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Tom Ford Pens an Ode to Rihanna’s Amazing (Almost Nude!) Body

11/05/2014 at 12:00 PM ET

One thing Tom Ford and Rihanna have in common: They both hold her breasts in high esteem. Most recently, the star showed them off in a pastie-adorned gown by the designer, but it’s not the first time Ford has felt strongly about showcasing his muse’s assets. In fact, he recently took to his website to wax poetic about Rihanna’s bod.

Tom Ford Pens an Ode to Rihannas Amazing (Almost Nude!) BodyGilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic; Inset: Pascal Le S


In a blog post addressing the controversy over his daring spring 2015 collection, Ford said he was inspired by many glamorous icons of the past, including Mata Hari, Greta Garbo and Ursula Andress, and he was encouraged to return to the provocative clothes that made him his name in the ’90s. (He even mentions he was encouraged by one A-list fan: Victoria Beckham, who said “her favorite pair of pants were still a pair that I designed in bronze lurex for Gucci in 1996 [and] the time was right for me to look at my own work from the late ’90s for inspiration.”

Ford goes on to say that the pasties were a deliberate tribute to “very young women who have the bodies to pull it off and that is actual pasties as in the case of Miley Cyrus or even a dress that leaves nothing at all to the imagination as worn by Rihanna to the CFDA awards in New York this past summer,” he says, going on to pay tribute to the star in her head-turning “naked dress.”

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“I was at the CFDA awards as I was receiving a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ [which I prefer to think of as a ‘Mid Life Achievement Award’], and I have to say that Rihanna was for me, that night, one of the most beautiful women that I have ever beheld,” he writes. “I had designed several things for her specifically for that evening which she did not wear, but when I saw her it did not matter. I whispered into her ear that she was right not to have worn one of my dresses that night because she looked more beautiful than I have ever seen her look. She was stunning. As [husband] Richard [Buckley] said plainly after the evening, ‘If you are as beautiful as Rihanna, you almost owe it to the world to appear in public almost nude’ and I have to say that I wholeheartedly concur.”

Rihanna’s reaction? Pretty simple:

Do you agree with his sentiment about going bare when you’re that hot? Did you love the dress? Share below!

–Alex Apatoff

Tom Ford Pens an Ode to Rihannas Amazing (Almost Nude!) Body
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Charlize Theron’s Dior Ad Gown Took 1,000 Hours – See It Being Made!

09/02/2014 at 06:30 PM ET

We always knew Charlize Theron was a golden girl — and Dior has truly proven that with their dramatic, memorable commercials featuring the star wearing one stunning metallic gown after another in her J’Adore Dior spots. But this time around, they may have outdone themselves with the stunning gown she wears in her latest shoot. Get a peek at the making of the gown and catch an interview with the star all about the brand-new ad campaign, below!

Charlize Therons Dior Ad Gown Took 1,000 Hours   See It Being Made!Courtesy Dior


For the latest entry in her Dior campaign lineup, Theron had to be sensual, sparkling and able to shimmy up a satin rope convincingly — so a flowy, backless design with dozens of glittering bugle beads was called for. Dior’s couturiers painstakingly applied them one by one, creating more of a scattered effect towards the hem, for a dress that fit Theron perfectly (and offset her still-growing-out pixie cut). From the sketch and the embellishment, below, to the finished product, above, was an impressive process that’s shown off to great effect in the commercial — and Theron talks about that craftsmanship in a behind-the-scenes interview.


“The dress this time — you can see that it’s part of the same family as the dresses we wore in the other campaigns for the last 10 years,” she says. “There was something about this dress that wasn’t structured to the body and yet had beautiful lines. There was something dancer-esque about it.”

The dress was made entirely by hand in Dior’s atelier in Paris. Over the course of 250 hours, couturiers crafted the gown for Theron out of 20 meters of chiffon, 20 yards of tulle and 4 meters of silk organza. Craftsmen spent 60 additional hours tracing gradients onto the dress to illustrate where the dress would go — and then another 750 hours sewing the beads on one by one to create the cascading effect that gives the dress so much movement.

Charlize Therons Dior Ad Gown Took 1,000 Hours   See It Being Made!Courtesy Dior

And in addition to loving the gown, Theron was equally enamored of her creative collaborator on the campaign, photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino. “Working with Mr. Mondino has been one of my favorite experiences that I’ve had in my life,” she says. “To have creativity there must be a tremendous amount of passion. And he is the embodiment of passion.”

Charlize Therons Dior Ad Gown Took 1,000 Hours   See It Being Made!Courtesy Dior

Check out the full ad spot, below, and tell us what you think of the dress in motion — and if you love Theron’s vision for Dior. Or just discuss where you’d wear that gorgeous gown!

–Alex Apatoff

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Charlize Therons Dior Ad Gown Took 1,000 Hours   See It Being Made!
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See Keke Palmer’s Mega-Glam Emmys Gown Fitting & Guess What She’ll Wear Tonight!

Keke Palmer is having a huge year. She got her very own talk show, will soon star in Broadway’s Cinderella and she now has hit a true A-list milestone: She’s having a gown designed just for her to wear on the Emmys red carpet Monday night. Designer Rubin Singer sketched three beautiful gowns (see the sketches below) for Palmer to consider, then invited her to his studio to try them on and make the big decision. Check out the photos, below, then come back tonight for her big red carpet reveal — she’ll be wearing a gown that “makes me feel so glamorous,” she tells PEOPLE.

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Palmer and Singer met for 20 minutes before getting down to business, trying on gowns that checked all her boxes for an Emmys dress. “I want it to be classic with a modern edge,” she says. “It is the Emmys so you want to be respectful, but I also want to show my playful side, so hopefully we have found just the right balance.”

And as you can imagine, the two had a blast playing with beautiful gowns. “I had a ball throughout, I loved trying on all those beautiful gowns and Rubin is so sweet. His whole vibe is great,” Palmer says. Echoes Singer, “Playing dress up with Keke was the most fun! She has such a wonderful, bubbly personality. Having not met before, we hit it off right away!”

Palmer is only 20, which means she’s still finding her fashion footing (with a little help from stylists Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald). “I do not have three words that describe my personal style because I feel like I am still evolving and learning more about fashion everyday,” she says when asked how to summarize her look. “As for my Emmy’s dress it is sultry, refined and elegant. To me those words fit the best!”

See Keke Palmers Mega Glam Emmys Gown Fitting & Guess What Shell Wear Tonight!Carlos Melia

That’s not to say she didn’t have a tough choice between three gowns, which all “made me want to dance and move! They are elegant yet comfortable, which is a great combination that all woman love,” Palmer says. Singer loved them all too, but agreed with the final choice. “The dress I liked the best was the dress that Keke picked. It looked simply amazing on her. Collectively, we all knew it was the one,” says Singer. “[Finding the right dress] was a group effort. I designed the dresses and gave suggestions on fit, the stylists selected and presented the grouping of their favorite dresses and Keke made her choice. It was so easy working with Keke and her wonderful team.”

That’s not to say it was smooth sailing all the way through — Palmer got dissenting opinions from her stylists until she made her case: “Most of the time we agree, but for the Emmys dress we did not. So I stated my case as to why I loved this one particular dress and they said I was so passionate about it that I made them change their minds!”

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See Keke Palmers Mega Glam Emmys Gown Fitting & Guess What Shell Wear Tonight!Carlos Melia

While the finishing touches get put on the gown, Palmer remains cool and collected. “I can honestly say, No, I am not nervous. I have such a great team of people around me constantly making sure I have what I need,” she tells PEOPLE, adding with a laugh, “Of course, there is always the possibility of dress malfunctions. Once I was on a red carpet and the strap to my dress broke. That was crazy, but there are no straps on this dress so I should be good!”

That same laid-back policy applies to her day-of beauty prep team, whom she’s charging with making her look “as natural-looking as possible” with “fresh and clean” makeup and a “sleek and complementary” hairstyle. But you can count on her nails being funky: “I’m really into nail art so I have to do something cool with them,” she says. “Other than that, I am so blessed to have such a great hair and makeup team I just sit back and let them do their thing!”

See any gowns you love? Any guesses about the final look?

–Alex Apatoff

See Keke Palmers Mega Glam Emmys Gown Fitting & Guess What Shell Wear Tonight!
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Visual Feast! Delectable Emmy Dresses That Give Us an Appetite

CITRUS SPLURGE

After drinking in Padma Lakshmi’s gorgeous orange strapless Monique Lhuillier gown, we’re ready to down a Tequila Sunset, an offshoot of the classic Tequila Sunrise. The late-in-the-day sip uses soda water tinted with red food coloring instead of Grenadine, the cherry-flavored syrup, which gives it a lighter, less-sweet taste that’s refreshing round the clock.
Get the recipe: Tequila Sunset

Visual Feast! Delectable Emmy Dresses That Give Us an Appetite
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