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Wednesday, October 19
‘Twilight’ actress Nikki Reed reportedly wed fiance Paul McDonald in a diamond studded wedding gown. The 23-year-old’s ivory white, body-hugging dress wedding dress had a hundred diamond buttons. The couple tied the knot at a private ranch in Malibu, Calif. "We couldn’t be happier. We were surrounded by our family and friends. We’re so glad this day has come," Reed said. The actress had collaborated with bridal jewelry brand Tacori, which crafted not only the engagement and wedding bands for the couple, but her wedding gown as well. "It was a 40’s classic glamour silhouette. It flows back into a 72-inch train, about six feet. It’s extremely simple.
Instead of a traditional, silk wrap button, we did diamond buttons. A little over 100 carats just on the buttons," said Michelle Adorjan, designer at Tacori. The couple got married after dating for only two months.
Israeli model Bar Refaeli will soon appear in new fashion reality TV show, "Scouted". The leggy lass has filmed segments for the show which aims to find the next big star in the modelling world with Scott Lipps’ New York agency One Management. "Bar will appear in one episode, advising and helping aspiring models," said a source.
Tuesday, October 18
Actress Scarlett Johansson was deemed too sexy to star in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, despite her great audition, according to director David Fincher. Fincher said he decided against giving the role of main character Lisbeth Salander, now played by actress Rooney Mara, to the 26-year-old beauty, because people "can’t wait for her to take her clothes off". "We saw some amazing people. Scarlett Johansson was great. It was a great audition, I’m telling you. But the thing with Scarlett is, you can’t wait for her to take her clothes off," Fincher said.
Before finally casting Mara in the role, Fincher said, he was worried he wouldn’t ever find the right actress to portray the character. "I had seen a lot of actresses. I was beginning to get to the point where I was thinking, ‘Maybe conceptually you are talking about a person who doesn’t exist," he added.
Monday, October 17
Ujjwala Raut has sashayed down the ramp for international luxury brands like Yves Saint-Laurent, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana and Oscar de la Renta but is hardly seen on the Indian ramp. The Indian supermodel candidly admits money is the reason. "They (Indian modelling industry) can’t afford me; that’s why I am rarely seen. Also, my involvement with ad shoots and magazine covers takes maximum time," said Raut. The leggy model shot to fame when she won Femina Look of the Year at the Miss India contest in 1996. She was just 17. The almond-eyed girl was pushed by her elder sister to join this glamorous field. "I used to be an average looking girl; so I had never thought of modelling as a career option. It was my elder sister who inspired me to get into this field. She was completely fascinated by Madhu Sapre and instructed me to follow her and that’s how my journey started," Raut recollected.
Raut has appeared on the cover of fashion magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire and was once the face of Yves Saint Laurent. She has also walked the ramp in Milan, Paris and New York fashion weeks.
Unfortunately, India hasn’t been able to produce any supermodel after the likes of Madhu Sapre, Milind Soman and Raut. And she blames Bollywood for it.
"The main reason why there is no supermodel left in the Indian modelling industry is the presence of Bollywood which has become an obvious career option for most models," she said.
"I never tried Bollywood because it requires a lot of attention and time which I won’t be able to give keeping in mind my other projects. In future I will definitely think about the same but no plans as of now," she added.
Currently Raut is on the judging panel of the NDTV Good Times popular reality show ‘The Hunt for the calendar girl’ 2012 along with Milind Soman and Sonam Kapoor.
Raut feels the most important thing a young model should have is right focus to excel in this business.
"I do what I want to do and I just don’t do anything and everything. There are girls who would often say ‘You are a model, I want to be a model too!’ I would tell them that modeling is not for everybody. You actually have to understand where your interest lies and what you are capable of pursuing as a profession," she said.
Raut, whose father is a cop and mother a homemaker, believes that the Indian modelling industry has increased manifold but there are miles to go before one is satisfied.
"There is no doubt that the Indian modelling industry is growing but it’s still new, while in the West it is very old. In the West, there’s much more competition because you are competing with girls from different parts of the world, whereas in India there are just a few girls from outside, rest all are just Indians," she said.
Sunday, October 16
“Inception” star Marion Cotillard has gone unclothed for her new French film ‘Rust and Bone’. The 36-year-old stunner was caught taking dip on set by photographers in south of France recently. The French beauty, who plays an amputee in the film, was unclothed from the waist up and wore black bikini bottoms. Taken from a series of stories by author Craig Davidson, the film, at least in part, seems based on ‘Rocket Ride’, which is about an marine park orca trainer who loses his leg and then joins Unlimbited Potential, a support group made of addict-amputees.
Cotillard appeared this summer in the ‘Midnight in Paris’, in this fall’s ‘Contagion’, and will be seen next summer in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.
Singer-actress Miley Cyrus is furious that pictures of her wearing a bikini at the beach with her boyfriend were exposed online. The 18-year-old star was enjoying a day on the beach with boyfriend Liam Hemsworth and said she was not aware of the paparazzi around, reported Ace Showbiz. Cyrus was in a two-piece while Hemsworth was pretty much covered up with his surf pants and black tank top. The lovers kissed and cuddled while strolling along the beach.
"No idea we were getting photographed. That really sucks cause that’s a day that was for me and Liam not the world," Cyrus wrote on her Twitter page.
Saturday, October 15
Miranda Kerr will soon sashay down the ramp for Victoria’s Secret sporting a 'Fantasy Treasure Bra', which comes with a price tag of 2.5 million dollars and features nearly 3,400 precious gems. According to People magazine, besides the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, Kerr will also be wearing the bra in the brand’s Christmas Dreams & Fantasies catalogue. The aqua push-up bra is studded with almost 3,400 hand-set precious stones, comprising 142 carats of white and yellow diamonds, pearls, faceted citrines and aquamarines, all set in 18-karat white and yellow gold.
Actress-turned-designer Rachel Bilson is all set to expand her business empire with a shoe line. The former "The O.C." star started her clothing line with DKNY Jeans in 2008 and went on to create a vintage-inspired homeware range, Edie Rose Home. Bilson is now returning to fashion by collaborating with her designer friends to launch a footwear collection for celebrity fashion store BeachMint. The shoes will be up for sale from this winter.
After conquering the fashion world, singer-actress Jessica Simpson is all set to launch a beauty website, http://www.beautymint.com/, along with celebrity aesthetician Nerida Joy. The singer-actress is teaming up with celebrity aesthetician Nerida Joy to create BeautyMint.com, which will serve as a destination for shoppers interested in purchasing anti-ageing products. Simpson, 31, can’t wait for fans to check out her latest project when it goes live later this month. “Hey Beauty Addicts! So excited for the launch of my new skin care collaboration @beautymint. Sign up for early access,” she tweeted.
Simpson has previously produced her own footwear, clothing and fragrance lines. The website will serve as a destination for shoppers interested in purchasing anti-ageing products.
Thursday, October 13
It seems that Miranda Kerr’s is all set to touch skyscraping success post her pregnancy. Bearing testimony to this fact is her first unclothed photo shoot after giving birth to son Flynn for the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar. The Aussie model is seen lying on a bed in a seductive manner, with just a headscarf and pair of heels. Harper’s Bazaar’s editor Edwina McCann considers Kerr as the new ‘Aussie body” perfect for fronting the magazine’s swim issue.
“And yes, she was still breastfeeding. And having seen her this week, I think she still is,” he added.
Although Kerr is enjoying motherhood at the moment, she isn’t ruling out a change of career. The model admitted that she might follow her husband into acting, if someone approaches her with an interesting offer.
Saturday, October 1
Actress Freida Pinto, has found herself in the middle of another skin lightening scandal, based a new ad photo from L’Oreal that shows the Indian beauty looking lighter-skinned than usual. The Slumdog Millionaire star, who was signed as the face of L’Oreal Paris in 2009, first appeared with a paler complexion in the official image released by L’Oreal when she was signed in 2009. However it was then confirmed that the shot was provided by Pinto’s management - and not by the skincare brand. L’Oréal's campaign for ‘Colours Take Flight’ make-up, features a close-up of the gorgeous star, showing off their range of exotic coloured eye shadows.
But the image, which is possibly a lighting effect or a Photoshop blunder, has attracted criticism from online publications and have accused L’Oreal of ‘lightening’ Freida’s skin.
The company, however, has denied any retouching. “Freida Pinto has been a spokesperson for the L’Oréal Paris brand since 2009,” said a L’Oreal spokesperson. ‘We highly value our relationship with Ms.Pinto. ‘It is categorically untrue that L’Oréal Paris altered Ms. Pinto’s features or skin-tone in the campaign for Project Runway “Colors Take Flight” limited-edition collection,” he added.
Rocker Courtney Love says that she will soon release her womenswear line - Never The Bride. The 47-year-old was among the famous faces on the front row at designer Roberto Cavalli’s show during Milan Fashion Week where she revealed that she will bring out a collection in the near future after finding a partner. "I hope that’s not a self-fulfilling prophecy though," said Love.
Friday, September 30
Danielle Lineker has flaunted her curves in a figure-hugging pink dress as she models a limited edition dress, which will be sold in Asda supermarkets throughout October to raise money for charity. The wife of TV presenter Gary dons a sexy cowl-neck dress and Grecian-style head garland as she reclines sexily on a stone bench in a new Tickled Pink advertising campaign. Danielle is just one of the gorgeous celebrities who have agreed to take part in the campaign and model outfits they helped design to be sold in Asda.
Tickled Pink is Asda’s breast cancer campaign, which supports the two charities Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Campaign.
Asda will also be selling charity T-shirts, as modelled by famous faces including Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Denise Lewis in the campaign. Some of the proceeds of the Asda outfits will go to the charities.
Sunday, September 25
‘Namaste India!’ said socialite Paris Hilton as she launched her exclusive handbag collection here, on her first visit to the country, which she called a "spiritual and magical" land. "I have come to India to launch my line of bags. I had been wanting to come to India for a very long time because it is an incredible market. But I just didn’t get time before," Hilton said at a media gathering. Dressed in a peach-pink dress which resembled the drape of a sari, Paris looked every bit of a style icon. She added an Indian touch with a three-layered uncut diamond neck piece, and completed the look with a black clutch. The 30-year-old arrived early Saturday morning, and said she was overwhelmed with the reception at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
"When I came out of the airport in the morning, there were so many people waiting...much more than what I was expecting. I can’t wait to come back!" she said.
"I am very happy to be here. India is an amazing place. I have heard from a lot of friends who have come here before that coming to India changes your life because it is a spiritual and magical place," Hilton added.
Her line of bags, launched in association with Brand Concepts Pvt Ltd, looked as stylish as her - as revealed by the sneak preview at the event. The bags, priced between Rs.2,000 and Rs.11,000, will be available at two stores in Mumbai.
However, details have been kept under wraps for now. The range boasts of clutches, totes, slings and regular handbags in colours like black, brown, white, peach-pink and silver.
Lindsay Lohan finally has a job after she lands a modelling gig with fashion designer Philipp Plein. The 31-year-old German fashion designer has introduced the 25-year-old actress as the new face of his fashion line during Milan fashion Week. The ‘Freaky Friday’ star swept into the event looking chic and trendy in a studded black mini dress with the designer by her side. “Lindsay is a beautiful, highly acclaimed actress and model,” said Plein. “We will be able to create unique images: Refined and luxurious, but also full of sensuality,” he added.
Wednesday, September 21
Making her foray into fashion with her new shoe collection, pop star Cheryl Cole made sure she turned heads by turning up in a beehive hairstyle at the launch party. The Girls Aloud singer stepped out with huge hair in a larger-than-life style held back with a gold headband and wore a scarlet satin dress and suede heels for the party to introduce her limited edition footwear line in collaboration with online fashion site Stylistpick which is set to hit stores in December. The ‘Fight for This Love’ hitmaker was supported at the launch by her Girls Aloud bandmate and fashionista Nicola Roberts.
However, despite designing her own shoe collection, Cole was unimpressed with the heels she wore last night, tweeting after the event, "Girls..Don’t you just love taking your foot out of a heel and into your slippers..The best! Feels like my feet are having a cuddle."
Monday, September 19
Wannabe actress Poonam Pandey, whose appetite for name and fame is growing every single second, is all set for a new antic this time around. The sleazy attention seeker is gung-ho about the launch of her website that promises to be a 24 hour hotline that will stream saucy images of hers. And she is desperately asking her followers to suggest a catchy one-liner for her site. The 19 year old girl, who claims to be “a new generation girl and the most downloaded model on the web” has taken to Twitter to promote herself. Poonam rose to fame after she had publicly stated that she would parade without clothes if Team India lifted the World Cup trophy in April this year.
However, the girl hasn’t yet lived up to her commitment but has been relentlessly posting slimy pictures of hers on Twitter page. Her butt revealing photo on the social networking which she supposedly uploaded to boost Team India’s moral had become a rage.
Writing about her soon to be launched website, Poonam posted, “SOON!! The first Look of My WEBSITE whr u can Watch me live 24x7 and also a "SENSATIONAL" Pic Dedicate to The Wall of Indian Cricket Team”
Apparently, she paid tribute to ace cricketer Rahul Dravid on the occasion of his last one day international match in the recently concluded India’s English tour. And her tribute was purposeful cleavage revealing picture of herself.
“A "SURPRISE" for The WALL of Indian Cricket Team is on its way!!! with a Glimpse of my WEBSITE whr u can watch me Live 24x7 ,, Love u all!!!”
Friday, September 16
Kelly Brook gives an eyeful of her ample assets as she slithers in buff for a new PETA ad. The curvy model gets painted, which resembles a snake in startling poster which reads: ‘Whose skin are you in?’ Sporting a faint-smile, Kelly lends her huge support to PETA’s drive. Beneath her ample cleavage lies the message: ‘Animals belong in the wild, not in your wardrobe.’ “It makes my skin crawl to think about the violent ways snakes, lizards, alligators and other exotic creatures are raised and killed for boots, bags and belts,” said Kelly.
Actress Kangana Ranaut will be seen sporting a bikini for the first time in David Dhawan’s film ‘Rascals’. The 24-year-old who has a thin frame was initially reluctant to wear a bikini saying she was apprehensive about her weight, but was later convinced by Dhawan. Kangana will be seen wearing a white bikini. The comedy flick also stars Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Dutt. The duo will play two competing con men who try to outwit each other to win the heart of Kangna. The movie is slated for a Dusshera release on October 6.
Tuesday, September 13
Tuesday, September 6
Fashion designer Vera Wang is recreating lower-priced versions of the wedding gowns she had designed for Kim Kardashian. According to E! News, the high-end bridal designer turned mass-market lifestyle entrepreneur is recreating two of the three gowns Kardashian wore to wed basketball player Kris Humphries, for David’s Bridal. Kardashian fans can buy a facsimile of the Vera Wang ballgown she wore for her walk down the aisle as well as a ruffled mermaid gown worn at the reception. Since Wang designed the “one-of-a-kind” gown for the wedding, these 1,600-dollar frocks will reportedly not be exact copies.
The gowns and a line of bridesmaids’ dresses are all part of Wang’s latest efforts to take her brand of wedding magic to the masses. The White by Vera Wang line is available at David’s Bridal and features lower priced wedding gowns and bridesmaids’ dresses. The gowns will hit the racks at David’s Bridal in February.
Monday, September 5
Jessica Simpson, who has previously lent her name to shoes, clothes, accessories and fragrances, is all set to launch a skin care range. The reality TV star is teaming up with shopping site Beautymint.com along with luminary aesthetician Nerida Joy to sell the line. The anti-ageing range is set to use the same retail model as e-commerce sites JewelMint.com and StyleMint.com. The 31-year-old singer-actress, whose licensing empire has been estimated to be worth nearly a billion dollars, is also launching a new line of expensive jewellery called ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’ later this year.
Friday, September 2
She is at her boldest ever in “The Dirty Picture”, but actress Vidya Balan says she never felt a sense of discomfort shooting for the movie as she was in the "trusted hands" of director Milan Luthria. "I have never enjoyed being a woman more than I did while shooting for ‘The Dirty Picture’. I wasn’t uncomfortable doing bold scenes because I knew I was in trusted hands," said Vidya. The actress, who reprises late southern siren Silk Smitha’s rise and fall as a glamourous star in the film, spoke at the theatrical launch of the film. The movie also features Tusshar Kapoor, Emraan Hashmi and Naseeruddin Shah.
"I have worked with Naseer before but this time it was easier. I was less nervous this time," said Vidya, who had teamed up with the veteran actor in "Ishqiya". On working with Bollywood’s serial kisser Emraan, with whom she has locked lips in the film, she said: "I was wondering how it would be with Emraan, but it was fun."
The trailer promises viewers that Vidya would indeed be seen in a never-seen-before avatar in the film. The film is set for release Dec 2.
Monday, August 29
Actress Reese Witherspoon has been roped in as the new face of Swedish clothing company, Lindex. Witherspoon will front the fashion chain’s autumn advertising campaign to promote the label’s launch of the California Denim collection. "I have always loved denim and knitted garments which can be mixed and matched. The collection fits my lifestyle because I think it’s sophisticated enough to go to a business meeting but also casual enough to be at home with your family," said Witherspoon.
TV star Kelly Osbourne says she wants her own fashion line as she enjoyed working with Madonna on her clothing range. The ‘Fashion Police’ host, who is the face of Madonna’s clothing range, Material Girl, feels she would love to work on her own collection of outfits in the future. "That’s hard - I don’t even know where I want to be tomorrow most of the time. I would have loved to have starred in 10 more movies and designed my own fashion line by then," she said. The 26 year old, Osbourne, has always taken an interest on fashion and was thrilled when she recently got taken behind the scenes at a fashion magazine.
"With fashion week coming, I flew to New York last week to film some bits for ‘Fashion Police’. I met the Senior Fashion Editor of a magazine - it sounds like the most amazing job. I loved seeing all the designer clothes and accessories," she added.
Wednesday, August 24
Shane Warne is said to have proposed Elizabeth Hurley as they holidayed on a friend’s luxury yacht in Spain. Sources have revealed that there will be wedding bells in Australia before the end of the year. Liz Hurley (46) has allegedly told pals: “He’s definitely the one. I didn’t know I’d ever feel this way about anyone.” Shane (41) got down on one knee to propose to the British beauty, and then toasted the news with billionaire boat owner James Packer, his long-term friend, off Marbella. “The boat was moored in Marbella and the Packers were on board along with about 15 people, just close friends, no-one famous,” said a source. “Shane and Liz flew in for a few days and looked so in love during their time. “It was just a beautiful moment when he proposed. Really romantic and she said yes. There was no hesitation.”
Liz and Shane’s undercover love came to light in December when they were caught kissing outside a London hotel. She later admitted on Twitter that she had split from textiles tycoon Arun Nayar months before.
“Liz didn’t think she’d want to move on from Arun so quickly but she’s smitten with Shane,” the source added.
Tuesday, August 23
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Natalie Portman has become the face of a new Dior foundation. The 30-year-old American-Israeli actress was considered to be the perfect match for the new product because she is “the very symbol of perfection”. The product has been compared to a Christian Dior creation, which fits seamlessly to the body and emphasises the figure. Portman had blasted ex-creative director John Galliano following his anti-Semitic rant but now she has patched up with the global brand.
Saturday, August 20
Russian model Irina Shayk was spotted showing off her swimsuit body in a tight bra top and leggings as she went for a power walk in New York. The 25 year old, Shayk, who is dating footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, was seen performing a series of energetic stretches to get warmed up before hitting the streets with an iPod. She was wearing a skimpy bra top and leggings for her bout of exercise, topped off with an Armani Exchange cap and sunglasses to shade herself from the sun’s rays. A regular in the Sports Illustrated swimwear issue, Irina was working out the day after going out for dinner with fellow Sports Illustrated model Jessica White.
Wednesday, August 17
Padma Lakshmi looked sensational in her boxing workout gear as she showed off her well-toned body to promote US sportswear brand Danskin’s Move For Change campaign. The ‘Top Chef’ host flaunted her svelte figure in a black lycra gym gear for Danskin, which is famous for its leggings, tights and leotards. The workout fanatic revealed that she gains 10-15 pounds while filming each season of the reality TV competition and then exercises for several days a week for 45 to 120 minutes. The 5’9” Indian cookbook author boxes, runs on the treadmill, lifts weights and roller-skates to stay in shape.
Lakshmi, who has previously posed unclothed, is appearing alongside three other celebrities in Danskin’s campaign, which shows them going about their individual workout routines. Jenny McCarthy is shown doing yoga, Hilary Duff walking her dog and Christie Brinkley dancing.
Tuesday, August 16
Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde have become the latest global ambassadors for the cosmetics brand Revlon. The stunning actresses will appear in all multimedia television, print, in-store and digital ad campaigns of the brand from next year. Alan Ennis, Revlon’s president and chief executive officer, said the duo personifies the Revlon woman, someone who is "glamorous, confident and bold." Emma and Olivia follow in the footsteps of Kate Hudson, Halle Berry, Kate Moss, Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel who were previously associated with the brand.
Monday, August 15
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Sunday, August 7
While jewellery was in focus at the second season of the five-day India International Jewellery Week (IIJW), the Bollywood quotient grabbed more eyeballs for the event.
Conceptualised by the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) in 2010, IIJW - that had actress Sonam Kapoor as its brand ambassador this year - had a strong Bollywood influence.
Each day witnessed at least three celebrities gracing the ramp, showcasing fine and opulent jewellery pieces.
From Hema Malini to Zeenat Aman, Bipasha Basu to Kangana Ranaut, many from Bollywood strutted down the ramp along with models.
Before the event concluded, it showcased designs of 35 jewellery designers and design houses that included Gitanjali, Amrapali, Tanishq, Rosily Paul, Agni and Lakshmi Jewellers, among others.
It was better organized this year with minimum delays in the beginning of the shows, better presentation, more glamour and better and more exquisite designs.
"We are happy by the way the event turned out to be. By and large, what we thought, we have achieved it because our participants are happy and our audiences are happy," said GJEPC chairman Rajiv Jain.
"This year we were more organized because last year was our first year and we had only three months to organize the show. This year we had the full year and secondly we were more experienced," he said.
"We worked on our shortcomings. Even the designers and all participants were totally geared up and on the whole we delivered what we thought," he added.
The aim of the event was to showcase India’s finest in jewellery, be it design, innovation, craftsmanship, technology or quality to the customers. The organizers are happy that they achieved what they set out to do.
Sonam’s name attached to the event gave it more publicity and attention.
"She added value to our event. She is a symbol of today’s youth, she is beautiful and charming. When she talks about jewellery, she talks like a jeweller. So we took the right decision by getting her on board as the brand ambassador," said Jain.
Since IIJW is not a business event, the amount of monetary benefits to participants cannot be calculated, but the platform gave them an opportunity to showcase their designs to a larger audience.
"This event is not for business. This was just for showcasing the collections. If a customer likes anyone’s collection, they can contact them and buy the pieces," Jain said.
The event saw delegates from different parts of the world, including from France, America, Italy, Hungry and Britain.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who will marry rocker Kris Humphries Aug 20, has created a special perfume to commemorate her wedding. The limited edition fragrance can be purchased via her website and Dash boutiques. "I thought it would be fun to create a special fragrance that represents this special time in my life! We’ve only produced 1,000 bottles?- one for me to wear on my wedding day, 200 for my bridal shower, and 799 for you guys!" the 30-year-old posted on micro-blogging site Twitter. Kim described the scent as "really soft, romantic and sensual".
Thursday, August 4
Carla Bruni, who is married to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, has been named the world’s best dressed woman by Vanity Fair magazine. Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser of Qatar is second on the list, while Princess Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is on third position. The British royal, who married Prince William in April, has appeared on the list for the second time, with her first mention in 2008.
Top 10 international best dressed women are following:
1) Carla Bruni-Sarkozy
2) Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser of Qatar
3) The Duchess of Cambridge
4) Andrea Dellal
5) Carey Mulligan
6) Christine Lagarde
7) Tilda Swinton
8) Lizzie Tisch
9) Princess Charlene of Monaco
10) Jane Lauder Warsh
Wednesday, August 3
Singham actress Kajal Aggarwal made her debut on the ramp at the India International Jewellery Week (IIJW). Kajal, who has worked in more than 20 Telugu and Tamil films and was recently seen opposite Ajay Devgan in Rohit Shetty’s "Singham", strutted down the ramp as the show stopper for CVM Exports at IIJW’s last show. The 26-year-old was wearing a yellow off shoulder gown and an elaborate neckpiece and earrings made of uncut diamonds. "I’m wearing this beautiful piece from the moon collection. It’s basically pearls with uncut diamonds. I love it because it’s unique and exquisite and the best thing I like about it is the fact that it is this lovely amalgamation of classic and contemporary which works very well. Its basically meant for brides," said Kajal.
So was she nervous walking the ramp for the first time? "Although this was my first time on the ramp, I wasn’t nervous. I was just really excited," she replied. "I wish I could rehearse, but I flew down from Chennai Monday itself so I didn’t get the time to rehearse," she added.
Finally when asked, what is her favourite piece of jewellery, the actress replied: "My favourite piece of jewellery is the diamond ring that my father gifted me. I never leave home without it."
Tuesday, August 2
Fashion designer Vera Wang will create the wedding gown of reality TV star Kim Kardashian. Kardashian, who is set to wed New Jersey Nets basketball player Kris Humphries Aug 11, has revealed that her close family friend Vera (62), was her first choice to create the "dream" gown. "I am so excited to reveal that Vera Wang is my wedding dress designer. Vera has been a close family friend for a long time and we had talked about this moment for years, so when it came to picking my wedding dress designer she was the first person I thought of. No one designs gowns the way she does!" the 30-year-old expressed on her blog. "I know that Vera can make my dream come true and create the most perfect gown for my special day."
Vera Ellen Wang is a Chinese-American fashion designer based in New York City. She is known for her wedding gown collection and has previously designed Kim’s sister Khloe’s wedding outfit.
Producer Ekta Kapoor, who is all set to make the sequel of her film ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai’ a bigger block buster is hell bent to recreate reality on the silver screen in the closest possible way! With Akshay Kumar playing Dawood Ibrahim in the film and Kareena Kapoor essaying the role of his ladylove, Ekta and her director Milan Luthria are geared up to make one of the finest biopic of all times. It is believed that Dawood fell in love with actress Mandakini of the ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ fame after seeing her in the waterfall-bathing scene in the film repeatedly. This is where the light eyed starlet of the 1980s had flaunted her assets with just a white saree. And ironically Bebo, who will play Mandakini in OUATIM sequel has agreed to do the sizzling scene which was originally directed by her grandfather, the late Raj Kapoor.
The Kapoor girl had little inhibitions on agreeing to do this scene on learning that the script demanded it. Moreover, she has complete faith in filmmaker Luthria for she knows he will shoot it aesthetically.
Said a source, "Bebo is not averse to the idea of doing the water scene, as long as it is aesthetically shot. She knows Milan’s sensibilities are very good."
Sunday, July 31
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Saturday, July 30
After winning the hearts of millions with her role as Hermione Granger in ‘Harry Potter’ films, Emma Watson now wants to cast a spell as a fashion designer. The 21-year-old British actress, who has done modelling for Burberry campaign, is keen to bring out the creativity in her. Watson plans to continue her studies at Oxford and is currently taking fabric-cutting, design and sewing classes. “Emma wants to challenge herself creatively. She’s obsessed with art at the moment”, said a source. ‘She looks up to designers such as Georgina Chapman and Sarah Burton. She has also been studying the work of Joan Miro to inspire her,” he added.
Friday, July 29
Actress Christina Hendricks is all set to create her own line of swimwear. "Christina is a US size 10 and weighs 154lbs but she can’t find a swimsuit that compliments her figure. So she started designing her own and is in talks to sign a deal. She loves her curves and doesn’t want to lose weight," said a source. "She wanted to create something other women can wear too. The plan is to start with swimwear and move into underwear and own clothing line," the source added.
Wednesday, July 27
Former supermodel Christie Brinkley has revealed she "never" aspired to walk the ramp, saying she just went with the flow when it came to her career. Brinkley, who was discovered at the age of 19, was one of the world’s most in-demand beauties during her heyday but she insists it wasn’t her lifelong dream. "Modelling was never what I set out to do, and there was never a time when I said, ‘OK, this is what I’m doing.’ It was more like, ‘If they ask me to do a job, I’ll say OK!’ "Sometimes I did think, ‘Wow, this is working’ but there was also always this feeling that the job was probably going to be the last," she said. The 57-year-old beauty, who had recently made her West End theatre debut with ‘Chicago’, said she avoids the sun to maintain her good looks.
"I grew up a surfer girl in Malibu so I’m always running after my girls with sunblock going, ‘Believe me, you’ll thank me for this.’ I can literally see my own thighs where my sarong shielded me from the sun," she added.
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Saturday, July 16
It is well known that actress Vidya Balan is playing South Indian hot siren Silk Smitha in her upcoming biopic titled The Dirty Picture. Currently, the Bollywood star is busy shooting with Emraan Hashmi for director Milan Luthria’s movie in Hyderabad. Now, it is reported that she does not want to wear sleeveless tops for the flick. Vidya Balan is fully aware of the sexy image of Silk Smitha and she does not have any problem in breaking away from her demure persona to emulate the sexy actress.
Taylor Swift is set to launch her debut fragrance, Wonderstruck, and says she has bottled up the "feeling of love" in it. Swift has partnered with beauty company Elizabeth Arden to release Wonderstruck, a scent which features hints of apple blossom, raspberry, hibiscus, vanilla, and honeysuckle. "Falling in love is a moment every girl daydreams about and Wonderstruck represents that magical feeling of promise and hope and intrigue. It was fascinating to learn that you can layer so many different scents to create a beautiful end result," d her as saying. Swift revealed that the title of her perfume was plucked from the lyrics of her hit number "Enchanted".
"I wrote the lyric, ‘I’m wonderstruck, blushing all the way home’, about the first time you meet someone. A fragrance can help shape someone’s first impression and memory of you. It’s exciting to think that Wonderstruck will play a role in creating some of those memories," she said.
Friday, July 15
Liz Hurley has finally taken some time out of her modelling schedule and joined the New York set of ‘Gossip Girl’ in the guise of her glamorous character Diana Payne. Former Aussie cricketer Shane Warne’s girlfriend looked quite young despite being 46-years-old, as she filmed a scene with actor Chace Crawford. Hurley dazzled in a sleeveless scarlet red dress, with her highlighted long brown hair, heels and a designer beige bag, while Crawford (25), wore a more casual checked shirt and jeans. The character of Diana Payne will appear in several episodes of the teen show, which also includes Leighton Meester and Blake Lively.
Singer Rihanna has become the new face of Emporio Armani innerwear and Armani Jeans. The singer will appear in advertisements for the fall-winter 2011-2012 collection of the Italian fashion house which will go on air in September. The ads were shot in New York. "We are excited to have Rihanna supporting us in our celebration and building a new generation of fans," said Markus Pinger, representative of the brand. The cosmetics brand teamed up with the 23-year-old to celebrate their 100th anniversary and released a photo of her posing seductively.
The brand earlier roped in stars like David and Victoria Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Megan Fox to represent it.
Wednesday, July 13
Marine Sgt. Scott Moore has a big date coming up when he returns from military service in Afghanistan. The data systems technician gained fame - and apparently a date with actress Mila Kunis - when he posted a video on YouTube last week inviting the ‘Black Swan’ star to accompany him to the Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, N.C., in November. The annual event marks the founding of the Marines in 1775. Kunis learned of the video during a recent interview with her ‘Friends With Benefits’ co-star, Justin Timberlake, who urged her to fulfil her patriotic duties. Kunis agreed to the date, saying, "I’ll go." Her publicist, Melissa Raubvogel, had no comment. Moore said Tuesday that he made the video after a fellow Marine bet he wouldn’t.
Standing on a base in Afghanistan and wearing his uniform and black sunglasses, he says on the 19-second video: "Hey Mila. It’s Sergeant Moore, but you can call me Scott. I just wanted to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the Marine Corps Ball on November 18th in Greenville, N.C., with yours truly. So take a second, think about it and get back to me."
He said that though he has not communicated directly with the actress, "I have heard back from her people."
"I’m very excited about the opportunity to share the experience with Ms. Kunis and would like to thank her for accepting my offer," he said.
The corps’ anniversary ball is one of the most important events on a Marine’s calendar, according to spokeswoman Capt. Kendra Hardesty. Balls are held at bases and less formal celebrations by units in the field to mark the Nov. 10, 1775, founding of the branch.
Balls at garrisons are formal affairs, following a ceremony established in 1952. At each ball, the Marine Corps commandant’s birthday message is read, along with a 1921 order issued by Maj. Gen. John A. Lejeune summarizing the tradition and mission of the corps.
After that, a cake-cutting ceremony is held in which the first piece is presented to the guest of honor, and then to the oldest Marine present, who in turn passes it to the youngest Marine present.
"This ball will be special not only because of Mila, but also because we will have recently returned from our deployment to Afghanistan," Moore said. He also served in Iraq in 2009.
Kunis won’t be the first celebrity to attend a Marine birthday ball. Other Hollywood stars who’ve attended over the years include action film actor Chuck Norris and R. Lee Ermey, a retired Marine whose most famous role was an intense drill instructor in the film ‘Full Metal Jacket.’
Gisele Bundchen, Kate Moss, and Claudia Schiffer may be well known, but their names do not figure anywhere on the list of the world’s top five most in-demand models by industry standards. The list features rather less familiar names like Anja Rubik (26), Freja Beha Erichsen (23), Lara Stone (27), Abbey Lee Kershaw (24), and Constance Jablonski (20). The five alone have collectively appeared on 265 magazine covers, walked 232 catwalk shows and have 115,000 Twitter followers. A survey by Fashion Spot showed, Polish model Rubik was the most in-demand girl between April 2010 and April this year, and she has posed on an impressive 59 magazine covers, and appeared on 43 designers’ runways.
But that is a small workload compared to Constance Jablonski, who walked for an impressive 83 designers in the past year alone. That is in addition to appearing on 46 magazine covers.
Lara Stone, the Dutch-born model wife of comedian David Walliams, ranked third in the list, but due to her contract with Calvin Klein, her appearances have been fewer than her peers, with only two runway shows and 47 magazine covers.
Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen is one of the industry’s most popular names, having landed high-profile campaigns for Chanel and Valentino. In addition to appearing on 65 different covers and in 51 shows, she also starred in a short film by Karl Lagerfeld.
Melbourne-born Abbey Lee Kershaw rounds out the top five. She has also modelled for Chanel, as well as Tom Ford, and has been hailed Australia’s biggest model export since Elle Macpherson.
Tuesday, July 12
Move over to the cute, bubbly and girl-next-door Anushka Sharma and meet the hot and sizzling ‘Band Baaja Baarat’ babe. The girl has shot in a sumptuous and sexy avatar for the cover of the latest edition of Maxim. Her tousled hair, rosy red lips and the silk outfit surely give her a complete image makeover, making her a brand new hot property of Bollywood. The delight does not end here. Besides the cover page, Anushkha has some impressive pictures inside the edition too.
Monday, July 11
Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey will not host the 84th Annual Academy Awards in February next year. "It’s not true, and I don’t know where that story even came from," said Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "You have to remember how it works. First, I have to hire a producer, and then the producer comes to the Academy with suggestions for the host. So how could we have a host without a producer?" he asked.
Saturday, July 9
Supermodel and super-mom Claudia Schiffer has launched her new cashmere collection in Paris during Haute Couture fashion week with the hope that her brand will spice up the fashion taste of other mothers. The 40-year-old former ‘Chanel’ muse said at designer store Colette that she always wanted to get into fashion design and had finally decided to launch her own brand that will flaunt the kind of clothes she wears all the time as a working mother, such as cashmere dresses and sweaters. “I am always very busy, I have a family life, I want to wear the same outfit when I bring my children to school, then go to work with it - and in the evening I want to be able to just change accessories,’ said Schiffer. ‘Effortless chic. That is the idea,’ she said.
Schiffer’s collection that she created in a joint venture with Iris von Arnim, includes long tube black and navy blue dresses, grey oversized cardigans and cable-knit sweaters costing from 250 to 500 pounds.
“I want the product to live without my name so that it does not really need me. As a company, I hope it builds up over time so that one day, hopefully, I can hand it over to my children,” added Schiffer for whom the launch was a ‘dream come true’.
Thursday, July 7
It has emerged that Blake Lively is set to become the brand ambassador for British designer Stella McCartney. McCartney has said that Lively, who is an animal lover like her boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio, would be the perfect brand ambassador for her company in America. “Like Leonardo, Blake is an animal lover and believes in cruelty-free fashion so when she met Stella at the Met Ball last month she found they shared many of the same ideals,” said a source. Stella thinks Blake would be the perfect brand ambassador for her company in America.
Wednesday, July 6
Glamour model Katie Price has bought a specially designed Porsche car worth 100,000 pounds. Price was on cloud nine when she received delivery of the new car. The luxury car - one of its kind in the world - was redesigned according to Price’s specifications by Kahn Design in Bradford, Britain. The 33-year-old also owns a pink Range Rover, a pink VW Beetle, a candy pink scooter and a pink horse-box, both of which are emblazoned with her famous silver glittery tiara stamp.
British actor Hugh Laurie, who is famed as grumpy Dr House has been cast as the new male face for L’Oreal Paris Men Expert products. With the new feather in his cap, the 52-year-old has joined the league of Gerard Butler and Patrick Dempsey, who are already ambassadors for L’Oreal Paris. “At first I thought it was a mistake, but then I realized that L’Oreal wasn’t looking for models but for people with strong personalities, who are worth it and who aren’t afraid to proclaim that using cosmetics can be a very masculine decision after all,” said Hugh. The men’s grooming business has grown significantly over the past two years, with British men now spending more on skincare than ever before.
At such a time and scenario, it is presumed that Laurie could be the ideal model to attract men who fear their masculinity will be threatened by using cosmetics.
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