Wednesday, January 18, 2017

'Days of Our Lives' cancellation rumors!

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'Days of Our Lives' cancellation rumors!

Say it isn't so! The longest running soap opera could be ending when the current contract is over?!
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Several of the networks have figured out that talk shows are cheaper overhead and soap operas don't return as much money on the investment. There are actors to pay, costumes, sets, hair and make-up, etc involved in soap operas. More moving parts means more overhead.
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"Days of Our Lives" is currently on NBC and airing from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM in most areas. That is a time slot that other networks have been known to cancel soaps for in order to put talk shows in. ABC cancelled "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" in 2011 for that very reason.
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When does the contract end?

The long running soap opera is in its 51st year. Unfortunately, the NBC network has opted to put "DOOL" on a year by year contract instead of a long-term one as it was before. The current contract is ending in the fall of 2017. People reports that sources close to the show and some high execs have been informed that this is the last year. The contract is rumored to end, with no new contract for future episodes in 2018.
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Megyn Kelly's exit from FOX News was announced on Tuesday. She will be leaving in July and then will have to fulfill a six-month non-compete clause. She will eventually be joining the NBC team, and while no official decision has been announced, she has had three amazing offers from Andrew Lack who is the NBC News chairman. She could anchor an in-depth news show to air on Sunday evenings, could be part of the special coverage team for the big events, and could have a daytime news show.
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Not looking good for 'DOOL' fans

So far it looks like the rumors of "The Today Show" giving up an hour for a new daytime show are just rumors. It sounds like "Days of Our Lives" is on the chopping block to make room for a new daytime program for Megyn Kelly. "Days of Our Lives" has made a lot of changes over the last few years. Lots of story line changes, and many comings and goings. The writers have changed and so has the show. There was hope among fans that it would be enough to save the show, but it seems that the end is not a question of if, but when. #SoapOpera #DaysOfOurLives
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Melania: No Fan of Tom Ford

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"I'm not a fan of Tom Ford, never have been," said the President-elect.    

As a number of designers and stylists come forward about whether or not they'd dress Melania Trump, Donald Trump is making one thing clear: His wife, Melania Trump, never asked Tom Ford to dress her.
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"[She] never asked Tom Ford, doesn't like Tom Ford. Doesn't like his designs. He was never asked to dress [Melania]," the president-elect stated while speaking with Fox & Friends' Ainsley Earhardt 0n Wednesday.
"I'm not a fan of Tom Ford, never have been," said Trump, adding that hotelier Steve Wynn called him up after Ford's comments to say he "threw his clothes out of his hotel."
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While appearing on The View last year, Ford shared that he was asked to dress the First Lady-elect a few years ago, but declined.
"She's not necessarily my image," said the designer, who also identified himself as a Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton. He added, "Even had Hillary won, she shouldn’t be wearing my clothes. They’re too expensive. And I don’t mean that in a bad way — they’re not artificially expensive, it’s the cost to make these things."
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Trump: He’s ‘Not a Fan’ of Tom Ford

Answering a Question We Did Not Have, Donald Trump Says

He’s ‘Not a Fan’ of Tom Ford

When Tom Ford appeared on The View in November, he said that he’d been asked to dress Melania Trump in the past and had refused, citing the fact that “she’s not necessarily my image.” But last night, Donald Trump went on Fox & Friends to give his own version of the story. “[She] never asked Tom Ford, doesn’t like Tom Ford,” he said. “Doesn’t like his designs. He was never asked to dress her.” (We’ve reached out to Ford’s rep for a response to Trump’s comments, and will update this when we hear back.)
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“I’m not a fan of Tom Ford, never have been,” Trump said. He added that hotelier Steve Wynn “just called me and he thought that it was so terrible what Tom Ford said that he threw his clothing out of his Las Vegas hotel.” Though to be fair, who hasn’t tossed mounds of designer clothing out of the hotel they own in a fit of pique?
Unfortunately, the president-elect’s remarks extended only to fashion, so we’re still waiting to hear his review of Nocturnal Animals.
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Melania Trump: First Lady

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If that prospect of Melania Trump as the U.S. first lady evokes no clear image, that’s no accident. Donald Trump’s wife has said little in the campaign about the type of first lady she’d like to be should her husband win the Republican nomination and the presidency.
The distance, she’s said, is intentional so she can focus on the couple’s 9-year-old son, Barron.
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But should he become the Republican candidate for the fall, the Slovenian-born model, mother and multilingual speaker would face big decisions about her family, her life and her potential position in American history.
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For now, Melania Trump is her husband’s top supporter at events, a striking brunette swathed in couture and frequently seen, but seldom heard. Her first campaign turn came in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in November, as the candidate called his family on stage during a rally. Turning to Melania, his third wife, Trump asked if she’d like to say something.
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She stepped to the microphone and cocked a manicured thumb over an elegant shoulder.

“Isn’t he the best?” Mrs. Trump, 45, asked the crowd in heavily accented English. “He will be the best president ever. We love you!” Like her husband, she is not given to understatement.
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As his supporters roared, Donald Trump gave her a kiss and could be heard saying: “Thank you, honey. Very nice.”
It was the barest of glimpses into the life of a couple who celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary Friday. Their relationship began at least six years earlier, dating back to the 1998 party in Manhattan when the newly separated Trump asked then-model Melania Knauss, 24 years his junior, for her telephone number. She rebuffed him because he was with a date that night, she has said.
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By the next year, they were a couple. Trump was seeking the Reform Party nomination in the 2000 presidential election. His girlfriend was asked how she viewed herself if ever she became first lady.
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“I would be very traditional,” she told The New York Times. “Like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy.”

Would she now stay as far above the political fray as the couple’s triplex overlooking Central Park? That’s largely up to the Trumps, but they’re in no hurry to decide.
Through a spokeswoman, Mrs. Trump declined an interview request from The Associated Press.
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In many ways, Melania Trump would be a first in American history: She’d be the only first lady who is the third wife of a president, and the first to be born and raised in a communist nation, according to Carl Anthony, historian at the National First Ladies’ Library. She almost certainly has shown more skin than any other U.S. first lady — that was her in 2006, very pregnant, in a gold bikini on the steps of her husband’s private jet in Vogue magazine.
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By 2016, Melania Trump has gotten married, had a child and adopted a much more traditional posture as a candidate’s spouse. She wouldn’t be the first president’s wife to be born in another country — that would be Louisa Adams, born in England. Nor would she be the first first lady to have married a divorced man — hello, Nancy Reagan. And she’d be the third first lady to have worked as a professional model, after Pat Nixon and Betty Ford.
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Experts on first ladies said Melania Trump is being smart by laying low now, especially if she is not comfortable talking about politics and policy. But eventually, they said, she’d be wise to build on what she knows. Melania Trump studied design and architecture at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia — so perhaps advocating for historical preservation. Maybe she’d expand her charity work. Even her model-perfect poise and ability to speak multiple languages could be an asset to her English-only husband during state dinners and other White House social events.

“It’s best when they draw from their experience, and marry that up with the overall focus of their husbands’ administration,” said Anita McBride , who was chief of staff to first lady Laura Bush.
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Anthony said: “I think she is a great emotional support to him or a ballast for him.”

Donald Trump has signaled that his daughter, Ivanka, might be unusually prominent for a president’s daughter. He volunteers Ivanka’s name when asked whose advice he values. It was she, not Melania, who introduced her father when he announced his campaign. During breaks in Republican debates, it was Ivanka, one of Donald Trump’s five children, with whom he huddled.
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For all of her public discretion, Melania Trump has been consistently public about one thing: She’s more than an accessory. “I have my own mind,” she told Harper’s Bazaar in an interview published this month. “I am my own person, and I think my husband likes that about me.”

Note to Washington power snobs: Don’t expect Melania Trump to put up with condescension.
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On a visit to the Trump triplex above Manhattan, one of the contestants on his show, “The Apprentice,” says to Melania: “You’re very, very lucky.”

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Melania Trump’s Dynamic Duo

Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld: Melania Trump’s Dynamic Duo!!

Karl Lagerfeld likely will join Ralph Lauren in dressing the incoming first lady.

Who will dress Melania?
With the big event just days away, two names churning about the rumor mill make all the sense in the world. As my colleague Rosemary Feitelberg reported on Monday, one of those names is Ralph Lauren. The other: Karl Lagerfeld. Yes, that Karl Lagerfeld.
If accurate, that rock-star combo will transport Melania Trump to Inauguration Day fashion Nirvana. Her wardrobe choices for the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, and later, for the inaugural balls, are the most loaded fashion matter ever to involve the White House. That includes whether Jackie Kennedy enlisted Oleg Cassini to “interpret” European clothes, whether Nancy Reagan “borrowed” too liberally from designers, and the freedom-of-the-press brouhaha that resulted when WWD’s John Fairchild refused supplied, embargoed details about Luci Baines Johnson’s wedding gown, preferring to report out and publish in advance a sketch of the Priscilla Boston dress. Then there’s Michelle Obama. While her every sartorial move was anticipated, analyzed and dissected, almost always, that conversation came from a place of fascinated admiration.
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Trump finds herself in a very different position. Despite a client CV of the sort designer houses typically salivate over — beautiful, thin, stylish, rich — within fashion and without, she is a lightening rod of polarity. Though several designers — Tommy Hilfiger, Thom Browne and Carolina Herrera among them — have said they’d be happy to dress her, numerous others have said no, while still more have avoided the question like Donald Trump
doesn’t avoid Twitter.
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The Lauren-Lagerfeld duet would prove a major coup for Melania Trump. Conversely, for the designers, it’s a risk, as anyone dressing her, for a while at least, will become the object of a two-sided social media storm. Yet given the pair’s stature at fashion’s pinnacle, saying yes to Trump may send a message to less secure designing colleagues, some of whom have prior relationships with her but now fear bottom-line business repercussions. That message: Go with your gut.
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Over the years, Lauren has kept his politics private while wearing his patriotism proudly, and at times, expensively, as when he donated $10 million to restore the Star-Spangled Banner. Though he chooses not to endorse candidates, he became Hillary Clinton’s go-to designer throughout the presidential campaign. He has also been a favorite of first ladies on both sides, dressing Obama, Reagan and Betty Ford. History thus suggests that Lauren views dressing the first lady of the United States as an honor, and, if asked to do so, perhaps even a responsibility. Trump, meanwhile, has already displayed her affinity for Lauren’s clothes, choosing his black jumpsuit for the third debate, and for election night, his fluid white jumpsuit that infused elegance with a dose of drama.
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As for Lagerfeld, as recently as eight years ago, it would have been considered more high crime than misdemeanor for a first lady to step out in non-American clothes at any time, let alone at the inauguration. Obama changed that. While she deserves great credit for her focus on emergent American designers, by virtue of her wild popularity and pioneering sartorial spirit, Obama also made first lady citizen-of-the-world dressing an acceptable option — and even one laudable one, a diplomatic outreach of sorts.
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She blazed the international trail. That fact, combined with American fashion’s prevailing anti-Trump disposition, opened the door for Trump to go European for one of her inaugural looks. It would be illogical for her critics to praise those Americans who have declined to dress her and then criticize her for looking elsewhere. (Illogical though not unlikely in this wacky social media age, but that’s another story.)
Like Lauren, Lagerfeld steers clear of politics, save for when he can’t help himself, as happened years ago when he voiced dismay at France’s then newly applied 35-hour workweek. But then, for him, work is psychological oxygen. Two of his favorite one-liners: “Lots of class but working class,” and, “I don’t make art. I make dresses.”
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Does he ever. Given Lagerfeld’s couture credentials, and the fact that we tend to think of Lauren’s work as the essence of polished sportif, one’s first assumption is that Lauren would design Trump’s day look and Lagerfeld, her gown. But it could go the other way. Lauren is no stranger to big evenings. His collections offer a lovely, extensive range, and he’s had some major red carpet moments.
At the same time, while Lagerfeld is thought to be designing for Trump, the affiliated brand under which he’s doing so is unclear. Though Chanel first comes to mind, he has two other seats of employment, his eponymous brand and Fendi.
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The latter has deep de facto couture abilities, as witnessed by the otherworldly show he staged in July at the Trevi Fountain in Rome. Meanwhile, last week, his boss there, Bernard Arnault, had a friendly meeting with the president-elect at Trump Tower. While it’s doubtful (but not impossible) that they discussed Trump’s short-term wardrobe, Arnault did express interest in expanding LVMH’s factory presence in the U.S. Currently, the group produces some Louis Vuitton products in California (who knew?), and is considering manufacturing sites in North Carolina and Texas. Might not a dress — particularly a grand evening dress — make a sound first step between friends?
FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2011, file photo, Melania Trump arrives before the 83rd Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. If the prospect of first lady Melania Trump evokes no clear image, that’s no accident. Donald Trump’s wife has said little in the campaign about the type of first lady she’d like to be should her husband win the Republican nomination and the presidency. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
Then there’s the designer’s own brand. Across endeavors, Lagerfeld has long shown a strong loyalty to the U.S. and its customer base. He did so through the Chinese explosion when much of international fashion looked at the American market as mature and uninteresting. His joint venture with G-III, under the label Karl Lagerfeld Paris, proves his desire to bring his particular √©lan to a broader U.S. customer base. In that context, a day look on Trump could make for savvy marketing.
Confirmations? Zippo. Nor are there denials.
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One thing is certain. On Friday, Trump needs two special outfits, one for day, one for night. Absent credible alternate rumors, and so far, there are none, indications are very strong that she has enlisted Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld to provide those looks, in one order or the other. Of course, Trump could always change her mind. If that were to happen, she’d have to go to off the rack (again, no indications of custom backup) — and risk alienating two of fashion’s greatest gods. On the front end of the Trump administration, does the woman need another headache? Just sayin’.
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Lagerfeld & Lauren to dress Melania Trump!

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Ralph Lauren And Karl Lagerfeld To Reportedly Dress Melania Trump For Inauguration

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With the inauguration only days away, reports are buzzing over who will dress Melania Trump (along with, you know, whether Donald Trump had contact with Russia during the election, and whether Trump will wear L.L. Bean to any events, etc.). According to Women’s Wear Daily, designer Ralph Lauren will reportedly dress the future first lady, despite the fact that he supported (and also dressed) Hillary Clinton throughout the election.

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The designer is reportedly also working on additional pieces for Trump to wear throughout the inauguration week, WWD says, as well as a few pieces for the rest of the family.
Melania Trump has already memorably worn the designer on two occasions. In October she showed up to the third presidential debate in a black “pussybow” jumpsuit from the designer.
She then wore a white, one-shoulder jumpsuit from Ralph Lauren for election night in November.
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WWD says the Future FLOTUS bought her white outfit from the Ralph Lauren store in NYC (rather than it being given to her by the designer himself). Many designers have publicly stated that they will never dress Melania Trump, including French designer Sophie Theallet, Tom Ford, Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs and Phillip Lim.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Viva Versace! Part 8

Lots of love and good energy to all followers of Viva Versace for 2013, Happy New Year!
Tribute to everything Versace, from videos, editorials, ad campaigns, quotes, and images from my personal archives spanning 15 years. I will try to catalogue Versace's images from my favorite collections during the last decade. Gianni Versace was a man who changed my life and introduced me to the world of fashion, art, supermodels, photography, and music. He will never be forgotten... enjoy!ohmywixson:
“ Lindsey Wixson opening Atelier Versace F/W 12-13
”Elaine Irwin, Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Carla Bruni, Niki Taylor, Gianni Versace, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, and Yasmeen GhauriVersace HommeKate Moss at Gianni Versace Spring/ Summer 1995official-meghan:
“ Vogue Italia, September 1992
Photographer : Steven Meisel
Meghan wearing Atelier Versace“ Daria Werbowy for Versace Spring/Summer 2013 Ad Campaign shot by Mert & Marcus
”medusaFashion Illustration by the artist Richard Kilroy of Versace Menswear Spring/ Summer 2013Wild Versace
Helena and Linda circa 1992giveme-givenchy:
“ Versace x H&M for Dress to Kill
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“ Gianni Versace Fall 96
“ Karen for Versace, 1991
“ Versace S/S 2002
Sharon Ganish by Steven Meisel
“ Versace
“ I will kill children for those shoes.