Legendary photographer Terry O’Neill dies

Models and celebrities have paid tribute to photographer Terry O’Neill, who has died at the age of 81.A representative for Iconic Images, which licensed O’Neill’s pictures, announced over the weekend that the photographer had passed away on Saturday ni…

Models and celebrities have paid tribute to photographer Terry O’Neill, who has died at the age of 81.

A representative for Iconic Images, which licensed O’Neill’s pictures, announced over the weekend that the photographer had passed away on Saturday night following a long battle with cancer.

“Terry was a class act, quick-witted and filled with charm,” they commented. “Anyone who was lucky enough to know or work with him can attest to his generosity and modesty.

“As one of the most iconic photographers of the last 60 years, his legendary pictures will forever remain imprinted in our memories as well as in our hearts and minds.”

O’Neill rose to prominence in the ’60s, becoming one of the most sought-after photographers in London and working with subjects including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Judy Garland.

Over the next five decades, he developed close working relationships with pop stars like Elton John and David Bowie, and also shot members of Britain’s royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II, and several statesmen and women, like Nelson Mandela.

Among his most notable recent works was an image of Amy Winehouse at the height of her fame in 2008.

Accordingly, a number of celebrities have honoured O’Neill’s memory, with Kate Moss posting a black-and-white image from an early 1990s photoshoot on her Instagram page and captioning it, “Farewell Terry,” alongside a red heart emoji.

Actress Joan Collins added, “So sorry to hear about the death of the talented #terryoneill – he photographed me several times and was always fun, entertaining and a great photographer,” and music icon John shared one of the iconic images O’Neill had taken of him during a concert at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles back in 1975.

“Terry O’Neill took the most iconic photographs of me throughout the years, completely capturing my moods,” he praised. “He was brilliant, funny and I absolutely loved his company. A real character who has now passed on. RIP you wonderful man.”

O’Neill was last seen publicly in October, when he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to photography by Prince William at Buckingham Palace.

He is survived by his third wife, Laraine Ashton, two children from his first marriage to actress Vera Day, and Liam, a son shared with his second wife, American actress Faye Dunaway.

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Drake commemorates beating The Beatles’ record with new tattoo 

Drake has cheekily commemorated beating a chart record previously held by The Beatles with a new tattoo. Last year, the God’s Plan rapper surpassed the British band’s record for the most songs simultaneously listed in America’s Billboard Hot 100’s Top…

Drake has cheekily commemorated beating a chart record previously held by The Beatles with a new tattoo.

Last year, the God’s Plan rapper surpassed the British band’s record for the most songs simultaneously listed in America’s Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10, with seven tracks from his 2018 album Scorpion.

In October, Drake secured 12 tracks on the Hot 100’s Top 10 in a calendar year, surpassing The Beatles’ record of 11, and this June, he passed the Fab Four to claim the second-most Hot 100 Top 10s ever, following Madonna.

The Canadian star has already marked the record-breaking feat in his music, and it appears he has now also celebrated the achievement in a more permanent way.

New pictures posted of Drake on social media showed him with new body art on his left forearm, and the rapper’s official fan account @WordOnRd shared images with the caption, “Drake has a tattoo of himself in front of The Beatles on his arm.”

The black and white tattoo is inspired by the band’s famous 1969 Abbey Road album cover, which shows John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr walking in a line at a pedestrian crossing. In the tattoo, Drake has been added as a fifth figure, who is seen standing in front of The Beatles and waving at them.

The tattoo had a mixed response on social media, with some Drake fans finding the new ink funny, and others commenting, “I love Drake but that’s so tacky and cocky lmfao (laughing my f**king a*s off) it’s not that deep,” and “Drake tats are like a college students laptop with stickers all over (sic).”

Drake had previously celebrated beating The Beatles’ record in his rap on Meek Mill’s track Going Bad, which featured the lyrics: “I got more slaps than The Beatles.”

His other tattoos include homages to Aaliyah, Sade, Lil Wayne, and Denzel Washington.

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Billie Eilish tapped to model Stella McCartney’s Beatles-inspired collection

Billie Eilish has been tapped to model Stella McCartney’s The Beatles-inspired collection. The 17-year-old, who is known for her baggy, androgynous clothing, has been making waves in the fashion world since she burst onto the music scene earlier this …

Billie Eilish has been tapped to model Stella McCartney’s The Beatles-inspired collection.

The 17-year-old, who is known for her baggy, androgynous clothing, has been making waves in the fashion world since she burst onto the music scene earlier this year, scoring collaborations with the likes of Calvin Klein, leather goods brands MCM, and streetwear company Freak City.

She has now been chosen to model McCartney’s All Together Now collection, which features pieces inspired by George Dunning’s 1968 animated musical Beatles film Yellow Submarine.

In an interview with i-D, the fashion designer, the daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney, explained that Eilish was a natural fit because they share similar beliefs.

“Billie, her brother and her whole family have a musical story which completely fits with my own upbringing. We’re all vegetarians, vegans and animal lovers; she’s a big horse lover, for example,” McCartney said. “We spent a lot of time talking about our obsession with horses and how they are completely healing and save our souls… It’s important for me to align myself with people that believe in the same things as I do, so I can have honest and true conversations.”

The 47-year-old also shared that Eilish, a lifelong vegetarian, is a huge fan of the Fab Four and is inspired by their songwriting.

“(She has) a strong message of identity and staying true to yourself, never compromising. That’s something The Beatles did too,” she added.

Their collaboration has been in the works for some time, as the Bad Guy hitmaker wore an outfit from the collection when she made her debut at Britain’s iconic Glastonbury Festival in June. She wore a baggy T-shirt and shorts adorned with cartoons of the Blue Meanies – the main antagonists in Yellow Submarine – and McCartney’s name.

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Stella McCartney: ‘I’ve always tried to distance my career from The Beatles’

Stella McCartney has finally created a fashion collection inspired by The Beatles after spending years trying to keep her career and personal connection to the group separate. The fashion designer, who is the daughter of Paul McCartney and late photog…

Stella McCartney has finally created a fashion collection inspired by The Beatles after spending years trying to keep her career and personal connection to the group separate.

The fashion designer, who is the daughter of Paul McCartney and late photographer Linda, has directly drawn on her musical heritage for the first time to create the All Together Now collection, which features pieces inspired by George Dunning’s 1968 animated musical Beatles film Yellow Submarine.

Stella explained to The Hollywood Reporter that she always tried to keep her fashion venture distant from her connection to the Fab Four but was inspired to do the opposite after re-watching Yellow Submarine.

“Last summer, I went to a screening of Yellow Submarine and seeing it for the first time since I was young affected me deeply; it blew my mind,” she said. “I started looking at it from a fashion perspective. I felt like it was so modern, and it was for everyone. In my career, in a way, I’ve tried to distance myself from my personal relationship with The Beatles; with it being family, it felt important to do that for many reasons. But it really felt like the time to come together, it was the right time to use that excellent wealth of extraordinary expression.”

The 47-year-old, who founded her eponymous label in 2001, said the colours and psychedelic prints in the film “hit me hard creatively” and influenced her decision to create some obvious “in your face” pieces, while others are more subtle.

The 85-piece All Together Now collection, named after a song from the film, was released on Monday and features clothing and accessories for men, women, and children. Pieces feature bold patterns and graphics of yellow submarines, and range in price from $295 (£237) to $6,840 (£5,490).

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Stella McCartney ‘not a fan’ of cleaning clothes

Stella McCartney is “not a fan” of cleaning her clothes too often.With a focus on using sustainable and vegan-friendly fabrics, the British designer has expanded her brand since launching in 2001 to include swimwear, footwear, children’s clothes, and a…

Stella McCartney is “not a fan” of cleaning her clothes too often.

With a focus on using sustainable and vegan-friendly fabrics, the British designer has expanded her brand since launching in 2001 to include swimwear, footwear, children’s clothes, and activewear.

But while McCartney always appears impeccably dressed whenever she makes an appearance at an event, she has now shared that she does her best to avoid over-washing her garments.

“Basically, in life, rule of thumb: if you don’t absolutely have to clean anything, don’t clean it,” she said in an interview for The Observer. “I wouldn’t change my bra every day and I don’t just chuck stuff into a washing machine because it’s been worn. I am incredibly hygienic myself, but I’m not a fan of dry cleaning or any cleaning, really.”

McCartney went on to explain that she learned about the care of luxury fabrics during a stint studying the work of tailors on London’s Savile Row.

“And the rule on a bespoke suit is you do not clean it. You do not touch it. You let the dirt dry and you brush it off,” the 47-year-old insisted.

Elsewhere in the chat, McCartney spoke about her new company headquarters on Old Bond Street and the launch of her All Together Now collection, which was inspired by her father Paul McCartney and The Beatles’ 1968 film Yellow Submarine.

She also emphasised her commitment to sourcing eco-friendly materials, though confessed the process can be quite the challenge.

“If everyone else was sustainable, we could have a level playing field, so it does feel unfair – but it’s my choice and I believe very much in my reasons for working in that way. You know what? It’s not like I’m here for an easy life,” she added.

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Tommy Hilfiger turned to design after failed attempt to be a rock star

Tommy Hilfiger turned to fashion design after his plan to become a rock star failed because he couldn’t sing or play guitar. The 68-year-old was bestowed with the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) …

Tommy Hilfiger turned to fashion design after his plan to become a rock star failed because he couldn’t sing or play guitar.

The 68-year-old was bestowed with the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York during a ceremony on Wednesday, and during his acceptance speech, told graduates to never give up and always chase their dreams.

“Today marks a momentous occasion for all of you. You will be taking the dream that you have nurtured these past few years and sharing it with the rest of the world,” Hilfiger said, according to WWD. “Like me, for some of you, that dream probably began at a very young age.”

The iconic American designer then reminisced about his teenage years, when he used to listen to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, and decided he wanted to be a rock star, just like his music idols.

“Unfortunately, I couldn’t sing nor could I play the guitar. So, I decided to look the part instead,” he quipped, before revealing how he also grew his hair long, started wearing bell-bottom jeans, fringed vests, and wide belts.

He began his first real venture in fashion at the age of 18, and with just $150, he customised 20 pairs of jeans and sold them in his own store called People’s Place.

“Today, when I look back to that time, I’m still reminded of the moment I picked up a pencil and started sketching, and realised that designing was my true calling,” Hilfiger shared. “That determined optimism is something I carry with me even today.”

The star, who launched the Tommy Hilfiger label back in 1985, encouraged the students to push the boundaries, and innovate.

“That is the real key to success – finding something that excites you, motivates you and challenges you. And once you know what that is, give it everything you have and never take no for an answer,” he added.

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Ed Sheeran helped turn soap actor into popstar for Danny Boyle’s new film

Ed Sheeran helped mould British soap actor Himesh Patel into a popstar for Danny Boyle’s new Beatles-inspired musical comedy. In the new film Yesterday, Himesh, who once starred as geeky teenager Tamwar Masood in the BBC soap EastEnders, plays a singe…

Ed Sheeran helped mould British soap actor Himesh Patel into a popstar for Danny Boyle’s new Beatles-inspired musical comedy.

In the new film Yesterday, Himesh, who once starred as geeky teenager Tamwar Masood in the BBC soap EastEnders, plays a singer-songwriter living in a world where he’s the only one who remembers that the Fab Four existed. He then borrows their tunes to become one of the biggest acts on the planet.

Ed plays himself in the movie, and he and composer Daniel Pemberton have written music for the score.

Speaking to Cover Media at The Ivors awards nominations on Wednesday (24Apr19), where he was recognised for his work on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Daniel said the Thinking Out Loud hitmaker was a huge help to Himesh, and aided him in crafting his performance.

“We went to see Ed live in Manchester which was insane,” he revealed. “Ed and Himesh had quite a lot of chats, Ed was very supportive of Himesh and it was really good for him to see Ed control this whole stadium on his own.”

Asked about how the two worked together on set, he added: “As I say, Ed was very supportive – and there’s a number of scenes where they’re acting together and they got on really well.”

Discussing the 28-year-old popstar’s contribution to the musical comedy, which is written by Love Actually creator Richard Curtis, Daniel said that his presence added a degree of realism to proceedings, as Ed’s own career shows how an ordinary guy can become a megastar.

“In the film, Ed Sheeran is such a fascinating aspect because you watch this film and go, ‘There’s no way this could ever happen, there’s no way this one guy with a guitar could become the biggest star in the world,'” he explained. “But then you go, ‘Well, there’s Ed Sheeran and this happens, he’s one of the biggest stars in the world.'”

Yesterday debuts in cinemas in June, when fans will get to hear a new song from Ed, which the movie composer confirmed is a “great track”.

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Stella McCartney: ‘I haven’t been asked about my dad in years’

Stella McCartney finds it “refreshing” to be asked questions about her father Paul McCartney.The 47-year-old faced some scrutiny over her celebrity upbringing in the early days of her fashion career, most notably from Karl Lagerfeld who stated that Chl…

Stella McCartney finds it “refreshing” to be asked questions about her father Paul McCartney.

The 47-year-old faced some scrutiny over her celebrity upbringing in the early days of her fashion career, most notably from Karl Lagerfeld who stated that Chloe had chosen a famous name “but in music, not fashion” when the brand appointed her as creative director in 1997.

After leaving to set up her own eponymous label in 2001, Stella fast became one of the most famous designers in the world, and is now best known for her commitment to a sustainable and ethical business model. As a result, her dad rarely comes up in conversation anymore.

“I find it very refreshing that you’ve asked me that because I haven’t been asked about my dad in years,” she told a reporter from Emirates Woman. “I’m so proud of my dad and he’s proud of me. When I was first starting out obviously that conversation was number one on the list but now I don’t get asked as much. I’m in a good place with his connection to everything that I do – I’m very grateful and blessed for the parents that have been so helpful in my career.

However, the fashion mogul is adamant that her famous father alone would not have been enough to make her a success.

“I don’t think I would be around if I was just Paul McCartney’s daughter and didn’t have a product,” she quipped.

Stella, who is a parent to four children with husband Alasdhair Willis, is now able to use her brand to benefit the former Beatles star, and vice versa.

“He recently used some of my clothes for a music video,” she smiled. “His music is also in my Bond Street store – it’s three hours of original Paul McCartney music, so if you want to get an authentic musical experience of his work, you have to visit the store.”

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Aretha Franklin gown sells for $10,000 at memorabilia auction

Over 30 items worn by the late Queen of Soul were on the block during the event held by Julien’s Auctions in New York City as part of the two-day Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll extravaganza at the Hard Rock Cafe Time Square this weekend (09-10Nov18).Accord…

Over 30 items worn by the late Queen of Soul were on the block during the event held by Julien’s Auctions in New York City as part of the two-day Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll extravaganza at the Hard Rock Cafe Time Square this weekend (09-10Nov18).

According to editors at the Detroit Free Press, a pink silk two-piece Bill Blass-designed gown worn by Aretha at the Duets concert AIDS benefit in 1993, sold for the large sum.

A black silk hat adorned with black feathers, black fishnet and white silk flowers, which the singer wore to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opening ceremony in 1995, was sold for $3,125 (£2,420). While a strapless white silk evening gown and a satin coat worn by the Respect hitmaker at the 1998 Grammys’ pre-party sold for $8,750 (£6,778).

The outfits were a last-minute addition to proceedings, but memorabilia dealer Martin Nolan was quick to include them after getting a call from Aretha’s inner circle.

“It was completely unexpected,” Nolan told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve had the dates for this auction set since last May, so once we received these items in early September, we really needed to scramble to get everything photographed and included in a way that felt like we were doing right by her.”

The auction featured more than 800 items from music’s biggest icons including Prince, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Madonna, with the proceeds going to the Prince’s Trust, which helps disadvantaged young people in the U.K.

The Freeway of Love hitmaker died aged 76 after losing a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Ed Sheeran in talks for Danny Boyle movie

Ed Sheeran is reportedly in talks to star in Danny Boyle’s upcoming music-themed movie. The Slumdog Millionaire director is teaming up with Love Actually screenwriter and director Richard Curtis for a new comedy, and the plot is being largely kept unde…

Ed Sheeran is reportedly in talks to star in Danny Boyle’s upcoming music-themed movie.

The Slumdog Millionaire director is teaming up with Love Actually screenwriter and director Richard Curtis for a new comedy, and the plot is being largely kept under wraps. However, The Mail on Sunday reports that it will be about the music of The Beatles, and the Shape of You singer is in discussions to appear in the project and potentially write new music for it.

“Everything Ed touches turns to gold,” a source close to Working Title, the studio making the film, told the publication. “He is the biggest hit-maker on the planet. If anyone can make a film about The Beatles’ songs even better musically, it’s him.”

The new comedy, which is tentatively titled All You Need Is Love, is reportedly about a man who wakes up one day to find he is only person who can remember the songs of the Fab Four.

Ed is no stranger to cameo on-screen appearances, with previous acting credits including Bridget Jones’s Baby and TV shows Game of Thrones, The Bastard Executioner, Undateable, and Australian soap opera Home and Away. He also starred as himself in the documentary Songwriter, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February (18).

The film will reportedly go into production in London and Norfolk, England over the summer, and star Cinderella actress Lily James and actor Himesh Patel, who is best known for playing Tamwar Masood in British soap EastEnders. Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon is in talks to join the production.

The film is being backed by Universal, and will be produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner as well as Curtis and Boyle, who recently confirmed he is writing the script for the next James Bond outing.

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