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Netflix Reveals First Look at Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II in ‘The Crown’

“The Crown” has revealed its first look of its much-anticipated fifth season.
On Friday, the official Twitter account for “The Crown” posted a photo of Imelda Staunton in character as Queen Elizabeth II for the fifth season of the popular Netflix series.
“An early glimpse of our new Queen Elizabeth II, Imelda Staunton,” the tweet was captioned. Staunton channeled the Queen impeccably, wearing a yellow patterned dress suit fitted with a bow knot at the neck, complete with the royal’s signature hairstyle.

An early glimpse of our new Queen Elizabeth II, Imelda Staunton. pic.twitter.com/ZeMSA1hDnv
— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) July 30, 2021

It was announced in January 2020 that Staunton, who is most famous for her role as Dolores Umbridge from the “Harry Potter” franchise, would play Queen Elizabeth for its fifth season.
“I have loved watching ‘The Crown’ from the very start,” Staunton said in a statement. “As an actor it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan’s scripts. I am genuinely honored to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion.”

Imelda Staunton will play Queen Elizabeth II in the fifth and final season of

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Theophilio Debuts Swim Collection

Edvin Thompson, Theophilio designer and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund recipient, debuted his new swim collection during Miami Swim Week.
The swim collection is inspired by his homeland Jamaica and its sunrises and sunsets. “The colors used in this collection reminded me of the many moments while living in the hills of Jamaica. The countryside was my world, it was all I knew growing up in Jamaica. The vibrant colors constantly reminded me of how alive I was. The rivers and oceans aided many juvenile activities. I want to hold on to that image with this swim collection,” he said.
Swim sets are $135, headpieces are $90 and minidresses are $225, all which will be available mid-August.

Theophilio Swim 
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Theophilio Swim 
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Theophilio Swim 
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Theophilio Swim 
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Theophilio Swim 
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Ariana Grande Launches Vegan, Cruelty-free Scent Called ‘God Is a Woman’

Ariana Grande is launching her first clean fragrance.
The perfume will be naturally derived and cruelty-free, and called God Is a Woman, after Grande’s hit song from her fourth studio album, “Sweetener.” The fragrance will feature notes of ambrette, juicy pear, orris, Turkish rose petals, creamy cedarwood and Madagascar vanilla.
The God Is a Woman scent, which is available exclusively on Ulta.com, is 100 percent vegan, naturally derived and made with clean ingredients. During the first two weeks on the market, a contribution from each purchase will be donated to ocean clean-up initiatives globally.
Grande has experienced immense success since her first foray into the beauty world. In 2015, she launched her first fragrance, called Ari, then created others such as Sweet Like Candy and Moonlight, all of which were sold at Ulta. In 2018, Lush launched a bath bomb inspired by the iridescent purple and pink hues seen in Grande’s music video for “God Is a Woman,” and in 2019, Grande released a fragrance called “Thank U, Next,” named after her hit song and album of the same name. That fragrance is also available at Ulta.
The God Is a Woman fragrance from Ariana Grande will be available exclusively on Ulta.com on July

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A Breakdown of Nastia Liukin’s Colorful Tokyo Olympics Style

Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin may not be competing in the Tokyo Summer Olympics, but her colorful style has been stealing the spotlight as she provides commentary for the sport.
Liukin — who won five Olympic medals in gymnastics at the 2008 Beijing Games, including gold in the all-around competition — has made an impact on Olympics viewers with her colorful, monochromatic style in bright hues of purple, blue, orange and pink.
“Everything is thought out, really symbolic and very detailed regarding the colors that she’s wearing,” said Liukin’s fashion stylist, Gabriela Tena, who spoke to WWD from Spain. “We try to do a different color for each look so it’s not all the same color and it’s like a color storyboard almost.”
Tena explained that many of Liukin’s colorful looks have a meaning behind them. For Liukin’s first day providing gymnastics commentary for NBC, for example, the Olympic gymnast paid homage to the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi with her purple Safiyaa pants and matching purple Tom Ford heels that she paired with a white, ruffled Zimmermann top.
“He was a big mentor to her and they met at the 2008 Olympics,” Tena explained. “She wore purple to honor Kobe and Gigi.”

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A Fashion Show in Homage to Alber Elbaz Will Close Paris Fashion Week

AZ Factory, the fashion start-up initiated by Alber Elbaz, is set to close Paris Fashion Week this fall with a fashion show in homage to the beloved designer, who died on April 24 from COVID-19.
Titled “Love Brings Love,” the show has been scheduled for Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. CET and “will pay tribute to Alber’s creative vision and his extraordinary love for the fashion family,” the brand said in a brief statement.
The next women’s fashion week in the French capital is scheduled for Sept. 27 to Oct. 5.
Based in Paris, AZ Factory is a joint venture with Compagnie Financière Richemont hinged on projects rather than collections, and with storytelling, problem-solving and entertainment embedded in design, distribution and communications.
Laurent Malecaze, chief executive officer of AZ Factory, previously described the memorial in Paris as coming together “to honor Alber with a celebration of his life and his visionary work, aiming to bring the same level of passion and love that he brought to us each day.”
Elbaz was laid to rest at the Holon cemetery in Israel, next to his parents, only a few days after his passing.
The fashion world reeled with shock and grief over the sudden loss of Elbaz, best

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Simone Biles Unsure of Return to Olympics After Withdrawal from Gymnastics Team Event

Simone Biles is unsure of her return to the Tokyo Olympics.
The 24-year-old withdrew in the gymnastics team all-around event on Tuesday, citing a “medical issue” according to an official USA Gymnastics statement. However, it was not a physical injury that hindered Biles’ performance, but mental health, stating the pressure to be successful and stress of being the greatest gymnast in history was too difficult to combat.
“Physically she is fine,” Biles’ coach told NBC. “But she is done for tonight.”
In the vault stage of the team event, Biles struggled with her landing, which cost Team USA points as they faced difficult competition in the Russian Olympic Committee. Afterward, she left the floor with her trainer and withdrew from the event as a whole.

Official statement: “Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
Thinking of you, Simone! pic.twitter.com/QA1GYHwWTv
— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) July 27, 2021

Though Biles’ teammates Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum and Sunisa Lee stepped up to the plate to perform their best, they fell short of being champions for the third consecutive Olympics. The Russian Olympic Committee won the gold medal, with the United States

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A Closer Look at Issa Rae’s Wedding Dress

Issa Rae is giving fans a closer look at her intimate wedding ceremony.
The actress and producer shared photos on her Instagram on Monday from her wedding ceremony to banking professional Louis Diame in the South of France on Sunday, giving a closer look at her custom Vera Wang wedding dress.
Rae wore a custom light ivory sweetheart neckline ballroom-style wedding dress for the ceremony. The dress was detailed with hand-placed Chantilly lace and hand-sewn crystal beading. She paired the dress with a matching ivory, chapel-length veil that was also designed with Chantilly lace.
The actress shared a slideshow of images from the wedding on Instagram, including photos with her husband and her bridesmaids. She posted the photos with a cheeky caption, writing: “A) Impromptu photoshoot in a custom @verawang dress. B) My girls came to help me, but they all coincidentally had on the same dress! They were sooooo embarrassed. C) Then I took a few flicks with Somebody’s Husband.”

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Rae later changed into another custom Vera Wang wedding dress for her wedding reception. The second dress was a custom lily white Italian silk crepe A-line gown with a plunging

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We Are the Lightest and the Darkest

In this essay, the author of ‘Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer’ traces the struggles that shaped her identity in Puerto Rico, Ohio and beyond—and argues for a world where “mix-mix” is celebrated.

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11 Standout Fashion Moments From the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony

The Tokyo Summer Olympics may be about sports, but the opening ceremony produced several major fashion moments that made an impact on viewers.
The Summer Games officially started on Friday with more than 11,000 athletes from 206 countries coming together at the opening ceremony in Tokyo. The ceremony was unlike any in Olympics history, as the show was scaled back and virtually no spectators were permitted due to the pandemic.
Despite the changes, the opening ceremony produced several impressive moments, especially among the sartorial choices of the athletes and performers. Japanese singer Misia, for one, had a viral moment when she sang Japan’s national anthem dressed in a rainbow, cotton candy-like couture dress from designer Tomo Koizumi.
Many team uniforms also made an impact on viewers, both ones that resonated for their high-fashion quality and homage to various cultures and others that became fodder for memes.
Here, WWD looks at 11 of the standout fashion moments from the Tokyo Summer Olympics opening ceremony. Read on for more.
1. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden at the Tokyo Summer Olympics opening ceremony. 
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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was one of the few world leaders who was able to attend the Tokyo Olympics opening

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How to Buy KKW Beauty’s Bestsellers Before the Brand Closes

KKW Beauty fans still have a chance to grab the brand’s bestsellers before it temporarily shutters at the end of the month.
Kim Kardashian West revealed on July 7 that after roughly four years of running her KKW Beauty brand, she would be temporarily shutting down in order to rebrand with “new formulas that are more modern, innovative and packaged in an elevated and sustainable new look.”
While it was speculated that the rebrand was due to Kardashian West’s divorce from Kanye West, a source close to the brand and the founder confirmed the rebrand has “nothing to do with dropping the ‘W’ from KKW” and that West has even played a role in the rebrand.
With just over a week before KKW Beauty’s website is shut down on Aug. 1 at midnight, the brand is still offering many of its bestselling products at 20 to 75 percent off. Here, WWD breaks down how to buy KKW Beauty’s bestsellers before the end of the month.
Powder Contour & Highlight Kits

KKW Beauty’s Powder Contour & Highlight Kits. 
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Kardashian West launched KKW Beauty by leveraging her well-known contoured makeup look. She’s expanded her contour kits to include various products, including the bestselling Powder

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