• Valentino creates dress for princess bride Anne Hathaway

    It was almost a year ago that Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman announced their engagement. And now 80-year-old legendary designer Valentino Garavini has revealed that he has personally made 'the dress' for The Princess Diaries star. CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY The revelation was made at the New York City Ballet Fall Gala, where the world-renowned talent was honoured for his cutting-edge designs both on and off the stage. Valentino couldn't speak more highly of his friend, Anne, telling E! News "She's a very good friend of mine. She's like my daughter!"  "She's sensational. She's fantastic…She deserves what she has in this life." Anne, who

  • Modern women: Should we wait as long to start a family?

    In 2010 the average childbearing age in Britain stood at 29.3 years – the highest level since records began in 1938, according to the Office for National Statistics. Careers, cost and the inability to find 'Mr Right' were all cited as the main reasons women wait to have children. And it's a trend that has been reflected in the celebrity world, with Mariah Carey, Halle Berry and Salma Hayek all welcoming children for the first time in their forties.   But is it something we should start thinking about earlier? According to a new survey conducted by Red magazine, one in four women wish they

  • Youthful Halle Berry has the look of love as she steps out to support Olivier

    Hand in hand at his film premiere, Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez look more in love than ever. For one night, Halle, 46, eschewed her leading lady status to play best supporting partner to her fiancé, who was at the screening of his new film Cybergeddon.   The couple's two-year relationship is clearly having a positive effect on the Monster's Ball actress, who looked stunning in a patterned jersey dress. She accessorised the low-key look with silver hoop earrings – and, of course, showed off the exquisite four-carat emerald engagement ring that Olivier picked out for her . The romantic Frenchman put

  • Milan bowled over by Shane and Elizabeth's sharp his and hers look

    Having described himself in rather colourful language as a "fashion virgin", Shane Warne was delighted to take his place alongside partner Elizabeth Hurley at Milan's style extravaganza. The former cricketer seems to have segued from the playing fields into fashion's most elite circles with the same ease with which he stepped up to the crease. CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY In a sharp suit with a vibrant purple tie that perfectly complemented his girlfriend's pretty printed frock at the Roberto Cavalli presentation, he certainly looked part of the international jet set. Shane told the Daily Telegraph that contrary to the

  • Queen buys iconic Andy Warhol portraits

    He once said: "I want to be as famous as the Queen of England." So pop artist Andy Warhol would no doubt have been delighted to learn that some of his most iconic works will be hanging on the walls of one of the monarch's residences. Britain's Royal Collection Trust has snapped up four colour screenprints based on a photo of the Queen taken during her Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977.   CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR GALLERY   The tiara and jewels that appear in the inimitable protraits are dusted with crushed glass for a truly regal effect. All four pieces will

  • Glitz and glory for 'EastEnders' starlets at soap awards

    EastEnders has come out on top at the Inside Soap Awards, scooping seven trophies. The BBC One show was named Best Soap at the ceremony, with Gillian Wright, who plays Jean Slater, picking up Best Actress. Earlier this year, programme bosses were forced to defend a storyline in which bipolar disorder sufferer Jean was being treated cruelly, following complaints from viewers.   CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR GALLERY Hetti Bywater won Best Newcomer for her portrayal of Albert Square's Lucy Beale, while comic actors Tameka Empson and Ricky Norwood, who play Kim Fox and Arthur 'Fat Boy' Chubb, were voted Funniest Female and

  • Sofia Vergara leads Emmys fun as she 'parties like a Colombian'

    Sofia Vergara's shimmering Emmys dress was a winner, as was her series Modern Family, which was the ceremony's most decorated comedy.  So the South American bombshell had plenty reason to party, and party she did. Newly-engaged Sofia brought her unique brand of "latin power" to the awards show, indulging in an energetic dance routine.    "This is how the Colombians party at the Emmys!" she tweeted later, bravely performing her dance moves even though she had earlier experienced a wardrobe malfunction.   Sofia wasn't the only one riding high at TV's answer to the Oscars. Nicole Kidman looked like the cat

  • Campaigning royal Mette-Marit practises take your son to work day

    A passionate advocate for HIV prevention and women's rights, Princess Mette-Marit of Norway is passing on her values to her son. Visiting New York for a meeting of global leaders, she was joined by 15-year-old Marius. The teenager was confirmed a few weeks ago at a moving ceremony in the presence of the entire royal family including his stepfather Crown Prince Haakon and his parents King Harald and Queen Sonja. CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR GALLERY And Mette-Marit, 39, obviously thinks the time is right to teach him more about the causes she holds dear.  Mother and son sat listening intently at the annual Clinton Global Initiative conference which heard from heavyweights such as founder President

  • Hope for Dutch royals as Prince Johan Friso briefly wakes from coma

    There is a glimmer of hope for the Dutch royal family after it was reported that Prince Johan Friso woke briefly from his coma. Family friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu said the prince's wife, Mabel, witnessed her husband opening his eyes to smile at her, before falling back into a coma. Speaking to a Dutch TV channel the Archbishop - who knows Mabel through her time as a human rights activist - added: "It's horrible for her to see her husband in bed inert. I pray for him every day and try to talk to her regularly, so she knows that we support

  • Pera Palace: Istanbul's hot-spot hotel

    It's East meets West in glamorous, exotic and stylish form. Turkey’s most famous hotel has just had a £20 million facelift – and it's got to be seen to be believed. The Pera Palace, the first Western Hotel to be built in Turkey, has just completed a four-year renovation project. First opened in 1892 in the final decade of the Ottoman Empire – it’s now been restored to its former glory. CLICK PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY This legendary spot was an elegant hangout for famous faces of the early 20th century including King Edward VIII, Queen Elizabeth II, Agatha Christie, Greta

  • Chris Brown receives support from Rihanna after probation violation

    Singer Chris Brown was in court after failing a drugs test on Monday. The controversial singer tested positive for drug use and will face a probation violation hearing on November 1. Chris was sentenced to a five-year probation period in 2009, after he physically assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna.     However, the Umbrella singer was quick to jump to Chris' defence and post support for the musician on Twitter. She tweeted: "@chrisbrown, I'm praying for you and wishing you the best today!" Another tweet sent on Monday does not mention Chris' name, but it does suggest that Rihanna is offering support for a friend in need. She said: "Praying for you

  • The wardrobe must-have of Europe's royal ladies

    Forget dazzling tiaras and heirloom brooches – the 21st century princess' must-have is a Bottega Veneta clutch. The most fashion-forward royals in Europe have been spotted accessorising their outfits with the Italian brand’s petite weaved bag in various colours. Princess Madeleine of Sweden stepped out in Washington this week carrying the hot item, pairing it with an elegant olive evening dress.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY And Princess Charlene of Monaco put the tiny accessory on display at a premiere in the principality last year. But Princess Mary of Denmark pioneered the trend, showing the clutch off first at

  • Lower your sugar levels: Super ways to beat diabetes

    The right diet is vital if you're trying to prevent or control diabetes, but it doesn't mean that you'll be deprived of the foods you enjoy.  Simply make sure you have a healthy eating plan high in nutrients, low in fat, and moderate in calories. And remember that small changes go a long way.   Even if you have already developed diabetes, taking control of your health can be made in small, easy steps: • Be choosy with carbs Try to limit highly refined carbohydrates and switch cereals to porridge for a great start to the morning. Oats and wholegrain carbohydrates release their energy slower than sugar and prevents the body from

  • Kelly nails $250,000 diamond manicure for the Emmys

    Kelly Osbourne looked a million dollars at the 64th Grammy Awards – with the help of a rather pricey manicure.  With a hefty price tag of $250,000, the valuable bottle of beauty is explained by the 267-carat diamonds which are infused with black lacquer.  The 27-year-old announced that she was "so excited & honoured" to be wearing the most expensive nail polish in the world, by Los Angeles-based luxury jeweller Azature. But it isn't surprising that she also voiced her concerns about having "that much money" on her nails. Even so, she oozed confidence in her pretty purple Zac Posen gown and matching lilac hair, offsetting her black diamond-clad nails. As part

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