Amy Winehouse Friend Endorses Her Drug Use

October 22nd, 2007

Winehouse  The comments come after Winehouse and her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, were arrested and fined in Bergen, Norway last week after being found in possession of marijuana.

The friend told the Sun: “We were chuffed when she was caught with cannabis, everyone used to worry about her cannabis habit, but now we look back at those days fondly.

They added: “We have been telling her to quit the hard stuff and get back on the weed.”

Despite her arrest, Winehouse’s European tour continued over the weekend with two shows in Bergen and Oslo.

Beyonce shocks in skimpy leotard

October 22nd, 2007

BeyonceThe Baby Boy singer – who recently cancelled her Malaysia concerts after refusing to conform to the country’s conservative dress code – donned a series of skimpy costumes, including a risqu?eotard with strategically placed Swarovski crystals, for her Ethiopia show on Saturday.

Beyonce told the 5000 screaming fans: “I want to thank you. You have been one of the best audiences of my lifetime.”

Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa welcomed Beyonc? two hour performance as part of the country’s year-long celebration of its 2000th year, according to the Coptic calendar.

Beyonce’s opening act, multi-platinum-selling rapper Ludacris, failed to impress the crowd. Local music promoter Michael Melake explained: “Rap music doesn’t suit Ethiopia.

“Ethiopians need a melody. Rap music is all about the message and we don’t identify with that. It’s all about the black American experience, and we don’t relate to that.”

The Black Eyed Peas, who performed in Addis Ababa in September, also received a lukewarm reception.

Spears regains right to visit kids – reports

October 22nd, 2007

Britney Spears visit kidsBritney Spears has regained visitation rights with her two sons in her bitter custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline, published reports said on Monday.

Celebrity web site TMZ on Monday quoted Spears’ Los Angeles attorney Anne Kiley as saying the troubled pop star was now able to see her boys, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1.

The web site said Spears’ visitation rights were suspended last week when a drug testing company could not reach her, and when she could prove she had a cell phone where she could be contacted, her rights were automatically reinstated.

Kiley was not immediately available to comment. A spokesman for Federline’s attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, also was not immediately available.

Spears is due to appear at a Los Angeles hearing on Friday, where the case will be reviewed. She and Federline have been locked in a custody battle over their kids for months as Spears’ life has seemed to veer out of control despite a stint in drug and alcohol rehab.


October 18th, 2007

Pret-a-rapporterWhat are we supposed to do about the year-round mono-climate we’ve managed to create? Environmental doom apart, I’m very cross about it on a personal level: it’s wreaked havoc with my wardrobe.

This is how the season has shaped up for me so far. In anticipation of a tour of duty in the fashion trenches of Milan and Paris, I lost my head and invested in an autumn/winter uniform. What an idiot. After I had hauled a hundredweight of purchases several thousand miles, the whole lot turned out to be redundant.

The shopping list would have made sense in the good old days of four distinct seasons. I bought two coats: a sleek black cashmere one by Boudicca and a red Harris tweed by a new designer called Kinder (tweed, ha!).

I got myself a pinstripe pencil-skirt suit; a thick grey long-line jumper; a couple of high-buttoning long-sleeved blouses; a stretch wool Body Conscious dress (wool!); and I threw in several pairs of boots and thick opaque tights to cover all eventualities. Or rather, none.

What was I thinking of? Style-wise, I flattered myself that I’d hit every trend, but what a disaster. September was hot in Milan and hotter in Paris. Back in Blighty, barely a day since has warranted much more than a lightweight jacket and an umbrella.

We’ve reached the absurd situation where the pre-set machinery of fashion is still churning out the same old seasonal fare, assuming that sun is for summer and cold is for autumn as it was in Dick and Dora storybook days. And worse, for all my supposed insider fashion intelligence, I keep getting fooled by it. No more: it’s time to get a grip.

Look around this month and every fashion magazine and shop is full of alluring varieties of weather-inappropriate coats – cocoons, swingy things, capes and First World War trenches. Stand back, say I. Why buy when properly cold days have practically faded to a distant memory? By the time a chill comes around, they will all be on sale, anyway.

You can always tell the way things are going by the pack-conversation of fashion editors waiting for the shows to begin. Along the rows and benches, I heard nothing but the latest chic boast: “Oh, I haven’t bought a thing!”

Has an incredible parsimony settled over this previously spendthrift community? Only partly – though designer prices have rocketed. No, the smart Americans and Europeans were happily wafting around bare-legged in little more than breezy, trapezey dresses (black, natch) and humongous wedges or platforms.

Way to go, I think. A neat jacket to shrug on top, a couple of belts, a scarf and an arsenal of opaque Wolford tights – that’s what a modern, climate-aware, year-round wardrobe looks like to me.

• Is there really no stopping the blight of Mrs Beckham? An unconfirmed rumour – from reliable sources – is circulating that she’s likely to be the face of the Marc Jacobs spring advertising campaign. That would mean being photographed by the unsparing lens of the ex-grunge visual supremo Juergen Teller, who has created Jacobs’s advertising image over many years; a brave step for any woman with vanity, but that’s by the bye.

It’s the head-messing contradictions the collaboration sparks – the world’s most uncool celebrity in association with one of the world’s coolest designers. I speak as a snob, of course. VB and her bodyguards are for ever getting under one’s feet at fashion shows.

She was at Jacobs’s show in New York, and at his Louis Vuitton collection in Paris – as well as practically everywhere else. What people like me can’t stand is the idea that the woman we had down as a show-side nuisance (there to please the tabloids) might be about to vault to the forefront of a brand that we have spent a decade revering as separate, special and anti all things establishment and mainstream.

If true, it would of course be the biggest tease Marc Jacobs could pull – as well as an industry-sized billboard summing up the way fashion is going. Or has gone.

Using Posh would say: “It doesn’t matter what cliques and elites think any more, only celebrity sells.”

It would be a triple coup. Victoria could feel endorsed in her fashion credibility, Jacobs could use her fame both genuinely and satirically – while people like me work up his name even further with our endless speculations about his possible postmodern ironic manipulations of media.

Whether Jacobs does employ Mrs Beckham or not is beside the point. Even in theory, it sums up the chilly reality that has dawned through this last round of collections. In more shows than I’d care to enumerate, there was a prickly feeling that designers are shooting above the heads of the insider audience.

They were not aiming to impress the critics, but to sell bags, bags, bags, and a few dull commercial clothes to (hate to say it, but) vulgar “new markets” – for some of which Victoria Beckham is a heroine.

• On the upside, my favourite tip from the latest shows is one to adopt right now. Jewellery has gone big, blatant, and, for the likes of me, satisfyingly junky.

Multiple strings of giant beads, pearls, chains, diamanté brooches, stacks of bangles and stone-encrusted belts were liberally scattered over the most influential collections – including Marni, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton and Dries Van Noten. What’s not to like?

With a sharp eye for the right kind of sparkle, colour and oversized flowers, it’s all eminently sourceable for a few quid from most Christmas church fairs.


Stern to make Anna Nicole’s baby heir to estate

October 18th, 2007

Howard K. Stern has filed court papers seeking to make Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter the sole heir of the late model’s estate.

Smith’s will was drafted long before the birth of her daughter, Dannielynn, last year. She died before updating the will to include her daughter.

In court papers filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Stern tries to clarify Smith’s intentions.

He claims Dannielynn should be the sole beneficiary under the correct reading of Smith’s will even though the child’s name is not mentioned. And he asks a judge to establish a trust for Dannielynn.

Dannielynn lives with her father, Larry Birkhead, who was established as her parent through DNA testing that settled a legal dispute with Stern.

Britney Spears loses her visitation rights

October 18th, 2007

Britney Spears Britney Spears has had her visitation rights to her two young sons suspended after failing to comply with a court order.

The new legal blow for the embattled star followed an emergency court hearing on Wednesday, the latest in her bitter custody battle with ex-husband, Kevin Federline over their children, Sean Preston, two, and Jayden James, one.
Scott Gordon, the judge who earlier this month stripped Spears of custody, wrote in an order following the hearing: “”Petitioner’s (Spears’) visitation with the minor children is suspended pending the petitioner’s compliance with the court orders.”

The order did not detail how she had failed to comply with the court’s directives but celebrity news website claimed the pop star had failed to provide drug testers with information about her whereabouts, making it impossible for them to carry out random tests.

In September, Mr Gordon ruled Spears must undergo random weekly drug testing after he found there was evidence she engaged in “habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol.”

He then took custody away from her after she failed to submit to the random testing.

Spears was also ordered to attend parenting classes and told she could not visit her children without a parenting coach present.

Both parents were also ordered to remain sober around their children.

Last week, Mr Gordon granted a request from the singer’s lawyers that she be allowed one overnight visit per week with the children provided a monitor was present.

All visits are now on hold until a new hearing next Friday.

The parenting coach has been instructed to submit a report to the court before the hearing.

Spears, who divorced Federline in July, had previously shared custody of the children with her ex-husband.

But Federline went to court to challenge the arrangement, accusing Spears of being an unfit mother.

The singer, who has been in and out of rehab, faces charges for a hit and run accident and is constantly photographed out at nightclubs, has been trying to get her career back on track with a new album due out next month.

Last month Spears’ lawyer, Laura Wasser, resigned and she parted ways with her management company, the Firm.

The singer, who shot to stardom a decade ago, has sold over 76 million records worldwide, according to Time magazine.

Thierry Henry: ‘I’m definitely not a fashion victim’

October 17th, 2007

Thierry Henry Fashion Thierry Henry is back in London. With minders, a precisely timed schedule, and a clothes range to launch.

Crowds jostle to get a glimpse as he models the Thierry Henry Capsule Collection in the window of the Regent Street Tommy Hilfiger store.

He certainly looks the part. Black kipper tie, white shirt long-sleeved shirt and grey suit from the Tommy Hilfiger range. Matched with an air of confidence and a genuine smile.

Cameras flash and bulky men guard doors. Champagne is served. Cheers to the new clothes.

But what is the footballer thinking in those split seconds when he turns away from it all, his back to everyone, his fists on his hips? Is this real for him? Does he have other things on his mind?

He has been through a lot recently, the move from Arsenal to Barcelona for £16.1m, the divorce from model Claire Merry (who he met on the va va voom set). What does it feel like being back in London? Doesn’t he just wish everyone would just go away?

He seems resigned to the perils of stardom. But it is still strange to see yourself on the side of a bus, he says.

“I can never get used to it to be honest.” He is still “like a kid” about that.

How did the collection come about?

After working with Tommy Hilfiger on a few shoots, Thierry mentioned his new charity to him, The One 4 All Foundation, which tackles racism and social inequality. Hilfiger liked the idea of teaming up.

Profits from sales of the collection will go to help the charity.

There were a lot of meetings, Henry tells me. Lots of shoots. He sounds quite bored. “I didn’t know they were going to put my face on it.”

The point, for him, is the charity. This is what is real.

“It’s important. That is exactly where I come from”

The aim is to help these kids. “Trying to keep them dreaming.”

Henry was born and brought up in the tough neighbourhood of Les Ulis, Essonne, France. AS Monaco spotted him in 1990 and signed him up. Then he went to Juventus, Arsenal, and this year, Barcelona.

“Those kids still have the right to dream. You never know, maybe the next Prime Minister might be there. But you can never know if you don’t give them a chance.”

It is clear he sees himself in them, and this drives his enthusiasm.

He says you need to give them the material things that they need – like furniture, and facilities, so they can have a good education, so they can “just be themselves, and make sure they grow properly”.

“Sometimes your parents can not be around you and support you because maybe themselves, they have to take two jobs at a time. It is the oldest brother usually who has to look after everybody.”

“I know exactly how it is in an underprivileged area. That is where I come from.”

The collection with Hilfiger is a way that he has found that means he can help. But he has no pretensions about his fashion credentials.

“I am not a stylist and I am not a designer,” he says.

“I’m definitely not a fashion victim. It is not like ‘I need to have this because everyone is wearing it’. I will actually be totally the opposite.”

Who influenced his style?

“My dad. When I was young. He was just crazy with his clothes.”

Always wearing matching clothes, always looking good. Just being himself.

Any style tips for men? What creates the best look?

“Just wear what you really feel comfortable with. Be yourself and be confident. It depends on what you like and how you wear it. I think it’s all down to that. You have to have your own style.”

There seems no danger of him getting sucked into the clean-cut fashion world he is moving in right now.

Fashion or football? Football. Every time.

And what about what next? Any plans?

“I never plan anything because sometimes you can get too much disappointment when you plan stuff. You already can get disappointed when you don’t plan aswell.”

The enthusiasm is gone from his voice.

Fair enough. Some of his plans have admittedly gone astray.

I’ll see what life can bring me, he says, as the next person desperate for his attention is ushered in.

Doherty and Winehouse Confirm Collaboration

October 17th, 2007

Peter Doherty and Amy Winehouse have confirmed that they are planning to record a track together.

Pete admitted these plans when he was interviewed by John Kennedy, Xfm presenter. Doherty was joined in his interview by Amy Winehouse and her husband Blake Fielder-Civil.

Since Pete left rehab in Wiltshire, he has been working on new material including a track titled ‘1939 Returning’.

Pete, who was reunited with his estranged father recently said of new track ‘1939 Returning’: “I’m going to try and get Miss Winehouse to help me with it, hopefully. They’re putting it up on the Internet next week, I suppose, but I don’t know.”

Lets hope both troubled stars can stay sober long enough to record this track.

Kate Moss celebrates Christmas early

October 17th, 2007

Kate Moss Kate Moss celebrated Christmas a few weeks’ early at Annabel’s in London last night, and she has every reason to celebrate.

She is looking great. She has a new haircut (fringe + choppy, shoulder length bob) and a new boyfriend, Jamie Hince, guitarist with The Kills. And she has just presided over her third and best-yet collection for Topshop.

She marked the occasion with a glamorous dinner and fashion show at the legendary nightclub in Berkeley Square, which she co-hosted with Topshop/Arcadia supremo, Sir Philip Green.

For all its star-studded celebrity, royal and rock ‘n’ roll rating – Princess Beatrice, Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen, Sophie Dahl and boyfriend Jamie Cullum, Elle Macpherson, Lily Allen in vintage Claude Montana, Sir Bob Geldof, Bobby Gillespie, Chrissie Hynde, David Walliams, Sadie Frost, Jade Jagger in Yves Saint Laurent, for starters – there was a buzzy, friendly intimacy about the whole evening.

Kate was positively glowing, her hair and skin as gleaming as the black satin ,halter-neck, ‘cat suit’ from the collection which she wore with a vintage, 1920’s silver beaded cape. She radiated happiness and, as they say, her smile just beamed.

The collection was shown on a gold catwalk which snaked between the tables – the first time Kate has seen her clothes in a proper fashion show-catwalk situation.

“I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown this morning,” Kate told me. “But then, once I saw the run-through and the clothes on the girls I realised it was going to be alright.”

She was spot-on. Heavy on black – which, as every girl and woman knows is THE most flattering colour – the clothes mixed 1920’s flapper, Biba and disco diva influences in a manner that was both sassy and sophisticated.

Great mini-dresses – which also worked as tunics over wide trousers and leggings – were embellished with fine black sequins and beads. Long, ‘hippie’ dresses were bias-cut and patchworked in floral and black lace.

Sir Philip’s daughter Chloe was wearing one of the star pieces from the collection: a cream and silver beaded Charleston shift, which also comes in black and silver. There was a gold ‘romper’ playsuit and a pair of skimpy hot-pants which only a Kate-clone could wear, but these were balanced by LBD’s with long sleeves trimmed with feathers and well-tailored tuxedo-style trouser-suits – in black, a la Marlene or cream, as in Bianca. Sir Bob’s girlfriend, Jeanne Marine, said she wanted ‘every single piece’. Lily Allen couldn’t wait to get her hands on the dresses.

The disco diva vibe was particularly appropriate, since after dinner (lobster salad, blackened cod, choccy pud), Sir Philip unveiled a surprise guest – Grace Jones, who writhed sinuously inside a billowing Issey Miyake witch’s cape, blown and tossed by a friendly wind machine, while husking ‘Slave to the Rhythm’. It was when she hit her stride – and some wild, screamingly-high notes – in La Vie En Rose, however, that the place really erupted. Kate, Naomi, Kelly Osbourne, the Geldofs, the soprano Katherine Jenkins, among others, were all lured irresistibly onto the tiny dance-floor.

Now, back in February, at London Fashion Week, when it was first mooted that Kate was about to go into the fashion business with Sir Philip, there were more than a few ‘suits’ who wondered if this was a wild card too far for the high street entrepreneur. Kate appeared to have survived the ‘Cocaine Kate’ scandal of September 2005. But she was still irredeemably attached to the former junkie, Pete Docherty and, with her unkempt hair and sallow complexion, appeared, at times, to be matching him in the unsavoury stakes.

Kate’s first collection came in for criticism for being a bit of a riff on her own wardrobe. The second fared better. And, now, with this Christmas collection, it is becoming increasingly obvious this is no flash-in-the-pan for Britain’s most famous model. Even those at Topshop who may have had initial doubts about her commitment to the fashion venture, now are full of praise for her involvement, application and enthusiasm.

Ms Moss is obviously in this for the long-haul and with every successive notch on her retail career ladder she is becoming more and more assured and her collections are developing a distinctive signature.

It is quite extraordinary to think this has all happened in just nine months.


October 17th, 2007
Victoria Beckham Another day, another opportunity for the babbling pools of acid that make up the Spice Girls to have a bitchy falling out. This time, it’s the turn of Victoria Beckham, who is reportedly furious at Geri Halliwell’s plans to sing a medley of her own solo hits, which would – admittedly – be around 40 seconds of torture.
Victoria feels it is best for the girls to stick to the group stuff, and with her solo back catalogue you can hardly blame her – unless she’s planning on wheeling out Dane Bowers and a vocoder mid-set. The girls have taken sides, and can you guess which way?

Oddly, Mel C and Emma Bunton (moderately successful solo careers) feel that Geri might be onto a good idea here. Why! They could do a similar thing themselves, eh? Whereas Mel B (and her collection of gurnings which stank up the charts) is on Posh’s side.

Star magazine reports that Posh and Ginger have also fallen out over costumes, both believing that they have valuable fashion experience to bring to the group. So it’s a choice between the band looking like a collection cheekbones in black, or a group of common whores. I’m with Geri on this one. After all, it worked for them in the past.