Everything You Need to Know About the LVMH Finalists

Only eight young designers remain in the running for LVMH’s (LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE) prestigious prize.

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An eclectic mix of established talent and bona fide up-and-comers, this year’s sartorial savants hail from all over (from the U.K. to Syria), and showcase an even broader range of creativity.

The designers, whose next hurdle involves showing their work to an industry-heavy jury (comprised of high-power names like Karl Lagerfeld, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, and Riccardo Tisci), will learn the contest’s verdict come June.

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While we await the final results, here’s a brief roundup of LVMH’s final eight.

Yoon (Ambush)

Co-founded with her musician husband, Verbal, Ambush evolved from the Tokyo-based power couple’s 2002 design company. Initially specializing in album artwork for various artists, the company’s latest incarnation features unisex clothing and bold accessories.

Antonin Tron (Atlein)

Tron (whose resume includes consulting gigs with Balenciaga, Raf Simons, Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton) launched French fashion house Atlein out of his apartment in 2016.

Cecilie Bahnsen

The Danish designer and former John Galliano intern has continually stood out at Copenhagen fashion week. Her eye-catching modern designs have appeared at Dover Street Market New York.

Maria Kazakova (Jahnkoy)

A self-proclaimed “multi disciplinary artist,” Kazakova’s menswear collection of sporty, out-of-the-box pieces (Jahnkoy) translates to “New Spirit Village.”

Molly Goddard

The London-based designer’s delicately crafted collection stretches tulle far beyond its previously imagined reach.

Kozaburo Akasaka (Kozaburo)

The Japanese menswear designer mines inspiration from the ‘90s street style of his native country.

Marine Serre

The French up-and-comer’s oeuvre is marked by her bold use of color and an unexpected tendency toward athletic design elements.

Nabil El-Nayal (Nabil Nayal)

A 2015 LVMH finalist, El-Nayal’s structured, feminine designs have been worn by myriad celebrities, including Jerry Hall.


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Youll Never Guess What Kim Kardashian West Greets Kanye West with After All His Shows

File this under the most Kardashian things that the Kardashian family has ever done.

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In a move that only further solidifies our belief that Kim Kardashian West and her rapper husband are meant to be, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star recently took to her website to share exactly what she brings to Kanye West when she meets him backstage after all of his performances. And while her very specific answer is not something we would have guessed, it is hardly surprising.

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“After every show, I always greet Kanye with a black Versace towel and a glass of water in a Versace glass,” Mrs. West revealed in a post. “And there was a fun slushy machine in the friends and family room.” We have a feeling that this ritual doesn’t come cheap.

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The mother of two also recently divulged that the couple is trying for baby number three in a clip from her reality show, though her doctors are concerned about the life-threatening health risks that could result from her carrying another child.

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With or without another baby, this brood has a lot to be thankful for.

The Cast of Scandal Have a Stylish Reunion at Paleyfest

Scandal has been one of our favorite television shows for years now and the production is showing no signs of slowing down. The gang was all together at The Paley Center for Media’s 34th Annual Paleyfest Los Angeles panel Sunday in Hollywood. And as you might have expected, the fashion and good feelings were on high.

The conversation turned to live tweeting on Thursday nights with the show’s gladiator fans, what’s to come for Huck, and more. But President Fitzgerald Grant himself, Tony Goldwyn revealed that Kerry Washington is a fixer in real-life—keeping the cast in good spirits. “One of the reasons we maintain this sense of family is the woman sitting to my right,” he stated of his co-star as reported by Just Jared. “She’s the greatest team captain.” How sweet!

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Washington sizzled in a red Roksanda jumpsuit with contrast satin trim, a low-cut neckline, and statement-making sleeves. She anchored her look with metallic Christian Louboutin pumps, a sleek topknot to let her all-in-one’s neckline play centerstage, and simple EF Collection earrings.

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We’ve definitely never seen Mellie Grant in a Maria Lucia Hohan dress (and rings by Ileana Makri and Randall Scott Fine Jewelry) like Bellamy Young‘s, but that’s ok—we’re obsessed with the actress’s style both on and off our screens. Her strappy Stuart Weitzman sandals made us wish for warmer temperatures, while her Emm Kuo clutch and Sylva & Cie hoops added that perfect pop of metallic.

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We’re accustomed to seeing Darby Stanchfield all suited up for her role, but she’s a total daredevil when it comes to flexing her personal style prowess. Like the other Scandal ladies, she injected some metallic into her ensemble, flaunting her toned abs in a copper Stella McCartney crop top and high-waist black trousers from the brand. Head-turning gold drop earrings completed her ensemble, though her ponytail was just as gorgeous.

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And who could ever forget about Scott Foley? The dreamboat kept it completely casual, yet polished in neutrals. Whether in a suit or denim, he always looks great.


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The Teen Cancer Patient Who FaceTimed Beyonce Has Passed Away

A Beyoncé superfan made headlines last week when her wish to meet the Lemonade musician came true with a FaceTime call. The Houston teen, who had been fighting a rare form of Stage 4 cancer, succumbed to her illness this weekend, just four days after her idol greeted her over the phone.

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Ebony Banks, who went by the nickname “Ebob,” had been battling cancer for most of her senior year. And to celebrate an early graduation, her friends used social media get Beyoncé’s attention with the hashtag, #EBOBMEETSBEYONCE. Their hard work paid off after Banks received a surprise FaceTime call from the Queen Bee herself last Wednesday.

Just four days later on Sunday, Banks passed away, according to local news reports. And that evening family and friends held a candlelight vigil, complete with a tribute to the teen with Beyoncé’s “Halo.”

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Our thoughts go out to Banks’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Ashley Graham Looks Hotter Than Ever in Behind-the-Scenes Photos from SI Swimsuit Shoot

What’s steamier than Ashley Graham‘s 2017 Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue spread? Her behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot.

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The top model shared a series of images over the weekend from the day that her feature was snapped, and the sexy pictures feature her posing on the beaches of Fiji in a variety of head-turning suits. Graham wows in everything from a revealing rhinestone bikini to a sheer bedazzled one-piece, showing off her killer curves in each and every look.

Ashley Graham in Bikini


BTS from my @si_swimsuit shoot in #Fiji,” she captioned the slideshow of ‘grams.

The 29-year-old made her SI Swimsuit debut last year, when she was featured as one of the five Rookies of the Year. “Your body is already beach-body ready,” she told InStyle at the time. “Yes, you should go to the gym, but you don’t have to just in order to wear that bikini for that day.”

And she was also right about another thing—the impact that appearing in the magazine would have on her life. “It’s going to take it to another level. I feel responsible for so many women because I’m representing a type of woman that has not been represented in Sports Illustrated,” she shared. “The sky is the limit with my career.”

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More Ashley, please.

Kendall Jenner Makes a Flawless Brunette Marilyn Monroe

Love Magazine, along with the rest of the world, loves a good Kendall Jenner spread. The model, who has both modeled and gone behind the camera for the edgy publication, is back again in one of their slightly NSFW videos. This time she channels the late, great Marilyn Monroe.

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In the video, Jenner dances around in lingerie from La Perla and retro-style bathing suits with her hair curled into a playful bob—much like Monroe’s famous tresses, but well, brunette instead of blonde.

The model wears a glitzy tiara and lip-syncs the late icon singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” Jenner also dances around the set while mouthing some of Monroe’s famous one-liners and lip-syncing along to a few more songs. If Jenner hasn’t competed in Lip Sync Battle yet, we think this could be a great audition tape.

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Watch the full flirty video above and get inspired to channel your own inner Marilyn.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter Welcome Their Second Child

It’s an exciting time for Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife, Sophie Hunter. The pair welcomed their second child earlier this month, People confirms.

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The couple’s new baby—a boy—arrived March 3. As for his name? It’s Hal Auden Cumberbatch.

The little one is the couple’s second child in two years—their son, Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch, was born in June 2015. Perhaps we can expect a clever reality series from the rapidly growing fam? The Cumber-Bunch? The Cumberbatch Kids? Just kidding, Hunter and Cumberbatch are notoriously private, but one can dream …

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

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After announcing their engagement in November 2014, Sophie and Benedict wed on Valentine’s Day in 2015, on the Isle of Wight in England.

Their second pregnancy was made public in October 2016 when Hunter and her baby bump made their joint red carpet debut at the L.A. premiere of Doctor Strange.

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Cheers to the growing family!

Katy Perry Partied With Elton John on His 70th Birthday

Elton John celebrated a huge birthday yesterday, and it’s only fitting that all the stars turned up to celebrate with the iconic singer. Among the attendees of the L.A. bash were Katy Perry, who went all-in with a sparkly party outfit, Heidi Klum, Rob Lowe, and John Hamm—not to mention there were performances by Lady Gaga, Ryan Adams, Stevie Wonder, and Rosanne Cash!

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March 25 was John’s 70th birthday, and his closest friends all gathered at Red Studios to celebrate yesterday. Perry took the title of “Sparkliest Outfit,” rocking a black, sequined Rasario dress with a halter neckline and low-cut back. She paired the head-turning number with black statement earrings, fishnet tights, and chunky black heels. The “Roar” singer carried a blue clutch for the night, and she opted for dark, dramatic eye makeup with a muted pink lip.

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As for the man of the hour, John wore a gorgeous maroon suit jacket with shiny satin lapels. He paired the statement piece with a burgundy shirt, maroon velvet slippers, and red eyeglasses.

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The “Tiny Dancer” singer seemed to have a wonderful birthday, judging by his Instagram posts. He enjoyed a delectable chocolate cake with sons Elijah and Zachary, and he was also gifted a huge card jam-packed with signatures from his Facebook friends.

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What else could you ask for on your 70th birthday?

J. Lo’s Back in the Studio With Sexy Selfie to Prove It

Jennifer Lopez is working it, in all senses of the phrase! The 47-year-old mom, actress, and singer announced to her Instagram followers today that she is back to work, recording music in the studio. Lopez shared a sexy selfie to show fans what she’s up to, wearing headphones and ready to go in front of a studio recording microphone. The Shades of Blue star looked casual yet stylish in a fitted white tank top and a touch of makeup to highlight her brows and enviable cheek bones. She completed her look with her honey brown locks pulled together in a high ponytail.

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She captioned the photo “Back at it…” and although she didn’t indicate what she’s recording, the session could likely be for her upcoming collaboration with ex-husband Marc Anthony. Anthony and his company, Magnus Media, and Sony Music Latin are set to produce and develop the Spanish-language album, while Lopez will use her vocals amidst Spanish melodies to create chart-topping hits. Lopez hasn’t released a Spanish-language album since 2007 when she released, Como Ama Una Mujer, which was also co-produced by Anthony.

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The mom of twins has recently been in the spotlight for her NBC drama series, Shades of Blue, which was renewed for a third season, that whole Drake thing, and her new relationship former pro-baseball player, Alex Rodriguez—with whom she just enjoyed a romantic Bahamian vacation.

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The first single off of the star’s album is supposedly set to drop in November, so queue the playlist of J. Lo’s top hits on repeat while we wait!

OITNB’s Samira Wiley Got Married

Congratulations are in order for Orange Is the New Black alum Samira Wiley and her new wife Lauren Morelli, who wed in Palm Springs, California this weekend! The actress, 29, and her partner, a writer on OITNB, celebrated alongside friends and family in a confetti-filled bash (the two are partial to Pilsbury Funfetti cake so confetti became a central theme). Wiley’s parents officiated the emotional ceremony and both women wore stunning white numbers (a gown and a caped jumpsuit, respectively) designed by Christian Siriano, as featured by Martha Stewart Weddings. The reception entrance song? Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”

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Wiley and Morelli met while working on their hit Netflix show, and celebrated their engagement back in November with a trip to Palm Springs, so the venue held great sentimental value for the couple.

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Wiley told People magazine that Morelli, who proposed to her at their home in Los Angeles, was way more hands-on about in the planning process than she was. “I just sort of want to sit back and be like, yeah sure, whatever. Yeah, I don’t care. Yeah yeah yeah.”

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Wiley took to Instagram to celebrate after the wedding, posting a pic of herself and Morelli in bright printed dresses, captioned with the hashtag “#wifed.” “Here’s 1/1000th of how excited we are today,” added Morelli in a post of her own.

While Wiley’s character on OITNB, Poussey Washington, had a tragic story arc, we’re glad to see that the actress’s real life is looking every bit the fairy tale!