2012年10月27日

Confessions of a fashionista: From 100 boiled eggs to box-fresh bedding EVERY DAY - just some of the outrageous demands made by fashion industry divas

I've worked in and around the fashion industry for almost ten years and when it comes to outrageous demands I've seen it all.

Models who refuse to talk to anyone but their booker on set, popstars who specify they want 100 boiled eggs in their dressing room, designers who request all white rooms, with all white furnishings, backstage, and the pampered pet dogs that have to be flown business class.
Don't get me started on the dogs; one of the spoilt yappers has even made it onto the cover of my forthcoming book. Sigh.
Pampered pooch: in the fashion world, even the dogs wear diamonds
Pampered: In the fashion world, even the dogs get to wear diamonds
It takes a certain kind of superstar to really stand out when it comes to ridiculous riders and preposterous behaviour.
The kind of sensational singer who's been in the charts all their lives, the kind who's performed with the biggest names of the last half century, the kind who's been there, done that, and sold over a billion self-branded t-shirts. 
 

When your life is all first class flights, five star hotel suites, private yachts and screaming, pant-wetting adulation there's only one thing you can do: go full scale D.I.V.A. Well, it would be rude not to.

Take the uber famous songstress who insists no one turn their back on her (a therapy worthy hang-up, if ever I heard one).
She requires people to reverse out of the room she's in, so no one shows her their bottom.
I kid you not. I've seen it happen during a music video shoot. Cameramen, the director, the hairdresser, the stylist, and even the famous boy band she was dueting with, were all forced to leave the room backwards. Slowly. Feeling their way. Elegant. 
Glamour: What would you indulge in were you a diva?
Outrageous: What would you demand if you could be a diva for the day?
Then there's the music industry legend who booked a make up artist, only to show up covered in slap and refuse to let anyone touch her.
She's so impossibly glamorous, if a little stretched, I suspect she's had her foundation, eyeliner, lipstick, the whole lot, tattooed on. Like a mask.

Finally there's the multi-platinum megastar, who insists on new, (not just clean), bedding and underwear, fresh from the box, every day. No matter where she is. Imagine how much her staff have to pack?!

When it comes to behaviour, divas are rude, arrogant, and insufferable. They're also fabulous.
Wouldn't it be fun, just for a second, to imagine living that life - what would you insist on if you could?


EXCLUSIVE: 'I definitely had a lucky escape' Tamara Ecclestone opens up on her devastating split from cheating boyfriend Omar Khyami

She's suffered more than her fair share of heartache this year alone after being the subject of a terrifying kidnap plot and splitting from her long-term love.
But Tamara Ecclestone has now opened up about finding out her boyfriend of two-and-a-half years, Omar Khyami, had cheated on her, admitting she had a 'lucky escape' from the relationship.
The 28-year-old daughter of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone explained she is enjoying being single for the first time in her adult life, and truly believes the break-up happened for a reason.
Moving on: Tamara - who is launching Xperia Face Off from Sony - admitted she had a 'lucky escape' from her cheating ex-boyfriend, Omar Khyami
Moving on: Tamara - who is launching Xperia Face Off from Sony - admitted she had a 'lucky escape' from her cheating ex-boyfriend, Omar Khyami
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Tamara said: 'I’m feeling really good right now, it was a really horrible time and it was really, really hard. Sometimes I don’t think you realise how strong you are until you get put in that sort of situation.
'As cheesy as it sounds, I think everything happens for a reason. My dad said to me recently, “Tamara, you had a lucky escape. You weren’t married, you didn’t have children. There’s a bigger, better plan out there for you.” That’s kind of how I’m looking at things now.'
Despite the explosive way the relationship ended - with Tamara discovering a sex tape featuring the 38-year-old businessman - the brunette beauty doesn't regret the long-term romance at all.
She added: 'I did have a lucky escape. Definitely. I don’t regret the relationship, I think I’m the kind of person who wants to fix people sometimes, and that’s not really a healthy way to be. People have to want to change for themselves.
'Feeling good: The 28-year-old heiress has now taken on a philosophical approach to her former relationship, and thinks the split happened for a reason
'Feeling good: The 28-year-old heiress has now taken on a philosophical approach to her former relationship, and thinks the split happened for a reason
'When I said I thought we’d be together forever, I genuinely meant it. But everything always comes out in the wash eventually.'
But Tamara admitted the way she was forced to watch the tape in front of her parents was a 'mortifying' experience.
She told MailOnline: 'The way I found out was just awful.
'I wish I could have protected my parents from it. The way I found out was the worst thing about it.'
In happier times: Tamara dated Omar Khyami for two-and-a-half years before discovering he had cheated on her earlier this year
In happier times: Tamara dated Omar Khyami for two-and-a-half years before discovering he had cheated on her earlier this year
Tamara - who is the ambassador of new Sony interactive car racing game Xperia Face Off - explained although she is not looking for love, she will 'think more like a man' when it comes to her next relationship in the hope of protecting herself from future heartache.
She said: 'My experience hasn’t made me cynical or hating all men, I just think that everything happens for a reason and hopefully the best is yet to come.
Daddy's girl: Tamara is the daughter of Formula One mogul Bernie Ecclestone
Daddy's girl: Tamara is the daughter of Formula One mogul Bernie Ecclestone
'I don’t know whether I’ll find it difficult to trust next time around. I think I need to learn to protect myself a little bit more. I usually jump headfirst into a relationship and maybe that’s not always smart.
'When I get swept off my feet I’m all or nothing. I will definitely take my next relationship more slowly. I’m going to think more like a man.'
The reality star and model is set to inherite her Formula One mogul father's £2.6 billion fortune, but she insisted her fame and fortune are not important to her.
Tamara explained: 'All the things that are really important, like health and true love, money can’t buy. Obviously, I realise I have a privileged life and don’t have the same worries other people. Once someone betrays you it’s very difficult. Where you’re from or money isn’t relevant at that time.'
And the star is still is a big believer in fairytale romance after seeing how happy her younger sister Petra, 23, is with her husband James Stunt.
She told MailOnline: 'I look at them and think it’s really nice to believe in happy ever after. They’re so good for each other and they bring out the absolute best in each other. I’m really happy for her.
'She’s a very settled person for her age, and she’s so happy. It makes me glad to think there’s a James-type character out there for everyone. They’re a really lovely couple.'
Tamara is the ambassador of new interactive car racing game Sony's Xperia Face Off, and will be playing against the public on Saturday November 3 at Shop 13 in London's Truman Brewery.
She will then be challenging the public online on November 8.

2012年10月24日

Shopping in style: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley steps out in sheer T-shirt and printed trousers to top up her wardrobe even more

She's got one of the most enviable wardrobes going thanks to her sense of style and the fact she looks sensational in pretty much anything she puts on.
But like most women, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley felt the need to add to her closet even more with a shopping trip with her girl pals on Wednesday.
The model and actress managed to take some time out of her hectic schedule to head out in Los Angeles with her friends for the day.
Stylish star: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley spends her day off shopping with pals while wearing a sheer black T-shirt and printed trousers
Stylish star: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley spends her day off shopping with pals while wearing a sheer black T-shirt and printed trousers
She indulged in a spot of retail therapy as she made her way around the stores in the sunny LA weather.
And she could have been on the catwalk for the occasion as she strutted along showing off her fashionable garbs.
Rosie opted for a sheer black T-shirt which showed off a hint of lingerie underneath, while she covered up her slender legs in some printed trousers.
Day off: The model and actress managed to get some time out of her hectic schedule to hit the shops in sunny LA
Day off: The model and actress managed to get some time out of her hectic schedule to hit the shops in sunny LA
Day off: The model and actress managed to get some time out of her hectic schedule to hit the shops in sunny LA

Get anything nice? She may have a bulging wardrobe, but Rosie headed out for some more retail therapy on Wednesday
Get anything nice? She may have a bulging wardrobe, but Rosie headed out for some more retail therapy on Wednesday
The 25-year-old wore the loud patterned pants with confidence as she matched the maroon and blue colour with some slouch boots.
Rosie completed her look with her hair worn down and straight, while she covered her eyes from the rays in sunglasses.
And it seems like she had a successful trip as she didn't go home empty handed, walking along with shopping bags in her hand.
Model credentials: Rosie's lingerie could be seen through her T-shirt as she matched with some loud printed trousers and thigh-high boots

Model credentials: Rosie's lingerie could be seen through her T-shirt as she matched it with some loud printed trousers and mid-calf boots

Lucky Jason: Boyfriend Jason was missing from her side for once as she hits the shops with a group of pals
Lucky Jason: Boyfriend Jason was missing from her side for once as she hits the shops with a group of pals
Lucky Jason: Boyfriend Statham was missing from her side for once as she hit the shops with a group of pals
But her 45-year-old boyfriend Jason Statham was missing from the expedition, possibly because he's gone back to work shooting his latest movie, action thriller Homefront.
While he films alongside co-stars James Franco, Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder, Rosie went to visit him on the New Orleans set last week.
Rosie was spotted on the set Tuesday munching on a snack and sipping coffee from the craft service.
Rosie, who has been working hard on her next film, the Mad Max sequel Fury Road, can now relate to how a movie set operates and gave her beau space to do his job.
But the gravelly-voiced actor showed how romantic he is by taking Rosie out Tuesday night for an intimate dinner-for-two at La Boca steakhouse.

Alessandra Ambrosio keeps her clothes ON for once ...but flashes her stomach as she does Victoria's Secret fashion shoot

She is known for being a Victoria’s Secret Angel, walking down the runway with large wings attached to her back as she models the lingerie shop’s latest offerings.
But on Wednesday Alessandra Ambrosio was exploring her rebellious side as she took part in a photo shoot for the brand.
The 31-year-old could be seen dancing in the streets of Venice, California as she donned some casual attire.
Dancing angel: Model Alessandra Ambrosio was in Venice, California on a modelling job on Wednesday
Dancing angel: Alessandra Ambrosio was in Venice, California on a modelling job on Wednesday
Walking on the wild side: The star danced in the street as she donned a number of fashions
Walking on the wild side: The star danced in the street as she donned a number of fashions
Walking on the wild side: The star danced in the street as she donned a number of fashions

The brunette rocked out to music with a large pair of Beats headphones by Dr Dre, wearing a grey sweat pants and a cropped purple T-shirt as she boogied in the middle of the road.
She wore espadrille-style shoes on her feet and slung a black leather jacket over her arm.
Another look saw her dressed in white jeans, which were rolled up at the bottom, with pink V-neck jumper and leopard print flat pumps.
Hint of skin: The star bared her belly as she shot the images on Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Hint of skin: The star bared her belly as she shot the images on Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Hint of skin: The star bared her belly as she shot the images on Abbot Kinney Boulevard

Thrilling ride: She took her leopard print shoes off the pedal at one point
Thrilling ride: She took her leopard print shoes off the pedal at one point
Hot wheels: Alessandra donned pink and white as she hopped on a bike and sipped a drink
Hot wheels: Alessandra donned pink and white as she hopped on a bike and sipped a drink
Hot wheels: Alessandra donned pink and white as she hopped on a bike and sipped a drink
Holding an iced drink and slinging a stripy tote bag around in the warm breeze, the star later hopped on a bike and took her feet off the pedals at one point for more of a thrill.
While she covered up her legs for the majority of the time - dressing in black leggings and a white long-sleeve top as well as a cream hooded top and silver leggings – she later showed off her toned pins.
As she sat on a yellow fire hydrant wearing white shorts and a sky blue top with matching sunglasses she appeared casual as she chilled out playing with an iPhone.
Ideal job: The brunette appeared to be having to good time while at work
Ideal job: The brunette appeared to be having to good time while at work
Ideal job: The brunette appeared to be having to good time while at work

Casual attire: She donned yellow sandals with her leggings and cream long-sleeve top before switching to a monochrome ensemble
Casual attire: She donned yellow sandals with her leggings and cream long-sleeve top before switching to a monochrome ensemble
Casual attire: She donned yellow sandals with her leggings and cream long-sleeve top before switching to a monochrome ensemble
Alessandra looked incredible seeing as she is the mother of four-year-old daughter Anja and gave birth to her son Noah – with businessman Jamie Azur earlier this year.
The model has admitted she was nervous when she heard she had been chosen to model the grand finale bra in Victoria's Secret catwalk show this year.
She said the news, which she received in late May, put her under immense pressure to get back into shape after the birth of Noah.
Cool in blue: Ambrosio sat on a fire hydrant for part of her photo shoot
Cool in blue: Ambrosio sat on a fire hydrant for part of her photo shoot
Cool in blue: Ambrosio sat on a fire hydrant for part of her photo shoot

Legs eleven: She donned tiny white shorts to show off her pins
Legs eleven: She donned tiny white shorts to show off her pins
Her skimpy best: Alessandra filming the latest Victoria's Secret campaign in underwear
Her skimpy best: Alessandra filming the latest Victoria's Secret campaign in underwear

Frightfully clever carving: Glowing zombies sculpted from pumpkins crawl out of the ground at Botanical Gardens



If you want a real fright this Halloween, take a look at these glowing zombies crawling out of the ground in front of trembling passers-by.
The creepy undead figures have been carved out of giant pumpkins at New York's Botanical Gardens.
An upright zombie pulls his decaying friend out of the ground in this terrifying display at the Haunted Pumpkin Garden.
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Grim on the inside: The zombie pumpkins' skin peels off to reveal pale, bony bodies
Grim on the inside: The zombie pumpkins' skin peels off to reveal pale, bony bodies
Neighbour from hell: You wouldn't want to see this foul vegetable peering up at you from next door's garden
Neighbour from hell: You wouldn't want to see this foul vegetable peering up at you from next door's garden
The scary sculptures are part of a month of haunted horrors at the gardens, with families jumping out of their skin at chilling sights including the biggest bat in the world and the Gigantic Flying Fox of Malaysia.

Visitors will also be able to take a masterclass and learn to craft their own ghoulish gourds.
Each petrifying pumpkin was hand-carved by master carver Ray Villafane, of Food Network fame, and his team - Andy Bergholtz (a current contestant on Food Network's Halloween Wars), Trevor Grove, Alfred Paredes and Chris Vierra.
Members of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth will also be on hand to talk about their passion for growing the gargantuan gourds.
Putrid pips: Visitors can have a go at creating their own designs - although their pumpkins may not be as massive
Putrid pips: Visitors can have a go at creating their own designs - although their pumpkins may not be as massive
An upright zombie carved from giant pumpkins
Pumpkin scene
Spooky squash: The terrifying creatures lurch through the gardens after being carefully carved into shape
Brave souls will be able to follow up their lesson in the ways of the undead with a spooky forest walk.
This year has seen a bumper pumpkin harvest, despite an early drought, with some already smashing weight records.
The latest champion to visit the garden is a 2009-pound behemoth, which took the title for grower Ron Wallace on September 28 in Massachusetts.
There are at least two weeks left on the weigh-in schedule, which means another pumpkin might sneak up on us to produce a surprise win.

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North Korean official is executed by MORTAR SHELL for drinking during 100-day mourning period for late 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il

A North Korean military officer has been executed with a mortar shell blast for disrespecting late 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il by drinking alcohol during the 100-day mourning period.
South Korean media claim Kim Chol, the secretive state’s former vice minister of the army, was forced to stand on a spot that had been targeted with a mortar on the orders of Kim Jong-un.
The North Korean leader, who took over from his father after his death in December last year, demanded Kim Chol was 'obliterated', with 'no trace of him behind, down to his hair' in January.
No fun: Throughout the mourning for Kim Jong-il, pictured with his youngest son and new North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, all pleasurable activities, including drinking, were banned
No fun: Throughout the mourning for Kim Jong-il, pictured with his youngest son and new North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, all pleasurable activities, including drinking, were banned

tears for 'Dear Leader': Women mourning during the state funeral procession of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who died on 17th December 2011
tears for 'Dear Leader': Women mourning during the state funeral procession of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who died on 17th December 2011
It followed the North Korean regime's decision to order its 25 million population to abstain from pleasurable activities – including drinking alcohol - in honour of Kim Jong-il.
As an initial crack down on pleasure, anyone found to be not showing extreme distress in the hours after the dictator’s death were dealt with severely by being sent to six months in labour camps, according to reports leaking from the Stalinist nation.
It was claimed that anyone who failed to turn up at organised mourning events within two days of the burial service were sent to a labour camp and punishment was also meted out to anyone who even made a mobile phone call out of the country.
 

But when the mourning period to mark Kim’s burial was over and the strict ‘no pleasure’ 100 days followed, anyone who raised a glass of alcohol was in danger of receiving a death sentence.
According to South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper, Kim Chol was one of those who failed to resist the chance of having a drink.
Funeral procession: The mourning period after the death of Kim Jong-il lasted 100 days
Funeral procession: The mourning period after the death of Kim Jong-il lasted 100 days

Cry, or else: North Koreans cry and scream as they lament the loss of Kim Jong-il - those who did not follow the strict rules of mourning were severely punished
Cry, or else: North Koreans cry and scream as they lament the loss of Kim Jong-il - those who did not follow the strict rules of mourning were severely punished
And while he was the most senior official reported to have been arrested and executed, the South Korea newspaper reporter that a number of other generals were shot after being found guilty of drinking and being involved in sex scandals.
In total, 14 senior party, government and military officials were said to have been ‘purged’ on the direct orders of Kim’s son and new leader Kim Jong-un.
It was claimed by sources outside the country that the mourning periods had created a ‘vicious atmosphere of fear’ which have spilled over to daily life almost a year after Kim Jong-il’s death.
South Korean lawmaker Yoon Sang-hyun told the Chosun Ilbo paper that the executions were probably not over.
‘It seems that the purges will continue for the time being, as Kim Jong-un is tightening his grip on power,’ he said.

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