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.
Former The Sopranos star Drea De Matteo had to talk co-star Steven Van Zandt into killing her character when he initially refused to be the guy pulling the trigger in the scene. The actress, who portrayed Adriana La Cerva in over 60 episodes of the cult show, admits Bruce Springsteen's sideman did everything he could to avoid the fateful scene, even telling show creator David Chase he wasn't going to shoot his friend's character.
In a Reddit.com webchat with fans on Sunday (19Oct14), she recalls, "All of us had known already that my character was dying (and) Van Zandt was actually the most p**sed off about it, he didn't want to do it, he just didn't want to do it.
"I had to talk him into how awesome it was gonna be and how important it was (but) he didn't want to pull me out of that car, he didn't want to call me a c-word, he didn't want to shoot me in the head.
"When we shot that scene... confidentiality was king on the show, I mean, they were crazy over not letting any leaks get out, so we shot it two ways... One was... where I'm actually driving away, but you can tell in that scene that I'm daydreaming about driving away. We shot it that way as an alt (alternative), but the word on set was that we were shooting it that way to throw the crew off, and nobody knew the truth, myself included.
"He (Chase) was so secretive and protective of his story lines that he would go as far as shooting things twice and figuring out what he wanted to do in an editing room. So I didn't even know what my outcome would be until I was watching the show. I knew I was going away, but... I think I was the least upset of the actors there, about it, because I was never meant to be there as long as I was; I was a day player on the show. To have lived that life on a show and to have played a character that so many people loved... was a great part to play, so I was grateful. I was in support of how I died."
Actress Misty Upham's father has broken his silence about his daughter's death, insisting she did not commit suicide. The August: Osage County star's body was found in a ravine at the bottom of an embankment in Auburn, Washington on Thursday (16Oct14), five days after she was reported missing.
Initial reports suggested she may have taken her own life, but now her dad Charles has revealed her believes she slipped and fell while trying to hide from police.
In a statement posted on Facebook.com on Friday (17Oct14), he wrote, "She did not commit suicide. We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police. The area in question has a hidden drop off and evidence suggests that she slipped and fell off of the steep embankment when she tried to get out of a view from the road. She simply did not see the drop-off."
Charles Upham revealed his daughter suffered from mental illness and accused local police officials of treating her unfairly.
He added, "Misty was afraid of the Auburn PD officers with good reason. In an incident prior to her disappearance, the Auburn PD came to pick up Misty on an involuntary transport to the ER. She was cuffed and placed in a police car. Some of the officers began to taunt and tease her while she was in the car. Because it was dark they couldn't see that we, her family, were outside our apartment just across the street witnessing this behavior.
"They were tapping on the window making faces at her. Misty was crying and she told them, 'You can't treat me like this. I'm a movie actress and I will use my connections to expose you'. Then another officer walked up to her asked, 'Are you a movie star? Then why don't (you) complain to George Clooney!""
Auburn Police commander Steve Stocker has declined to comment about Charles Upham's accusations, but added, "I had never met Misty or talked to her."
The King County Medical Examiner said the 32 year old died on 5 October (14). Police are still investigating the cause and manner of death.
Fashion mogul Dame Vivienne Westwood has been accused of plagiarising parts of her self-titled memoir. A writer alleges large sections of one of his works have been lifted and passed off as Westwood's own in her book, which was co-written with biographer Ian Kelly.
Paul Gorman claims 29 passages from his 2001 book The Look: Adventures in Rock and Pop Fashion were copied without the proper credit, and he is suing for damages and demanding an apology.
He tells Britain's The Independent newspaper, "I greatly admire Vivienne's achievements but she has been let down badly by her publisher by this sloppy book."
Westwood has also come under fire from Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon over a section in which she claims to have come up with the idea for the band's iconic track Anarchy in the U.K.
He tells the publication, "The silly cow is claiming she had the idea for Anarchy? What a f**king liberty. That's audacity of the highest order. Go back to making frocks."
The book is also believed to be riddled with spelling mistakes and factual errors.
Rockers Jane'S Addiction were forced off stage at a free gig in New York City over the weekend (11-12Oct14) after they overran their time slot. Perry Farrell and his band were performing at the CBGB Music & Film Festival in Manhattan's iconic Times Square on Sunday (12Oct14) when they played past their allotted finish time.
The singer's microphone was cut off as he attempted to sing their epic track Three Days, prompting Perry to aim a foul-mouthed rant at Mayor Bill de Blasio, saying, "Mayor What's-His-Name!... Bring that motherf**king mayor out! Let him tell it to my face I can't do Three Days," according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The power was then shut off and the band begrudgingly left the stage.
"When you see me putting together the tent, that's literally me putting together the tent. It took me two hours. I could not figure out the f**king tent. And when I kicked the stove, it's because I couldn't make the f**king stove work." Reese Witherspoon's camping frustrations were on show in new movie Wild.
Actor Mark Ruffalo struggled with the physicality of his role in new drama Foxcatcher because he felt he was too "old" to portray a wrestler in the film. The Avengers star plays late Olympic champion David Schultz, who was killed by his athletic sponsor, in the movie and the role proved to be difficult because of the environment of the shoot.
He tells the New York Daily News, "We didn't have any heat in the gym, so it was always f**king cold. We were always working out when we weren't shooting. We stayed in really humble hotels in places where there was not a lot of money outside of what you saw on the screen, so it was meagre and it was tough.
"You can't half-wrestle credibly on film. It's not like a stuntman throwing a punch. You have to go 100 per cent to make it credible, and so it was gruelling and it was taxing and I'm too old to be doing this!"
Ruffalo also reveals the set was unwelcoming and people stayed away from Steve Carell, who plays Schultz's athletic sponsor John du Pont, in a bid to allow to him to get into character.
He continues, "It was intense, it was dark. It wasn't a happy, sort of glib set. I think everyone took it very seriously, in part because everyone felt there was real responsibility to the story.
"Everyone sort of stayed away from (Steve). John du Pont was repellent, so the way they designed Steve's look, it made him repellent and you didn't know what to say to him or how to act around him. You never felt comfortable."
Actress Amanda Bynes has been placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold after arriving in Los Angeles on Friday (10Oct14) following an eventful week in her adopted New York. The troubled star, who was hospitalised last year (13) following a series of legal run-ins and behavioural issues, arrived in California on Friday afternoon, hours after accusing her father of molesting her when she was a child, and then retracting the damning remarks she made on Twitter.com, blaming the "microchip in my brain" for the drama.
Upon her arrival, Bynes was caught ranting at the gathered media via TMZ.com.
In video footage, she rages, "My parents are f**king insane and that's it. I actually feel like an orphan."
Asked about her dad as she made a speedy exit from LAX airport, the 28 year old said, "My father should be put in jail for a very long time."
A family source tells the New York Daily News she was taken from the airport to The London Hotel in West Hollywood, where she was met by her parents' attorney and doctors who convinced her to go to a Pasadena, California hospital.
Earlier in the day, Bynes' mother Lynn and the actress' siblings spoke out to defend her father, Rick, following her sex abuse claims - in a joint statement, her sister and brother said, "We are disturbed beyond words that Amanda would come up with such a fabrication as a way to avoid getting much needed help or treatment. We absolutely give our full unconditional love and support to our wonderful parents."
In her tweets, Bynes claimed she was meeting with a lawyer to get a restraining order against her father.
It's been a very active week for the Hairspray star in the Big Apple - she reportedly attempted to shoplift a hat from a Barneys store, was caught on camera behaving strangely in a boutique and allegedly attacked a fan she caught trying to take photos of her. She also lost her cool at LaGuardia airport in New York early on Friday as she attempted to book a flight out of the city.
Upon her arrival in Los Angeles, Bynes reportedly spoke exclusively to gossip blogger Perez Hilton, and revealed Britney Spears' one-time manager Sam Lutfi was the man behind her flight to Los Angeles.
She said, "Last time I trusted Lutfi he put me in a conservatorship which ended in August I'm not stupid. You are all listening to my brain... I can handle Sam, he just flew me back to L.A. and I'm going to meet some sick lawyers."
Her latest dramas come two weeks after she was arrested and charged with a DUI in Los Angeles. Last year (13), before her hospital stay, Bynes was accused of throwing a bong out a window of her Manhattan apartment during a police raid and starting a fire in the driveway of one of her parents' neighbours. She also found herself in trouble with the law following a series of traffic violations.
Her mother and father were put in charge of their daughter's affairs and she moved in with them upon her release from hospital, agreeing to visit a counsellor twice a week for six months.
Her parents' conservatorship ended in June (14).
Prior to her antics on Friday, they confessed they had no idea as to their daughter's whereabouts.
Ozzy Osbourne is apologising after comments about feeling "excited" by the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City were accredited to him, insisting his words were taken out of context. The Black Sabbath star reportedly told Shortlist magazine he liked the "kind of craziness" that enveloped New York City in the days and weeks following the 2001 plane attacks on the Twin Towers.
In a story picked up by MailOnline.com, Osbourne allegedly said, "I wasn't scared, I was excited! It was my kind of craziness, you know. It was so f**king weird. Everybody just backed off Manhattan because they didn't know if it was an all-out thing or what."
Osbourne has since come forward to clarify the quotes after critics lashed out at him for his insensitive comments.
A statement reads: "Several quotes were pulled from another interview I did for The Shortlist that was posted earlier in the day and were taken out of context to create The Mail Online story about 9-11.
"I apologize to anyone who may see these quotes and believe this is actually how I feel. Please know that I would never want to offend or hurt anyone - that was never or would ever (sic) be my intention. You would think that at my age I would finally realize that any conversation with a journalist can be twisted, reprinted and made into another story. It's another life lesson learned.
"My representatives have asked The Mail Online to pull the piece, but of course, they’ve refused and now it has been subsequently picked up worldwide because of the sensational slant The Mail Online put on the story. Love and peace to everyone. May your God go with you."
Damon Albarn has offered fans in Argentina an apology for the behaviour of his countrymen, who were chased out of the nation for appearing to poke fun at the 1982 Falklands conflict during a recent Top Gear shoot. Show host Jeremy Clarkson and his co-stars and crew were forced to abandon plans to film in Argentina earlier this month (Oct14) when an angry mob took exception to a vehicle number plate which read H982 FKL.
The stars of the TV show had to be escorted to an airport by armed police after veterans and their supporters charged through a hotel where the Top Gear entourage was staying.
Albarn wasn't waiting for a full explanation when he took the stage for a concert in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires on Wednesday (08Oct14), and unleashed on the show's star.
He told the crowd, "I want to really apologise for the behaviour of a guy called Jeremy Clarkson who does a programme called Top Gear... He's a f**king a**ehole."