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6 posts tagged "Forbes"

Cathy Horyn on Fashion’s New Benchmark, Instagram’s Biggest Daredevils, and More of the News You Missed Today

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Cathy Horyn on the commercialization of high fashion…
Are designers running out of ideas? Or are straightforward clothes just a sign of the times? “I suspect that many women are thrilled to find clothes that promise more wear, given the money they’re spending,” writes Horyn. [T]

New York’s Instagram outlaws…
NYC risk-takers are soaring to Instagram fame by snapping photos from difficult-to-access, restricted locations. Be it rooftop skyline shots or a sunrise view from the Brooklyn Bridge, their street photography is almost a competition, each photo seemingly more dangerous than the last. The only issue these daredevils face? Making sure they don’t get caught… [New York]

Gisele does it again…
Forbes has revealed its list of the 21 highest-paid models and it comes as no surprise that model mogul Gisele Bündchen has topped the list for the eighth year running. Cara Delevingne made the cut, but despite her many campaigns with fashion powerhouses like Mulberry, Burberry, and DKNY, she was still beaten out by her BFF Jourdan Dunn. Others on the list include Kate Upton, Miranda Kerr, and the legendary Kate Moss. [The Telegraph]

Is there a future for facekinis?
Carine Roitfeld just took the sun-smart movement to a whole new extreme with the introduction of the facekini. The sun protective face mask, which makes an appearance in a new CR Fashion Book shoot, is reportedly already big in China. It may have the Roitfeld seal of approval, but for now, we think we’ll stick to sunscreen and straw hats. [The Independent]

Val Kilmer, actor and artist…
Showcasing that he is a man of many talents, Val Kilmer is trying his hand at another form of creative expression. The former Batman actor is now selling his own hand-painted works of art on his website for upwards of $1,000 a pop. [valkilmer.com]

Sandra Bullock Is the Highest-Earning Actress in Hollywood

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86th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsIf you thought the Gravity hype had dissipated, think again. Today, Forbes released its list of the top 10 earning actresses in Hollywood, and Sandra Bullock, who was more or less the one-woman act in Gravity, leads the pack with $51 million. The global phenomenon cost nearly $100 million, brought in $715 million at the box office, and won seven Oscars.

Interestingly enough, given how eager fashion and celebrity have been to get into bed together lately, Bullock has never really courted fashion icon status or apparently been courted by fashion companies. She beat out a host of actresses who have all fronted major ad campaigns, like Dior star Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie (who’s lent her image to St. John and Louis Vuitton), and Gwyneth Paltrow (who has appeared in many campaigns, including ones for Max Factor, Coach, and Estée Lauder). Bullock, by contrast, doesn’t have any major, big money fashion contracts to her name.

Second on Forbes‘ list is 23-year-old Jennifer Lawrence, who raked in $34 million, largely thanks to her role in The Hunger Games. Third is Jennifer Aniston, who cashed in at $31 million, and fourth is Goop girl Gwyneth Paltrow, whose $19 million came mostly from Iron Man 3 and her Max Factor and Hugo Boss endorsements. Angelina Jolie and Cameron Diaz are tied for fifth place, earning $18 million each. Combined, the top 10 earning actresses earned $226 million—which looks like a lot of money until you find out the top-earning actors made nearly twice that with a combined $419 million. Since the recent trend of female-lead blockbusters is clearly paying off, maybe that gap will start to close soon.

Photo: Jeff Vespa / WireImage

The Material Girl Makes Bank

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Madonna

Raking in $125 million from her MDNA tour, clothing line, fragrance, and more, Madonna tops Forbes’ 2013 list of highest-paid celebrities, beating out Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and (second spot) Steven Spielberg. Perhaps this explains Madge’s undoubtedly pricey mega-watt bite bling. A sound investment? Unlikely. But if we learned anything from the stars this week, it’s that diamonds are a grill’s best friend.

Fashion Features on Forbes’ Most Powerful Women List

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Miuccia Prada takes a bow

Forbes released its 2013 list of the world’s most powerful women earlier today, and on it were social and political movers and shakers: Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Oprah Winfrey; megawatt stars: Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie, and Gisele Bündchen; and one or two surprises (Shakira at number 52, for example). But fashion’s power players held their own against heads of state (Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel came in at number one), businesswomen, and celebrities alike. Miuccia Prada (58), Diane von Furstenberg (74), newly crowned billionaire Tory Burch (69), Anna Wintour (41), and Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts (52) all earned much-deserved spots on the list. Hats off to the industry’s—and the world’s—leading ladies.

Photo: Pierre Verdy/ Getty Images

Tory Burch: Bona Fide Billionaire

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2013 is looking rosy for reigning queen of prep Tory Burch. On New Year’s Day, news broke that she had settled the seemingly never-ending legal battle royal with ex-husband Chris Burch. And today, Forbes announced that this very settlement—or, specifically, Chris Burch’s move to sell his 28.3% stake in Tory Burch LLC—has helped make Ms. Burch a Billionairess. According to Forbes, Tory’s stake in her company is now worth at least one billion dollars (or, if you’re tabulating in Burchier ways, think about 5,128,205 pairs of Revas). The Upper East Side favorite will join the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Meg Whitman on the 2013 Forbes World’s Billionaires list, out this March.

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