Catherine Deneuve’s Saint Laurent Wardrobe Raises $1M at Auction

MILLION-DOLLAR WARDROBE: The sale of Catherine Deneuve’s Yves Saint Laurent outfits raised $ 1 million during an auction at Christie’s Paris on Thursday, with every single lot snapped up.
Interest in the sale was so strong that 90 percent of the 129 lots sold for multiple times above their pre-sale estimate, while the pre-sale exhibition held during Paris Couture Week drew 4,500 visitors, the auction house said. Online bidding for a further 140 lots remains open until Jan. 30 at midnight.
“This week, with highlights including the view and the auction itself, has been a new experience for me and has exceeded my expectations in many ways,” Deneuve said in a statement.
“I would like to thank Christie’s for the beautiful catalogue and the fact they paid tribute to YSL’s talent by presenting his creations in such an exquisite way at the preview, attended by thousands of people. I sincerely hope that the new owners will enjoy these pieces of couture as much as I did,” she added.
The top lot was a haute couture evening ensemble consisting of a chiffon blouse, scarf and taffeta skirt from the Russian collection that Saint Laurent designed for fall 1977. It sold for $ 59,745, 10 times the top

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Catherine Zeta-Jones Pays Tribute to “Beautiful Man” Kirk Douglas on 102nd Birthday

Kirk Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, 2018 Golden GlobesCatherine Zeta-Jones is letting her father-in-law Kirk Douglas know how “beautiful” she thinks he is.
The Spartacus actor turned 102 on Sunday, and Zeta-Jones posted a lovely…

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Discussing Brexit, Feminism and Grace at Catherine Quin’s Literary Salon

BOOK CLUB: Catherine Quin, the London-based designer known for her minimalist creations, has carved a path of her own, removed from the never-ending fashion cycle.
Her ultimate mission, she said, is to connect with her customers and to encourage them to “buy less, but better.”
Earlier this week she gathered a group of the women who most inspire her, including political activist Gina Miller, chef Jemima Jones, footwear designer Lily Hanbury and founder of Women for Women charity Brita Fernandez Schmidt, at the vintage book library on the top floor of Maison Assouline in London.
The women, who gathered for tea and literary readings, also featured in Quin’s latest campaign and modeled her new collection, Women of Grace. The collection is filled with elegant shirtdresses, fuss-free jumpsuits and oversized tailoring in the designer’s signature neutral palette.
“I wanted to celebrate qualities that aren’t normally brought to the fore nowadays. This year there has been a lot of toxicity in politics and I’ve really been inspired by women who stood up for what they believe in, and who were really dignified in how they dealt with all the criticism and the furor. It just made me think how grace is not talked about so much

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Catherine Zeta-Jones to Star in Facebook Watch Series ‘Queen America’

Catherine Zeta-Jones has signed on to play the lead role in a new Facebook Watch series titled “Queen America,” Variety has learned. The one-hour series, which has received a 10-episode straight-to-series-order, is described as a dark comedy set in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It revolves around Vicki Ellis (Zeta-Jones), the most renowned and ruthless pageant coach in the […]



Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2018 to Honor Staff Sgt. Catherine Schmid

Jeffrey Fashion Cares, the annual benefit thrown by Jeffrey Kalinsky set for April 11, will be hosted by Judith Light and honor Staff Sgt. Catherine Schmid.
The event, which features both a silent and live auction, followed by a runway show of men’s fashion, raises money and awareness for HIV/AIDS and supports various LGBT charities. As in the past, this year’s function will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Hetrick-Martin Institute and Lambda Legal. It will once again take place at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
The evening’s honoree will be Schmid, a 12-year U.S. Army veteran and a key plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the ban of transgender individuals serving in the military. Schmid was one of five members of the armed services and three hoping to enlist who filed a suit, brought by Lambda Legal, against the Trump administration’s ban on military service by transgender people in August.
Light is a Tony and Emmy winner who most recently appeared on “Transparent” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: An American Crime Story.”
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Why Catherine Zeta-Jones Couldn’t Get Cocaine Godmother’s Griselda Blanco Out From Under Her Skin

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When Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story premieres on the cable network on Saturday, Jan. 20, it’ll mark the telling of a…

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Pregnant Catherine Giudici-Lowe Shows Off 19-Week Bump: ‘Baby Is the Size of a Mango’

Catherine Giudici-Lowe is counting down the weeks until her second child arrives.

The former Bachelor alum, 31, shared a mirror selfie showing off her growing baby bump at the gym Friday on her Instagram Story.

“Baby is the size of a mango,” she wrote in the caption while holding a medicine ball up to her stomach for comparison. “19 weeks,” she added.

Giudici-Lowe also shared a Boomerang video of herself rubbing the ball with a loving look on her face.

“Pregnancy makes you do bizarre things. Like pretend a medicine ball is your baby and then document and publish it. @fit180dallas,” she wrote.

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The star and her husband Sean Lowe announced their pregnancy in November with a sweet clip of their 17-month-old son Samuel Thomas pointing to Catherine’s belly.

“Hey Samuel, can you say baby?” Sean says to his son in the video before Samuel points to Catherine as she giggled and said, “Baby!”

“Baba numba two,” Catherine posted on her own Instagram, sharing a photo of her lying on the couch with Samuel as he touches her belly.

In a separate clip Catherine shared, she asks, “Samuel, what’s this?” before he answers, “Baba,” pointing to his mom.

Sean and Catherine met on season 17 of The Bachelor, where they got engaged on the March 11, 2013, finale before tying the knot in a fairy-tale wedding that aired live on Jan. 26, 2014.

The couple’s upcoming addition isn’t a surprise. In September, Sean told PEOPLE that the possibility of baby No. 2 is “not off in the distance because Catherine wants a big family — she’s convinced she wants several more kids.”

“I’m 33 going on 34, so we better get crackin’ sooner or later!” he quipped, adding, “I would say that hopefully in 2018 we have another one.”

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Catherine Walker Stages Flash 40th Anniversary Show at Spencer House

HOUSE PROUD: London couturier Catherine Walker & Co. is staging a flash show at Spencer House, the ancestral home of Princess Diana’s family, to mark its 40th anniversary and raise money for charity.
The exhibition is private and will run for three days, until Oct. 18. It takes a look at four decades of the house that was cofounded by the late Catherine Walker and her husband Said Cyrus, who is head of design.
Nine of the outfits on display were worn by the Princess of Wales, who was a Catherine Walker client for 16 years. They include some snappy pinstripe dress suits with soft shoulders; the black, halter-style gown she wore on a visit to the Palace of Versailles in 1994; and a black tuxedo suit with white collar, waistcoat and cuffs that Diana donned for a visit to Her Majesty’s Theatre Haymarket in 1993.
“We had a very easy relationship with the Princess of Wales, there was a lot of trust between us, and toward the end of her life she would often borrow dresses from us instead of buying them,” said Cyrus during a walk-through on Monday before the opening. He said sometimes the royal would place her orders over the

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Take a Virtual Tour of Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Designer-Filled Closet

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Catherine Zeta-Jones Sends A Message To Paparazzi With Her Sexy Bikini Pics

Catherine Zeta-Jones took a page from the Selena Gomez playbook and hit back at paparazzi who crashed her vacation and snapped some unflattering pics of her. 

On Wednesday, the “Chicago” star posted a photo collage on Instagram featuring two pics of her in a black bikini. She looks great, of course. (And that scenery is making us extremely jealous.)

“Pissed the paparazzi photographed my ass, thus sharing the photographs my husband took of my ass. Always a better option for viewing,” wrote Zeta-Jones, 47, in her caption. 

Pissed the paparazzi photographed my ass, thus sharing the photographs my husband took of my ass. Always a better option for viewing .

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The actress and her husband, Michael Douglas, are currently on vacation in Mexico for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he wasn’t snapping photos of his gorgeous wife, the “Wall Street” actor shared a couple pics of his own on Facebook. 

“Spending turkey day and giving thanks with the family in beautiful Mexico. Happy Thanksgiving!!!” he wrote.  

We’d say they’re having a happy Thanksgiving, indeed. 

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Lena Dunham Wants To Turn ‘Catherine, Called Birdy’ Into A Movie

Lena Dunham discussed a wide array of topics with writer and author Ariel Levy during the 15th annual New Yorker Festival on Friday night, including her aspirations to turn Karen Cushman’s “Catherine, Called Birdy” into a feature film.

“This is actually my first time talking about it publicly,” Dunham said about the project. “I’m very excited about it. I’m not sure when it’ll happen, but I’m in the process of [working on it].”

Written by Cushman, the 1994 novel — which won the Newbury Prize in 1995 — tells the story of Catherine, a 12-year-old coming of age in 1290 England. “[She] gets her period and her father basically says, ‘Well, it’s time for you to get married,’ and she’s like, ‘Uh, no,'” Dunham told the crowd. “But it’s hyper realistic and really pretty and it’s full of incest and beatings, but it’s a child’s story. I’ve been obsessed with it since I was a kid.” Dunham previously cited “Catherine, Called Birdy” as one of the two best books she’s ever read about young girls in an interview with the New York Times in 2012. (Her other selection was Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita.”)

“It’s a really interesting examination of sort of like coming of age and what’s expected of teenage girls,” Dunham said. “I’m going to adapt it and hopefully direct it, I just need to find someone who wants to fund a PG-13 medieval movie.”

Dunham plans to produce the film through A Casual Romance, the production company she started with “Girls” executive producer Jenni Konner. According the 28-year-old, “Catherine, Called Birdy” is one of many projects the duo are working on at the moment “that sort of aren’t set in the here and now.”

“Nothing I’ve done so far has required any research of any real kind beyond, like, going to a diner,” Dunham said, acknowledging how “Catherine, Called Birdy” is not necessarily what some fans have come to expect from her as a writer-director. “So this is a whole other world. But the source material makes me so happy and I’m so excited, because I’ve been working on ‘Girls’ [for five years] and I also wrote this book of personal essays. So the idea of engaging with some of these topics that are important to me, which are — surprise — women and feminism, but finding a way to kind of look at them through a historical lens is sort of like where feel myself going.”

Dunham, who is currently promoting her new book, “Not That Kind of Girl,” said she’ll connect with Cushman to discuss “Catherine, Called Birdy” during a visit to Seattle next weekend.
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The Art of Y: An Interview With Fashion Designer Catherine Litke


With this new interview series I, Alex Schattner, hope to shed light on Millennials who are striving toward creative goals. Who am I? Read my personal story/manifesto here.

On Jan. 23, I spoke with fashion designer Catherine Litke at her studio near Union Square, New York City. Ms. Litke and I attended high school together. In 2012, she founded LITKE, her self-named fashion house. Read on to learn about her journey, and what it’s really like to start out in the fashion industry.


Catherine Litke in her studio

Ms. Litke in her studio. Photo taken by Alex Schattner

A: When did you know you wanted to be a fashion designer?

C: I really wanted to be a designer my whole life, but I didn’t know it would lead to starting my own line until about two years ago. I studied studio art at NYU, really concentrating on video art, but then my last year at school I fell into a job as a stylist’s assistant under Tina Chai. She really taught me how the industry works, and I admire her aesthetic and work ethic more than I can put into words. We worked with Band of Outsiders on all of their shows, and Tina’s collaboration with designer Scott Sternberg was always really inspiring, because the brand has such a strong identity. That kind of clear, concise, vision is something I really aspire to, even if my style is a bit different. Fashion is about creating a story, and everything needs to work together, no matter how many references you may be working with.

After graduating, I worked freelance for almost five years for different editors. As a fashion assistant, I helped create and coordinate stories for all different magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and InStyle, among many others. Working with so many editors and designers was an amazing experience, but I realized that I didn’t necessarily want to be on the stylist side — even though it gave me an amazing chance to travel all over the world in my early twenties.

A: What’s it like being in the industry?

C: I love constantly being surrounded by creative people who are also very involved in the business aspect of the fashion world. I think people assume that this industry is filled with a lot of over-privileged people playing dress up and buying expensive clothing. That’s definitely not the case. One of the things I value most about this industry is that everyone works long hours and is really talented at what they do. If you put in the work, people in this business notice and appreciate it.

A: But you do have to be the face of your brand, right?

C: I don’t necessarily think it is about being the face, but it is important to really believe in the products you are creating. I’ve always admired designers — especially women — who embody their brand in a genuine way.

A: Like Betsey Johnson?

C: Betsey Johnson definitely embodies her brand in a way I don’t know if anyone else could.

I really look up to women like Isabel Marant, Stella McCartney, and Phoebe Philo. They put their DNA and style into everything they create. They also seem to love wearing the pieces they make, which I think about a lot when I’m designing. Working with editors taught me to create things that are both beautiful and commercial. There is a fine line, but generally my gauge is whether I myself would love to own something if I saw it out of the context of the collection. My past work experiences have taught me to edit. This has been very helpful in keeping the collection substantial, but not unmanageable to produce.

An outfit from Ms. Litke's S/S Line 2014
A design from Litke’s S/S look book. Taken by Jake Jones

A: How would you describe your brand?

C: My brand is focused towards a younger customer, 20-35, and the shapes are a bit boyish, but also super feminine. I don’t subscribe to the idea that something super sexy also needs to be tiny and tight.

One of my favorite films is Belle de Jour, and Catherine Deneuve is just the most perfectly dressed character. She wears these amazing straight, 1960s, coats that are very restrictive, but also beautiful and feminine. I also love most French New Wave so that is usually somewhere in the back of my head.

More specifically, for my first collection I was fascinated with Mennonite quilting and the retro futurism images, specifically the movie Barbarella. This past season, I spent a lot of time looking at 1950s photos of children’s dance classes and Indian Illustrations, which made for an interesting juxtaposition. For F/W 2014, I’ve been pretty obsessed with Louise Bourgeois’ Fabric Works series, which I think really worked well in its translation into clothing.

A: If LITKE could have any celebrity spokesmodel, who would it be?

C: I really love women like Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst, who are obviously really feminine and beautiful, but also don’t dress for men. You can tell they really love fashion in the clothing choices they make, and that is really admirable in the entertainment industry where there is so much pressure to fit into a mold.

A: How do you produce and distribute your designs?

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Photo courtesy of Alex Schattner and Jake Jones.
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