Rihanna proved she was the right choice for an icon prize from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) as she turned heads in a sheer dress during the organisation's annual awards show on Monday (02Jun14).
The Diamonds hitmaker sparkled on the red carpet at Lincoln Center in New York City when she showed up to the ceremony wearing a see-through beaded gown with nothing but nude panties underneath, exposing her bare breasts and butt. When accepting the 2014 Fashion Icon honour, she said, "As long as I can remember, fashion has been my defence mechanism. As a child I remember thinking, she can beat me but she cannot beat my outfit... You will never be stylish if you don't take risks."
Top designer/director Tom Ford was given the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement award, while actresses-turned-fashion moguls Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen took the Accessories Designer of the Year award for their line, The Row. The CFDA Awards were hosted by director/screenwriter John Waters, with fashion-forward stars like Lupita Nyong'o, Blake Lively, Marion Cotillard making their own style statements on the red carpet.
Models Karlie Kloss, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Chanel Iman, and designers Diane von Furstenberg and Betsey Johnson were also on hand to honour the best in fashion over the past year.
Acclaimed designer Diane Von Furstenberg is set to star in her own reality TV series in the hope of finding a new Global Brand Ambassador.
The fashion mogul is coming to the small screen in a programme titled The DVF Project on America's E! Network, and the show will follow young hopefuls as they vie for the coveted position at the designer's company.
They will undergo challenges including working on high-profile events and multi-million dollar campaigns. The DVF Project, which is set to premiere later this year (14), isn't von Furstenberg's first foray into reality TV - she has previously served as a guest judge on popular fashion competition series Project Runway and America's Next Top Model.
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o turned heads at the 2014 Costume Institute Gala in New York on Monday (05Apr14) as she arrived in a feathery mesh design from Prada. The 12 Years a Slave star, who last month (Apr14) was named People magazine's Most Beautiful woman, topped off her latest red carpet outfit for this year's fashion Oscars with a jewelled headband.
Early arrivals at the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art bash included John Legend and his model wife Chrissy Teigen in Ralph Lauren Collection, Latina stars Jessica Alba and Selena Gomez both in Diane Von Furstenberg and Jessica Pare and Zoe Saldana in Michael Kors. Fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker was stunning as always in a flowing Oscar De La Renta gown, while Nicole Richie and Rita Ora both opted for edgy DKNY designs.
Other fashionable attendees at this year's Met Gala included Anna Kendrick, Rachel McAdams, Suki Waterhouse, Hailee Steinfeld, Dakota Johnson and Kylie Minogue. Meanwhile, British singer Lily Allen, who wore a flattering silver and grey Chanel Couture gown to the fashion world's big night, made the most of her evening with the stars, snapping selfies with the likes of Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Ora and designer Donatella Versace and posting the photos on her Instagram.com page.
Singer Alicia Keys and activist Gloria Steinem will be honoured for their philanthropic work at the Diane von Furstenberg Awards in New York City. The acclaimed fashion designer will present the accolades during the annual DVF Gala on Friday (04Apr14) at the United Nations Headquarters.
Keys has been announced as the recipient of the Inspiration Award, a prize given to a woman who has used her experience and influence to effect positive change, while feminist icon Steinem will be handed the Lifetime Leadership Award, in celebration of her commitment to instilling leadership, strength and courage in other women.
Both Keys and Steinem will also receive $50,000 (£32,000) for a charity of their choice.
Stars including Meryl Streep and Sarah Jessica Parker are also expected to attend the DVF Awards, which were created in 2010 by von Furstenberg and her organisation The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell is determined to become a mother even if she never settles down with a husband. The British beauty, who split from her longtime boyfriend Vladislav Doronin after five years in 2013, revealed her desire to have children in a SiriusXM Radio interview with designer Diane von Furstenberg on Tuesday (11Mar14).
The 43 year old admitted she is open to exploring other avenues if she fails to have a child with her chosen partner.
She says, "I do want to have children, whether I have a man or not. I will have it on my own."
Beyonce is fronting a new campaign called Ban Bossy, which encourages young girls to be leaders in their communities. The Run The World (Girls) hitmaker has teamed up with the Girls Scouts of the USA and women's empowerment organisation LeanIn.org to be part of a new drive aimed at the next generation of female leaders.
In a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) video, Beyonce says, "Girls are less interested in leadership than boys," since they worry about being called "bossy", whereas boys who take on responsible roles are called "leaders".
She adds, "Be brave. Be You... I'm not bossy - I'm the boss."
Also joining the singer in the campaign are actresses Jennifer Garner and Jane Lynch, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Singer St. Vincent is turning runway star to perform at designer Diane Von Furstenberg's show on 9 February (14) during New York Fashion Week. The musician will debut songs from her new self-titled album and hit the stage again after the catwalk presentation as part of the American Express Unstaged event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Von Furstenberg's classic wrap dress creation.
Actress Robin Wright is set to wed again after accepting a proposal from 3:10 To Yuma star Ben Foster, who is 14 years her junior. The Forrest Gump star, 47, showed off her new engagement ring at a Diane von Furstenberg exhibition in Los Angeles on Friday night (10Jan14), and her publicist has confirmed the news to People.com.
Wright and Foster, 33, co-starred in 2011 film Rampart, and officially started dating in 2012.
This will be Wright's third marriage - she was wed to actor Dane Witherspoon for two years in the 1980s and she divorced Sean Penn in 2010. Wright and Penn have two kids, Dylan, 22, and Hopper, 20.
Foster recently hit the headlines after signing up to portray disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in director Stephen Frears' upcoming untitled biopic.
Michael Douglas has suffered a major blow in his public bid for a prison visit with his incarcerated son Cameron after officials at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) withdrew their support and shut down an online petition lobbying prison authorities for access. The Wall Street star recently revealed he and his ex-wife Diandra Luker have been banned from seeing their son for two years after he was placed in solitary confinement as punishment for a mishap behind bars in Pennsylvania, where he is serving a nine-year sentence for non-violent drug offences.
And, after referencing the ban in his Primetime Emmy Awards acceptance speech last month (Sep13), fans of the actor rushed to support a new petition on Change.org aimed at urging prison bosses to reconsider their decision, but the campaign, which was spearheaded by activists at the DPA, has since been removed from the website.
According to TMZ.com, organisation bosses had a change of heart about the appeal and decided it was unfair to help an individual case instead of focusing on their main goal of prison reform.
The development comes shortly after editors at the New York Post reported that Luker and Douglas have been appealing to famous friends, like Yoko Ono and designers Calvin Klein and Diane von Furstenberg, to lend their backing to the petition.
In an email circulated to their powerful pals, they wrote, "We have not seen our son for over a year, and the government is telling us we cannot see our son for TWO YEARS...! Cameron has also been in solitary confinement for TWO YEARS! (For a non violent crime of possession).
"As parents we are fighting back... PLEASE help us by forwarding this petition after signature, to anyone you know who would like to help the cause."
The cream of New York society came out to celebrate Barbra Streisand's 71st birthday on Wednesday (24Apr13). The Funny Girl legend celebrated the milestone in her hometown with a star-studded bash at the Stephan Weiss Studio in Manhattan’s West Village.
Streisand was joined by her Meet The Fockers co-stars Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller, as well as old pal Liza Minnelli. The fashion crowd were also out in force, with stylish guests including Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and designers Calvin Klein and Diane Von Furstenberg.
The party came a night after Streisand was honoured for her glittering movie career at the 40th anniversary Chaplin Award Gala, where former U.S. President Bill Clinton presented her with the The Film Society's Chaplin Award.