• Paul, Stella McCartney front row at Hunter's show

    Updated: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — It's not every day that you see not just one, but two McCartneys on the front row. Paul McCartney and his fashion designer daughter Stella caused a stir as they sat down to watch the catwalk show staged Saturday by Hunter Original, squeezing in next to pop star Rita Ora and Vogue editor Anna Wintour. The brand, best known for its rubber wellington boots, is headed by Stella McCartney's husband Alasdhair Willis. Hunter has only recently branched out into clothing — it was just the label's second season on the London Fashion Week circuit — but it proved it can put on a fun and slick show to go with its display of sporty casualwear.

  • Handbag designer Patricia Nash coming to Macy's, Penn Square

    Linda Miller | Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    What makes a purse special? For this designer, it’s luxurious Italian leather and Old World craftsmanship

  • Hillary Clinton among speakers at Angelou memorial

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — It was New York's turn to say goodbye to Maya Angelou. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison were among those sharing memories of the late author and Renaissance woman artist Friday at The Riverside Church in Manhattan, a few blocks west of a Harlem town house that Angelou owned in recent years. From a stage brightened by beds of white roses, it was a chance for friends and family members to pay tribute before hundreds of attendees and for the city itself to claim at least part of her legacy. Angelou, who died May 28 at age 86, had lived off and on in New York in the 1950s and '60s and visited often even after she moved to North Carolina, her primary residenc

  • Style goes digital as London Fashion Week opens

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — What to wear to London Fashion Week? The hottest designer heels, the latest fall jacket — or perhaps a tech accessory like Google Glass. Hundreds of models, stylists and fashion insiders descended on the British capital Friday as the five-day whirlwind of catwalk shows kicked off, bringing the usual heady mix of glamor, parties and beautiful people. This season, however, organizers are also focusing on pairing technology with fashion, launching a series of talks and projects with Google to help British-based designers go digital. The aim is for London to be "the most tech-savvy fashion capital in the world," according to British Fashion Council chairman Natalie Massenet, who paired up with Google's U.K

  • Some weird & wonderful moments of NY Fashion Week

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Modern dancers, writhing half-naked in front of giant weather-themed video installations. Miley Cyrus, not twerking, but working — in a new gig making jewelry with children's beads. A guy mowing a fake indoor lawn in a suit, top hat and fishnet tights. We didn't need to tell you that Fashion Week isn't only about hemlines and tailoring, did we? Some weird or wonderful (and sometimes both) moments of New York Fashion Week: BUT WHERE WERE THE CLOTHES? Making a splashy trip across the pond, British avant-garde designer Gareth Pugh put on a "live immersive fashion experience" involving scantily clad modern dancers undulating in a vast, darkened pier space on the East River that, in daytime, houses seven

  • Q&A: Mathis on new box set, yoga and 'Simpsons'

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chances are you haven't heard these Johnny Mathis albums — but that will change. The 78-year-old singer is dropping a 13-CD box set of unsuccessful commercial albums released from 1963 to 1967, when Mathis left his longtime label, Columbia Records, for Mercury Records and Global Records, his own production company. "The Complete Global Albums Collection" will be released on Nov. 17. It includes 10 albums that have been digitally mastered. It also features an unreleased album of Broadway show tunes and two albums that contain other unreleased songs and non-album singles.

  • Redmayne to Gyllenhaal, actors lead Toronto buzz

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    TORONTO (AP) — This year's Toronto International Film Festival belonged to the actors. Among the 300-plus films premiering at the annual movie feast — the north star to much of Hollywood's fall season and the continent's largest film fest — there were, of course, many terrific movies and a theater's worth of fine filmmakers. But nothing captured the spotlight of this year's Toronto, which wraps up on Sunday, like the performances. That's unlike many previous years where the loudest buzz from Toronto rang out for a freshly proclaimed masterpiece like "12 Years a Slave" or a stunning cinematic event like "Gravity," both of which left last year's festival hoisted upon the shoulders of enthusiastic Oscar prognosticators and

  • Nicholas Sparks tests TV with 'Deliverance Creek'

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nicholas Sparks' romance-drama novels have already found a second life as film adaptations. Now the best-selling author is turning to television. Sparks is executive producer of the TV movie "Deliverance Creek," premiering Saturday on Lifetime (8 p.m. EDT). He says television seemed a natural progression because 10 of his novels, including "The Notebook," have been or are in production for films. "I suppose it's just sort of evolved over time," Sparks said in a recent interview. The author said television gives him a new platform "to tell stories that I probably wouldn't tell" with books. "Deliverance Creek," starring Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under"), is a departure for Sparks because it isn't a roman

  • Nicole Kidman's father dies in Singapore

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Authorities say actress Nicole Kidman's father, psychologist Tony Kidman, has died in Singapore. Tan Tock Seng Hospital said Kidman was brought there Friday, but would not release any other details. The University of Technology in Sydney, where Kidman worked as a researcher and practitioner for 43 years, confirmed his death. He reportedly was in Singapore to visit his other daughter, Antonia, and her family. Singapore police did not identify him by name, but said in a statement that a man in his 80s was taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead. They said they were investigating it as an "unnatural death," meaning that it was not a result of illness or disease. Media reports said he fell.

  • Spring 2015: Key shows at NY Fashion Week

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wondering how some of the most prominent fashion designers fared at New York Fashion Week? Here's a look at the spring collections of some of the best-known names: OSCAR DE LA RENTA: DETAIL, AND SOME SKIN Oscar de la Renta's collection featured all the sumptuous, rich detail and workmanship he's known for: an ivory organza dress, embellished with hand-painted flowers and ostrich feathers, near-sheer skirts and gowns revealing the models' endless legs. More casual designs paired a large buffalo check print in pink, light blue or black with delicate looks, such as a white lacy skirt.

  • 'Of Mice and Men' screening dates set

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The recent revival of "Of Mice and Men" starring James Franco may have closed on Broadway, but you can still catch it on the silver screen. The play will be screened in more than 700 movie theaters across the United States and Canada on Nov. 6. It is the first American production chosen to be filmed by National Theatre Live. The play, an adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel, follows two tragic migrant workers trying to make their way through the Depression. It co-starred Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton. The play, directed by Anna D. Shapiro, recouped its $3.8 million capitalization in just 12 weeks and shattered the house record at the Longacre Theatre. The broadcast will be distr

  • 'Daily Show' correspondent Che joins 'SNL'

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC says a correspondent on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" is joining "Saturday Night Live." Comedian Michael Che will handle "Weekend Update" duties with Colin Jost during the upcoming 40th season of "SNL," the network said Thursday. Che, who wrote for "SNL" last season, had joined Stewart's Comedy Central show earlier this year. In an August episode focused on the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, Che appeared as a reporter trying to find a safe place in America for a black man. Che is replacing Cecily Strong on the "Weekend Update" desk. Strong will stay with "SNL" as a cast member, NBC said. "Saturday Night Live" returns for its new season Sept. 27, with host Chris Pratt and mu

  • Scottish celebrities take sides on independence

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Scotland's independence battle is a tough one to call. The Yes side has James Bond, but the No campaign has Harry Potter. Former 007 Sean Connery has long been a vocal Scottish nationalist — from his home in the Bahamas. Earlier this year he backed independence and the "core democratic value that the people of Scotland are the best guardians of their own future." In the other corner stands J.K. Rowling, Edinburgh-based creator of the boy wizard. When she said independence might be "a historically bad mistake"— and backed it up with a million-pound ($1.6 million) donation to the No campaign — it sent a Dementor-like chill through the Yes camp.

  • Marc Jacobs closes NY Fashion Week

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Fashion Week's eight-day whirl wrapped on Thursday with some of the design world's biggest names showing on the runways. Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs all presented on Thursday, as the morning-to-night introduction of the spring 2015 collections featuring shows by approximately 200 designers came to a close. Among the highlights: ____ MARC JACOBS FINISHES BIG With a Barbie-pink house and matching plush carpeting set up in an armory, Marc Jacobs closed New York Fashion Week on Thursday with models in military outfits and a computerized voice piped through Beats by Dr. Dre at every seat that spoke of a slower, quieter life. And Jacobs threw in some blinged-out wo

  • Networks say they're cutting back on Rice video

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — At least six television networks said Thursday they plan to stop or minimize airings of video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee and knocking her unconscious, footage that has called into question how the NFL disciplines players involved in domestic violence. The move comes after the video from a casino elevator showing Janay Palmer crumpling to the floor after a punch has already been seen many times on TV since TMZ released it Monday: During the 7 a.m. EDT news hour on Tuesday, the video clip aired 37 times on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, according to a count by Media Matters for America. In addition, the networks aired an old video showing Palmer outside

  • Marc Jacobs ends NY Fashion Week with a pink house

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — With a Barbie-pink house and matching plush carpeting set up in an armory, Marc Jacobs closed New York Fashion Week on Thursday with models in military outfits and a computerized voice piped through Beats by Dr. Dre at every seat that spoke of a slower, quieter life. And Jacobs threw in some blinged-out wooden slides (remember Dr. Scholl's Exercise Sandals?) and a few shiny short dresses with conveniently large pockets apropos of, well, who really knows since he's Marc Jacobs and he can do what he wants and didn't explain himself in his notes.

  • Calvin Klein for spring: classic sophistication

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Classic and sophisticated, the spring collection from Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein moved fluidly in papyrus white sleeveless dresses and read and blue leather on Thursday, the final day of New York Fashion Week. Save a bit of patchwork and silver metallic embroidery, the clothes were urban chic, either daintily belted or swinging free. Costa said in a backstage interview after the show that he wanted the female body front and center. "Making the body a little more exposed in a way, you know, giving the woman a little more curve, which I love. I've never done a silhouette like that," he said. "So we have fluted skirts, really beautiful engineered knits creating incredible shapes under tanks tops. It

  • Ralph Lauren takes audience on a glam safari

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you're the woman who likes to have a luxurious candlelit dinner while on safari — or maybe just wants to channel a safari while at a dinner party closer to home — Ralph Lauren hears you. The designer's spring 2015 collection was heavy on khakis, safari jackets and cargo pants, and played with the notion of safari as it moved from casual daywear into evening looks, too. Lauren described the collection as "about an exotic kind of luxury, the spirit of a romantic safari emboldened by luminous colors played against the heritage of pure khakis in sleek and modern shapes.

  • Real girls, real makeup: A look at celebrity makeup artist Carmindy's tips for teen beauty

    By Heather Warlick, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    In “Bloom,” celebrity makeup artist Carmindy Bowyer gives advice for young teen girls who are just venturing into the world of makeup.

  • Proenza Schouler plays with tensions, contrasts

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Proenza Schouler designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough — known in the fashion world as "the boys" — love contrasts. And so they love showing their ultra-modern, sophisticated clothing designs in dilapidated, aging or raw spaces, like the former headquarters of JP Morgan, built in 1914, where they held their runway show Wednesday evening. Proenza's runway featured their usual inventive uses of fabric and texture, especially in leather and in knitwear. "We're really attracted to leather, especially for spring, so we wanted to perforate the leather and make it almost sheer — like the sheerness of chiffon," said Hernandez in a backstage interview.