The 2018 Pirelli Calendar Is An All-Black ‘Alice-In-Wonderland’-Themed Shoot

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The Pirelli calendar brings us breathtaking fashion imagery each year – in the past we’ve seen Annie Leibovitz photographing women with and without clothing and Peter Lindbergh capturing A-list actresses – and the 2018 publication is no exception. Photographer Tim Walker has captured an all-black cast of icons, including RuPaul, Naomi Campbell, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Whoopi Goldberg, and Lupita Nyong’o, among others, in a colorful Alice in Wonderland – inspired shoot.

Sean Diddy Combs and Naomi Campbell. BTS Photo by Alessandro Scotti for Pirelli.

The calendar’s images from Walker won’t be visible for another several months, but behind the scenes photos from Alessandro Scotti are currently circulating the internet via Pirelli’s site.

RuPaul and the Pirelli Cast. BTS Photo by Alessandro Scotti for Pirelli.

Edward Enninful, the newly minted Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue, styled the shoot. You can watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the production below:

Sasha Lane and Lupita Nyong’o. BTS Photo by Alessandro Scotti for Pirelli.

Céline Dion Modeling Couture for Vogue Has Saved Our Sorry Souls

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We’ve been seeing paparazzi shots from behind-the-scenes of Céline Dion’s mystical Vogue haute couture project over the past few weeks, and each image has given us that dose of strength we needed to carry on with our day. But we’ve been withering, praying that she’d give us more, and now, at last, Ms. Dion has. And the final result of this Vogue collaboration has electrified us like a bolt of high-fashion lightning. We’ve been enlightened and risen to a new level of transcendence.

First of all, Céline goes floral in this striking headpiece that rewrote Earth’s narrative:

If that wasn’t enough for you, next we head into this Skirt Suit of Wonders:

This is amazing on its own…

But consider that it turns into this:

Don’t scream:

I said don’t scream!

You’re frightening the children!

May the odds be ever in your favor.

Good night and God bless.

Demi Lovato Grinds With Jamie Foxx & Paris Hilton in Raucous ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ Party Video

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Demi Lovato goes throws a full on rager in her new “Sorry Not Sorry” video, which, as the clip explains in the beginning, was edited from footage of a real house party the singer threw at her actual home.

The video sees Lovato frolicking by a pool, in an inflatable tub, on an ourdoor dance floor, and in a beach chair, as her friends thrash, laugh, and kiss around her. There’s also some impressive and funny celebrity cameos: Jamie Foxx, Paris Hilton, and Wiz Khalifa all find time to stop by the party, and while there both manage to do a little grinding with the former Disney star, in a subtle nod to Miley’s Robin Thicke moment.

Lovato previously told fans that the song is “an anthem for anyone who’s ever been hated on and risen above it and come out from the other side like a f—ing savage!!!,” Billboard reports.

The singer has been supporting her new single with a Sorry Not Sorry intimate tour, performing at house parties across the country. The single is the first off of her forthcoming sixth studio album.

Take a look at the party below:

Madonna Seeks Legal Help to Halt Auction of Her Panties and Tupac Letter

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Madonna sought an emergency court order after learning her used panties and a letter from her former boyfriend, Tupac, were up for auction via Gotta Have It! Collectibles.

A New York state Supreme Court judge acquiesced, halting the impending auction of the goods, which Madonna was “shocked to learn” were being sold, according to Billboard. She added that the sale is “outrageous and grossly offensive,” and that she hadn’t even known the items were no longer in her possession. The pieces were apparently brought to auction by a “former friend,” again according to Billboard.

The letter in question is one that recently surfaced, and something Tupac wrote to Madonna in prison, where he explained that his reason for breaking up with her was because she was white.

“For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardize your career,” he wrote. “If anything it would make you seem that much more open and exciting. But for me at least in my previous perception I felt due to my ‘image’ I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was. I never meant to hurt you.” The auction house is expected to take action to try and continue with sale of the goods, according to the New York Post.

LPs ‘When We’re High’ Video is the Glam Elevator Party the Song Deserves

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LP’s single “When We’re High” is a sultry, simmering showcase of Laura Pergolizzi’s hypnotic and unique vocals, backed by a thumping beat that makes it a decidedly danceable hit. Now, the accompanying music video for the song has arrived, and features the singer enjoying a rooftop soiree with a bunch of gorgeous women in glittering dresses.

“When We’re High” is the latest single off of LP’s fourth studio album, Lost On You, which skyrocketed to number one in 13 countries. She’ll embark upon a UK tour this fall to support her latest music, the dates of which are as follows:

November 27 – Birmingham Academy 2
November 28 – London Forum
December 1 – Cardiff Y-Plas
December 3 – Leeds Stylus
December 5 – Glasgow QMU

“When We’re High”‘s bridge takes iconic lyrics from past pop culture anthems and works them into a mischievous jab at the listener: “She’s so fine, hips don’t lie/ Hit me baby one more time, go ahead and insert any random ass line.” Take a listen/ view below:

The Freddie Mercury Biopic With Rami Malek is Finally Beginning Production

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Rami Malek has been the latest star attached to the long-talked-about biopic on legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, and while it’s seemed to be confirmed for some time that the actor would take on the part, now, at last, it’s confirmed production with the Mr. Robot star is officially to begin.

Queen OnLine, the band’s official site, today releases a statement putting to rest some of our most burning questions about the upcoming movie – first of all, it’s happening, and it has a title:

“Yes folks, it IS finally happening.  You’ve been hearing rumours about Bohemian Rhapsody The Film for some time, but now QOL is about to become your most direct source of official information.”

In addition to confirming Malek in the lead role – “Rami has great presence and he’s utterly dedicated to the project. He’s completely  living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful,” Queen bandmates Roger Taylor and Brian May, serving as the film’s executive music producers, told the site –  they’ve also solidifed their choice of director.

“Award winning director Bryan Singer is the man who will be bringing the Queen and Freddie story alive. If you’ve ever seen Singer’s X-Men films, or the groundbreaking movie The Usual Suspects, you’ll know this is a director with extraordinary imagination and style.”

The statement also revealed pre-production would commence in the UK next week, with shooting hopefully to begin by mid-September.

Previously, actor Sacha Baron Cohen had been rumored to be taking on the role, though he dropped out of the project due to a difference in creative opinion.

The CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Finalists Have Been Announced

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Illustration: Hilton Dresden

The ten finalists for the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund are here, and each now has a shot and raking in that sweet, sweet $400,000 grand prize (two runner-ups will take home a cool $100K.)

Each one of the ten picks will receive mentorship and guidance from established industry creatives, and present a final collection at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles in October. From there, judges will decide a winner and announce the top contenders in NYC on November 6. The panel, which consists of such legends as Diane von Furstenberg, Ashley Olsen, and Prabal Gurung, welcomes four new members this year: previous fund winners Joseph Altuzarra and Eva Chen, Saks’ Senior VP and Fashion Director Roopal Patel, and Vogue Runway‘s Director Nicole Phelps.

The finalists this year include some of our queer faves, including Vaquera, who’ve previously wowed us with their Handmaid’s Tale collaboration and alt-Americana inspired runways, and Chromat, responsible for futuristic swim and athletic wear and a new electric capsule collection with MAC.

Take a look at the full list below:

Ahlem Manai-Platt (eyewear): Ahlem

Becca McCharen-Tran (swim and athleticwear): Chromat

Christopher Bevans (menswear): Dyne

Victor Glemaud (knitwear): Victor Glemaud

Jordan Askill (jewelry): Jordan Askill

Matthew Harris (jewelry): Mateo New York

Eli Azran (streetwear): RTA

Sandy Liang (womenswear): Sandy Liang

Telfar Clemens (ready-to-wear): Telfar LLC

Patric DiCaprio, Bryn Taubensee, David Moses & Claire Sully (ready-to-wear): Vaquera

Check Out The Explosive New Trailer for ‘Blade Runner 2049’

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Blade Runner 2049  has a new trailer that gives us even more bloody shots of Ryan Gosling staring into the dying orange sun than we could have ever asked for.

The film picks up several decades into the future, and centers on Gosling’s character, Officer K, trying to track down Harrison Ford’s Agent Deckard, the role he’ll reprise from the 1982 original film, as Earth teeters on the verge of collapse. Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Denis Villeneuve, who’s previously known for such thrillers as Arrival and Sicario.

In the trailer, we see Gosling, Ford, Jared Leto, and Robin Wright looking grim as they attempt to save humanity from certain doom. Sadly, we’ll have to wait until October 6 to find out if they do. But check out the new clip below:

 

Hercules & Love Affair’s New ‘Omnion’ Video Explores ‘Nuances of Gender & Sexuality’

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Hercules & Love Affair released today a music video for “Omnion,” the Sharon Van Etten-assisted title track off their forthcoming studio album, out September 1. The visual is directed by UK-based photography and video collective Crowns & Owls, and follows a young person through an eerie, upward climb in an intricate labyrinthine tangle of staircases.

“The ‘Omnion’ video is an exploration of the nuances of gender and sexuality,” the directors told Dazed. “A story of rebirth, the video follows a lone figure in red ascending a seemingly infinite staircase. Perspective play, scale, and negative space is used to reflect the complexity of identity. It was a pleasure to work so closely with Andy [Butler, lead creative behind Hercules] and draw on his love of the theatrical set design of Robert Wilson and combine it with our interest in minimalism and surrealism.”

For his part, Butler added, “Crowns & Owls have created a rich cinematic video for ‘Omnion,’ a song really dear to my heart. It has such splendour due to intense set builds and carefully considered casting and styling by the amazing Anna Pesonin. The timeless story of a spirit reborn is told in an original and nuanced way, with an opaqueness and mystery that’s in contrast to the heavy-handedness by which so much of pop culture is often relayed.”

Hercules & Love Affair will embark on a tour in support of their new album, ticket sales for which begin this Friday here.

Check out the “Omnion” video below: