Red Carpet Fashion Awards

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Cate Blanchett graces her fifth cover for American Vogue for the January 2014 issue.

The Australian actress was shot by Craig McDean ready for the new season wearing a printed top and pop-art bracelet from Celine’s Spring 2014 collection, with the rest of her editorial seeing her wearing Armani Prive, Michael Kors, Nina Ricci and Dolce & Gabbana.

She is tipped for another Oscar after a mesmerising performance in ‘Blue Jasmine’ and is starring in George Clooney’s ‘The Monuments Men’.

On the possibility of leaving Hollywood, Cate said “I’m always threatening to give up acting. But then I get seduced back into it.”

She also shares with the mag, “I feel like I’m standing on the brink of something exciting.”

Having been nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award, and with an Oscar nomination most definitely on the horizon, is the actress predicting a clean sweep?

Credit: Craig McDean for Vogue

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Zoe Saldana was captured by James White for the cover of Flare Magazine’s January 2014 issue wearing a Jean Paul Gaultier trench, Salvatore Ferragamo top, Jason Wu skirt and hot pants, plus B Brian Atwood heels.

The ‘Nina’ star talks to the Canadian mag about her no-regrets policy about portraying Nina Simone, the challenges of male-dominated sets, the power of women today, not caring what anyone says about her, and her secret softer side.

On the power of women today: “Women aren’t wimpy. They don’t complain all the time. They can open up jars! They can fucking save the day! They can support their whole family. They can support their men. Half of my friends make more money than their male partners.”

On life lessons: “You have to learn from your experiences. I’ve been in compromising circumstances, and I wish I’d had the strength that I have now because I would have protected myself better. I would have stood up for myself better. Women are challenged every day and are sometimes encouraged to objectify themselves. And it hurts.”

On not caring what anyone says about her: “There’s nothing anybody can say or think about me that I will give a shit about. Honestly.”

On her secret soft side: “It’s so funny: the characters I played in ‘Columbiana’ and ‘Avatar’, on the surface, there’s what appears to be strength, but it’s sugar-coating an immense vulnerability. I am tough, but I’m also a very vulnerable person. I trust everyone. For many years I thought, I need to stop being this way, but no, I just need to learn from it.”

On the challenge of male-dominated sets: “You’d see all the boys together, and they’re discussing the scene and what’s going to happen. You just go, ‘yeah, but…’ and they say, ‘oh, but we already discussed that’”. In these instances, Zoe has no problem saying “‘I understand everything you’re saying, but these are the terms we agreed on, and that is why I got on a plane and came out here, and I decided to have your back, and now I don’t feel like you’re having my back. This character is invisible. She’s completely irrelevant, and she should be more. ’”

On her no-regrets policy about ‘Nina’: “At the end of the day, no matter how the movie is received, I’m not going to regret anything.”

Credit: James White for Flare

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Victoria and David Beckham for Vogue Paris December-January 2014

Victoria and David Beckham pose in a romantic embrace as they grace the two covers of the December-January 2014 issue of Vogue Paris, which were captured by Inez and Vinoodh.

The fashion designer guest edits the issue, opening up her festive family album of years past for the special Christmas issue.

While she normally works solo on her style career, I’m not mad she recruited her newly retired footballer husband for the exclusive spread.

Sporting a backcombed ‘do, the designer wears a black dress on one cover and green on the other, while hubby channels his inner James Bond in an impeccably cut tuxedo.

I think the shot of Victoria in the green dress is my favourite.

This issue hits newsstands in Paris on December 2.

Credit: Inez and Vinoodh for Vogue Paris

Kate Hudson for Harper Bazaar

Kate Hudson is the latest cover star of Harper’s Bazaar US, shot by Alexi Lubomirski for the December-January issue who captures the blonde star wearing Lanvin for the newsstand cover and Givenchy for the subscriber cover, plus a dazzling array of Spring 2014 looks from the likes of Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli and Fendi are featured in the editorial.

She talks to the mag about fitness, family, high-end shopping and my favourite top red-carpet fashion.

On high-end clothing: “People think we own all these dresses. But we borrow them. I can’t afford to buy that stuff. There are certain things I splurge on, but it’s very rare, especially when you have two kids and school tuition. I’m not a big high-end fashion shopper. I wish I could but the truth is things are just so expensive. Before Isabel Marant was a million dollars and famous, I used to go to her store in Paris and go crazy, it was so affordable.”

On the beaded denim Balmain minidress she wore to the ‘Clear History’ premiere: “It was a bit intimidating. The workmanship is amazing. It brought me back to being a little girl looking at anything sparkly.”

On her favourite red-carpet moments this year: “The black-and-gold Alexander McQueen dress I wore to the Golden Globes, and a red Stella McCartney and a red Prabal Gurung. I haven’t really done Valentino yet, but I want to.”

On staying active: “It really is a vital part of my day in terms of energy. And I mean just by putting a sports bra on. Then maybe you’ll do something. Even if it’s a few squats in the backyard and back to the couch.”

Credit: Getty

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Kerry Washington snags her seventh cover of the year following her Ebony (March 2013), Elle (June 2013), Vanity Fair (August 2013), Glamour (October 2013), Flare (October 2013) and Essence (November 2013) covers, now appearing on the cover of the December/January issue of Lucky magazine.

Shot by Patrick Demarchelier, the ‘Scandal’ actress looks radiant and incredibly happy wearing a Christian Dior Resort 2014 frock.

While much ado has been made about the cover and the excessive photoshopping of the beloved star, Kerry herself appears to have no issues with it, proudly making it her avatar for her twitter account.
In the mag she talks about the dangers of the media, living low-key and working in Hollywood.

Here are some extracts from the mag, which hits newsstands November 19.

On the dangers of the media: “Even for me, I think it’s a real danger to compare yourself to someone on a television show. I know that I am not going to look like ['Scandal' character] Olivia when I wake up and go to the bathroom at 4 o’clock in the morning. On the set, it’s somebody’s job to follow me around all day with spackle.”

On living low-key: “I can run into Madewell and J.Crew and be good for a few months. I’m not a formal person. I have a lot of jeans. And I have tons of sneakers, whether they’re the custom Nikes that you can make online or the Isabel Marant wedges. That’s the Bronx in me, for sure.”

On working in Hollywood: “It’s a miracle to even work in this industry. I didn’t become an actress to be on the cover of magazines. That was always a little scary to me. What I love about acting is the craft of becoming different people and telling a story.”

On keeping it real: “People always come up to me and say, ‘Oh, I want Olivia’s closet,’ and I’m like, ‘Me too!’ Even for me, I think it’s a real danger to compare yourself to someone on a television show.”

Credit: Lucky




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