41 posts tagged "Beyonce"
A disco queen has died. “Last Dance” quips may be expected. But Donna Summer’s influence was great. She didn’t just have a moment—she had 17, the epic length of “Love to Love You, Baby,” the track she recorded with Giorgio Moroder, the Italian producer with whom she helped to shape the entire genre of dance music. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, borrowing may go one better—and everyone from Madonna to Whitney to Diana to Beyoncé has sampled Summer. Several generations of one-namers recognize her as one of their own.
Summer’s onstage style may not have been as influential as some of her fellow seventies dollies. But her music gave the beat to the better part of a generation. She had a catalog of hits nearly unrivaled among disco divas, and continued well into the pop/R&B of the eighties: In addition to “Love to Love You, Baby” and “Last Dance,” there were “I Feel Love,” “MacArthur Park,” “Bad Girls,” “On the Radio,” and “She Works Hard for the Money.” She won five Grammys and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The fashion world has long appreciated Summer. In 2010, she and Marc Jacobs duetted on “On the Radio” at the opening of Louis Vuitton’s New Bond Street maison. (Kim Jones, Vuitton’s menswear designer, later called on Moroder to create and spin the soundtrack to his Fall ’12 men’s show, too.)
Summer died this morning, following a private battle with cancer. She was 63.
The Olympic Torch Tops Design Of The Year List, Beyoncé The Beautiful, Jack White’s First Feature Film Score, And More…
What topped the list for the Design Museum’s Design of the Year? The Olympic torch not only beat out Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding dress but also the Met’s McQueen exhibition. “Nothing is harder to get right than designing for the Olympics,” Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic tells Reuters. “The lightness and simplicity of Barber Osgerby’s Olympic Torch does just that.” [Vogue U.K.]
Beyoncé has been named the world’s most beautiful woman in 2012 by People magazine. The pop star says, “I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth. I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth.” [People]
Jack White has snagged his first-ever feature film score, for Disney’s upcoming film The Lone Ranger, starring Style.com beauty icon Johnny Depp. Reportedly, adaption of the 1950′s television show will include a “fresh take on the ‘William Tell Overture.’ ” [Spin]
Maria Shriver is set to present photographer Annie Leibovitz with the 7th Annual MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts on Tuesday. Also on the program for the awards luncheon—an Akris Fall fashion show. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Baby Beyoncé Was Born, Cynthia Rowley And Olaf Breuning Collaborate On A Damien Hirst Dress, Tom Ford’s Spring ’12 Campaign, And More…
Beyoncé finally gave birth to a baby girl over the weekend at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital. There have been numerous names floating around, but Gwyneth Paltrow confirmed the name is Blue Ivy Carter. [Styelite]
In her new book, Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, Sally Bedell Smith reveals a completely different side to Her Royal Highness than most are familiar with. The book, in stores Tuesday, includes stories of the Queen blowing bubbles at a birthday party, using a toolkit to decorate diamond tiaras, and crawling on her stomach to stalk stags in the Scottish Highlands. [WWD]
In celebration of the Damien Hirst retrospective, The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011, which opens January 12 at all 11 Gagosian galleries, Cynthia Rowley and artist Olaf Breuning created a Damien Hirst-inspired dress. The silk jersey T-shirt dress, available exclusively at Colette, has a screen-printed image of a nude figure with Hirst’s signature colorful spots, which Breuning portrayed in his recent exhibition The Art Freaks. [@Cynthia_Rowley]
Tom Ford decided to get behind the camera again to shoot models Mirte Maas and Mathias Bergh in Palms Springs for his Spring 2012 ad campaign. The “playful, ubeat images” will be in magazines in March. [WWD]