Lena Dunham rejects notion plus-size women should only wear black

Lena Dunham doesn’t want to let her figure stop her from wearing bold and colourful designs. The Girls actress enjoys wearing quirky and creative outfits and refuses to abide by the notion that women who aren’t sample size should be restricted to blac…

Lena Dunham doesn’t want to let her figure stop her from wearing bold and colourful designs.

The Girls actress enjoys wearing quirky and creative outfits and refuses to abide by the notion that women who aren’t sample size should be restricted to black clothing.

“In Hollywood, I feel like there’s this almost rule that if you’re not a sample size, you’re supposed to wear a black column gown and just go simple and surprise people with your hair, ” she told Vogue.com. “I don’t like that rule.”

Lena, who cites eccentric fashion stars Daphne Guinness and Isabella Blow as inspirations for her newfound flamboyant style, likes to select pieces which make her feel “really alive”, but also places importance on comfort.

“I love clothing,” she continued. “And when people notice that I love clothing, it feels really good. For me now, a peasant dress or a funny smocklike shift is just a basic. It’s so trite to say, but you don’t have to trade comfort for style. And there are days where I just need to be cosy, and I’ve had to figure out how to do that in a way that feels chic to me. It can be a challenge, but I’m figuring it out.”

The 33-year-old has become friends with designers such as Christopher Kane, who has a display of her paintings in his London store, and Marco Capaldo and Kikka Cavenati of 16Arlington, who recently cast her in their London Fashion Week runway show.

Lena was first introduced to the design duo by her stylist last year and they ended up outfitting her for the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood premiere in London.

“It’s my greatest joy to wear things that are a little bit funny,” she explained. “And what I love about Marco and Kikka is that they make something that fits your body beautifully, but also has a sense of humour. When I attended the Once Upon a Time premiere, I was like, ‘I look like a hot Muppet!'”

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Mia Goth defends controversial Miu Miu advert

Mia Goth has defended the controversial Miu Miu campaign she appeared in back in 2015.Officials at the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority banned the image from the Italian label’s fashion campaign after receiving a complaint following its publicati…

Mia Goth has defended the controversial Miu Miu campaign she appeared in back in 2015.

Officials at the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority banned the image from the Italian label’s fashion campaign after receiving a complaint following its publication in Vogue magazine.

They declared the picture, which showed the Suspiria actress reclining on a crumpled bed fully-clothed, appeared to sexualise a child. They called the advert “irresponsible” and stated it was “likely to cause serious offence” because Goth’s pose was “sexually suggestive” and youthful appearance made her look under 16 years old, even though she was 22.

Speaking about the controversy with London’s ES magazine, Goth, now 26, admitted she was surprised by the reaction because she didn’t think the advert had a sexual tone at all.

“I was very taken aback by it, because I didn’t feel I was being exploited,” she said. “I didn’t feel it came across in any way sexual at all. I was literally just sat in a room. It says more about the people who had an issue with it than the actual campaign, because in my eyes it was a beautiful piece of art.”

At the time, representatives for Prada, which owns Miu Miu, issued a statement in which they rejected the accusation that the image, taken by Steven Meisel, had a sexual tone, while a spokesperson for British Vogue also defended it.

Goth began her modelling career when she was spotted by fashion photographer Gemma Booth at the Underage Festival when she was 14 and subsequently signed to Storm Model Management. She always wanted to act and eventually made her movie debut with Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac in 2013.

Describing modelling as her “stepping stone” to acting, the British actress added, “I’m grateful for what it gave me, which was an introduction to feeling comfortable in front of a camera… And it was good pocket money.”

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Serena Williams seeking to branch out into luxury fashion

Serena Williams wants to branch out into high-fashion with a luxury capsule collection.The tennis ace launched her size-inclusive womenswear line, S by Serena, in 2018, and recently presented her latest collection at New York Fashion Week. Serena, who …

Serena Williams wants to branch out into high-fashion with a luxury capsule collection.

The tennis ace launched her size-inclusive womenswear line, S by Serena, in 2018, and recently presented her latest collection at New York Fashion Week.

Serena, who studied fashion design at college, told Anna Wintour during a Q&A after her show that while she still wants to please her loyal fans, she’s not ruling out dabbling in a luxury line.

But rather than releasing pricier pieces as a separate collection, the 38-year-old is considering including a limited-edition capsule within her S by Serena line.

“I would love to do luxury, but I feel like I also want to be true and authentic to people that support the brand for years,” she explained. “And so, if we do a luxury capsule, it’ll be really small one day in the future. But I love the idea of see now, buy now, and really do it in a good way.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Serena told the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief that she’s trying to embrace sustainability by using vegan leather and other eco-friendly materials, while maintaining her glam aesthetic.

“We experimented with different animal prints; we focused on giraffe. And then we focused on the sustainability aspect of having vegan leather,” she explained. “And so that’s kind of what we wanted to focus on and just build from there.”

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Anna Wintour offers her advice on best gifts for Valentine’s Day

Anna Wintour has named jewellery and homemade meals as the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts.The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief was asked about present ideas for the romantic holiday, which falls on 14 February, during a recent interview for the fashion public…

Anna Wintour has named jewellery and homemade meals as the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts.

The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief was asked about present ideas for the romantic holiday, which falls on 14 February, during a recent interview for the fashion publication’s Go Ask Anna video series. Accordingly, Wintour recommended preparing your significant other a delicious meal.

“If you’re in a new relationship, I would honestly think about something that’s not too serious, has a sense of humour. Maybe you’d want to think about cooking them dinner?” she said, adding that she’s a big fan of squash carbonara.

As for couples who have been together a long time, Wintour suggested investigating a gift that involves both people.

“So, possibly bracelets from Scosha or maybe rings from Tiffany?” the 70-year-old smiled. “Or if you want to do something that’s more fashion orientated, I just saw an adorable couple wearing matching sweaters from Loverboy designed by Charles Jeffrey on the streets of London. And if the budget’s a little larger, Prada have some great ones that they just showed on the runways of Milan.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Wintour named her favourite dates as trips to the theatre with her daughter Bee and attending tennis matches with her son Charlie.

But as for her worst date ever, the editor recalled a time in the ’70s when she was seeing a young writer with “very activist leanings”.

“He was always getting arrested and going to jail and getting a lot of negative press. And my father, who was an editor of a newspaper, and never exhibited any interest in my boyfriends, asked me if he could meet him,” she remembered. “So, we had an extremely uncomfortable exchange, but then at the end of it, my dad said to the young man, ‘I know you’re interested in politics, would you like to go to America and cover the upcoming election campaigns?’ He, of course, was stunned and immediately said yes, and then he left the next day and I never saw him again. My dad was quite cunning!”

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Grimes pleased her hair is growing back after years of bleaching

Grimes is pleased her hair is finally growing back after years of colourful dye jobs.In a new video tutorial for Vogue.com, the Genesis singer shared that she has been using bleach to lighten her locks since the age of 11, and in recent years, has expe…

Grimes is pleased her hair is finally growing back after years of colourful dye jobs.

In a new video tutorial for Vogue.com, the Genesis singer shared that she has been using bleach to lighten her locks since the age of 11, and in recent years, has experimented with a rainbow of different dyes. Grimes ended up frying the ends of her hair during her last bleach attempt, however, she’s noticed a change in her tresses since becoming pregnant.

“I’ve had a lot of regrowth,” she said. “I burned my hair off right before I got pregnant, but it’s kind of been solving the situation.”

Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, confirmed that she is expecting her first child last month. Her boyfriend, Elon Musk, is believed to be the father.

And while pregnancy has been beneficial for the health of her hair, it’s been a different case for her skin.

“I don’t know if everyone has this but when I got knocked up my skin turned super red and is just constantly covered in… stuff,” the 31-year-old commented of her struggles with rosacea. “Doing make-up is way harder when you’re pregnant for some reason.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Grimes insisted that she will allow her child to experiment with cosmetics.

“I’ll definitely let my kid use make-up. I’ll definitely let my kid dye their hair,” she smiled.

Grimes and technology entrepreneur Elon have been in a relationship since 2018. He is already a father of five from his previous marriage to Canadian author Justine Wilson, whom he divorced in 2008.

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Billie Eilish struggled to accept her changing figure as young teenager

Billie Eilish has openly discussed her struggle to accept her natural body shape as an adolescent.The Grammy Award-winning artist has candidly shared her struggles with body image and depression in an interview with U.S. Vogue, and revealed that when s…

Billie Eilish has openly discussed her struggle to accept her natural body shape as an adolescent.

The Grammy Award-winning artist has candidly shared her struggles with body image and depression in an interview with U.S. Vogue, and revealed that when she was younger, she desperately wanted to be a model.

“I really wanted to be a model, really bad, and I was chubby and short. I developed really early. I had boobs at nine. I got my period at 11,” the Bad Guy hitmaker explained. “So, my body was going faster than my brain.”

Billie then recalled how she began to despise her changing figure.

“I just hated my body. I would have done anything to be in a different one,” she candidly shared. “It’s funny, because when you’re a little kid, you don’t think of your body at all. And all of a sudden, you look down and you’re, like, ‘Whoa. What can I do to make this go away?'”

Elsewhere in the chat, Billie confessed that her body image battles began to fade by the end of June last year, and if she was to offer any advice to young fans out there dealing with the same issues, it is to be patient.

“When people ask me what I’d say to somebody looking for advice on mental health, the only thing I can say is patience. I had patience with myself. I didn’t take that last step,” the 18-year-old insisted, sadly noting that she had suicidal thoughts at the height of depression. “I waited. Things fade.”

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Lena Dunham: ‘I like the way I look’

Lena Dunham loves looking at herself in the mirror because she’s proud of the way she looks.The Girls creator and star was happy with her body in her early 20s, but when she shot to fame due to the huge success of her hit HBO show, she found her figure…

Lena Dunham loves looking at herself in the mirror because she’s proud of the way she looks.

The Girls creator and star was happy with her body in her early 20s, but when she shot to fame due to the huge success of her hit HBO show, she found her figure cruelly scrutinised.

“It’s interesting how numb you become to it. I remember when I was 22 looking in the mirror and thinking, ‘I’m just gorgeous! Look at me! What a babe!'” she told Cosmopolitan U.K. magazine. “And then my career happened, life happened, and instead of growing as it should, that feeling dwindled and I started to look in the mirror and see my pain on the inside rather than beauty on the outside.”

After undergoing a hysterectomy in 2017 to alleviate her severe endometriosis, Lena is accepting of the struggles she’s had with her body.

“It’s funny, I’m probably the heaviest now that I’ve ever been in my entire life, and I’ve been through so much physically, but I look more like when I was 22 than at any other point because I can feel the peace inside me,” she explained. “Sometimes I’ll even find – and you’re not allowed to say this as a woman – that I’ll be sitting there staring in the mirror for two minutes because I like the way I look. I look at myself and think, ‘Woah, I just got lost looking into my own eyes.'”

Lena also recalled an incident that occurred after she had appeared on the cover of U.S. Vogue in 2014, revealing that editors at U.S. gossip website Jezebel were offering $10,000 (£7,600) to anyone who could obtain untouched images of the shoot.

“And people sent them in, and they were comparing the retouched and unretouched images. I remember thinking, ‘You want to basically prove this image of me that I’m so proud of isn’t real?'” she fired.

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Karen Elson almost lost early modelling gig after turning up hungover

Karen Elson was once nearly fired from a modelling gig for turning up late and hungover. The British supermodel has opened up about a variety of “firsts” in a new video for British Vogue, and during the chat, revealed that she first experienced a hang…

Karen Elson was once nearly fired from a modelling gig for turning up late and hungover.

The British supermodel has opened up about a variety of “firsts” in a new video for British Vogue, and during the chat, revealed that she first experienced a hangover after a wild night out in Tokyo, Japan when she was there on a work trip.

“My first hangover was pretty fabulous, honestly. I was in Tokyo and I was 16 years old, modelling,” she recalled. “I had gone out and we drank sake all night, and absinthe, I think I tried. I had such a terrible hangover (the next day) and my agency almost kicked me out of Tokyo because I showed up an hour late to work. Fun though.”

The 41-year-old also remembered her first-ever modelling job, as a teenager sporting party clothes on British daytime show This Morning, and how the make-up artist drew lips on her that with three times with the size of her natural pout.

She then reminisced about her “I’ve made it” moment, which came when she was 18 years old in 1997 and had scored her first-ever magazine cover with Vogue Italia, in which she sported short red hair and thick semicircles of red paint above her eyes.

“The first ‘I’ve made it’ moment has to be my first Vogue cover, Italian Vogue cover, with Steven Meisel, Pat McGrath doing make-up, where she shaved my eyebrows off, and I cut my hair off and dyed it punk, bright red,” she said. “That was the first moment when I saw that cover where I pinched myself and went, ‘Oh my God, I’m on a cover of Vogue.’ It was just the most magical.”

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Ariana Grande claps back at criticism of her off-duty outfits

Ariana Grande has pleaded with fans to give her a break after receiving criticism for always wearing “the same two outfits” in paparazzi photos.In recent years, the 7 Rings hitmaker has become known for sporting ensembles comprised of baggy, oversized …

Ariana Grande has pleaded with fans to give her a break after receiving criticism for always wearing “the same two outfits” in paparazzi photos.

In recent years, the 7 Rings hitmaker has become known for sporting ensembles comprised of baggy, oversized shirts and thigh-high boots when photographed out and about, with fans on social media recently claiming Ariana has “been wearing the same boots/ long shirt Combo for years”.

After picking up on the scrutiny, she took to her Twitter page to shut down the discussion, writing: “thank god i’m a singer then…”

“gimmeee a break (sic). i don’t like having my photo taken, i escape the paparazzi almost every time,” the 26-year-old continued. “i never post photos that aren’t on stage but s**t i promise i have cute a*s clothes.”

Ariana went on to insist that, while she knows her fans just want “the best” for her, she’s doing all she can to avoid scrutiny in her day-to-day life.

“i’m never even seen like ever i promise i look cute over here in my own world i haven’t even been able to put on a pair of f**kin boots lately because of the traumatic image i have in my head of these uh …. tik tok ‘performers’ (sic),” she added, referring to the short-form social media video platform.

Despite the star’s penchant for more relaxed looks, she previously told U.S. Vogue magazine she uses her stage costumes and trademark high ponytail to convey an “exaggerated version” of herself.

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Vogue Singapore to relaunch

Executives at Conde Nast and Indochine Media are gearing up to relaunch Vogue Singapore.Following a short-lived launch in the mid-1990s, bosses announced on Thursday that they will unveil the 27th edition of the magazine as a multimedia brand later thi…

Executives at Conde Nast and Indochine Media are gearing up to relaunch Vogue Singapore.

Following a short-lived launch in the mid-1990s, bosses announced on Thursday that they will unveil the 27th edition of the magazine as a multimedia brand later this year.

The English-language print issue will be published under an agreement with Indochine Media, home of titles including Esquire, Luxury Guide and Robb Report.

“Vogue Singapore rejoins the market at a time when Singapore’s local fashion design and talent are rising in the country and across the entire region,” said Wolfgang Blau, chief operating officer and president at Conde Nast International. “Vogue Singapore will play a vital role in boosting and supporting that talent as well as in bringing regional and international ideas to this edition of Vogue.”

Leaders at the company hope Vogue Singapore will offer readers a new lens across the fields of fashion, lifestyle, and culture. The new magazine will see Vogue expand its reach across Asia, with versions already established in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Thailand.

“We are thrilled to announce the launch of Vogue Singapore – Vogue’s 27th edition globally. Indochine Media has always been ahead of the curve with our print and digital expertise and we are excited to expand our portfolio with Vogue and have the opportunity to showcase Singapore globally,” added Michael von Schlippe, president of Indochine Media.

An editor-in-chief for the new Vogue Singapore has not yet been named.

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