People and Fashion

NEW YORK (AP) — The "American Idol" judges' panel is now complete with the naming of singer-rapper Nicki Minaj and country crooner Keith Urban.
The Fox network officially tapped the pair with an announcement Sunday, confirming rumors surrounding them both just hours before the first round of auditions for next season was due to begin in New York.
Minaj is getting $12 million for a one-year deal on the hit Fox singing series, a person in the music industry with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the deal.
A representative for Urban wouldn't disclose the singer's compensation for "Idol."
The announcement also settled the status of Randy Jackson. He will stay put as the sole remaining original "Idol" judge, scotching rumors he might assume a different role on the popular talent competition.
This trio will join pop star Mariah Carey at a judges' panel now expanded to four members from its previous three. The AP reported in July that Carey is receiving just shy of $18 million for a one-year contract with a renewal option.
Arriving at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where the auditions would take place, Urban hailed "Idol" for its "great history of producing real stars." more: here

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt 'expecting new baby 

The actress, 35, and her partner Pitt, 48, already raise six children together, but are expecting their seventh child this year, according to OK! magazine.
"Its not something she wants to officially announce but she's at a point where she is telling a select group of people," a source told the magazine.
"Angelina is really savouring every moment. She's having a tough time with morning sickness but says its all worth it."
Jolie has spoken in the past about how much she enjoys being pregnant. "I love being pregnant," she has said. "You feel like more like a woman than you've ever felt. You just feel like everything about your body is there for your baby."
Jolie and Pitt are already biological parents to children Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne, as well as adopted children Maddox, Pax and Zahara.

Golden Globe Awards 2012 Hottest Red Carpet Fashions: ENTV

The hottest fashions from the red carpet at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards - a few of her favorites include Salma Hayek in Gucci, Sophia Vergara in Vera Wang, Angelina Jolie in Versace, Rooney Mara in Nina Ricci. Other notable designs included Diane Lane, Kelly MacDonald and Kelley Osbourne in Zac Posen.

Stella McCartney Moves to SoHo

Stella McCartney, English fashion designer, moves to SoHo (the hip neighborhood in a 2,500-square-foot flagship at 112 Greene Street).
Plans for the relocation of her original Meatpacking District flagship to SoHo have been under way for months and the new locale - reports WWD.

The boutique will carry the ready-to-wear collection, lingerie, shoes, handbags, accessories, jewelry and kids. Apparently the move was triggered by an ending lease.

Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga are moving into the neighborhood too!

Scottish designer creates gown from Ford Focus parts

Two young British designers have created an elegant Edwardian dress and necklace with parts from a 2012 Ford Focus.
Scottish designer Judy Clark formed her frock with the help of two boxes full of components sent by Ford -- car keys, radio and dashboard components, seat covers and two red taillights. Clark said she wanted to create a dress that was both feminine yet involved industrial mechanics, Ford says.

Clark stitched smaller parts into the bustle as the back of the dress, has the big taillights swaying at the hips (not every woman would go for that) and created the biker jack out of seat covers, with a speedometer as an accent.
The back of the dress has the engine comprising of small components that are stitched together into a small crinoline type bustle.

The biker-jacket is made using seat covers and it has the car’s speedometer on the back which moves round, enabling the wearer to choose the speed to go at.

Rihanna’s ‘You Da One’ Video Is Remarkably Similar to Photographer Solve Sundsbo’s Work

In the new video, RiRi writhes around on the ground, persumably nude (she’s actually wearing a flesh colored body suit, according to the Daily Mail) as shadows in the shape of stripes or dots create a unique pattern across her skin. Sounds pretty creative right? Except that, as the sharp-eyed commenters on Fashin pointed out, the scenes look near identical to the work of famed fashion photographer Solve Sundsbo.

Sundsbo is known for his work with shadows and manipulated light and it’s a theme he’s revisited a few times, however none sticks out in the mind so much as the editorial Points a la Ligne, which he did for Numero back in 2008. As you can see, Rihanna’s “You Da One” video is certainly…”inspired” by the editorial. From the shadows, to the poses–even RiRi’s bowl cut is strikingly similar to the one model Edita Vilkeviciute wore in Sundsbo’s shoot.

Lindsay Lohan Lands Jag Jeans Campaign

Lindsay Lohan is continuing her domination of the fashion industry, building on her 6126 leggings and spray tan empire and her Philipp Plein ad campaign with a brand new gig: face of Jag Jeans.
If you didn't recognize nearly half the words in that sentence, that's OK - we weren't exactly familiar with Philip Plein or Jag Jeans either. But Lindsay was certainly familiar with the latter, given that the photographer who shot the jeans ads was the same one who shot her much hyped Playboy shoot.

E! reports that photographer Yu Tsai snapped LiLo at L.A.'s SLS Hotel, presumably after they got to know each other through the Playboy project.
In a press release, Tsai spoke glowingly of Jag's new spokesmodel:"Lindsay was so involved with the shoot that she would go as far as adjusting items on the set. She even requested scissors so she could personally fray the edges of her black crepe blouse because she believed it would look better that way."

Brooklyn Decker: CNN Heroes Tribute with Sofia Vergara!

Brooklyn Decker glams it up on the red carpet of the CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute held at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday (December 11) in Los Angeles.

The 24-year-old actress was joined on the red carpet by Sofia Vergara and her beau Nick Loeb.

Brooklyn rocked a Christian Dior dress, Loeffler Randall shoes, Lulu Frost earrings, and a Dannijo ring. She carried a Jimmy Choo clutch.
Sofia chose a Dolce&Gabbana dress and jewelry from her own Kmart line.
"At CNNHeroes … 30 minutes in and moved to tears already. Truly inspiring. Tune into CNN to hear these incredible stories" Brooklyn tweeted at the event, made to honor "individuals who go to extraordinary lengths to serve others."


Tiffany's Party
Judi Dench, Pippa Middleton and Cara Delevigne were all on hand to celebrate the twinkliest Christmas tree in town with toasty mulled wine. There was a memorable performance by singer Emeli Sande.

Somerset House Ice Rink - open

Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Jessica strikes a pose at the Swarovski Elements and Rodeo Drive holiday lighting ceremony on Monday 21. in Beverly Hills.Jessica Alba wore a Carolina Herrera dress and coat, barbara Bui shoes, and a Swarovski bag and jewels. 

Julie Gilhart
Fashion director, Barneys New York
As fashion director of the most forward-thinking big store in the city, Gilhart is responsible for feeding customers a constant diet of the new and lust-worthy and she does this by trekking to designers’ studios and then championing those she thinks have the proper balance of real design skill and luxury. Juliet Gilhart could easily delegate the searching to underlings, but—yes, that’s she in the front row of some obscure student’s wobbly first attempt. This Lady's  promoted Alber Elbaz (now a star at Lanvin after a rocky few years), Proenza Schouler, Olivier Theyskens, Goyard, and Project Alabama, to name a few. And with Barneys expanding across the country, Gilhart’s effect is going national.

Terry Lundgren
CEO, Federated Department Stores
The department store was in danger of becoming irrelevant to American shoppers increasingly trained to go to Costco, Target, or Wal-Mart. By keeping prices down and glitzy brand names front and center (Federated just signed a big home-furnishings deal with Martha Stewart), Lundgren, who controls 850 stores  is reinventing the form.

Marc Ecko
Founder, Ecko Unlimited
Press-hungry antics like his current First Amendment lawsuit against the city make Ecko seem more clown than kingpin, but he’s the top dog in hip-hop fashion, even though the competition (P. Diddy, Russell Simmons, Jay-Z, and Damon Dash) has infinitely more name recognition. Ecko got in early (his line launched in 1993) and knows how to monopolize his consumer. Mar sold his oversize shirts at skate shops, thus cross-breeding two potent teen cultures, and founded a bi-monthly shopping magazine for men called Complex that’s actually successful.

Andrew Rosen and Elie Tahari
Founders, Theory
In 1997, they started a line of cleanly tailored stretch fabric separates and made it possible for thousands of women to finally put their work wardrobes on autopilot.

Anna Wintour
Editor-in-chief, Vogue

No fashion figure has ever played her power as strongly and cannily as the feared, respected, sharply intelligent Wintour. She can make a fledgling’s career in a single phone call (designers from John Galliano to Zac Posen owe her a debt of gratitude), anoint the next society muse (Lauren duPont, Jessica Joffe), and raise millions for her favorite causes ($26 million for the Met’s Costume Institute in the past eleven years, $14 million for various AIDS charities), and let’s not forget her burgeoning empire (Teen Vogue, Men’s Vogue, Vogue Living).  Anna Wintour,  she’s been an inadvertent boon to the publishing industry, since The Devil Wears Prada spawned its own subgenre of chick lit.

Ralph Lauren

CEO, Polo Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren’s is an immaculately groomed, mouthwateringly merchandised America (with strong British overtones) has altered the way we see our own culture. Ralph made it irresistible in the stores, too, to the tune of $3.3 billion last year in categories as diverse as paint, perfume, and bespoke suits; he’s even managed to sell the vision back to its roots: Starting this summer, Polo is the official wardrober for all of Wimbledon’s on-court personnel.

Marc Jacobs
Head designer, Marc Jacobs International
Quietly, modestly, totally -Marc Jacobs has taken over. That person You see everywhere, from the army jackets (even if yours is from H&M, it is, in a sense, by Marc) to the ubiquitous slouchy leather bags to the transformation of that once-sleepy stretch of Bleecker Street. Marc in other gig, as creative director of Louis Vuitton, he’s single-handedly made that brand the most profitable of parent company LVMH’s fashion stable.