Kate Beckinsale‘s dress looked pretty tight at last night’s AmFar gala at the Cannes Festival, so it’s a good thing her cleavage successfully caught her falling earring on the red carpet, keeping her from having to try and pick the low-hanging bauble up from the floor (sadly, her decolletage has been unable to keep her recent films from slipping right down the box office chart). The soiree was a predictably star-studded affair, with Jennifer Lopez, Marion Cotillard, Elizabeth Banks, Grace Jones, Michelle Rodriguez, Mischa Barton, Kristen Dunst, Naomi Campbell, Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson and countless others (including Gerard Butler and Russell Crowe, somehow not disrupting the time-space continuum) enjoying performances by Mary J. Blige and Patti Smith. See what everyone wore in the gallery below.
“Project Runway’s” Nina Garcia said recently that the ’80s are back. So are the ’60s, ’70s and ’90s. But whatever. The new cover of Italian Vogue, featuring Rihanna splashing water from a bucket instead of blocking it with her umbrella, definitely looks like a throwback to ’80s style icon Grace Jones.
In the shoot, by Steven Klein, Rihanna has the same angular makeup, including Grace’s patented Cat Eye on Steroids look. Rihanna also sports a Grace Jones-like vertical hairdo and even a similar badass glare. Now if someone could just get Rihanna to recreate this iconic image, we could die happy. [Photo: Vogue Italia]
In 1970, ZZ Top (with bassist Dusty Hill) released their first album, ZZ Top’s First Album. Ten years later, fashion icon Grace Jones released her breakthrough new wave album, Warm Leatherette. Both striking individuals were born on May 19th. Which one is older?
We’re now starting to feel pretty sorry for Jared Leto. While Katy Perry gets to wear lots of mental outfits (like a merry-go-round dress and a giant apple) and stand up on the main stage introducing acts, he’s lumbered with the more tricky job of actually trying to fill air time with scintillating conversation.
Hot on the heels of his thrilling “Are you from Louisiana?” conversation with Kid Rock, Jared has now just presented a cringingly bad segment where he interviewed the Ting Tings mixing a drink. “You wouldn’t happen to be a witch would you? A good witch, like the Wizard of Oz?” he asked singer Katie White, who looked pretty non-plussed. At which point Grace Jones suddenly turns up in a silver bowler hat and terrifies the crap out of Mr Leto, purring: “You’re not sweating at all, you look very sexy.”
He then did a sit down with British band Take That — who Jared had clearly never heard of before –– and asked them how many tons of potatoes got eaten backstage. We bet he wishes My So-Called Life never got cancelled now.
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Mel B definitely has one of the fiercest bodies going these days, but we have to question the way she showed it off on the red carpet last night at the MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) awards in London. Spice Mama Mel was over in London to host the show, and rocked up looking like a cross between Grace Jones and Kylie Minogue in the Can’t Get You Out Of My Head video with a hooded dress. (Later, she moved the hood down to over her shoulders, which leads us to think her stylist was frantically shouting, “Mel! Mel! It’s not supposed to go over your head!” at her from the crowds).
Throughout the show — which saw British star Estelle pick up two awards and Leona Lewis get booed for not turning up at all Mel changed into a few different outfits, channelling at various points, Britney Spears in the Oops I Did It Again era, and someone wearing a cat on their head.
But it was all in vain for poor Mel. Because the real deal was there, showing you just how to wear a hood, a mask and still look scary/cool at the same time. We give you Grace Jones. May she never change. [Photos: Getty Images]