Feb 23, 2011

Christina Applegate: Holding Baby Sadie to My Chest Was Profound

The moments after childbirth were extraordinarily profound for Christina Applegate, who dropped her defenses and pulled daughter Sadie to her chest, a part of her body that she's kept closely guarded since her double mastectomy in 2008.
"I dropped my gown, which I don't do," the Hall Pass star, 39, says in an interview airing Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "This part of my body [her chest] is very private to me ... that's a real private place. A place that I don't have a good relationship with, let's say. But at that moment of pulling her out, I just tore that [gown] off."
It was a sign of just how open she was to her new daughter. "There's a room full of people that I don't know. Nurses and doctors," says Applegate – this week's PEOPLE cover girl, along with Sadie. "And she and I just lay there. It was the best thing that's ever happened to me."

Amy Adams's Daughter Makes Oscar Nod More Meaningful

Millions will be watching Oscar nominee Amy Adams on Sunday. But Adams herself will be focused on one person in particular.
"I'm going to hang out with my little girl this time around," Adams, 36, who's been nominated twice before, tells ET when asked about her plans for the big day.
This nomination – a Best Supporting Actress nod for The Fighter – is more meaningful than the previous ones, Adams says, because of 9-month-old Aviana.

Will Philip Treacy Design Kate Middleton's Wedding Hat?

When Kate Middleton weds Prince William on April 29, all eyes will be on her dress – and on her head.
Famed hat maker Philip Treacy, whose fans include Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga and Middleton's future in-law Camilla Parker Bowles, confirms to PEOPLE that he is making wedding hats for "some members of the royal family and attendees."
And a new report connects Treacy – and his fantastic creations – to the bride herself.
"Kate recently met Treacy after the Duchess of Cornwall (Parker Bowles) recommended his designs for the senior members of the wedding party, including mother-of-the-bride Carole," writes royal watcher Katie Nicholl in the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
The royal connection is legit: Treacy designed Parker Bowles's dramatic feathered fascinator when she married Prince Charles in April 2005.
According to the Daily Mail report, Middleton will don a veil for the wedding ceremony, but is "keen on wearing something fabulous" for the evening reception.
The bride is indeed expected to change out of her wedding gown and into a different dress for the dinner dance being hosted by Prince Charles where she'll have Prince William on her arm. Now the world will be watching to see what's on her head.

Designers vie to showcase wares on Oscars catwalk

Fashion fans are in a frenzy as Hollywood counts down to the Oscars, with designers and jewelers vying to provide the gorgeous gowns and fabulous gems on the red carpet next Sunday night.
Often referred to as the most famous runway in the world, the Academy Awards show offers fashion houses an unparalleled opportunity to showcase their most spectacular creations to hundreds of millions of television viewers worldwide.
The priceless publicity, and unspoken celebrity endorsements, can also influence mainstream fashion trends for seasons to come -- with an impact, eventually, on the high street.
The timeless allure of a silver or platinum beaded gown has long been a popular choice, and Sandra Bullock, last year's winner of the Best Actress award, chose a spectacular form-fitting gown in silvery tones by Marchesa.
Helen Mirren followed in a silver Badgley Mischka, Kate Winslet in a platinum Yves St. Laurent and Cameron Diaz in a strapless oyster Oscar de la Renta gown with metallic ribbon and gold embroidery.
In previous years both younger actresses like Anne Hathaway (Armani Prive 2009) and Jessica Biel (Prada 2009), and more established stars including Julianne Moore (Calvin Klein 2010) have opted for gold and silver gowns.
Nothing speaks of class and a classic sense of style more than vintage couture: Julia Roberts wore a memorable black and white vintage Valentino gown when she won best actress for "Erin Brockovich" a decade ago.
Five years later Reese Witherspoon celebrated winning best actress in 2006 with vintage Dior couture, a fairytale creation of beaded silver tulle embellished with spun gold thread, which she bought in Paris.
Of this year's nominees, perhaps only Michelle Williams, nominated for her role in "Blue Valentine," could be persuaded to take this route.
Some say Helena Bonham Carter was born for vintage couture, but the quirky British actress is known for a more eccentric and individual look: she always wears Vivienne Westwood with a great deal of panache.
The leading contenders for Best Actress, Natalie Portman for her role in "Black Swan" and Annette Bening for "The Kids Are Alright," each have their own style.

Bening almost invariably wears black Armani; a simple tuxedo or a slightly more elaborate creation, such as the strapless long-sleeved fishtail gown, this time Armani Prive, she chose to wear to the 2005 Oscars.
The very pregnant Portman -- who met her husband-to-be on the set of "Black Swan" -- may decide to stick with cult label Rodarte, which created some of the costume designs for the ballet thriller's "Swan Lake" scenes.
However, she is also a fan of celebrity favorite Lanvin, and now that she is the new face of Christian Dior, there is a good chance she'll opt for a classic custom Dior gown.
Nicole Kidman -- an enviable figure, tall and slender with porcelain skin, light auburn hair and a classically proportioned face -- rarely makes fashion faux pas.
She has often favored Chanel couture as well as Balenciaga, John Galliano for Dior, Tom Ford for both Gucci and Yves St Laurent and, most recently, a daring strapless dress by John Paul Gaultier.
But perhaps there comes a time when the allegiance to just one or two designers has run its course.
Marilyn Heston, who represents Alexander McQueen, Nicole Miller and Zac Posen among others, says that stylists have been asking for lesser known designers.
"Maybe there's a backlash to there being X number of people in Versace and Chanel and Dior," she said.
Tom Julian, a fashion consultant and style expert for Oscar.com, agreed.

Feb 19, 2011

Kourtney Kardashian Is Engaged To Scott Disick

Get ready to walk past three times the amount of magazine covers at the drug store this year of Kim Kardashian saying, "I'm really fine but I still don't like my thighs, but I use this sarong to cover them up so it's okay! Where's the ice cream?" (even though you're just at the drug store for paper towels!) because she's about to be the only remaining unmarried Kardashian sister! Word has it that Kim's older sister, Kourtney, is engaged to Scott Disick, and Life & Style reports that Scott popped the question during the season finale of Kourtney and Kim Take New York, and that the show ends with Kourtney accepting his offer of a life where all the adult conversation is condescending. Kourtney's mom, Kris, has dug up her old show-planning skills and is plotting a program for E! that would follow the couple while they plan for a wedding, and would also document them on the actual day that their marriage commences. It will also (inadvertently, of course) follow Kim on her already well-documented quest to kill herself.

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