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  • Thom Browne tells a very fashionable bedtime story

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Walking into a Thom Browne fashion show often feels like walking onto the set of a Tim Burton movie, with the most fabulous and chic costumes imaginable. And the designer didn't disappoint on Monday evening when he presented his spring 2015 collection, in a runway show that felt more like a fashion designer's dream version of "Alice in Wonderland." The soundtrack was actually a bedtime story for the audience, read by a familiar voice that Browne identified, in a post-show interview, as Diane Keaton, a fan of his clothes. "Good evening, everyone," she began, promising "a short story, a simple story, a timeless story." The story, written by Browne himself, was about six sisters who enjoy coordinating the

  • Rock royalty plays at Tommy Hilfiger

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — As New York Fashion Week passed the midway point, Monday was a show of spectacle, celebrity and style. Carolina Herrera, a doyenne of the design world, showed a collection made new with digital prints and foam embellishments. And Tommy Hilfiger showcased classic rock in his collection and on the runway. And designer Dennis Basso remembered his friend Joan Rivers, whose funeral he'd attended Sunday; the comedian and host of E! network's "Fashion Police" died on Sept. 4. He kicked off his show with a recorded message — "I would like to dedicate this collection to Joan Rivers who has brought laughter and happiness to all of us" — followed by a minute of silence.

  • Fire damages Magic Mountain roller coaster

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A fire on the recently closed Colossus ride at Southern California's Six Flags Magic Mountain park has collapsed part of the famous wooden roller coaster, but no injuries are reported. Los Angeles County firefighters got the call around 1:30 p.m. Monday and doused the fire in about a half-hour. The top of the lift hill on the 125-foot-tall wooden coaster collapsed after flames charred it. Magic Mountain says workers were disassembling the ride at the time of the fire. Authorities are trying to determine the cause. Colossus was the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster when it opened in 1978. It closed on Aug. 17 and will be turned into a longer looping wood and steel coast

  • Tommy Hilfiger celebrates his inner rock star

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — To Tommy Hilfiger, fashion is deeply intertwined with music. And in his runway show Monday, he celebrated some of his very favorite musicians — the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors. While those '60s and '70s icons played on the soundtrack, accompanied by some live musicians, too, Hilfiger showed clothes that incorporated their spirit. Many models wore whimsical military-style garments resembling those colorful Sgt. Pepper jackets that the Beatles wore. Elements of those band suits popped up everywhere: in brocade, gold trim, vintage buttons, and peacoats.

  • Costner goes to bat for 'Black and White'

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    TORONTO (AP) — Most of Kevin Costner's most famous films wouldn't seem to be easy sells. How would it today sound to pitch a studio on a Civil War soldier befriending Sioux Indians on the South Dakota plains? Or on an Iowa farmer who hears voices? But while Costner's industry clout was once impervious, he's had to fight harder for his latest, the drama "Black and White," which premiered over the weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the film, written and directed by Mike Binder, Costner plays a Los Angeles attorney devastated by the deaths of his daughter and wife. A custody battle over his granddaughter ensues between Costner's character and the child's African-American grandmother (Octavia Spencer).

  • 'Guardians' lands $10.4 million at box office

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    "Guardians of the Galaxy" keeps orbiting the top spot at the box office. For the fourth weekend, the cosmic Marvel action-adventure landed in first place, collecting $10.4 million and bringing its total domestic haul to $294.8 million in its sixth week of release. "Guardians," which stars Chris Pratt as the intergalactic mercenary Peter "Star-Lord" Quill, has been at No. 1 for three weeks in a row. In its fifth week, Paramount's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" came in second with $6.5 million. The box office total for the heroes-on-the-half-shell reboot now stands at $174.7 million. The Fox comedy "Let's Be Cops" starring Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson slid into third place with $5.6 million, bringing its total

  • Herrera decodes a flower at NY Fashion Week

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's not easy being Carolina Herrera after 34 years in fashion. Coming up with something fresh every season while remaining loyal to her house had her turning to digital prints and foam geometric embellishments in colors fit for spring — reds in deep shades and bright neon, soft yellow and neutrals in a light mushroom tan — as she introduced her spring 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week on Monday. "Fashion is all about newness. You come out with something new that you have to offer women who come to buy that are always asking what is new now. So you have to be able to show something new but in the same style of the house," Herrera explained in a backstage interview Monday before her runway show.

  • Black leather, gold, and lots of celebs at Versace

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    New York (AP) — Talk about your one-stop shopping. If you liked the sexy numbers on the Versus Versace runway Sunday night — many of them tight, short, black, and embellished with gold hardware — you could purchase them the moment the show ended. All the outfits were on sale at VersusVersace.com. Such immediate shopping looks to become a Fashion Week trend — BCBG MaxAzria introduced a similar initiative at its show last week, though not every single look was available. It appears that designers want to instantly capitalize on the buzz surrounding their new collections — and not wait for others to knock off their looks (often for less money) before they've had a chance to sell them.

  • CBS names James Corden to replace Craig Ferguson

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — British actor James Corden will replace Craig Ferguson as host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS next year, part of a complete overhaul of the network's late-night talk show lineup put in motion by the impending retirement of David Letterman. The network said Monday it had picked Corden, who won a Tony Award in 2012 for his role in the play "One Man, Two Guvnors" and appears in the movie "Begin Again" with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Corden is also in the upcoming film "Into the Woods" with Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp. He hosts a sports-oriented game show in Britain, and also acts in and writes the BBC series "The Wrong Mans.

  • Bieber assault charge dropped over limo incident

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    TORONTO (AP) — Prosecutors said Monday they have dropped an assault charge against Canadian pop star Justin Bieber in connection with an incident involving a Toronto limousine driver. The withdrawn charge stemmed from an early-morning incident late last December, when Bieber and five other people were picked up by a limousine from a Toronto nightclub. Police alleged Bieber, 20, hit the limo driver several times in the back of the head. The charge made headlines just days after Bieber was arrested in Miami on street-racing and other charges. Prosecutors said the assault charge was withdrawn because there was no reasonable prospect of conviction. "It was the right decision based on the evidence and we're pleased," said

  • British royal couple expecting second child

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Prince George is not going to be an only child for long — the toddler will soon have a baby sister or brother to share his fancy digs at Kensington Palace. British royal officials said Monday that Prince William and the duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, are expecting their second child. Once again, Kate is being treated for acute morning sickness in the early phases of her pregnancy. The first time she was so ill she required hospitalization. Now she is being treated by doctors at her residence in Kensington Palace. She canceled a planned engagement in Oxford to rest and receive medical care. Prince William told well-wishers in Oxford that Kate should be over the worst of her sympt

  • Wide judo pants, bright reds and blues for Edun

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Africa-facing brand Edun, founded by Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, printed dots on wide cropped pants in blue and red along with line patterns on bright white looks for the spring collection at New York Fashion Week. Designer Danielle Sherman said backstage after Sunday's show that the collection was Nigeria-inspired. She included large silver pendants in the Tuareg style created by artisan Moussa Albaka to help represent "balance and unity," which also was expressed in the juxtaposition of perfect digitally-created circles mixed with irregular ones in prints. The brand produced about 92 percent of its previous collection of resort wear in Africa.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Help, I'm the best man!

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    I am the best man in my best friend’s wedding. What are my duties?

  • Tragicomedies at Toronto find mixed results

    Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    TORONTO (AP) — The opening days of the Toronto International Film Festival saw a trio of tragicomedies combine humor with pain, often with mixed results. The balancing act can be precarious. For every "Terms of Endearment," there are countless others like "Patch Adams." Comedy and drama often mingle in the best of films, but for the lion's share of movies, the two are kept apart, on different sides of the theater aisle. Some filmmakers, like Noah Baumbach, regularly fuse both elements seamlessly.

  • NY Fashion Week for Tracy Reese: cacti, dance

    Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tracy Reese had dancers pop out of the audience for a brief performance that opened her New York Fashion Week show Sunday, putting her inspiration for spring — the choreographer Martha Graham — into motion. Reese divided her clothes into three "acts," along the lines of how Graham lived life: discipline, craft and exuberance, the designer explained backstage. She built slowly from a series of dark black dresses and skirts in gabardine and stretch crepe to bright yellows, greens, pinks and purples in mixed prints and sparkly embellishments. Reese said some of the prints were inspired by nature, succulent gardens and the insects that inhabit them.

  • Opening Ceremony play spoofs the fashion world

    Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A little bit raunchy, a little bit sad and a little bit fashion show, the design house Opening Ceremony spoofed itself and the fashion industry Sunday night in a one-act play directed by Spike Jonze and written by Jonze and Jonah Hill. During New York Fashion Week in February, the two college buddies who started Opening Ceremony in 2002, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, treated their fashiony guests to a massive white wall that oozed chocolate. This time, their new collection of clothes — and the models who wore them — were a backdrop to Elle Fanning as a bubbly new model, a foul-mouthed Catherine Keener as Lim and John Cameron Mitchell as a tightly wound, stressed-out Leon dealing with all the little detail

  • Smiles and song at lighthearted DVF show

    Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — You know that sullen model stare? Diane von Furstenberg was having none of it at her New York Fashion Week show on Sunday, in which she channeled the theme of the sunny French Riviera in the 1950s. Many of her models smiled as they sauntered down the runway in little gingham numbers or other cheery prints that succeeded in being both sweet and sexy. Those models included none other than supermodel Naomi Campbell, who closed the show in a short, multicolored chiffon "boudoir dress," delighting attendees like Whoopi Goldberg. Kendall Jenner, the model and half-sister of Kim Kardashian, also walked the runway.

  • Colors take front row seat at NY Fashion Week

    Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Sunday was a day for remembering and looking ahead as New York Fashion Week continued in Manhattan. Early in the day, one of fashion's own (albeit a sharp-tongued one) was remembered at Joan Rivers' funeral. Among the guests: designers Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors, and E! network "Fashion Police" co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne. Victoria Beckham took a conservative approach to spring 2015; Joseph Altuzarra went for girly naivete inspired by Roman Polanski and Stanley Kubrick. And Public School went coed. Nanette Lepore was inspired by the beaches of California and the south of France. Among the highlights: ____ DKNY The DNA of DKNY has always been about New York.

  • Nanette Lepore offers a dose of escapism on runway

    Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nanette Lepore, known for her youthful feminine fashions, sent embroidered caftans and colorful dresses with halter tops and cut-out backs down the runway on Sunday as a way to escape to warm, sunny places. Lepore invoked the coasts of California and France as the inspiration for her collection during an interview backstage before her show. "It's about beautiful colors of the sky and the sea and the bright sun," she said. "It's fun, beachy places. I'm really trying to play up that fresh, feminine cool vibe." Lepore's spring 2015 collection featured yellow tent dresses, white strapless dresses, and embroidered black and white caftans. There were also floral two-piece and one-piece swimsuits. "I us

  • Tim Coppens offers womenswear at NY Fashion Week

    Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — "When your halo slips for good, you'll have to wear your hood." So sang British rocker Ian Brown — and so wrote designer Tim Coppens in his notes Sunday for a New York Fashion Week show of brightly colored outerwear and slouchy crew-and-shorts sets in white, gray and black for both men and women. Coppens began as a womenswear designer but has focused of late on men. Now, he's looking to beef up his offerings for women. In a backstage interview, he said his inspirations for spring were part Brown, part papery sleeves used to protect vinyl records when they're slipped into album covers — and part Manchester soccer fans who used to wear trenchcoats.