Fashion mogul Oscar De La Renta has died, aged 82. The acclaimed Dominican designer passed away on Monday (20Oct14) at his home in Kent, Connecticut, his wife Annette de la Renta has confirmed.
She did not divulge the exact cause of her husband's death, but de la Renta had been intermittently battling cancer since his initial diagnosis in 2006.
A handwritten statement signed by two of his company's executives, son-in-law Alex Bolen and stepdaughter Eliza Bolen, reads: "While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much us. Oscar's hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company.
"All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar's example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much."
De la Renta was born into high society in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1932. At the age of 18, he moved to Madrid, Spain to study painting in at the Academy of San Fernando. There he developed his love for sketching fashion designs, and it led to a coveted apprenticeship with top Spanish couturier Cristobal Belenciaga, and assistant jobs at French fashion houses Lanvin and Balmain in Paris.
In 1963, he moved to New York City to work for designer Jane Derby at Arden, and two years later (1965), he launched his own ready-to-wear label at the age of 33.
His feminine and flowing gowns caught the eye of former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who made de la Renta her go-to designer for many years.
Other first ladies including Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton were also big fans. Earlier this year (14) Laura Bush, feted de la Renta at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Texas in a retrospective titled Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style, which featured more than 60 of his impeccable gowns.
His designs were beloved and worn by A-list fashionistas, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Chastain, Kerry Washington and countless others.
Most recently, he collaborated with George Clooney's now-wife Amal on her wedding gown for her September (14) nuptials in Italy.
The British lawyer told Vogue last month, "George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can't imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress. Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman."
Over his 50 year career, de la Renta was honoured with numerous awards, including two Council of Fashion Designers Designer of the Year Awards, a CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award, two Coty American Fashion Critics' Awards, the Gold Medal Award from the King and Queen of Spain, the Legion d'honneur as a Commande from France, and the order al Merito de Juan Pablo Duarte and the order of Cristobol Colon from his native Dominican Republic.
De la Renta was married to French Vogue editor Francois Langlade for 16 years until her death in 1983. He is survived by his second wife, Annette, three stepchildren, and his adopted son Moises.
Rockers the Foo Fighters closed out their week-long residency on America's The Late Show With David Letterman by performing their new single with Cheap Trick star Rick Nielsen. Dave Grohl and his bandmates, who are all huge fans of Cheap Trick, performed with Nielsen earlier in the week, as well as Heart sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson and Zac Brown - and they brought him back for their last night on Letterman's show.
The programme aired just hours after Grohl's new documentary TV series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways debuted in America. That too featured Nielsen, recording Something From Nothing with the band in alternative music mogul Steve Albini's Chicago, Illinois studio.
Garth Brooks has broken his Irish fans' hearts again by dismissing reports suggesting he's lining up shows there in 2015. The country singer scrapped a string of outdoor concerts at Croke Park near Dublin this summer (14) amid opposition from locals and politicians, and now his representative has laughed off speculation suggesting Brooks is planning to visit Ireland as part of a rumoured European tour next year.
His PR Nancy Seltzer says, "I'm afraid that would not be possible as he is committed to touring within the United States."
Meanwhile, Brooks has added a pair of dates at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri in early December (14) and three more gigs in Greensboro, North Carolina.
At press time, Brooks' St. Louis shows are the last of the year with more shows planned for 2015.
Heart stars Nancy and Ann Wilson, Zac Brown and legendary singer/songwriter Tony Joe White have been giving the Foo Fighters something to sing about during the group's week-long residency on U.S. TV show The Late Show With David Letterman. Rather than perform their own songs, Dave Grohl and his bandmates have invited their heroes and friends to join them for nightly cover versions.
The Wilson sisters joined the group on Monday night's (13Oct14) show, while Brown belted out a rendition of Black Sabbath's War Pigs with the Foos on Tuesday (14Oct14), and Tony Joe White performed his signature 1968 song Polk Salad Annie with Grohl and company on Wednesday (15Oct14).
Surprise guests will join the Foo Fighters for their remaining sets on Thursday (16Oct14) and Friday (17Oct14).
Iggy Pop has been cast as the eye-stealing Sandman in horror movie maestro Dario Argento's new film. The director and his star are now helping producers raise the money needed to make low-budget horror movie The Sandman via a crowdfunding campaign.
Argento will mine author E.T.A. Hoffmann's 1816 short story Der Sandmann for his film - about a creepy villain who steals the eyes of sleep-deprived children.
Iggy Pop, whose film credits include Cry Baby, Tank Girl, The Crow: City of Angels and Sid & Nancy, is urging his fans to donate to the cause so he can play the role of a lifetime.
He says, "I have long been thrilled and fascinated by the amazing films of Mr. Argento, all of which are master works. Yes, and also compellingly strange, beautiful, and full of relentless terror.
"If I could play the Sandman for him it would make my life complete."
The campaign launched on Wednesday (08Oct14) and had already received over $9,800 (GBP6,125) in donations as WENN went to press. The initiative ends on 8 November (14).
Argento and his leading man are offering up set visits and dinners with them in return for sizeable donations, while one fan will be able to pay his way into the film - he or she will be part of a scene featuring the Lust For Life hitmaker.
Heart stars Ann and Nancy Wilson are selling off stage costumes, awards and memorabilia as part of a clear-out auction in November (14). The sisters have teamed up with Julien's Auctions boss Darren Julien for the career-spanning sale, which will feature custom-made outfits dating back to the 1970s, which the women wore onstage, on album covers and in music videos.
Highlights include the Ovation 12-string acoustic guitar Nancy Wilson played on tour in the mid-1980s and Ann Wilson's Carole McClellan Austrian crystal dress, which she wore at concerts in the late 1970s.
Actress Frances Fisher has been hit with a breach of oral contract lawsuit from her former managers. Bosses at Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management claim the Titanic star owes them a "minimum" payment of $60,840 (GBP38,025) for her work on TV series Resurrection, according to Deadline.com.
They are also looking for "general damages in an amount to be proven at trial" and "a judicial declaration that SAC Management is entitled to a 10 per cent commission" on all of Fisher's earnings in the future "pursuant to the Resurrection Agreement".
Executives at the company allege Fisher did not fully compensate them for their services after ending her three-year relationship with them.
The lawsuit reads, "Immediately after SAC Management received the Fisher Parties' written notice of termination of the Management Agreement, (Fisher's former manager Tammy) Rosen sent an email message to Fisher and a separate email message to Michael Greene (Fisher's talent agent) and Jeff Bernstein (Fisher's attorney), each of which confirmed that SAC Management would be entitled to commissions on the Fisher Parties' income from Resurrection.
"After further discussion, Fisher expressly confirmed that she agreed to pay such commissions. As a result, on June 5, 2013, Nancy Sanders and Mark Armstrong of SAC Management wrote a confirming letter to Fisher, Bernstein and Greene, which states: Thank you for getting back to us yesterday regarding commissions. As agreed upon, 10% will (be) paid on the original series contract for Resurrection on a per episode basis. We've all been doing this a long time and we appreciate that this was dealt with respectfully and in acknowledgement of Tammy's hard work. Frances, best of luck on the series. We hope it's a great experience for you."
Late country singer George Jones is to be honoured with a museum in Nashville, Tennessee. The George Jones Museum will feature a gift shop, restaurant, music venue and event space.
A statement from Jones' widow Nancy reads, "We are overjoyed to share George's legacy and memory with the Nashville community.
"We hope that this will draw George's friends and fans worldwide to our great city. George and I made this our home, and he would be happy to know that we found a home to continue his legacy in the heart of Music City."
A timeline has not been announced for the museum opening.
A monument dedicated to the He Stopped Loving Her Today hitmaker was erected in the city in November (13).
Jones passed away last year (13).
Steven Spielberg's niece Jessica Katz was eliminated from Israel's version of reality TV series The Voice on Sunday (22Sep14). Katz's singing dreams were shattered following her performance in week two of the live show rounds. She is the daughter of Spielberg's sister Nancy.
Famed pop snapper Chalkie Davies has exploded punk icon Sid Vicious' wildman image, insisting the Sex Pistols star was the perfect house guest. Vicious gained a reputation as the ultimate rock bad boy prior to his death from a heroin overdose at the height of his fame in 1979, while he was on bail for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend Nancy Spungen to death.
However Davies, who photographed the couple at his home in north London the previous year (78), is adamant Vicious and Spungen were "normal people" and not the drug-addled troublemakers of rock legend.
He tells NME magazine, "Nancy asked me to take her picture, so I took a few in the living room, and the only other room that was clean at the time was the bathroom, so we did a few in there too. Everyone thought they must have been really difficult, but they were just normal people.
"She was very much in love with Sid, completely devoted. Sid was quite sweet and funny. That night, we left them watching an Elvis Presley movie when we went to bed. When we came down the next morning, they'd cleared away the beer cans and emptied the ashtrays before they left. I don't think many people would expect that."