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The Yves Saint Laurent biopic is headed our way, and there are high hopes for the film about the French fashion designer's rise to fame. But before you lay eyes on Jalil Lespert's upcoming feature, there are a few flicks every fashionista should experience first. Here are four other must-see films that delve into the highly complex and powerful world of high fashion and the people who run it.
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
The hugely influential fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar started a fashion revolution that has probably had an effect on your life, whether you know it or not. A woman who "wanted to get where the action was," she also brought a new sense of celebrity to the world of fashion and editorials.
Coco Before Chanel
Another biopic about a brilliant French fashion designer (though Coco has a very different story), you simply cannot understand the legacy of YSL without experiencing the beginnings of Chanel. Yves Saint Laurent once said, "Chanel freed women, and I empowered them." He stood on the shoulders of one giant woman before creating his own empire, and Audrey Tautou's performance as young Coco helps to contextualize the genesis of that giant.
McQueen and I
Don't take our word on how awesome this profile of the late, great Alexander McQueen is. You can watch the entire TV movie right now. Director Louise Osmond delves into the compelling story of the British fashion designer's rise, his relationship with friend and muse Isabella Blow, and the two tragic suicides that brought both of their lives to an end.
The fashion world, like every other industry, doesn't always have to be taken seriously. Sometimes you just need to step back and take a moment to laugh at some of the inherent ridiculousness of it all. Enter Ben Stiller as the unforgettable Derek Zoolander.
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Oh, Cara Delevingne. What is it about the bushy-browed Victoria's Secret model that makes people just want to start tonguing her down? We have to admit, she looks like a lot of fun on Instagram, but still. Literally. Everyone is making out with her! Miley Cyrus, Michelle Rodriguez, Harry Styles, Sienna Miller, Miley Cyrus again. We are very concerned that at this rate, Cara will run out of people to make out with in 2014. Or she'll make out with the wrong person, and it won't be as exciting for the rest of us. So, here ya go, Cara. Three people we'd enjoy seeing you make out with in 2014. Thank you in advance:
Fellow Victoria's Secret Model Karlie Kloss?
Look at these two, they're adorable. They are sooo gonna make out backstage during one of their shows ... assuming this hasn't already happened.
They've never hung out before, but something tells us these two would have a pretty wild time together. All that dirty blond hair and madness? Oh yeah. It could go down. Plus, between Miley Cyrus and Rihanna she's already made out with all the other big pop singers.
An Actual Guy For A Change, Like A$AP Rocky?
They just did the DKNY campaign together, and seeing as how the Harlem rapper loves a good time, we could see this happening. Unless, of course, he's still dating Chanel Iman in which case -- no! No, Cara!
Sometimes, music and movies just aren’t enough for the public when it comes to celebrity consumption. In those situations, things are taken to the stage for some hardcore dramatic renderings.
For the 2013-2014 Broadway season, a new musical inspired by Tupac’s music will be hitting Broadway. Kenny Leon, the director of Broadway shows like Fences and The Mountaintop, will be directing Holler If Ya Hear Me, an original anti-violence story based on Todd Kreidler’s book of the same name, set to Tupac’s music. Also, hitting Broadway soon will be a musical based on Channing Tatum’s semi-biographical Magic Mike, because who doesn’t want to see a bunch of half-naked studs singing and dancing on a stage.
Here are a few other celebrity-inspired musicals that have taken over Broadway.
The First (based on Jackie Robinson) The First was a baseball musical which, believe it or not, is actually not an oxymoron. Inspired by the success of the baseball musical Damn Yankees, 1981’s The First centered on Jackie Robinson’s first year playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers as a second baseman. Robinson definitely deserved to be celebrated, as he was the first African-American to join the MLB, but the musical only lasted for thirty-seven shows. Although the reviews for the show weren’t exactly fawning, critics got to get a few good zingers in, courtesy of the title. Examples include: “[The musical] is not exactly hitting a home run” and “The First never gets to first base” (*gong*).
Marilyn: An American Fable (based on Marilyn Monroe) Since her death in 1962, Marilyn Monroe has been one of the most exploited celebrated stars in the entertainment world. Whether it’s mediocre movies on her life or hideous tattoos on the forearms of starlets (here’s looking at you, Megan Fox), the overuse of Monroe most likely has her rolling in her grave so much that she’s making herself chapatis by now. Originally on Broadway in 1983, this musical claimed to be an “authorized” version of Monroe’s life – even though the musical had a happy ending. Someone should probably let the producers know that 5 minutes after the happy ending, a couple of Kennedys walked in and…
Lennon (based on John Lennon) Debuted in 2005, the Yoko Ono-produced Lennon was essentially a John Lennon tribute extravaganza that focused on his life, Yoko Ono, his music, Yoko Ono, his influence, and Yoko Ono. The show was notable for not making any mention of the Beatles, and Ono justified this by stating that the musical was about Lennon, not the Beatles. Of course, the only reason why anyone even knows or cares about John Lennon is because of the Beatles, but hey, whatever works. The musical also mysteriously left out any mention of Lennon’s 18-month fling with his and Ono’s personal assistant May Pang during the time that he and Ono were separated. But it is about his life, promise!
Coco (based on Coco Chanel)In her first and only Broadway musical, Katherine Hepburn played Coco Chanel in 1969’s Coco. Although critics weren’t too impressed with Hepburn’s musical prowess (hint: she had none) and gave the musical mediocre to unimpressed reviews, the show was a financial success, selling out nearly everywhere it was featured. Coco looked at Chanel’s return to the world of haute couture after fifteen years of retirement in 1953 Paris, with her arch nemesis being an insanely stereotypical gay designer trying to take down Chanel’s designer realness.
Taboo (based on Boy George)Taboo was based on the friendship of Boy George and legendary club promoter Leigh Bowery against the backdrop of the hedonistic New Romantic scene of the early 1980s. Premiering in 2002 in London, the musical was apparently so awesome to Rosie O’Donnell that she had to have a piece of it. She partnered up with Boy George to bring the show to Broadway, but after getting some pretty derisive reviews (even during rehearsals!), the musical eventually came to an end after 100 shows. Despite reportedly losing her entire $10 million investment in the project, O’Donnell is still interested in bringing the show back to Broadway again.
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Rihanna lived out a fashion fan's dream on Tuesday (04Jun13) after she was treated to a tour of legendary designer Coco Chanel's Paris home. The R&B beauty documented the outing by sharing photos with fans on Twitter.com, including shots of her on the Chanel founder's couch with the label's costume jewellery and accessories designer Laetitia Crahay, and another of the singer posing on the icon's mirrored staircase.
In a tweet on Wednesday (05Jun13), she writes, "Got the keys to CoCoChanels apartment!!! Yesterday=Most Legendary day in Paris!!!!"
Chanel bosses marked the end of the tour by presenting the Umbrella hitmaker with a small yellow handbag as a special gift.
French actress Audrey Tautou is convinced she will never be a Hollywood star because her ambition "is not big enough". Tautou shot to fame in 2001 when she starred in Amelie, and went onto appear in hits such as 2006's The Da Vinci Code and Coco Before Chanel in 2009, but Tautou has no plans to follow Marion Cotillard to Hollywood and become an in-demand movie star.
She tells Britain's Radio Times magazine, "Getting a role, like in The Da Vinci Code, that's fine. Once in a while, I would love to, but it doesn't work like that. They are not just going to come and pick me up as an actress, with all the wonderful actresses they have.
"If you want to build a career in Hollywood, that is different. You have to move there. And, for a French person like me... I would have to be away from my friends and family. Cinema is my passion. I admire American directors and love American movies. But my life is also something which is very important, and my ambition is not big enough.
"In Hollywood, there is a very important marketing, business, branding side. And I really don't think I could be formatted for that. People staring at every single millimetre of your body and what you wear, it is a huge pressure. Some people are happy with that, but me, non."
When you hear the phrase "Once Upon a Time..." you think that you're about to listen to a fairy tale, not a documentary. But this new 18-minute (OK, 14-minute with credits) film (OK, commercial for Chanel) by Karl Lagerfeld is sort of both.
We see the start of the legendary fashion house Lagerfeld designs for as a hat shop in Deauville in 1913. Keira Knightley, one of Unkle Karl's favorite muses, plays the designer (and does a much better job delivering her lines than the steel-jawed models in the other roles). But it's not all history, it's a sumptuous black and white feast of amazingly detailed outfits, outrageous hats, and more pearls than you will see on all of the Upper East Side society ladies at all their lunches all year. Check it out below:
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Bride-to-be Keira Knightley is reportedly set to walk down the aisle in a custom made gown by Chanel's head designer, Karl Lagerfeld. The Atonement beauty will marry her rocker beau James Righton near Nice in the South of France this weekend (04-05May13), and she is said to have used her connections as the face of the fashion house's Coco Mademoiselle perfume to land a wedding dress by the design icon himself.
Knightley and Lagerfeld are no strangers - they have previously collaborated on a commercial for Chanel and a short film.
You know those actors whose faces get your inner IMDB churning? The ones you see and immediately think, "That guy has been in so many movies, but why can't I remember which ones? Quick, I must wrack my brain before any one else can!" Mads Mikkelsen is one of those faces and lucky for you, it will soon be fairly easy to play the "What Do I Know Him From?" game because, in addition to reportedly being the next Thor 2 villain, he just landed the lead role in NBC's Hannibal series, which follows the legendary killer Hannibal Lecter and also stars Hugh Dancy.
Now, we could give you a completely normal, non cinematic representation of Mikkelson, but we've found a few choice shots that might jog your memory and help us assess Mikkelson's aptitude for handling such a well-known psychopath. Does he have what it takes to make Sir Anthony Hopkins proud?
Clash of the Titans: Draco
We've clearly seen Mikkelson tackle the role of a warrior as Draco, so he's got the killing part down. Okay, so Draco also happens to be on the side of "Good," but you certainly don't go from zero to serial killer in a matter of seconds.
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky: Igor Stravinsky
Let us not forget that Hannibal isn't just a killer, he's a killer with impeccable taste. Chianti, anyone? Perhaps Mikkelsen could pull his classier side from his experience playing the famed composer and Coco Chanel's rumored philandering lover.
The Three Musketeers: Rochefort
He's so evil in this imaginative retelling of Alexandre Dumas' classic tale (just check out that eye patch) that he's viciously going after a teenage boy on a precarious rooftop by the end of the film. Now that is heartless. We're getting warmer.
Casino Royale: Le Chiffre
Here we have what most people would call the "ah-ha" moment. You likely know Mikkelson best as the Daniel Craig-era James Bond's first major adversary. He's a skilled poker player, he's a torturesmith (let's not forget Craig, naked in that bottomless chair), and for his sinister villainous trait: He cries tears of blood. It would seem that NBC's casting department is really onto something with this one.
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"No working model is happy for Brad Pitt and his new gig as the 'face' of Chanel No. 5. ThingsBitterModelsSay". Model Coco Rocha does not approve of the Hollywood star's new job fronting the popular female fragrance.
What do you get the girl who has everything? Designer high heels, purses, party dresses, privacy (just kidding!)... Suri Cruise has it all. Still, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' daughter turns six years old today, so her A-list parents will have to get creative. What could one gift Suri on her big day? Here are some ideas — though they'd need to stock up on lots of gift wrap.
1. A Small Country
Suri may already be the ruler of the younger generation of Hollywood's elite families — but she has yet to add a real title to her name. They say that anything can be bought for a price, so why don't Cruise and Holmes charge a small country to their credit cards for their little girl? Welcome to Suri-Land: Live (Not For) Free and Die Over the Fact that a Child Has a Ferragamo Purse.
2. Crown Jewels Suri already has the ballgowns and Cinderella slippers. (And we know she wouldn't be happy with a pumpkin.) Now all she needs are the Crown Jewels to accessorize her ever-changing outfits. So she's not only Tom's little princess. 3. Her Own Star No, we're not talking about Ursa Major. (Though Tom probably knows some folks that could make that happen.) At six, Suri is one of the few A-list toddlers in Hollywood. (Shiloh Jolit-Pitt leads the Brangelina six-pack for a close second.) But Suri lacks the one necessary asset to make her a true Hollywood star — a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her dad already has one, and her mom is sure to get one soon (well, if Dawson's Creek ever enjoys a movie reunion). But a frighteningly runway-ready walk doesn't quite qualify a young celebrity for a star. Still, she should get one anyway... just for wearing heels better than we ever will. 4. The House of Suri Gabrielle "Coco" Bonheur Chanel did it. So did Christian Dior, Gianni Versace, and Giorgio Armani. So why not Suri Cruise? The House of Suri sure does have a nice ring to it. Of course, there is a problem: It is difficult for a six-year-old to launch a fashion business. Then again, look at Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's mini-empire and eventual Elizabeth and James line. The idea that we might be able to (never in our lives) afford a Suri-designed dress for a child more focused on banging a pot with a spoon than her wardrobe? Have mercy!
5. A Free Stress Test You would need one too if you spent your days hiding under blankets to avoid the paparazzi. Maybe it's time for Suri to go a vacation. Tom, fire up your private jet! 6. The Suri Song If Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton have released singles without any discernible talent, why can't Suri? For her song, let's try a simple remix of J.Lo's "Louboutins" combined with the Barney theme song. If the beats are fast enough, maybe Willow Smith can whip her hair back and forth in the music video. More: Suri Cruise Eats Fancy French Food with Stuffed Animals Suri Cruise Name Most Influential Child Celebrity