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Beyonce lifts veil around her marriage, names her style icons

Beyonce in Harper's Bazaar

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We'd expect Beyonce to long for pickles and peanut butter during her pregnancy, but, happily for our purposes, the star has an even tastier craving: one for candor.

It seems that in her new role as a mom-to-be, Beyonce is just one big share party, offering insights about  her long-private relationship with husband Jay-Z and her high-profile style influences.

"We took our time and developed an unbreakable friendship before we got married. I admire his ability to inspire others. To me, Jay represents the American dream. Jay's music has helped define our generation," she tells Harper's Bazaar. 

"We focused three years on our marriage," she said, "and found that it brought us an even stronger bond and connection. But like anything great and successful in your life, marriage takes hard work and sacrifice. It has to be something both you and your husband deeply want."

On their daily lives, Bey added that "there's someone right there calling you out on your flaws and building you up when you need the support. If you are with the right person, it brings out the best version of you."

That best version of Beyonce is ever the multitasker: Due in February, the singer continues to release video after video from her disc "4," promote eponymous fragrances, recently hit New York Fashion Week and revealed to the mag that she's developing a maternity collection for her line House of Deréon. 

Still more sharing? Bey name-dropped Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and Gisele Bundchen as women whose style she admires. Digest all of this news, and a behind-the-scenes clip of her Terry Richardson shoot below, with or without pickles and peanut butter. 

[For the Record, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 11: OK, we're going to make like Beyonce and be candid with you -- this post originally referred to the singer's pregnant-lady craving for "candidness." It now more elegantly refers to her craving for "candor," which is, of course,  a real word. Thanks to @RogerWellington on Twitter for the candid critique.]

 

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Photos: Beyonce on and in Harper's Bazaar. Credits: Terry Richardson / Harper's Bazaar


Lady Gaga biopic headed to Lifetime TV

Lady Gaga's life story is coming to Lifetime
Amazing news, Lady Gaga's little monsters -- you get to learn all about your mother.

Or some folks at Lifetime television would hope so, as the cable channel is moving forward with an original movie about the star's meteoric rise to fame. "Fame Monster: The Lady Gaga Story" is in pre-production at the network, reports say.

While Gaga herself isn't involved in the picture, the network reportedly will chart the life and times of Stefani Germanotta -- the Manhattan schoolgirl who broke from her Italian Catholic roots to become a musical sensation.

The pic is based on the 2010 book, '"Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga" by Maureen Callahan. No star has been cast as the Lady, a daunting task at least thanks to some of the getups she's prone to wearing

"When we first meet her she is a dark-haired, offbeat, very talented and intensely ambitious teen. She comes from a Italian/American well-off, close-knit, Upper West Side NYC family," a casting note for the project reads.

Who do you think should play Gaga for Lifetime? Tell us in comments.

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Photo: Lady Gaga performs onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sept. 24. Credit: Christopher Polk / Getty Images 


Duchess Kate won't appear on Vogue cover, palace says

Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, won't be on U.S. Vogue

The former Kate Middleton -- now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge -- will not play cover girl for American Vogue, despite a report Monday that Prince William's bride was being courted by editor Anna Wintour.

Rumor had it that Wintour was campaigning for the former Kate Middleton as a stateside cover of the fashion mag, leveraging her relationship with longtime Vogue photographer Mario Testino to get it done.

But sadly, "There are no plans for the Duchess to do anything with U.S. Vogue," a palace rep told People magazine. 

The Testino connection would've been a safe bet -- not only a prize steed in Wintour's photography stable, he's a longtime pal of the royal family. His portraits of the late Princess Diana are treasured by many, along with the engagement portraits of Kate and William he shot last year.

Magazine competition over the princess bride has been stiff. The New York Post says British Vogue tried to get her for a wedding edition, which she declined. A collaboration with Wintour would've been her first cooperative editorial spread, save for another Testino shot that landed in the June issue of Vanity Fair.

"There’s nothing trashy or vulgar about her," Wintour has said of Kate's style. "She dresses her age and never looks out of place."

Least of all on the cover of Vogue, we'd say.

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Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, found a traditional white cowboy hat to be in vogue during her July visit to Calgary, Alberta, with husband Prince William. Credit: Phil Noble / Reuters.

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<p>The former Kate Middleton, now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will not play cover girl for American Vogue, despite a report Monday that Prince William's bride was being courted by editor Anna Wintour.</p>

<p>Rumor had it that Wintour&nbsp;was campaigning for the former Kate Middleton as a stateside cover of the fashion mag, <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/anna_fights_for_kate_cover_MBwF1zRRAYrnFgE1PR1PhM" target="_blank">leveraging</a> her relationship with longtime Vogue photographer Mario Testino to get it done.</p>

<p>But sadly, "There are no plans for the Duchess to do anything with U.S. Vogue," a palace rep <a href="http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20395222_20532087,00.html" target="_blank">told</a> People magazine.&nbsp;</p>

<p>The Testino connection would've been a safe bet -- not only a prize steed in Wintour's photography stable, he's a longtime pal of the royal family. His portraits of the late Princess Diana are treasured by many, along with the <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2010/12/royal-engagement-photos-prince-william-kate-middleton.html" target="_blank">engagement portraits</a> of Kate and William he shot last year.</p>

<p>Magazine competition over the princess bride has been stiff. The New York Post says British Vogue tried to get for a wedding edition, which she declined. A collaboration with Wintour would've been her first cooperative editorial spread, save for another Testino shot that <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2011/05/kate-william-vanity-fair-mario-testino-us-road-trip.html" target="_blank">landed</a> on the June issue of Vanity Fair.</p>

<p>"There’s nothing trashy or vulgar about her," Wintour has <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2011/09/kate_middleton_expected_to_hav.html" target="_blank">said</a> of Kate's style. "She dresses her age and never looks out of place."</p>

<p>Least of all on the cover of Vogue, we'd say.</p>

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<p>-- Matt Donnelly<br /><a href="http://www.twitter.com/mattdonnelly" target="_blank">twitter.com/MattDonnelly</a></p>

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Kanye West to debut his women's collection at Paris Fashion Week

Kanye West

Kanye West is headed to Paris Fashion Week, but don't expect to find him on his usual front-row perch. Come October, the rapper will be debuting his own clothing collection instead.

Though news of his womenswear line was confirmed in July, it was uncertain when West would debut it and how: a large-scale fashion event, or a quiet run-through for high-profile editors?

Predictably, Mr. West isn't starting small. During the Parisian runway shows, arguably the most important to the global industry, Kanye has a calendar listing on the heels of master Jean Paul Gaultier and label Loewe. He'll show at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 1.

West collaborated on the duds with Christine Centenera, fashion editor for Australian Harper's Bazaar, which tres surprisingly broke the news of his participation in the upcoming shows. Perhaps his stylish new role will now ensure unfettered access to after-parties.

West adds this full-scale garment design effort to a 2009 sneaker collaboration with Louis Vuitton. That of course along with his day job, watching the throne.

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Photo: Kanye West performs in July at the Splendour in the Grass music festival in Woodford, Australia. Credit: Chris Hyde / Getty Images



Victoria Beckham, Alexander Skarsgard kick off N.Y. Fashion Week

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New York Fashion Week is here, with folks like Victoria Beckham and "True Blood" hunk Alexander Skarsgard hitting the Big Apple for the sartorial celebration.

On Wednesday evening, coverboy Skarsgard kicked things off as he played host to Blackbook magazine's 15th anniversary party.

Cast mate Kristin Bauer van Straten showed up on the rooftop of NYC's Dream Hotel, as did Estelle, Bryan Greenberg, Skarsgard's "Generation Kill" costar James Ransone and band One Republic, sipping Tequila Don Julio.

Beckham rolled with a much different crew out of Los Angeles: mainly her newborn, Harper. And talk about baby's first front row — soccer star David Beckham's wife even tweeted about bringing the little one to the shows.

"Mummy and baby Harper are very excited for fashion week!!!" she said.

Stay tuned to the Ministry for more Fashion Week star sightings and many fabulous party reports.

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Photo: Alexander Skarsgard gives his "Generation Kill" costar James Ransone a little face time at Blackbook magazine's 15th anniversary bash at the start of New York Fashion Week. Credit: WireImage.



Lauren Bush marries David Lauren, becomes Lauren Bush-Lauren

Lauren Bush-David Lauren wedding

Lauren Bush, niece of former President George W. Bush, and David Lauren, son of designer Ralph Lauren, were married Sunday at Ralph and Ricky Lauren's Double RL ranch in Colorado, capping a weekend of wedding festivities that included a picnic and softball game leading up to the ceremony.

One of the most spectacular things about the wedding, other than the view of the Rocky Mountains? The bride's married name.

"After the wedding, Lauren will become Lauren Bush-Lauren," her father, Neil Bush, wrote on Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter. (The father of the bride has been doing oil business in China.)

Also fantastic: The bride's gown was designed by her father-in-law.

Lauren Bush, 27, is a former model turned entrepreneur. David Lauren, 39, is an executive at Polo Ralph Lauren.

Among the two hundred guests at the wedding -- who were invited to dress in "black tie with a Western twist," according to People -- were George W. Bush 43 and former First Lady Laura Bush, their twin daughters Jenna Hager and Barbara Bush, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush didn't attend because of health issues related to the altitude of the wedding site; instead, the bride's grandparents sent a video message that was played at the rehearsal dinner, the New York Post said.

The mother of the bride, Sharon, was accompanied by Prince Dmitri of Yugoslavia. Lauren's brother Pierce and sister Ashley and David's brother Andrew and sister Dylan were reported to be in the wedding party. Although Sharon and Neil Bush divorced in 2003, they came together to walk their daughter down the aisle.

The bride arrived in a horse-drawn carriage while guests watched from hand-carved wooden benches. Angela Buchdahl, senior cantor of Manhattan's Central Synagogue, conducted the ceremony, which was followed by a reception in a barn in a nearby meadow, with steaks from ranch stock on the dinner menu. Though the Double RL Ranch was already well-equipped, a softball diamond and chapel were built for the occasion, according to the Durango Herald.

Culture Map Houston rounded up some other celebrity guests' names: Ivanka Trump, who brought her baby to Colorado, and "Showgirls" actress Elizabeth Berkley, wife of the groom's cousin Greg Lauren.

And what might the wedding guests be doing Monday? A hundred tickets have been purchased for the Labor Day rodeo nearby, the Herald said, with the Laurens providing transportation to the Ouray County Fairgrounds.

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Left photo: An undated portrait of the Lauren family shows a younger Dylan, left, dad Ralph, Andrew, mom Ricky and David Lauren. Credit: Bruce Weber

Right photo: Lauren Bush, left, with cousin Jenna Hager at a UNICEF event in New York in June. Lauren Bush is co-founder and chief executive of FEED Projects. Credit: Jemal Countess / Getty Images.



Abercrombie would pay 'Jersey Shore' cast to take off its clothes

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino in a suit that's not by Abercrombie & Fitch

The situation: Abercrombie & Fitch is too good for the "Jersey Shore" and is willing to make a "substantial payment" to cast members not to wear its clothes.

Abercrombie & Fitch, the Ohio-based clothing retailer that has previously been in hot water for its racy T-shirts, racy catalogs and questionable employment practices, asked "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino in a statement Tuesday to stop wearing its digs on TV because his character may be sullying its name. 

"We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans," an Abercrombie & Fitch representative said in the statement. "We have also extended this offer to other members of the cast, and are urgently waiting a response."

So that means no high-priced A&F graphic tees or college-friendly sweats for Pauly D, Snooki, JWoww, Vinny, Ron, Sammi and Deena either. Conveniently, the company's offer and the attendant publicity coincide with late summer's back-to-school shopping crush.

In an interview with New York magazine last summer, The Situation sounded off on the "Jersey Shore" effects on merchandise.

"The show went international, and I read that it's very big overseas, especially 'The Situation' -- my name, or my character -- is known worldwide now," he said. "Abercrombie & Fitch, their most popular shirt, they told me, is 'Fitchuation.' I mean, where did they get that from? Obviously from myself."

Sorrentino earned roughly $3 million last year from the show and pushing merchandise for various brands -- still, might it pay for the Sitch to ditch A&F during his "gym, tan, laundry" routine? Like, more than it would pay if he were hired as their spokesmodel?

Hey, we don't hear Ed Hardy complaining about the cast wearing its ornate digs on the show. 

The MTV series, which broke MTV's ratings record with its recent fourth-season premiere, is currently filming the antics of the hard-partying, gym-loving, partially Italian American cast in Florence, Italy.

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Photo: Abercrombie & Fitch has made an offer to Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino -- shown in a Cohesive & Co. suit at GQ's Men of the Year party in March -- and the rest of the "Jersey Shore" gang to stop wearing its "aspirational" clothes. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press


Kate Moss' wedding: Rock 'n' roll meets 'Great Gatsby'

Fabulous new details on Kate Moss' wedding, and a John Galliano resurrection

Kate Moss' wedding to rocker beau Jamie Hince appears to have been a star-studded affair in the English countryside, according to a slew of new details released Thursday.

The supermodel and the Kills guitarist were wed July 1 In the Cotswolds, where the likes of Jude Law and his ex, Sadie Frost; Paul McCartney and his designing daughter Stella; fellow glamazon Naomi Campbell and more descended upon the 17th-century castle where the event was hosted.

"I wanted it to be kind of dreamy and 1920s, when everything is soft-focus," Moss told Vogue. "'The Great Gatsby.' The code name was GG for a while. That light and that kind of fun decadence. It's rock-'n'-roll 'Great Gatsby'!'"

Moss and Hince, who announced their engagement in February, proceeded down a daisy-lined path from a charming old church to a reception filled with Edwardian wicker furniture, to be sat upon by their famous pals.

Sixteen bridesmaids and flower girls, including daughter Lila Grace, attended to Kate on her big day.  Frost, Stella McCartney and designer Vivienne Westwood were in the bridal party.

Campbell, in Givenchy, looked on as a six-tiered Peggy Porschen wedding cake (an ambitious size for a for the notoriously thin bride) was circled by Jack White, Marc Jacobs, Manolo Blahnik, Mario Testino and old-school rock women Anita Pallenberg and Marianne Faithfull.

While Moss has had her turbulent moments in the public eye, the day was drama free -- save one minor detail. Her dress, a cream-and-gold confection modeled after a Jazz Age Zelda Fitzgerald, was designed by John Galliano. Fashion's persona non grata since his multiple episodes of alleged anti-Semitism and firing from the house of Dior, Galliano gave Vogue a few comments on designing for Kate.

"She was very professional and very demanding ... she dared me to be John Galliano again," Galliano said. "I couldn't pick up a pencil. It's been my creative rehab."

Moss and Hince, who met in 2007, live in North London with Lila.  

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Photo: Jamie Hince and Kate Moss amid a swarm of flower girls at their July 1. Credit: Rui Vieira / European Pressphoto Agency


Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess give quiet glam at 'One Day' premiere

Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess

Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess stepped out Monday for a hushed but glamorous premiere of their British romance flick "One Day" in New York City.

At the Lowes theaters at Lincoln Center, Hathaway turned heads in a black and gold Alexander McQueen cocktail dress — though any martinis would have been sipped alone. Boyfriend Adam Shulman was nowhere to be found, but Sturgess (in a baggy gray suit) made a nice escort on the carpet.

Photos: "One Day" premiere in New York City

Designer Rachel Roy turned up in a pinstripe pajama set, reading glasses and heels, while Howard Stern's wife, Beth Ostrosky-Stern, went for an evening look in a floor-length pink gown.

Paul Haggis, Patricia Clarkson, "Fright Night" blond Imogen Poots and Kevin Jonas with wife Danielle Deleasa followed the stars from the screening to an after-party at the Russian Tea Room, for which Hathaway switched into another frock, this one all gold.

"One Day" follows two undergrads who agree to meet one day each year — get it? — as they weave in and out of love with each other over two decades. It opens Aug. 19.

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Photo: Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess at the "One Day" premiere in New York. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press.



Anne Hathaway on that Catwoman suit: You ain't seen nothin' yet

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Anne Hathaway needs to you know: Don't rush to judge Catwoman's costume in "The Dark Knight Rises." Apparently, we haven't seen a thing when it comes to the form-fitting costume.

Friday's snapshot of Hathaway in character as the feline alter-ego of Selina Kyle got a lukewarm reception for, well, its lukewarm aesthetics. Annie's not having that.

"I was not going to admit it," Hathaway told MTV News about the photo's accuracy, as she's sworn to secrecy in regard to Christopher Nolan's film (the pic is legit, FYI, revealed on the film's official site).

"What I am happy to say is, if you didn't like the photo, you only see about a tenth of what that suit can do," she promised. "And if you did like the photo, you have excellent taste."

We like her nonchalance in regards to the suit reaction, but quite frankly we like the promise that the suit has more, and does more. Like perhaps lend some of the feminine energy from Michelle Pfieffer's heyday -- or at least some shredded leather, like in Halle Berry's go-round.

At this point we'd settle for something that includes maybe a change purse, as long is it is more exciting. We'll have to wait until closer to summer 2012, when "The Dark Knight Rises" hits theaters.

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Photo: Anne Hathaway at the "One Day" premiere in New York on Monday. Credit: Lucas Jackson / Reuters

 


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