Back in May, Chanel confirmed that it had managed to snap up Brad Pitt to serve as the first male face of Chanel No.5 and since the news was announced, not much has been said about it but with two weeks to go before the TV commercial is released, more information about the partnership is slowly trickling in.
As always, Chanel has remained pretty tight lipped about the details but from the above sneak peak still from the campaign shoot suggests that we can expect Pitt to look very natural in the shots. According to the president of Chanel Fragrance and Beauty Andrea d’Avack, the actor will speak 'in a way that the viewer assumes he's speaking to a woman,' before we realise that he's actually talking about the fragrance. Well it better be good. Considering that the brand dropped $10 million on US advertising on top of Pitt's $7 million fee, expectations are definitely high.
Brad Pitt has everything to smile about this morning. Today it was confirmed that the actor will follow in the footsteps of Audrey Tautou and Nicole Kidman by becoming the new face of Chanel No. 5.
According to E! Online, the actor is shooting the campaign this week in London after Chanel dropped a whopping seven-figue sum to sign him up. Since his appointment marks the first time a man has appeared in the campaign, it wouldn't be wrong to expect this campaign to be particularly special.
It's been a long time coming but today Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt finally announced that they are getting married. When I first heard the news on Twitter earlier on today I didn't believe it - after all, I've lost count of all of the engagement rumours that have come and gone in the past - but the reports are true this time. Pitt's manager confirmed the news to The Associated Press today saying that while the wedding date has not been decided 'at this time' the engagement 'is a promise for the future.'
Naturally then, everyone's attention has turned to the ring. According to reports, it was designed by Robert Procop who teamed up with Jolie on her charity jewelry line in the past. The release from Procop's people said:
Following the first sighting of Angelina Jolie’s engagement ring at the private view of the new Chinese Art collection at the LA County Museum on 12 April 2012, Robert Procop confirmed that the ring was created by him, in collaboration with Brad Pitt, for Angelina Jolie.
Working closely with Brad Pitt to realise the star’s vision for the ring, Robert Procop was able to source a diamond of the finest quality which was then transformed using Pitt’s unique designs, cut with distinctive faceting to a shape and size that perfectly suits Angelina’s long, slender fingers. Throughout, Brad Pitt remained heavily involved, overseeing every aspect of the creative design process from the perfect cut of the diamond centerpiece – an elongated tablet shape – to the finishing touches such as the mounting of a galaxy of smaller stones which are graduated in size and faceted to match, adding a crowning lustre to the ring. The full creative journey – from conception to completion – took a year, with Brad Pitt waiting until the perfect moment to unveil this special jewel to Angelina Jolie.
Which designer do you want to see her get married in?
There's been much talk about the upcoming release of an Isabella Blow biopic, and it looks like filmmakers are really going ahead. Blow's former assistant Laura Goldstein Crowe has been appointed as a consultant, and her biography of her former boss, 'Isabella Blow: A Life In Fashion', will form the basis of the film's storyline, according to WWD.
This week, it was confirmed that the screenplay has been written by Nicola Brighton and Max Newson, so all that is left to be revealed is the cast. As we recently reported, John Galliano will allegedly have a cameo role and Phillip Treacy, who Andre Leon Talley said is having an instrumental role in the casting, is trying to secure Brad Pitt to play him. But the biggest question is: Who will play Blow?
Everything is shaping up for the upcoming biopic about Isabella Blow. Phillip Treacy - the person behind the film - has already secured John Galliano to make an appearance and is trying to convince Brad Pitt to play him "but it's wishful thinking and perhaps not very likely I know," he told Vogue UK. But who will play Blow? The late editor's widower Betmar Blow is set on havin Rachel Weisz.
I am trying desperately to forget that someone will actually have to play me in this film. I would never want to appear in it myself - I am a hat designer, not an actor. Acting isn't my forte. If I could pick anyone I'd run with Brad Pitt, but it's wishful thinking and perhaps not very likely, I know."
Treacy on his role in the Isabella Blow biopic, via Vogue.com
Gone are the days when men had no option but to wear those horrible jumpers to work and around the dinner table for Christmas. Unfortunately, this is something we've all become accustomed to whether it's on partners or the commuter on the train. But we come with good news and are prepared to let you in on a little secret. British heritage brand John Smedley is continuing to produce fine knit jumpers and accessories from the finest merino wool which are most notably, completely milled and produced in Britain.
We call the brand our little secret but the statistics speak otherwise. Since the company was founded in 1784 at the height of the Industrial Revolution - making it the oldest running factory in the world - the brand has grown a legion of loyal fans, which clearly explains their £15million turnover. The classic Smedley knits have been the first port of call for stars like Brad Pitt and Sharon Stone as well as Sean Connery, Mickey Rourke and most recently, the wardrobe stylist for the 'Coco Before Chanel' movie. The quirky traditionalism of the brand continues to appeal to all generations and designers. Margaret Howell, Comme des Garcons and Paul Smith have all featured the brand's fine gauge knitwear in their collections.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have decided to temporarily lend their talents to the jewellery industry, particularly to Asprey. The high-end jewellery label is reported to have enlisted the duo, who are famed for their blockbuster movies, ever-expanding family and their philanthropic committments, to design a capsule collection of the finest gold and silver (some diamond-encrusted) jewellery and accessories.
The collection, named The Protector, consists of rings, bracelets, necklaces, goblets (with serpent-shaped stems) and a silver baby spoon complete with a curved serpent-shaped handle, priced at $525, and is set to go on sale this week at Asprey stores in London, Beverly Hills, New York, Dubai and Tokyo. When asked why they had opted for the serpent theme, Jolie explained that during her pregnancy with Shiloh, she was given a ring from another jewellery brand in the shape of the snake, which she has since considered to be a talisman and protector of her family. The net proceeds from the sale of the pieces will be dontated to Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, of which Jolie is a co-founder and which seeks to assist child victims of war, confilct and natural disasters.
Having decided not to talk about the collection for Asprey, the couple instead sought to highlight and discuss the aims of the charity, saying, "These are children who most need a safe place to learn, a place to heal, a place to learn reconcilliation, a place to build a better future and a place-to just be children. Yet the education for these children is often forgotten. Tens of millions of children and adolescents in confilct are not in school." It's good to see that their ever-present altruism is still very much intact and that we can also join their club by purchasing pieces from the collection.
Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Arts drew quite the A-list crowd to its 30th anniversary gala this Saturday. Among the guests? Ciara, Chloe Sevigny, Rachel Zoe and John Legend. We give Jeremy Scott the most-daring-outfit award, but our favourite of the evening? Zoe Saldana's tulle-infused romance. And with a Lady Gaga performance, everyone, as usual, was in for a treat.