Thursday, January 19

Kristen Stewart to be the face of Balenciaga perfumes

Kristen StewartKristen Stewart has been announced as the new face of Balenciaga’s fragrances. The “Twilight Saga” star, who has previously confessed to not knowing much about the fashion world, said she is excited to be involved with the "cool" brand as she has always been a big fan of the Spanish design house. "Balenciaga has always stood out to me. Even when I first began to consider fashion and admittedly rarely knew the brand I was wearing, I always knew and loved Balenciaga. It feels full circle to be involved with something that spoke to me then and of course continues to excite me now. The brand is just cool. That’s the way it is," Stewart said.

Creative director of the brand Nicolas Ghesquiere said the 21-year-old actress was great for Balenciaga because of her progressive character.

"Kristen embodies the modernity of the new Balenciaga fragrance with her unique sensibility and intelligence. I’ve always sensed her progressive character. In 2006, I invited her to appear in a project shot by Bruce Weber. Since then, I’ve always wished to collaborate with her further, knowing that she shares the radical spirit of Balenciaga," Ghesquiere added.

Jennifer Hudson trying to find out how to dress

Jennifer HudsonSinger-actress Jennifer Hudson says she is still trying to figure out how to dress her new figure after losing over 80lbs over the past two years. The 30-year-old has lost over 80lbs since giving birth to son David in August 2009 and while she has developed a new love of fashion, she still can’t decide on what look she wants to go for. "I just love fashion now. It’s so much more flexible, and there are so many more options out there now. I feel like my own little Barbie doll - I get to dress myself up. I hated heels before, but that’s all I wear now.

"But because it’s a new body, I’m trying to find out, how do I want to be perceived? Who is this new me? I knew how to be the big girl, but now I have to find out how to be this girl," Hudson said.

Although, she is happy with her new figure, the singer recently said she was furious when she was photoshopped by a magazine to look slimmer than she was. "It’s like, ‘Where’s the rest of me?’ They Photoshopped me probably to the size I am now on that cover, when we all know I was nowhere near that.

Friday, January 13

Beyonce designs T-shirt for Obama’s re-election campaign

Singer Beyonce Knowles has designed a T-shirt to support the Obama campaign.

The R and B star’s 45-dollar crew-neck top will help to raise crucial funds for the 2012 re-election effort. The former Destiny’s Child member, who last week became a parent for the first time with rapper husband Jay-Z, is one of more than 20 designers fashioning garments for well-wishers to buy.

Other designers include Russell Simmons, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Tory Burch, Vera Wang, and Diane von Fursternberg, many of whom helped with the similar 2008 ‘Runway to Change’ project.

This year’s ‘Runway to Win’ project has fierce fashion credentials -it is organized by Vogue editor and long-time Obama supporter Anna Wintour.

The singer’s mom Tina Knowles, who manages the Beyonce’s own House of Dereon line, collaborated in designing the t-shirt, which is embellished with Obama phrases including the ubiquitous “Yes we can.”

With 2012 already upon us the Obamas have been looking for some star power to boost their campaign hopes.

The shirt is available for pre-order now, and the garments officially go on sale online Feb 7.

Wednesday, January 11

Jennifer Lawrence to announce Oscar nominations

Jennifer LawrenceAmerican actress Jennifer Lawrence will announce the nominations for 84th Academy Awards later this month. The 21-year-old, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in “Winter’s Bone” last year, will host the nominations event alongside Academy president Tom Sherak at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater Jan 24 in Beverly Hills in Los Angeles county. The announcement of 10 of the 24 categories will be made at 5:30 a.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time).

Among the expected nominations are Meryl Streep for her performance of Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’ and Michelle Williams for portraying screen siren Marilyn Monroe in ‘My Week with Marilyn’.

The 84th Academy Awards will be held Feb 26 and will be hosted by Billy Crystal.

Rishika Singh in controversial bodysuit poster

Rishika SinghIn a desperation for success, the Sandalwood girls seem to have decided to shed all their inhibitions. Following the footsteps of Bollywood lasses, recently Pooja Gandhi went unclothed for her upcoming Kannada movie Dandupalya and stirred controversy in the Kannada film industry. The latest actress to do similar act is legendary director SV Rajendra Singh Babu's daughter Rishika Singh. Rishika Singh's unclothed posters from her forthcoming Kannada movie Yaaredre Nanagenu have irked woman's organisations and several social groups. Though, the actress has not dropped it all, the pictures clearly show her without clothes where mud is all over her body. It is reported that the controversial photo shoot was held in Jaipur.

However, Yaaradre Nanagenu is directed by SK Basheed. The movie also stars sex bomb Mallika Sherawat, who made her debut in Kannada with Prem's Preethi Eke Bhoomi Melide, and Nisha Kothari of Raaj fame.

Jennifer Aniston Hollywood’s most desired body at 42

Jennifer Aniston: Most Desired BodyJennifer Aniston has regained the title of Hollywood’s Most Desired Body at the age of 42. Three years ago, she was crowned the most desired body in the annual Hollywood’s Hottest Looks survey, compiled by Beverly Hills plastic surgeons Richard W. Fleming, M.D. and Toby G. Mayer, M.D. In 2010 singer Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson grabbed the top spot. Last year Aniston came in a close second to supermodel Gisele Bundchen. But in 2012, it is again all about the ‘Friends’ star, who topped the 15th annual Most Desired Female Body category at the age of 42, leaving 20-something stars Bar Rafaeli and Shakira in her dust. While the relatively older Aniston may have the most coveted total package, younger stars are filling in more and more slots on the docs’ body parts lists.

“The biggest shift over the past year is that the younger celebrity group is emerging – people like Katy Perry,” said Dr. Fleming.

“The celebrity faces are what people refer to as an example because they like the way they look and they refer to these celebrities when they are considering plastic surgery. Another interesting change this year is that the female body choice is smaller in proportion. People don’t want an unbalanced body,” he added.

Tuesday, January 10

Esha Gupta to shoot for cosmetic brand Maybelline

Esha GuptaFormer Miss India International Esha Gupta, who is still to make her Bollywood debut with ‘Jannat 2’, has reportedly bagged an endorsement deal with the international cosmetic giant, Maybelline. She was signed barely two weeks back as the face of the brand that previously had actress Deepika Padukone on board. She will soon be flying to New York to shoot the first campaign. It is expected that as the new face of the brand, Esha will head to New York to shoot a highly stylised campaign.

The brand is going all out for this campaign. They have roped in international stylists and production teams to shoot the campaign.

Esha, who won the Miss India International title in 2007, is currently in the capital shooting for her movie and has given the brand a total of 10 days to shoot the campaign.

Irina Shayk poses for lingerie ad campaign

Irina ShaykIrina Shayk has stripped for a stunning new campaign for an Italian lingerie brand Intimissimi, flaunting her figure in a range of pretty underwear. In the photographs, football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend is seen posing in cheeky red satin knickers embellished with a bow and modelling a diaphanous black lace camisole in another. It is the most recent in a line of quite a few campaigns the model has shot with Intimissimi’s parent brand Calcedonia, who were one of the first lingerie brands to ‘discover’ the Russian model.

In an interview with Esquire magazine, Shayk had divulged that she had been offered “so much money” to pose without clothes for Playboy magazine but she refused the offer as baring all would be a step too far for her.

“I would never do Playboy. Yes, I am a lingerie model, but I have class. Playboy offered me so much money last year. I was like: ‘No. Way,’” she said.

Monday, January 9

Cheryl Cole launches lipstick for charity

Cheryl ColeCheryl Cole has teamed up with cosmetics giant L’Oreal to create a limited edition of her first ever lipstick, from the Color Riche range called ‘Red Passion’, to raise money for her charity. The lipstick is pegged at 8.16 pounds each and a pound from every sale will go to the The Cheryl Cole Foundation in aid of The Prince’s Trust. Cole said that she was ‘thrilled’ to be able to not only create her own lipstick but to help charity at the same time. “I love wearing lipstick as it is makes me feel glamorous whatever the occasion. I chose this iconic luxurious, red shade as it is the perfect dramatic accessory,” she said. “I am so thrilled the funds raised from my L’Oréal Paris lipstick can make a difference to people’s lives through my foundation with The Prince’s Trust,” she added.

The singer said that a lot of thought had gone behind choosing the shade of the lipstick as she wanted to pick one that would suit everyone.

“When selecting the shade I chose one I felt would flatter most hair and skin types, and is the red that everyone wants in their make-up bag,” she said.

“I will be wearing my L’Oréal - Our Company Paris Color Riche ‘Red Passion’ lipstick with minimal make-up and a touch of mascara to compliment the intense colour,” she added.

Saturday, January 7

Denise Richards to launch hair-care range

Denise RichardsActress Denise Richards says she is launching a hair-care line later this month. The 40-year-old, who has daughters Sam (7), and Lola (6), with ex-husband Charlie Sheen as well as adopted baby Eloise, has teamed up with salon stylist Cristophe for the range, which will include shampoo and conditioner. Announcing the collection, she wrote on her blog: "I’ve been hard at work on this project for the past few months and I am so excited to share it with you."

"I teamed up with hairstyling guru Cristophe to create The Denise Richards Volume Extend hair care line, which strengthens and protects hair from the damage continuous styling can cause, boosting the hair’s health and volume," she further wrote.

Kelly Rowland: new face of luxury watch company

Kelly RowlandKelly Rowland has signed up as the brand ambassador of luxury watch company TW Steel. The US manufacturer boasts an impressive list of clientele, including Jay Z and Jamie Foxx, and now the ‘Train on a Track’ singer has teamed up with the brand’s bosses as the firm’s new face. “This is so exciting especially when you naturally become a fan of the brand, which is what happened here... I love the statement wearing a big watch makes... It is fun and stylish at the same time,” said Kelly.

The 30-year-old American singer is hoping to design a flashy timepiece for the company. “It’s going to be so sexy, so stylish, so next level. Women will love it,” she added.

Cheryl Cole looking for more Victoria Beckham dresses

Cheryl ColeGirls Aloud star Cheryl Cole wants to own more Victoria Beckham dresses in 2012 because she’s a huge fan of the former Spice Girls singer’s creations. The 28-year-old singer donned one of Victoria’s creations for an awards show in London earlier this year, and she says she is very keen to wear more of them in the next 12 months. "I think Victoria Beckham is another girl who killed it this year. I love Victoria, I love her clothes and, actually, my festive wish would to be wearing more of it next year," Cole said.

Despite seeing her profile peak during her stint as a judge on UK TV show ‘X Factor’, for which she became known for her style, Cole said that fashion was the last thing on her mind when she was on the show.

"At the moment, I’m not constantly on TV, it’s not as intense as it once was. I feel more relaxed because I’m judging doing music, going to the studio. To be honest, when I was on ‘X Factor’, what I wore was the least of my worries.

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