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An embroidered bodysuit Beyonce wears onstage during her joint tour with Jay Z took designers at top fashion house Givenchy almost 1,000 hours to bejewel by hand.
Givenchy's creative director Riccardo Tisci came up with the R&B beauty's costumes for the superstar couple's ongoing On The Run tour, drawing inspiration for Beyonce's stage looks from 1950s pin-ups Bettie Page and Brigitte Bardot.
However one of her sexy outfits, a leotard he named "Gothic Queen", required an unbelievable amount of handiwork.
He tells People magazine, "The embroidered bodysuit took almost 1,000 hours to make at the Haute Couture house in Paris. They hand-stitched each of the 3D stones, crystals, stars and paillettes one by one."
Tisci also reveals Jay Z was very hands-on when it came to checking out his wife's final looks. The style guru says, "He came to the (costume) fitting. His eye is so sharp. He loved everything."
Gwyneth Paltrow has posed as stars including Audrey Hepburn, Farrah Fawcett and Madonna for a new beauty campaign.
The Oscar winner has recreated the looks of style icons from every decade from the 1950s to the 1980s as part of a special photoshoot for Max Factor's 100 Years of Glamour campaign, which celebrates the cosmetics company's history.
In one photograph, Paltrow adopts Hepburn's iconic look from classic movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, while in another she is seen sporting the messy hair and heavy eyeshadow of French beauty Brigitte Bardot.
Paltrow also recreates the glamorous look of Fawcett in the 1970s and the punky style of her pal Madonna in the 1980s.
Max Factor make-up artist Caroline Barnes says of the shoot, "We have taken our creative inspiration, Gwyneth Paltrow, and used make-up to transform her into glamorous heroines from varying decades."
A Rolls Royce once owned by former Hollywood star Brigitte Bardot is set to go under the hammer in Paris later this month (Feb14). The French actress bought the 1962 Silver Cloud II from singer Charles Aznavour in 1970 and had the luxury vehicle painted white.
Although there are no pictures of the And God Created Women star with the car, which has since been given a new blue paint job, her original registration documents will be included in the sale.
The lot is expected to fetch $512,000 (£320,000) when it goes up for sale at Artcurial Motorcars auction house on Friday (07Feb14).
Auctioneer Matthieu Lamoure tells Britain's Daily Express, "It's perfect for car collecting enthusiasts. The story behind its previous owners is truly unique."
Bardot sold the car to designer Charles Jourdan in 1972, who then painted it its current hue.
Bonnie & Clyde, the special two part miniseries which aired on three networks (Lifetime, A&E and History), stole 9.8 million viewers for its first installment. If you subscribe to the theory that every generation gets the version of Bonnie and Clyde they deserve, then the 2013 edition looked frighteningly familiar.
Our version of the famous criminal pair looked less like old time gangsters and more like a reality TV couple. Think of them as a Depression-era Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
The driving force behind the newest adaptation of Bonnie & Clyde isn’t really the money, or the thieving, or even the occasional murder. It’s not about breaking free from the bonds of society, the way the version starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway reflected the turbulence and anti-authority mindset of the late 1960s.
Like Kimye, this version of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are all about fame. Bonnie dreams about being famous, and she’s willing to get there at any cost. In the 1930s Bonnie got there with tommy guns and cigars, while in 2013 Kim Kardashian gets there with sex tapes and reality shows. Clyde Barrow, portrayed in this version more like Bonnie’s hapless errand boy, has a talent for crime, but perhaps not Bonnie’s hunger for the notoriety it entailed.
The message of the miniseries is about the quest for fame at any cost, a theme more prevalent in today’s society than ever. Kim Kardashian is usually the first example when we talk about people who are famous for being famous, not for having any actual skill. Bonnie Parker coveted the limelight, and she was willing to kill to put herself on center stage.
Just look at the way Bonnie and Clyde posed for photographs they sent to newspapers and compare it to the absolutely ridiculous professional photoshoot the Kardashians call their family Christmas card. The more things change, the more they stay exactly the same.
Back in the '30s Bonnie Parker wrote poetry and sent it in to newspapers, including a verse foretelling the pair’s own death:
“Some day they'll go down together;And they'll bury them side by side; To few it'll be grief To the law a reliefBut it's death for Bonnie and Clyde.”
It might sound a little grandiose, but at least it was in verse. Today celebrities don’t have to compose a whole poem, they only need 140 characters to reach millions of people from around the world.
The Bonnie & Clyde miniseries might have focused on Bonnie’s quest for fame and stardom because it’s something modern audiences readily understand. When Holiday Grainger’s Bonnie mouths along to her own heartless words said moments after shooting a man in the head, she’s not filled with remorse, but with the elation that she’s made the pre-movie newsreel.
The idea that there’s no such thing as bad publicity is a concept modern audiences understand well. Celebrities can act in hideous ways and still avoid jail time and retain fans. The famous occupy their own special stratosphere, one Bonnie Parker dreamed of entering.
Celebrity couples like Kimye are as obsessed with fame as Bonnie and Clyde ever were. If the recent miniseries had one lesson, it’s that some people are willing to pay any price for a piece of the limelight.
What do you think? Did you think the recent miniseries portrayed Bonnie and Clyde as fame whores? Share in the comments!
French moviemaker Edouard Molinaro has died, aged 85. The Oscar-nominated director passed away at a hospital in Paris, France on Saturday (07Dec13) after suffering lung failure.
His passing prompted a statement from French president Francois Hollande, who applauded Molinaro's directing career in a statement, saying, "This filmmaker, who had a rich and varied career, directed the greatest actors of French cinema while winning over the public, and winning the admiration of his peers, at the same time."
Molinaro is best known for his beloved 1978 film La Cage aux Folles, which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, and was later adapted as 1996's The Birdcage starring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams.
The film also spawned a successful stage adaptation which has played on Broadway and in London's West End.
His other films include 1967's Oscar, which starred his longtime collaborator Louis de Funes, 1969's My Uncle Benjamin, and 1976 comedy/horror Dracula and Son, starring Sir Christopher Lee. He also worked with stars including Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot and Anthony Perkins.
A famous mansion house in Paris, France which was frequented by Brigitte Bardot, Salvador Dali, Voltaire and Chopin has burned down. The Hotel Lambert caught fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning (10Jul13) and emergency workers battled to extinguish the blaze, which reportedly started in the roof.
A large part of the building has been badly damaged, and Paris' mayor Bertrand Delanoe has spoken of his sadness following the incident and praised the firefighters who worked "tirelessly through the night" to bring the blaze under control.
The building was home to French writer/philosopher Voltaire in the 1740s, while later guests included composer Frederic Chopin, novelist George Sand, playwright Honore de Balzac and artist Eugene Delacroix.
Artist Salvador Dali and actress Brigitte Bardot were also visitors in more recent times.
A handwritten Jean-Luc Godard script for his 1963 movie classic Contempt has sold at auction for $186,810 (£120,523). The 59-page screenplay was estimated to be worth around $77,676 (£50,114), but it proved to be a big draw at the Artcurial sale in France on Tuesday (28May13), sparking a bidding war between three interested parties.
It was finally snapped up by a French collector.
The item had been put under the hammer by a photographer pal of Contempt star Brigitte Bardot.
Rocker Morrissey has joined a growing list of animal-loving celebrities urging fans to take action against a high-end British store over the sale of foie gras. Stars including Sir Roger Moore, Chrissie Hynde, Pamela Anderson and Brigitte Bardot are among those backing a petition urging the owners of Fortnum & Mason to stop selling the controversial pate.
In a new letter of support for a ban, Morrissey thanks British royal Charles, Prince of Wales for refusing to serve foie gras at official events, but slams his daughter-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge for still eating it.
The former The Smiths star now wants his fans to rise up against bosses of the posh retailer and demand that foie gras be taken off its shelves.
He writes, "Congratulations to Prince Charles for banning foie gras from all his functions. However, unsurprisingly, this most savage and cruel commodity continues to be the favorite 'dish' of smiling mother-to-be Kate Muddleton (from whom, in fact, we expect no less).
"Foie gras production is illegal in the UK, yet the ever-so-correct Fortnum and Mason have found suppliers in France who will keep their shelves stocked - possibly with the hope that smiling Kate will wobble in and place an order for her unborn child. Since Fortnum and Mason are now the only department store in London who are associated with the pitiless atrocity of foie gras, would you please write to them/contact them and exert pressure on them to stop selling such a savage beyond belief 'product'."
The Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde is boycotting a luxury London department store until bosses promise to stop selling foie gras. Famous faces including Sir Roger Moore, Pamela Anderson, and Brigitte Bardot are among those backing a petition urging the owners of Fortnum & Mason to stop selling the controversial pate.
Now Hynde has joined the campaign by bosses at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals by calling on the store's boss Ewan Venters to personally intervene.
Referencing classic The Pretenders song I'll Stand By You, she says, "I'll stand by you, Mr Venters, just as soon as you stop the sale of foie gras in your store. Until then, I'll be avoiding Fortnum's like the plague and will be encouraging my friends and family to do the same."