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Olympic spectacle upstages menswear Fashion Week in Paris
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From Associated Press
June 23, 2017 11:48 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — It's rare that an event can upstage a top Paris Fashion Week show taking place in the French capital's ornate Grand Palais.

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Fri Jun 23 13:07:01 EDT 2017

When a designer sets out to create a brand, they want to be known for one thing — their designs. However, when it comes to Christian Siriano’s 10-year career, he’s earned prestige not only for his innovative collections, but also for what he does beyond the garments. Between his diverse runway casting choices and the stars he chooses to dress on the red carpet (a range of superstars that include Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Viola DavisOprah Winfrey and countless others), he’s developed a positive reputation for his work pushing the body and age inclusivity in fashion agenda forward — which he’s both proud of and slightly frustrated that it’s still a big deal.

“My goal is to hopefully change people’s perceptions of what’s beautiful and what women should wear,” the New York designer tells PEOPLE when we caught up with him for our new 100 Reasons to Love America special featured in our new issue, on newsstands now, as his support of dressing women of all sizes and ages is truly something to love. Here, he tells us how this reputation developed — and how much further he wants to take it.


“In the beginning of my career, I just was so excited when anyone who I was a fan of wanted to wear something, so I didn’t really about it as much,” he says. “ Like, if Oprah called, that was just so exciting I didn’t care about what size she is,” he continued. “I said, ‘We have to figure out how to make it.’ Now, I’m just trying to continue it. My biggest thing is just putting it out there — putting it in people’s faces as much as I can. It’s nice that people finally are starting to recognize it. It took a while.”


“The opportunities really are obvious during Fashion Week when we’re showing our collection, and that’s why I have diversity and size on the runway. It’s my chance to show people that this is beautiful, this is amazing, this is what luxury fashion should be. Our customer inspired this decision — I just felt like it didn’t make sense anymore to just show representation of the same type of girl. That’s just not who’s buying the clothes or who’s wearing the clothes. My woman is everyone. She’s all these different people, and I think that that was becoming more and more important in the business for sure.”



“And then, there’s the red carpet. I don’t go after the young, new It Girl. They’re fabulous, but what’s exciting to me is seeing someone different on the carpet looking amazing, like Leslie Jones or Meg Ryan or Danielle Brooks, whom I love so much. She loves her curves, takes risks and tries new things, and her shape doesn’t hold her back. And then there was the Emmys. We dressed so many great women and such a diverse group — the same with the whole awards season. That’s just our goal — to create a diverse group of women and make them feel great.”


“Honestly I just love that I get to help change people’s perceptions, and I’m proud of what we’re doing. And on the flip side, there are some days that I wish it wasn’t always such a big topic, so it goes both ways. It’s great, good for business, but some days it would be nice if it didn’t have to be such a thing. But it took me 10 years to get here, and it will take another 50 years to have my position become a little bit more of the norm. That would be really exciting.”



“I’m about celebrating yourself before anything. When we’re making clothes, we imagine how women feel if they can’t find something that they feel good in. So that’s the challenge. I think women are becoming more confident, they’re embracing their bodies and celebrating themselves. But there’s so much going on in our world politically, and just there’s so much craziness that I think fashion should be your one outlet to have fun and play. It’s a feel-good thing. It’s an escape from the rest of the hate going on. So that’s what fashion should be. I think that’s what hopefully most women feel like more and more now.”

For more of his interview and for 99 more reasons to love America, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

Fri Jun 23 12:45:20 EDT 2017

Céline Dion is known to put on an over-the-top show for her fans while performing her numerous sold-out concerts in Las Vegas and around the world.

So it should be no surprise to see that the 49-year-old Grammy winner put on an equally entertaining show for fans off-stage on Friday, when leaving the Royal Monceau hotel in Paris France.

The mother-of-three looked comfortable in black workout pants, a black sweatshirt and a puffy white wrap coat — which she accessorized with black sneakers and matching shades.

But rather than just smile for photographers and fans, she decided to model for a number of silly shots — lifting her leg up in a yoga pose, covering her mouth with her hands, and even raising her arms in by her side in one snap.

Dion kicked off her 15-date European Tour in Denmark last week, with stops planned throughout France, England, the Netherlands, and Germany (among others).

She’s slated to return to her Las Vegas residency in November.

RELATED VIDEO: Lea Michele Calls Céline Dion an ‘Incredible Inspiration’

Aside from her street-side antics, there’s another thing that’s been getting Dion extra attention these days: her fashion.

Ever since pairing up with stylist Law Roach, the multi-platinum singer has been become a fashionable force to be reckoned with — whether she’s walking around in a low-key Titanic sweatshirt or burning down the house in an angelic cloud-like gown at the Billboard Music Awards.

Her Paris trip has only reconfirmed that nobody rocks couture quite like Dion, with an appearance at the Palais Garnier opera house last week in head-to-toe Balmain.

She as also photographed on June 14 outside her Paris hotel wearing a super bright, floral print, wide leg suit and coordinated blazer covered in pink, red, and white blossoms — and on June 21 in an all-pink ensemble (pencil skirt, blouse, shoes, handbag, sunglasses) and matching jacket.

“She’s really enjoying herself,” Roach told PeopleStyle last summer, after he spent an entire month dressing Céline in Paris. “I know she’s enjoying herself and we’re enjoying each other because we tell each other every day. I’m here almost every day and it makes me so happy to see her so happy. If I had a small piece of that with the clothes and the fittings and the shoes and the bags, then I am overjoyed.”

“I think she’s really enjoying fashion and being out and being seen and getting photographed,” he continued, “Fashion is the most interactive art form. It’s nostalgic and it can take you to another place. If you feel beautiful and pretty, you can’t be sad and miserable. It’s just impossible.”

The stylist concluded, “She’s seen everything and she’s seen the evolution of the outfits. She is truly a fashion girl. I was surprised to know that but then again I wasn’t surprised because she knows. And she’s fearless — she’s not afraid to wear any color, shape or brand. She’s excited about things that are new. It’s refreshing that she’s in her 40s and has no hesitation about fashion. It has been such a dream to work with her.”

Fri Jun 23 12:32:12 EDT 2017


The White House has officially responded to Johnny Depp‘s remarks against President Donald Trump.

In a statement to ABC News, the White House condemned Depp’s comments made at the Glastonbury Festival in England on Thursday, where — after referencing Trump onstage — he asked, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” as he seemingly alluded to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination by John Wilkes Booth.

“President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official,” the statement read.

Depp was at the festival to introduce a screening of his 2004 film The Libertine when he made the comment onstage after the crowd booed a mention of Trump.

The Secret Service previously confirmed it was aware of Depp’s comments. Threatening the president is a crime under U.S. law. “For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities,” the Secret Service said in a statement, according to NBC News.

Depp has not shied away from showing his disapproval of Trump. Last year, he portrayed Trump in a satirical biopic for Funny or Die, called Trump “a brat” and predicted he would be “the actual last President of the United States” if elected.

He isn’t the only one coming under fire for comments made against the president. Kathy Griffin was criticized for posing in a graphic photo showing her holding a replica of Trump’s severed head. She was subsequently fired from her New Year’s Eve gig at CNN, and lost endorsement partnerships.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ron Howard says he hopes to honor the great work that's already been done on the Han Solo film and help to deliver on its promise.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" was improperly obtained and he should be retried or released from prison, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled.

NEW YORK (AP) — As an actress, Olivia Wilde has lots of reasons why making her Broadway debut in George Orwell's dystopian thriller "1984" is special.

NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Depp has sparked controversy for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when dealing with the president.

NEW YORK (AP) — The giant genetically modified pig of Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" is 8-feet tall, 13-feet long and would, if real, weigh six tons.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lionel Richie is welcoming full diva behavior from Mariah Carey when she joins his "All the Hits " tour next month.

SYDNEY (AP) — Darren Simpson, who at 21 became Britain's youngest ever Young Chef of the Year and has been a television chef and food writer, has died in Australia, his family said Friday.

BEACON, N.Y. (AP) — The Sloop Clearwater has had to cancel its scheduled voyage to Washington, D.C., to lobby on environmental matters because of rough conditions on the Atlantic Ocean.

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — The mother of "Cake Boss" reality star Buddy Valastro has died. Mary Valastro was 69 years old. He announced on Instagram on Thursday that his mother's "battle with ALS has ended."

ATLANTA (AP) — They had a long way to go and a short time to get there, but hundreds of fans in Trans Ams have put the hammer down and made it to Atlanta to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Smokey and the Bandit."

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Fifty years after he finished short by one English class credit from graduating high school, Billy Joel is returning to his Long Island hometown to speak at this weekend's commencement ceremony.

TOKYO (AP) — The baby panda who has become an overnight celebrity in Japan is a girl. Tokyo's Ueno Zoo said Friday the panda, born June 12, was ruled a female by examining experts.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby will organize a series of town hall meetings to help educate young people about problems their misbehavior could create and other issues, a spokesman for Cosby said.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Snoop Dogg, Shonda Rhimes, "Weird Al" Yankovic and late entertainers Bernie Mac and Steve Irwin will be receiving stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame next year.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" was improperly obtained and he should be retried or released from prison, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled Thursday.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A juror in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial said Thursday that some jurors were concerned that prosecutors waited 10 years to charge him, expressing suspicion that politics had played a role in the case.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the release of jurors' names in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A spokesman for Bill Cosby says a series of town halls is planned to help educate young people about the problems their misbehavior could create.

NEW YORK (AP) — The audience at the opening night on Broadway of a new stage adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian fantasy "1984" will include a special guest — the author's son.

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story June 21 about threats made over a production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bank of America had pulled its sponsorship of the Public Theater.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The family of the late reggae icon and marijuana activist Peter Tosh is seeking answers after they say his son was left in a coma following an attack in a New Jersey jail, where he was serving a six-month sentence on pot possession charges.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Colbert is on a mission to Russia. The host of CBS' "The Late Show" is on assignment there for a future broadcast, the network said Thursday.

PARIS (AP) — Dries Van Noten went 80s, Rick Owens dabbled in abstract musing while sweltering celebrity guests such as model-actress Naomi Campbell got an exotic taste of wanderlust from Louis Vuitton.

NEW YORK (AP) — John Green fans, mark your calendar. The author of the million-selling "The Fault in Our Stars" has a new novel coming Oct.

ROME (AP) — An exhibit in Rome aims to demolish what a former Vatican Museums director calls a "myth" that Renaissance painter Pintoricchio used Pope Alexander VI's lover, Giulia Farnese, as the model for a Madonna he depicted while decorating the pontiff's apartment.