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All The Ways Thandiwe Newton’s Vibrant Vogue Shoot Reflects Her Dual Heritage

Thandiwe Newton’s British Vogue May cover shoot is a cacophony of bold colour and print celebrating a cross-section of cultures. Handwoven striped Kenneth Ize separates, preserving centuries-old African craftsmanship techniques, sit next to British heritage checked blazers, with vintage brooches pinned to the lapels, by Holland & Holland. Duro Olowu’s brilliant clashing pattern combinations, inspired by the work of African-American artists, are amplified by whimsical corsages from New York’s family-run flower specialists M&S Schmalberg. A glittering Alexandre Vauthier slip dress looks exquisite when teamed with a crystal-flecked durag by self-taught designer Cheyenne Kimora, whose work honours Black history. This diverse display of global talent is par for the course on the pages of Edward Enninful’s Vogue, but for Newton it was imperative that her portraits represent her.

“The thing I’m most grateful for in our business right now is being in the company of others who truly see me,” asserts Newton. “And to not be complicit in the objectification of Black people as ‘others’, which is what happens when you’re the only one.” This has not always been the case, as Diana Evans finds out in the pair’s intimate conversation for the May issue, which took place 22 years after their first encounter, and after several lifetimes’ worth of learning curves for Thandiwe.

Rihanna Matched Her Cherry-Red Manicure to Her Gucci Blazer for Another Chic Dinner Outing

Rihanna is solely bringing back street style, and we’re so thankful for it.

Last night, the business mogul and pop star stepped out again in New York City in another sleek dinner ensemble. For the excursion, Rihanna wore a fiery red leather blazer and distressed denim by Gucci, paired with classic leather slip-on loafers from Bottega Veneta. RiRi kept her accessories pared down for the evening, opting for simple layered gold necklaces and the Santos de Cartier watch. Always one to focus on the details, Rihanna even matched her manicure—a cherry-red glaze—to her outerwear for the night.

The pop star has consistently been stepping out in showstopping looks in both New York City and Los Angeles lately, but she has potentially been working away on new music too. The singer even teased a fan last month via Instagram, hinting that a new song could be coming very soon.

Lady Gaga & Dom Pérignon Are Behind The Most Exquisite Collaboration Of 2021

The collaboration everyone needed but no one saw coming has arrived: Lady Gaga x Dom Pérignon. The essence of celebration, the pop powerhouse called upon her longtime creative collaborator Nicola Formichetti and photographer Nick Knight, who has been shooting the performer since her Monster Ball days, to make a mesmerising campaign showcasing how Gaga does champagne. The message? “Fantasy is one of humankind’s highest achievements,” asserts Knight of the side of whimsy Gaga serves up with her fizz.

“Dom Pérignon will not make a vintage unless it’s right, unless the harvest lives up to their aesthetic ideal, that sort of determination and exigency is very similar to how hard Gaga will push herself artistically,” adds Knight, who has nothing but praise for the “Stupid Love” singer’s bubbly vision. “She always pushes herself to the maximum, never gives up, and will work until she drops. She has total 100 per cent devotion to attaining the best image; I cannot ask for more than that!”

The energising images of Gaga posing with her Dom Pérignon Rosé within the “Queendom”, her frothy pink universe filled with fabulous candy floss-coloured fashion and exquisitely pale champagne, have already gone down a storm with the Little Monsters, Gaga’s dedicated fan base who have been raising emoji glasses via Instagram. “Nicola describes [the campaign] as the essence of Dom, mixed with me, warped in time,” asserts Gaga of the unabashedly bold way to celebrate the 12-year process of harvesting the pinot noir grape into a truly “magnetic” rosé.

Thandiwe Newton Covers The May Issue Of British Vogue

Often, a theme will weave itself through an issue of Vogue almost of its own volition. This month that thread is legacy. Perhaps it was inevitable that, at this crossroads, we would all be thinking more deeply about our priorities and what a well-lived life means today. As the world begins to emerge and reorder itself during this new, vaccine-tempered chapter in the pandemic, I am delighted to see how many of the extraordinary women in this issue demonstrate how one’s personal choices have the power to shape the future for the better.

Take Thandiwe Newton, our cover star. In the 1990s, along with actors such as Josette Simon, she was one of the few leading Black British actresses you saw on the big screen. Beyond talented and beautiful, she went on to transcend each decade that followed, picking up major awards, leading blockbusters, becoming a mother, and working tirelessly for charitable causes. Though it was not an easy ride, and she has often endured racism and abuse in the film industry. Yet, astonishingly to me, she still seems fearless somehow, never flinching from the hard conversations and calling out toxicity wherever she finds it. She tells author Diana Evans how she almost gave up on acting, but has found her way back to herself with a new purpose, to tell the stories that matter, while also returning to using the W of her birth name. We had enormous fun on the shoot in London, where we brought together the duel influences of her Zimbabwean and British heritages. I am so pleased to at last see her on the cover of the magazine.

“We Just Get Each Other”: Solange’s Stylist Kyle Luu On The Secret Behind Their Powerful Dynamic

“I knew from the beginning that When I Get Home (2019) was going to be an iconic project,” stylist Kyle Luu, 30, says of the 19-track album and accompanying film created by Solange Knowles. The Taiwanese-Vietnamese creative – who grew up on a diet of ’90s pop divas and often fashioned up DIY pieces for friends during her spare time – first met Knowles in 2017 when she styled her for the Met Gala and subsequently became the Grammy Award winner’s permanent stylist.

When I Get Home came about during a period of personal turmoil for Knowles as she faced health problems, but she says it was “the project that literally changed my life”. Filmed mostly in the singer’s birthplace of Houston, Texas, the album and film centre around her ancestral roots, while paying homage to Black cowboys and futurism with slick styling – Telfar, vintage Gucci and Dion Lee were no-brainers for the final looks. “It was really about keeping the vision open and [the wardrobe] very sharp and clean,” Luu explains via video call from her New York apartment.

Bella Hadid Turns Stuntwoman To Model Mugler’s New “High Impact, High Drama” Collection

From gilded Pegasus to stunt double: Mugler creative director Casey Cadwallader has once again tasked Bella Hadid with pushing the boundaries of what a model can be. For part two of his Mugler spring/summer 2021 season, Casey also invited Hunter Schafer, Soo Joo Park, Alek Wek and Irina Shayk, among others, along for the high-octane ride.

If the first drop, showcased via a fantastical CGI film in October, was a powerful display of the creativity that can still abound in the absence of fashion week, the second seeks to disrupt the traditional runway format. Hadid and co present Cadwallader’s latest second-skin tops bifurcated with illusion tulle, jeans spliced with silhouette-enhancing Lycra, and “naked” dresses shimmering with iridescent crystal appliqué while flipping, strutting, and almost moonwalking through a dark video format. With a throbbing soundtrack, the film is enough to make you grab your opera gloves (a Cadwallader obsession), and start vogueing in your living room.

“I think everyone is just dying to get out, so I wanted to give people clothes that make them dream of that possibility, and to prepare them for when they actually can do something,” says Casey. The American designer, whose fan list reads like a pop music hall of fame, maintains that the semi-sheer tops and leggings beloved by Beyoncé, J Lo and Dua Lipa are to bring “high impact and high drama” to everyone’s wardrobes, not just those on the world stage. “I don’t want Mugler to be exclusively high-end and for a single body type,” he asserts. “For me, fabric technology has always been key… So much of Mugler is about making sure that the clothes aren’t restrictive, and that different curves can fit the garments in different ways.”

Britney Spears Did Not Watch ‘Framing Britney’, And She’s Keeping Her Joy

Britney Spears did not watch the Framing Britney Spears documentary, but has said she was “embarrassed” by the light it put her in, adding that she “cried for two weeks”. The short film, which aired in February, examined the star’s treatment by the tabloids at the height of her career, the sexism and misogyny she faced from the entertainment industry, and her involuntary commitment to a psychiatric ward in 2008, after which she was put under the conservatorship of her father, Jamie Spears. The order remains in place today. 

In a candid Instagram post, Spears said she has always been “judged, insulted and embarrassed” by the media, but that she is determined to “keep my own joy”. “I didn’t watch the documentary but from what I did see of it I was embarrassed by the light they put me in,” she told her millions of fans. “I cried for two weeks and well …. I still cry sometimes !!!! I do what I can in my own spirituality with myself to try and keep my own joy … love … and happiness !!!! Every day dancing brings me joy !!!” True to form, Spears danced to the Aerosmith song “Crazy” in the short clip.

Lily-Rose Depp Can Make Chanel Lipsticks, As Well As Model Them

Going behind the scenes to see how some of the world’s best-loved products are made is a beauty lover’s dream. And though she’s a bona fide superstar in the making, Lily Rose-Depp is no exception. A new Chanel video reveals her excitement at the prospect of seeing exactly how one of her new go-to lipsticks (Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom, available to buy on 2 April) is made.

Going behind the scenes to see how some of the world’s best-loved products are made is a beauty lover’s dream. And though she’s a bona fide superstar in the making, Lily Rose-Depp is no exception. A new Chanel video reveals her excitement at the prospect of seeing exactly how one of her new go-to lipsticks (Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom, available to buy on 2 April) is made.

The April Issue Of British Vogue Is An Ode To Joy

Blazoned across the cover of Vogue’s April issue is a word I have been thinking about a lot recently: joy. Given the state of the world, even to write it down feels slightly daring. However, as basic human needs go, in recent times we have all had an insight into the importance of joy, and why it should never be taken for granted.

Of course, when life gets tough, joy can too easily be lost, and life has certainly been tough of late. That said, what I find almost equally worrying, and certainly more insidious, is how in dark days the pursuit of happiness is seen as somehow inappropriate.

I couldn’t disagree more – such perspectives are more than a little shortsighted. For many people, long before this pandemic began, the urge to feel happy and positive – to, as our cover proclaims, “find your joy” – has been an everyday struggle. Given the events of the last 12 months, I hope that we all have a greater appreciation of that, and some increased empathy, too. So many lives are lived under the daily pressures of hardship and discrimination, of stresses both personal and societal, which mean that fighting for happiness is simply a part of existence. Taking pleasure in things large or small (and sometimes very small at the moment) is not a frivolous act. I would agree wholeheartedly with the notion, then, that joy is political.

Emma Corrin’s bespoke Golden Globes gown is being raffled for charity

While awards season has looked very different this year, with many of the screen’s biggest stars attending virtually amid the pandemic, there have still been some stand-out sartorial moments. One that delighted the fashion crowd was the romantic Miu Miu gown worn by Emma Corrin for the Golden Globes last month – which The Crown star has now donated to a charity raffle.

Corrin triumphed at the awards in the ‘Best Actress – Television Series Drama’ category for bringing Diana, Princess of Wales to life on screen, portraying the late royal in Season 4 of The Crown. She donned a suitably regal, custom-made dress for the occasion; a velvet, jewel-studded Miu Miu confection with a whimsical white ruff collar. Twinkling Cartier jewels and bold eyeliner completed the striking effect.

Now Harper’s Bazaar reports that the gown is to be sold in a charity raffle in aid of The Survivors Trust, an umbrella agency for specialist services helping victims of rape and sexual abuse in the UK. Corrin told the magazine: ‘It’s a very strange thing, that so much work is put into creating a custom outfit for one evening, albeit an amazing occasion… I wanted the outfit to keep on giving and with the raffle it means that it wasn’t just made for one evening – it will make a difference and give a charity the money it needs to provide crucial help.’

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