Veteran singer Dame Shirley Bassey has re-recorded her classic Bond theme song Goldfinger because her original take was riddled with mistakes. The Welsh star shot to international fame in 1964 with her iconic 007 track, and she went on to record two more equally famous songs as theme music for the franchise, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker.
Bassey is releasing a new album, Hello Like Before, next month (Nov14) to mark 60 years in showbiz, and she took the opportunity to re-record Goldfinger so she could correct some flat notes that have bugged her for 50 years - and she even dressed as a Bond girl to get her in the right mood.
Bassey says, "I got a couple of notes wrong originally! After 50 years I got the chance to re-record it and get it right. It was great to record it in (studio) Abbey Road, wearing a gown!"
Eddie Redmayne stepped in to rescue fellow Brit Felicity Jones after the actress' dress became dangerously caught on an escalator.
The pair attended a screening of their new movie The Theory of Everything at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City on Monday (20Oct14), and disaster nearly ensued when Jones' long gown became caught in a moving staircase. Redmayne rushed to her aid by pressing the emergency stop button before helping to free her, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
An onlooker tells the publication, "The back of Felicity's long black dress suddenly got caught in the escalator... (Redmayne) hit an emergency button... (and then rushed to) help disentangle her... Eddie came to Felicity's rescue... It could've been disastrous for a host of reasons."
The pair plays physicist Stephen Hawking and his first wife, Jane, in the new movie.
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.
Glee star Matthew Morrison has wed his longtime girlfriend. The actor/singer exchanged vows with Renee Puente on a private estate on Maui, Hawaii on Saturday evening (18Oct14).
The bride wore a Gustavo gown for the romantic ceremony, while Morrison opted for a Brooks Brothers tuxedo, according to People.com.
The newlyweds topped the evening by performing a duet of Laura Benanti's Starry Eyed/Video Games for their guests.
Morrison, 35, and the 31-year-old model have been dating since 2011.
Lena Dunham raised $3,000 (£1,875) for charity by auctioning off the dress she was wearing at a gala in New York City on Wednesday night (08Oct14). The Girls star and director Spike Jonze co-hosted the Lowline Anti-Gala at Manhattan's Skylight Modern venue, and she brought in extra cash for the city's first underground park by auctioning off the frock she wore to the event.
Dunham helped design the dress along with Rachel Antonoff, her boyfriend Jack Antonoff's sister, and the gown, decorated with a print of the park project, sold for $3,000, according to Vogue.com.
The actress/writer says of the Lowline scheme, "As a kid, I hated going to the park... That's part of why I want to see the Lowline come to fruition so badly... I grew up in SoHo, and our local playground was full of bullies and dog poop, always a line for a broken swing. As downtown kids, our safe outdoor spaces were few and far between - it was before the West Side Highway had been done up all fancy, so a rare trip to Central or Prospect Park was my only experience of the magic of public green spaces."
Jack Antonoff performed at the event with his band Bleachers.
Actress Anne Hathaway has revealed her most daring fashion choice came on the morning of the 2013 Oscars, when she had to make a last-minute gown switch. The movie star, who was to win a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award minutes after hitting the red carpet with her husband Adam Shulman, has now revealed all about the dress controversy in the new issue of Harper's Bazaar.
She explains, "I found a dress, like, a month before... It was the most beautiful, reflective, shimmery dress - rainbows were going to dance off me."
But when the dress became unavailable, designer Valentino offered to lend her another look. Reports suggest all was fine until the eve of the Oscars when Hathaway discovered that her Les Miserables co-star Amanda Seyfried would be wearing a similar Alexander McQueen gown.
Hathaway admits she had to make a style change on the morning of the ceremony, telling the publication that's when she chose the pale pink Prada outfit: "I was like, 'Wow! I can do this. It's beautiful. It's appropriate. It's modern. It's minimal'."
But there was one thing she still wasn't sure about: "I look in the mirror, turn to Adam, and say, 'It looks like my nipples are hard'. (He said), 'You look beautiful. Your nipples look pointy. The red carpet's about to close. We gotta go'."
As a result, Hathaway caused a sensation upon arrival at the Oscars - with her last-minute Prada dress switch story and the gown she chose, which appeared to spotlight her nipples.
She adds, "Now that you know the back story, that was by far in a way the most daring dress I have ever worn. It maybe didn't look it, but that was it."
New York-based designer Isabel Armstrong has created a budget version of the Oscar De La Renta gown Amal Alamuddin wore when she wed George Clooney in Venice, Italy at the weekend (27Sep14). Her creation will cost a fashionable bride-to-be $7,200 (GBP4,500).
Jennifer Lawrence has been crowned the year's (14) best dressed woman by Britain's Glamour magazine.
The Hunger Games star took the number one spot in the publication's 50 Best Dressed Women 2014 list, with editors writing of her red carpet style, "J-Law makes a Dior gown look as comfy as sweatpants, and wears the hell out of both." Lawrence jumped 47 places from her spot in last year's list (13).
Fellow Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o was a new entry behind Lawrence in second place, while previous list-topper Kristen Stewart came third, ahead of Emma Watson and Blake Lively at four and five respectively. Angelina Jolie, British royal Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Katy Perry also featured in the top 10.
The new Mrs. George Clooney asked Oscar De La Renta to create her wedding dress because the fashion designer is the man "every woman wants to hug". Despite reports Amal Alamuddin would walk down the aisle in Alexander McQueen, the lawyer wore a stunning and elegant De La Renta gown when she tied the knot with the movie star in Venice, Italy on Saturday (27Sep14).
Vogue reports the beloved designer fitted her for her dress himself and then worked with his head tailor, Raffaele Ilardo, in New York to perfect the classic look.
Alamuddin tells the magazine, "He is the man every woman wants to hug! 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."
De La Renta adds, "It's the most important dress in the life of a woman. Any girl from any walk of life dreams of that special dress, and I try to make that dream a reality for her. Amal and I looked at a lot of evening dresses and wedding dresses together, and we discussed what she liked. That gave me the idea of what she wanted."
Photos from the fitting and the wedding itself will appear in the upcoming issue of Vogue.
Longtime bachelor George Clooney has conceded married life feels "pretty great" after wedding British lawyer Amal Alamuddin in Italy over the weekend (27-28Sep14).
The Hollywood actor, who swore off marriage after his first union to Talia Balsam crumbled in 1993, walked down the aisle again in Venice, hosting a star-studded wedding gala on Saturday (27Sep14) and tying the knot officially in a civil ceremony on Monday (29Sep14).
The lavish reception at the Aman Canal Grande resort has been detailed in People magazine, and pictures show guests including Matt Damon partying. Other snaps show Clooney and Alamuddin cutting their huge wedding cake and posing together as newly-weds with the bride showing off her Oscar de la Renta gown.
Clooney, 53, tells the magazine that marriage "feels pretty damn great," adding that Italy was the perfect location for the nuptials: "(Venice is) the most romantic city in the world... We met in Italy. We have a home there. We knew that was where we wanted to get married."
The Oscar-winner adds of the future, "We're looking forward to everything."
The article also reveals that Irving Berlin standard Always was sung at the ceremony because it was the track Clooney's parents danced to at their own wedding, while the newly-weds chose Cole Porter's Why Shouldn't I? for their first dance.
Wedding favours for the guests included iPods loaded with the couple's favourite music.