Taylor Swift is letting down her blonde locks for her latest endeavour: posing as Rapunzel from Disney's Tangled for Annie Leibovitz's Disney Dream Portrait series. The singer is the latest famous lady to step into the shoes (or glass slipper) of a Disney princess for the ad series. Over the years, we've seen Jessica Biel as Pocahontas, Rachel Weisz as Snow White, and Julianne Moore as Ariel, to name a few. These dreamy photos by the renowned photographer bring the animated fairy tales from our childhood to life, literally, with musicians, athletes, actors and more. So we're taking a trip down Disney memory lane with our favourite princesses, prince charmings and villainesses snapped by Annie for the Disney Parks series, along with the animated characters that inspired them!
It was another cool, wintry week on Twitter, and our favourite fashionable folk shared some of their laid-back photos from the lead up to the Christmas break. Jaime King and Rachel Bilson scored a sweet treat from a food truck while on the Hart of Dixie set, Alexa Chung gave Santa a peck on the cheek, Cat Deeley showed off her new Rachel Zoe Winter coat and designer Prabal Gurung shared a lunch with friends. Click through to see all of this week's TwitPics and don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay in the know with the latest fashion news!
Finding a present for your fashionable friends is trick-ee sometimes. Clothes are hard to buy, as are accessories, unless you really know their taste/size/and what they already own — but there is one gift that is sure to tickle any stylista's fancy; a fashionable book. Be it a glossy tome for the coffee table, or sage style advice given by the Who What Wear girls, we've rounded up ten of chicest books for the chic reader in your life. Flip through — you mind find a lil' sumthin for youself in here, too!
We got our first peek at Angelina Jolie's Louis Vuitton ad campaign earlier this month, and here's a brand-new teaser video of her journey in Cambodia. Annie Leibovitz also accompanied Angelina to photograph her in the country where she adopted her first son, Maddox, after first visiting in 2000. The brief video clip shows Angelina walking through the gorgeous lush jungle in Cambodia along with a teaser of more from Angelina to come in July.
A first peek at Angelina Jolie's turn for Louis Vuitton's Core Values campaign was revealed over the weekend, featuring the actress in her own clothes, toting her own 6-year-old Vuitton Alto bag, and posing in familiar territory. The ad was shot by Annie Leibovitz in Cambodia's Siem Reap province, where Jolie shot Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2000 and first began her humanitarian activism. Jolie's ad is just one part of the design house's Core Values campaign, which will also feature Sean Connery and Bono, and run for the next 18 months. It's an understated portrait of the actress that goes way beyond the red carpet to highlight her humanitarian involvement. Do you think it's effective?
Katy Perry strikes a sultry pose on the June cover of Vanity Fair, photographed by Annie Leibovitz in sexy lingerie and red lips. She’s currently in Australia on her California Dreams tour (she performs the first of two Sydney shows at the Entertainment Centre tonight) and made an appearance at the Logie Awards on Sunday night, where she sang her hit “Firework.” Inside the magazine she talks about her religious upbringing and her marriage to comedian Russell Brand. Here’s what she said:
- On her relationship with her parents: “I think sometimes when children grow up, their parents grow up. Mine grew up with me. We coexist. I don’t try to change them anymore, and I don’t think they try to change me. We agree to disagree. They’re excited about [my success].”
- On her marriage: “[There is] never a dull moment. [Russell has] never lied to me once. I trust him; there’s just a level of trust that we’ve built up.”
- On why they didn’t sell their wedding pictures: “The press is just not your friend when it comes to marriage. That’s why we didn’t sell the pictures of our wedding, and we got offered millions of dollars for them, millions . . . It’s the wrong kind of attention. It detracts from the reason why you exist. We wanted that moment to ourselves.”
- On her career: “My career is like an artichoke. People might think that the leaves are tasty and buttered up and delicious, and they don’t even know that there’s something magical hidden at the base of it. There’s a whole other side [of me] that people didn’t know existed.”
Rob Lowe showed off his hot six-pack and looked every bit the sexy surfer on the Annie Leibovitz-lensed cover of Vanity Fair's May issue. The Brat Pack icon and current Parks and Recreation star allowed part of his upcoming autobiography to be excerpted in the magazine, and Rob also opened up in an interview about his circle of friends during his teen years, which included Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn and Tom Cruise. Rob didn't pull any punches in the interview, sharing stories from his days on The Outsiders set, remembering Charlie's hard-partying 20s, and recalling just how impressed he was by Tom's intense focus. He said:
- On meeting Tom Cruise on The Outsiders: "He’s open, friendly, funny, and has an almost robotic, bloodless focus and an intensity that I’ve never encountered before . . . already showing traits that will make him famous; he’s zeroed in like a laser."
- On Tom's reaction to sharing a room during their auditions "We check into the Plaza Hotel. I am taken aback at the luxury and spectacle of the lobby . . . The front desk tells us we will be sharing rooms. In a flash, Cruise is on the phone to his agent, Paula Wagner. ‘Paula, they are making us share,’ he says . . . The rest of us are staggering around like happy goofs . . . 'O.K., then. Thank you very much,' he says like a 50-year-old businessman getting off the phone with his stockbroker. 'Paula says it’s fine.'"
- On being proud of his work in the 80s: "The Brat Pack is timeless. We should all be so lucky in our lives to create things that we’re still talking about 25 years later."
- On his playing and working hard with Charlie Sheen: "We competed to see who could play harder, then show up for work and still kick ass. The verdict: Charlie by a nose."
Rihanna struck a gorgeous pose (with Ariel-esque red hair) for the cover of April's US Vogue and smiled for an accompanying shoot from photographer Annie Leibovitz. The pop star opened up about her upcoming movie Battleship, which she shot last year in Hawaii, as well as about her famous fashion sense. Despite recent rumours linking her to Colin Farrell and their apparent date night yesterday at LA's Giorgio Baldi, Rihanna also opened up about how hard it's been finding love since her much-publicised split from Chris Brown. She said:
- On getting into shape for Battleship: "I hate going to the gym and doing it the old-fashioned way. I hate anything that's too straight forward, too routine, too familiar. I get bored really, really quickly . . . Over the holidays, and even during filming, I realised that I actually like my body, even if it's not perfect according to the book. I just feel sexy. For the first time, I don't want to get rid of the curves. I just want to tone it up. My body is comfortable, and it's not unhealthy, so I'm going to rock with it."
- On dating again after breaking up from Chris Brown: "I just kind of shut down from that . . . I just let it go. I don't ever want to have to depend on a relationship. I think it's a really special thing to find love. It's beautiful. Nothing can match it. But I want to make sure that I find other things in life that I love besides . . . love."
- On people watching: "I love reading people. I really enjoy watching, observing, and being able to figure out a person, the reason they wore that dress, the reason they smell the way they do."
Smoking! That is all we have to say about the cover shoot from Rihanna's April issue of Vogue US. Putting her flame red hair in the spotlight, Vogue's fashion editor Tonne Goodman styled Rihanna accordingly in Hérve Léger, Alexander Wang, Lanvin and Chloé — making clean lines, dramatic shapes and Rihanna's sexy physique the focus of this spread. Lens-master Annie Leibovitz lent her skills for the beach shoot, and we're now thinking it's a whole lot more sophisticated than anything The Little Mermaid could have ensvisioned. We showed you a sneak peak of the cover, but now all the pics are in. Step inside and check it out!
Looky what we have here! A sneak peek at the final product from Rihanna's first US Vogue covershoot. The red headed beauty tweeted about her secretive shoot for the glossy back in January, and now we can finally see the end result shot by super snapper Annie Leibovitz. A picture of the still-wrapped-in-the-plastic April 2011 edition was posted on Twitter, and due to Rihanna's flowing red mane, reported Chanel frock, and seaside locale it has been suggested that the shoot was inspired by Disney's Little Mermaid. Whilst there's not a tail in sight, we can see the similarities. Wonder if the mermaid theme continued on to the inside spread? So, c'mon spill. Are you impressed by Rihanna's Vogue debut?