• Venezuelan film flourishing as society becomes more censored

    Updated: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A new wave of cinema is emerging from the chaos and violence of modern Venezuela that focuses on highly personal tales of gay love affairs and little boys who want to wear party dresses. Following the tradition of 1990s gay Cuban cinema, Venezuelan directors are finding creative ways to produce films that explore and criticize society despite increasing government control of TV and other media. And they're doing it with state funding. The debut feature "From Afar," by a little-known Venezuelan director, won top honors last week at the Venice Film Festival, one of the industry's top events. The film is about an affair between a wealthy middle-aged man and a teenage thug set against a background of p

  • Comedy Central to air comic Rannazzisi's special

    Updated: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Comedy Central has decided to go ahead with Steve Rannazzisi's stand-up special after the comic's admission that he lied about being in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. His special, "Breaking Dad," is scheduled to air Saturday. The network said earlier in the day it was making no changes to its schedule, and spokesman Steve Albani said there would be no additional comment. Rannazzisi lost a high-profile endorsement deal with Buffalo Wild Wings, which pulled its commercials featuring Rannazzisi after the admission. The comic apologized for the false story. He had said in interviews that escaping the terrorist attacks was a key factor in his decision to move to California and start a show busine

  • Presidential hopeful Sanders wins warm 'Late Show' welcome

    Updated: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bernie Sanders brought a "Feel the Bern" coffee cup for Stephen Colbert along with his message of lifting the middle class, and in return received a rock star's welcome from the studio audience as a guest on CBS' "The Late Show" Friday. The Vermont senator and Democratic presidential hopeful also brought along statistics to support his cause. "It is a moral outrage that the top one-tenth of 1 percent today owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent; that 58 percent of all new income is going to the top 1 percent," he said. To that, as with nearly everything he said, the audience cheered.

  • NY Fashion Week: The weird and wonderful moments

    Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Fashion Week always has its share of memorable moments, the weird and the wonderful and everything in between. Here are some highlights of eight jam-packed days: A CHANT OF GRATITUDE To begin, a wonderful scene. Designer PRABAL GURUNG has done a lot to support his native country, Nepal, after the devastating earthquake hit in April. He began his show with the moving sight of 30 Buddhist monks chanting a prayer of gratitude for the fashion community's help. Gurung then put on one of the more beautiful shows of the week, a tribute to Nepal in shades of yellow, saffron, peach and tea rose, with gorgeous embroidery. "All I wanted to do is show a little of where I'm from," he said.

  • London Fashion Week kicks off 5-day whirlwind of shows

    Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Models and fashion insiders have descended on the British capital for London Fashion Week, the biannual style showcase featuring a five-day whirlwind of runway shows, parties and celebrity-spotting. Here are some of the day's highlights as the event kicked off Friday. ___ NEW DIGS, NEW VIBE London Fashion Week has found a new home — and it's a parking lot. Fashionistas and models are making themselves comfortable at central London's Brewer Street Car Park, an unremarkable building that has been transformed for a week into a catwalk space and a glamorous showroom for clothes, bags and shoes. It's a far cry from the event's old headquarters, the stately, elegant Somerset House on the banks of

  • Jewelry trunk show at Milo & Lily Boutique

    Linda Miller | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    Feel good about shopping the Noonday trunk show of artisan jewelry and accessories Saturday at Milo & Lily Boutique.

  • Out of uniform: Mariners' King Felix rules in fashion

    Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — Felix Hernandez has more than 1,000 pairs of shoes, three different tailors to construct his made-to-order suits and fancies designer T-shirts that cost up to $500 apiece. His haute collection is so large that it cannot be held in the multiple closets of his homes in Seattle and his native Venezuela. And he loves every single item. "I will tell you this, the one in my room is big but my wife had to make like a different closet down in the garage to fit my clothes," the Mariners' ace said, shaking his head. "We made a couple of closets in the garage. I've got too much stuff." Hernandez has painstakingly cultivated an eye-catching style over 11 major league seasons.

  • Fashion Week: Really big band, really big show for Jacobs

    Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from the runways to celebrities as eight days of spring previews entered their final day Thursday. ___ FASHION FOR THE REST OF US After a week of fashions that seemed designed for impossibly thin models, red-carpet celebs, heiresses or museum mannequins, there was a runway show for the regular folks, courtesy of Macy's. The department store staged its first fashion show during New York Fashion Week on Thursday night, the closing night. Hosted by E! hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski, "Fashion Front Row" featured models showcasing the chain's wares, from its own brands like INC to celebrity lines such as Sean John and Jessica Simpson.

  • Toby Keith and wife Tricia Covel to host 3rd annual Schooner Golf Classic benefit this weekend

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    NORMAN - Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith and his wife, philanthropist and fashion designer Tricia Covel, will host the third annual Schooner Golf Classic Friday through Monday at the Belmar Golf Club, 1025 E Indian Hills Road. The Schooner Golf Classic raises funds for the OK Kids Korral, a cost-free, convenient and comfortable home for pediatric cancer patients receiving treatment in Oklahoma City. The Korral is supported by the nonprofit Toby Keith Foundation, which Keith and his wife run. The Toby Keith Foundation has been helping children with cancer since 2006 and continues its services through partnerships with hospitals, caregivers, foundations and civic groups.

  • Katy Perry gives shoutout to assistants during performance

    Updated: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — At an exclusive and intimate New York Fashion Week party, Katy Perry dedicated a song not to fabulous designers or picture-perfect models, but to their assistants. Perry closed her 30-minute set at the Plaza Hotel on Wednesday with her inspirational and anthemic No. 1 hit, "Firework." Before singing the tune, she told the audience: "I always feel like an outcast or a black sheep because I'm no longer sample size." Then she said to the few hundred lively guests, "This next song is a song I want you to remember when you're going about your day and you rip your pants, you have two Band-Aids fall off of the back of your heel, you're sweating, there's coffee all over your blouse. I'm talking about all the assista

  • Sturgill Simpson, Lucinda Williams win Americana awards

    Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Country singer Sturgill Simpson and singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, both eclectic genre-bending artists, took home top honors at the Americana Honors and Awards show. The Kentucky-born Simpson, who was touring and not available to accept the prize in person at the roots music awards show Wednesday night, won for artist of the year and song of the year for his psychedelic honky-tonk jam, "Turtles All the Way Down." His producer, Dave Cobb, accepted the song of the year award on his behalf and recalled being in the studio when Simpson came up with the memorable lyrics about "reptile aliens made of light." "When he came up with the reptilian line, I couldn't hold it in," Cobb said. "It was

  • Fashion Week: Kors' earthy elegance, Marchesa's opulence

    Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from the runways to celebrities as eight days of spring previews entered their seventh day Wednesday. ___ EARTHY ELEGANCE AT MICHAEL KORS Elegance, the Michael Kors way for spring, doesn't mean kid gloves, boning and tight dresses. The designer had a more "earthy elegance" on his mind for the feminine Michael Kors Collection — a more creative, artistic energy like Georgia O'Keeffe and Elsa Peretti, the Italian model turned jewelry designer. He sewed fluttery petaled flowers on dresses and offered sheer kicky pleats on dresses in classic red, blue, black and white. Wide black leather belts and grommets along skirts and hems provided s

  • Andy Samberg rolls out Emmys red carpet, promises silly show

    Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andy Samberg hopes to roll some silliness into the Emmys ceremony with a little help from his funny friends. After ceremoniously unraveling the red carpet outside the Microsoft Theater, the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star said Wednesday he's angling to inject some goofiness into Sunday's celebration with assistance from the jokesters behind the IFC show and podcast "Comedy Bang! Bang!" "We've got a silly crew," said Samberg. "I think we're going to find a good balance. You don't want it to be too silly or too meta to the point where it feels like we're not taking the show seriously.

  • The Michael Kors Collection an earthy elegance for spring

    Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Elegance, the Michael Kors way for spring, doesn't mean kid gloves, boning and tight dresses. The designer had a more "earthy elegance" on his mind for the feminine Michael Kors Collection — a more creative, artistic energy like Georgia O'Keeffe and Elsa Peretti, the Italian model turned jewelry designer. He sewed fluttery petaled flowers on dresses and offered sheer kicky pleats on dresses in classic red, blue, black and white. Wide black leather belts and grommets along skirts and hems provided strength. "I wanted to have that balance of the two things, think about things that were in fact very soft and romantic and feminine, but take them down-to-earth and make them work in a modern way," Kors sai

  • New musical about 'Amazing Grace' closing on Broadway

    Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — No prayers can save the new musical "Amazing Grace" on Broadway — it's closing. The musical, with music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron, centers on John Newton, an 18th-century slave trader whose spiritual awakening led him to write the hymn. The show, starring Tony Award nominee Josh Young and Tony winner Chuck Cooper, will close Oct. 25 after 24 previews and 114 regular performances. In a statement, producer Carolyn Rossi Copeland said her team is "incredibly disappointed" in the show's performance at the box office" and promised a national tour. The show was poorly received by critics and struggled to fill even half the Nederlander Theatre.

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Stewart lobbying for Sept. 11 responders

    Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedian Jon Stewart turned serious Wednesday as he lobbied members of Congress to permanently extend a law providing medical monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders. Accompanied by several first responders, Stewart met with members of Congress and attended a Democratic caucus luncheon. "If you can't get this done, maybe we should shut down," Stewart told reporters outside the U.S. Senate, referring to the possibility of a government shutdown this fall. "This is about as unassailable a piece of legislation you can have." Stewart was host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" for 16 years before stepping down in August.

  • Donna Karan on hand to support new DKNY designers

    Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Karan turned out Wednesday to support Public School's Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, the new creative directors of her namesake DKNY, as they debuted their first collection for the brand since her departure from the company she founded 31 years ago. There were no radical leaps in style as models made their way down a long, 250-foot runway set up under a ceiling of exposed industrial pipes in a gleaming white underpass at the PATH train station at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

  • Oklahoma City designer's Label Jane brings global couture to tiniest market

    By Heather Warlick  Life & Style Editor hwarlick@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    An Oklahoma fashion designer who saw a lack of unusual, handmade little girls' couture in the marketplace decided to change that. Jordan Gray, 28, started Label Jane in October 2014, shortly after her own little girl was born.

  • Kanye West shows collection at New York Fashion Week

    Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West's presentation during New York Fashion Week showed off his baggy, rural collection in a military style as Anna Wintour, Lorde and Kim Kardashian — holding baby North West — sat in the front row. West debuted Yeezy Season 2 on Wednesday at the Skylight Modern. The collection was launched in four sets: First a woman entered the stage wearing tan, almost the same color as her skin, and she yelled, "First row, fall in. Second row, fall in." Others models followed, sporting the same color and blond ponytails. The clothes ranged from loose jackets to high-waisted pants to tank tops. The leader wore a hoodie. Kim Kardashian and North West matched the models with their own tan ensembles.

  • Fashion show in Edmond will offer girls ideas for dressing with dignity and style

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    The Challenge Club at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond on Sept. 26 will hold a fashion show designed to show girls in fifth grade through high school how they can combine style and modesty in what they wear.