Michael Kors unveils American Dream-inspired spring 2020 collection

Michael Kors explored the idea of the American Dream in his spring/summer 2020 presentation. The fashion designer showcased his latest collection as part of New York Fashion Week at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Wednesday, with the event occurring on the …

Michael Kors explored the idea of the American Dream in his spring/summer 2020 presentation.

The fashion designer showcased his latest collection as part of New York Fashion Week at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Wednesday, with the event occurring on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, and Yalitza Aparicio were in attendance.

Although he didn’t mention 9/11 directly, Kors made a patriotic tribute to his homeland as he saluted classic American fashion while the Young People’s Chorus of New York City serenaded the crowd with songs including Don McLean’s American Pie and Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land.

Speaking to reporters, the 60-year-old explained that the inspiration for the collection came from a trip he made with his husband Lance LePere to Ellis Island where he learned about his immigrant great-grandmother’s arrival to the U.S. at the age of 14.

“I walked out feeling incredibly patriotic because I thought about the fact that she built a business, raised a family and her dream was to cross the river to Brooklyn,” he told The Associated Press.

The collection channelled themes of American pride as well as love and peace, which was best exemplified with a jumper emblazoned with the word ‘Hate’ crossed out, clothing featuring cherry patterns, and shoes dotted with holly and ivy, like the topping on a pie.

Nautical chic had a big presence, as evident in sailor hats, boat shoes, and stripes, while jumpers, trousers and a swimsuit were covered in small anchor motifs. The colour palette was heavy on reds, whites, and blues.

Polka dots and gingham were also big news, as well as power dressing, with Bella Hadid wearing a blazer dress. The show concluded with models such as Adut Akech and Gigi Hadid sporting sparkly evening gowns.

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January Jones and Kiernan Shipka reunite for Rodarte lookbook

Mad Men co-stars January Jones and Kiernan Shipka have reunited for Rodarte’s new lookbook.The actresses, who played mother-daughter duo Betty and Sally Draper on the hit TV series, which ran from 2007 until 2015, have been tapped by designers Kate and…

Mad Men co-stars January Jones and Kiernan Shipka have reunited for Rodarte’s new lookbook.

The actresses, who played mother-daughter duo Betty and Sally Draper on the hit TV series, which ran from 2007 until 2015, have been tapped by designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy to appear in the spring/summer 2020 campaign for their fashion label.

Posing in front of a painted landscape background, one portrait shows January and Kiernan standing side-by-side while sporting strapless silk floral gowns and with white pearls dotted throughout their hair, while another sees them posing in dramatic ballgowns.

Taking to Instagram to upload the images, January wrote alongside one of the snaps, “Casual family portraits are so back in.”

And the photographs caught the attention of the pair’s former Mad Men co-stars, with Christina Hendricks, who played Joan Holloway, noting, “When was this?!! So dreeeeeeemy (sic),” and Alison Brie, who portrayed Trudy Campbell, posting, “HOLY. S**T.”

However, January and Kiernan aren’t the only celebrities to appear in Rodarte’s latest imagery, with actresses Kirsten Dunst, Margaret Qualley, Gabrielle Union, Lili Reinhart, Helena Howard, Rowan Blanchard, and Yalitza Aparicio, as well as Haim musicians Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim, rapper Kilo Kish, and singer-songwriter King Princess also featuring.

The photoshoot was helmed by photographer Daria Kobayashi Ritch and styled by Shirley Kurata and Ashley Furnival. Regarding the decision to unveil portraits rather than a runway presentation, Laura told Vogue that they wanted to merge their interests in fashion and art.

“As we’ve become more confident and comfortable in our design voice and really seeing what our personality is within the design world, it’s been really nice to think artistically about creating a world behind each collection,” she shared.

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Glenn Close receives Oscar Wilde Awards honour

Glenn Close was honoured at the 2019 Oscar Wilde Awards, days before she battles it out at the Oscars.Close picked up an award for her impressive body of work at the annual prize-giving, which is held by the US-Ireland Alliance and celebrates Irish con…

Glenn Close was honoured at the 2019 Oscar Wilde Awards, days before she battles it out at the Oscars.

Close picked up an award for her impressive body of work at the annual prize-giving, which is held by the US-Ireland Alliance and celebrates Irish contributions to entertainment .

On Sunday (24Feb19), the 71-year-old, who has Irish ancestry, is going head-to-head with Olivia Colman, Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy and Yalitza Aparicio for the Best Actress Academy Award, though fellow nominee McCarthy showed there was no animosity between the pair when they posed on the green carpet together at the Oscar Wilde Awards on Thursday.

Among Close’s critically acclaimed movies is 2011 Irish drama Albert Nobbs, where the actress played the title character, as well as co-penning the script. The role won her an Oscars nod.

“I never forgot her,” Close said, reports Variety. “It basically took me 14 years from the time I got the rights to the time we gathered in Dublin to shoot it.

“(The script) had to be ‘Irishized’—there was no way I knew the Irish idiom.”

So she approached Man Booker Prize winner John Banville to board the project.

“I remember a character had to say ‘My father was a terrible drunk,’ and John came back with, ‘My pa was a great whore for the drink.’ That was beyond my capability, coming up with something like that!” she laughed.

Also honoured on Thursday were Irish stars Chris O’Dowd and Aidan Gillen.

The awards bash was held at J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot HQ in Santa Monica, California.

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