Beyoncè made front pages the world over this week, thanks to her seriously raunchy Grammys' performance with husband Jay-Z, with columnists getting their knickers in a twist (pun intended) over the appropriateness, or not, of her La Perla ribbons and Saint Laurent sparkly tights. On the HuffPost blog, however, the heat wasn't about Bey's outfit, but the lyrics instead. Writer and rape victim charity worker Ellie Slee demanded to know why a reference to Tina Turner suffering domestic abuse at the hands of Ike Turner wasn't omitted for the performance...
At a Q and A for 12 Years A Slave in London this week, Director Steve McQueen told the story of one of his first meetings in Hollywood, how an Irish person had been expected... and about the shock when he showed up. I would like to take this small opportunity to celebrate some people who have brought some exquisite flavour to the UK, Vanity Fair Style.
When I heard 'Same Love' for the first time, it blew me away. I had never heard anything like it, and I never hoped to imagine hearing anything like it in my lifetime. The fact that it was by a straight man, whatever his colour, made those words all the more pertinent and, for me, touching.
If you asked the general public whether they believed in charity the overwhelming response would be yes. Of course charities do good work; no one can deny that charities help tens of thousands of vulnerable people in all manner of difficult situations. However, most of the mainstream charities and NGOs have become corporatised, choosing relationships with corporates and government instead of grassroots social change movements.
Entertainment industry celebrities have a habit of popping up and declaring their political ambitions at various stages in the electoral cycle. Often it is a sincerely held belief about a set of issues, occasionally ego, that drives them, though perhaps it could be a desire to gain publicity for other ventures...
I'm getting ready to embark on a three week tour of Germany, with performer Ryan Sheridan, and I realised I don't really have a working suitcase any more. I think I've been hibernating since Christmas. So, it's about time I made a list of on-the-road-again must-haves. Flights, epic car journeys, travel sickness, and a show a night... I just need to be comfy!
It appears that hating Taylor Swift is one of the internet's favourite hobbies. Just Google her name and you're hit with a virtual tsunami of fierce hatred... But here's the thing. Hatred for Taylor Swift seems entirely arbitrary. Nobody appears able to properly justify trolling her, or disliking her. Substitute any other young pop star into any of the above-described scenarios and the public reaction would have been completely different.
What shocked me was seeing Beyonce being all sexy with her husband, Jay-Z, who features in the song and shared the stage with her. Hot monogamy? Now that's not something you see every day.
Let's go back to the beginning and start with Madonna and me. Against what some people think is the gay 'stereotype', I'm not really one of her fans. However, my actions after watching her arrival on the red carpet and then performance, I played true to stereotype and took to social media to comment on her appearance.
Beyonce: when you smile affectionately and sing along with that lyric, you are propagating a cycle of humiliation, of rape, of violence that is still horrifically real for women all over the world.
I was truly honoured in 2013 when the ageless beauty, Ellen Burstyn, chose my gown to wear to the Emmy awards... and she WON!!!!
Queen Bey has gone and outdone herself with her latest performance at the Grammys by gyrating against her hubby Jay-Z while wearing a thong leotard for a risqué rendition of Drunk In Love.
I am working like mad to finish the details for the American Hear Association's Go Red for Women event February 14, 2014 - and since much of 2013 emphasised grey, black and white designs (and my wild flower sketchbook pieces) ... I need to put the finishing touches on some new designs emphasizing red...
The real genius (yes, genius) behind this series is the casting. They have managed to assemble a group of perfectly mis-matched personalities who seem to irritate each other like chipotle in a paper cut. And when they're not fantasising about each other's death, they're climbing into each other's bed.
It is with a degree of trepidation that I find myself coming to the defence of a woman who many believe is indefensible. In any case, under normal circumstances she can more than speak for herself.
Born on this day, 24 January 1941, Neil Diamond, singer-songwriter. There's something very nice and warm about Neil Diamond - he's like an old friend, a comfy pair of slippers, he's your favourite uncle. You see, I'm saying all this and I've never even met the guy. But reading about him confirms my thoughts.