smith is attached to play Venus and Serena Williams’ father in a new biopic. The movie star has teamed up with Tim and Travor White to push King Richard through Hollywood with the help of his agents at CAA, after being wowed by Zach Baylin’s scri…

Will Smith is attached to play Venus and Serena Williams’ father in a new biopic.

The movie star has teamed up with Tim and Travor White to push King Richard through Hollywood with the help of his agents at CAA, after being wowed by Zach Baylin’s script, according to Deadline.

Smith is slated to play Richard Williams, who despite having no tennis background, oversaw his daughters’ tennis careers from overgrown courts in Compton, California to the top of the international game two decades ago after Serena won the US Open in 1999 and Venus beat Lindsay Davenport to win the 2000 Wimbledon title.

Smith will also executive produce the project via his Overbrook Entertainment company, alongside Allan Mandelbaum and Caleeb Pinkett.

Will will next be seen as the genie in Disney’s new Aladdin movie, while reports suggest he has stepped away from the Suicide Squad sequel.

He is currently shooting the latest Bad Boys film with Martin Lawrence, and according to Deadline, King Richard could be his next film project.

Meanwhile, the Ali star has turned his bucket list endeavours into a new online series for Facebook.

Will has been checking daring challenges off his list of lifetime goals for the last few months, famously celebrating his 50th birthday in September (18) by bungee jumping from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon.

The rapper and actor had a camera crew document his adventures for fans and now he’s taken all of the footage and edited it down for a new six-episode series called, Will Smith’s Bucket List.

The first installment, documenting a skydive with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, was released on social media streaming platform Facebook Watch last week (27Feb19), and Will took to Instagram to share the news with fans.

“Okay… For the last few months, I’ve been shootin’ a show called @WillSmithsBucketList,” he wrote, alongside the show trailer. I turned 50 and I decided I was gonna do EVERYTHING I’ve ever wanted to do – Swim with Sharks, do Stand-Up and make @JadaPinkettSmith jump out of an Airplane (Which is what happens in the first episode)… Check it out!”

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Barbra Streisand & Serena Williams among list of Best Picture nominee presenters at Oscars

Barbra Streisand, Serena Williams and chef Jose Andres will be among the stars presenting the Best Picture nominees at the Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19). Producers of the 91st Academy Awards have also invited Queen Latifah, Diego Luna, Wayne’s World star…

Barbra Streisand, Serena Williams and chef Jose Andres will be among the stars presenting the Best Picture nominees at the Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19).

Producers of the 91st Academy Awards have also invited Queen Latifah, Diego Luna, Wayne’s World stars Dana Carvey and Mike Myers, rocker Tom Morello, and Amandla Stenberg to take the stage to salute the night’s biggest movies.

Announcing the decision via a statement on Wednesday (20Feb19), Oscars producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss said: “Movies connect us all. They move us, and they create moments and memories that unite us.

“We are thrilled to assemble this well-known array of film lovers to introduce and share their reflections on the Best Picture-nominated movies.”

Meanwhile, rockers Queen will open the show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The group, whose beginnings feature in the Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhadsody, were asked to get things started in the absence of a traditional Oscars host.

Current Queen frontman Adam Lambert announced the big news via Twitter on Monday (18Feb19) and posted a 15-second video of the band performing We Will Rock You as the words “Queen + Adam Lambert. Feb 24th. 5pm EST. The OSCARS” flashed up on the screen.

He added the caption: “We will rock The Oscars Feb 24th. 5pm PST. @TheAcademy @QueenWillRock.”

Academy Awards bosses confirmed the big news via social media, adding: “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? We welcome @QueenWillRock and @adamlambert to this year’s #Oscars!”

Their band’s movie, which is up for five awards on Sunday, has taken in more than $850 million (£649,000) at the global box office to become the most successful musical biopic ever.

The Oscars will be without a host for the first time in 30 years following comedian Kevin Hart’s decision to step down last year (18) after the discovery of past homophobic tweets he sent out almost a decade ago.

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Serena Williams aims to empower women with Bumble dating campaign

Serena Williams is aiming to empower women on the dating scene as part of a new campaign for Bumble. The tennis pro has joined forces with bosses at the company, a dating app in which women send the first message to potential romantic partners, for 20…

Serena Williams is aiming to empower women on the dating scene as part of a new campaign for Bumble.

The tennis pro has joined forces with bosses at the company, a dating app in which women send the first message to potential romantic partners, for 2019 campaign The Ball is in Her Court.

As part of the venture, the 37 year old is helping to promote the brand’s mission to inspire women around the world to feel powerful.

“In my life, I can confidently say that I would not be where I am today had I let the fear of making the first move hold me back,” Williams said in a statement. “Like (Bumble founder) Whitney Wolfe Herd, I am a firm believer in striving to achieve greatness, as every single one of us holds the power to write our own stories.

“I look at my daughter and know it is my duty to pave a powerful path for her, and, as Bumble’s Global Advisor, I can encourage her and women everywhere to think like a champion, define their lives and ultimately, embrace the power we have within.”

While it is unclear how Williams is set to represent the app, reps for Bumble hinted she may appear in a Super Bowl ad, highlighting the campaign, next month (Feb19).

In a press release, the Bumble bosses state: “the partnership will go live during one of the most watched cultural moments worldwide, Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3.”

“Partnering with Serena Williams has been a dream of mine since we launched Bumble, as she is one of the most inspiring women in history and a shining example of someone making the first move in all facets of her life,” said Wolfe Herd. “She is a role model, a mom, an entrepreneur and a fierce athlete. She is the epitome of strength, integrity, kindness, empowerment and everything Bumble stands for.”

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