60m ago
       

Armani rejects overdone emotion, Ferragamo relaunches brand

Here are some highlights from Milan Fashion Week womenswear previews for next fall and winter, including shows by Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jil Sander and Missoni. ARMANI AGAINST SHOCK RHETORIC ON AND OFF RUNWAYS Giorgio Armani countered the increasingly violent tones surfacing in his native Italy's election campaign by producing an ethnically inspired collection - and in rejecting fashion shows that use shock tactics to get attention. Asked after the show for his suggestions on translating the inclusion seen in his collection to politics and other arenas, the 83-year-old fashion designer said he was calling himself out on the strategy of using emotion to incite strong reactions.
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2d ago
       

Oscars fashion through the years: The great and the puzzling

The long and short of Oscars fashion through the decades includes the great and the puzzling NEW YORK -- A radiant Grace Kelly glided from her seat, pulling up her long opera gloves, her little evening bag balanced on one arm, as she collected a best actress trophy for "The Country Girl" at the 1955 Academy Awards. Worn with elbow length gloves and little other adornment, Grace Kelly set the bar for a new modern glamour and yet the color is deliciously unorthodox," said Jo Ellison, fashion editor at the Financial Times and author of the book "Vogue: The Gown. "It was her vibrant red Ralph Lauren gown with cape at the 2014 Golden Globes that launched her as a fashion It Girl in 2014, but it was her soft blue Cinderella Prada later that year, with its crystal sparkle in the pleats, low V neck and delicate headband that secured her spot, let alone on screen with "12 Years a Slave" and, now, "Black Panther. "
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3d ago
       

Weinstein uses quotes from female celebrities in his defense

LOS ANGELES -- Harvey Weinstein has asked a judge to dismiss a federal sexual misconduct lawsuit against him and invoked the words of some A-list actresses in his defense. Weinstein's lawyers filed a response Tuesday in federal court in New York saying the possible class-action case should be rejected because the alleged assaults took place too long ago. The lawsuit was filed by six women who claim Weinstein and his former film companies conspired to conceal his widespread sexual harassment and assaults.
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4d ago
       

Yiannopoulos dropping lawsuit against former publisher

In papers filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court, Yiannopoulos and Simon & Schuster asked that the case be dismissed "without costs or fees to either party. "Simon & Schuster acted after video clips of Yiannopoulos surfaced in which he appeared to defend sexual relationships between men and underage boys. Last fall, a judge allowed the case to proceed after Simon & Schuster had asked that it be dismissed.
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5d ago
       

Fergie's NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

LOS ANGELES -- Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering. The Forum in nearby Inglewood, California, was the site of arguably the most famous national anthem in sports history during another NBA All-Star Game 35 years ago. Instead, Fergie is more likely to join the long list of curious versions of the anthem, even though she showed far more impressive vocal chops than the likes of Roseanne Barr or Carl Lewis.
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7d ago
       

Oops! Don't forget that miracles can happen in sports

NBC's Dan Hicks declared Cornelia Huetter as the only skier with "any real chance" of beating Austria's Anna Veith in the women's super-G Saturday and when she didn't, said "it's Anna Veith of Austria who repeats as Olympic super-G champion. "There's no shame in thinking Veith was the probable winner and even switching to another sport; after Huetter's run The Associated Press wrote that Veith was "on the brink" of defending her gold medal. CHEN'S TRIUMPH: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir brought an edge-of-your-seat enthusiasm to their call of American skater Nathan Chen's triumphant performance on Friday night's telecast.
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1w ago
       

Calling Chen's triumph, and an ill-advised question from NBC

NEW YORK -- Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics: CHEN'S TRIUMPH: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir brought an edge-of-your-seat enthusiasm to their call of American skater Nathan Chen's triumphant performance on Friday night's telecast. VONN'S SLIP: American skier Lindsey Vonn seemed to know she had blown her chance at winning a medal in the slalom before Miller and partner Dan Hicks. It hurt that the night's two most anticipated (and ultimately disappointing) performances - Mikaela Shiffrin's second slalom run and Nathan Chen's short program skate - happened around midnight on the East Coast.
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1w ago
       

The bad, the good and the none _ a look at Oscar hosts

Here's a look at memorable shows and Oscar hosts through the years: Whoopi Goldberg made history as the first African-American to host the Academy Awards show in 1994, in addition to being the first woman to host the show solo. The show was so bad that it prompted more than a dozen Hollywood's figures - including Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards, Gregory Peck, Paul Newman, Billy Wilder and Sidney Lumet - to write an open letter saying the telecast was "an embarrassment" and that it was "neither fitting nor acceptable that the best work in motion pictures be acknowledged in such a demeaning fashion. "Many Oscar hosts over the years have gotten poor marks, including Seth Macfarlane in 2013, who opened the show with a poorly received song called "We Saw Your Boobs. "
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1w ago
       

Podcast host-former Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer has book deal

Podcast host and former Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer has a book deal NEW YORK -- Podcast host and former Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer has a book deal. Billed as part-memoir, part progressive "blueprint," the book will offer Pfeiffer's memories of his years with Barack Obama and his take on the rise of Donald Trump. Pfeiffer was the White House communications director during Obama's first term and a senior adviser during his second term.
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1w ago
       

Witness: Luke Wilson a 'hero' in deadly Los Angeles crash

A witness says actor played a real-life hero in the aftermath of a Los Angeles car crash that also involved golfer Bill Haas LOS ANGELES -- Actor Luke Wilson played a real-life hero in the aftermath of a Los Angeles car crash that also involved golfer Bill Haas, a witness said Wednesday. Haas was staying with Gibello's family as he prepared to play this week in the Genesis Open at nearby Riviera Country Club, the golfer's manager Allen Hobbs said. Bill Harmon, the swing coach for Haas and a close friend of Gibello, said the two only met last Thursday.
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