Legendary comedian Joan Rivers died in a New York hospital Thursday afternoon, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a medical procedure, her daughter said. "She passed peacefully at 1:17 pm surrounded by family and close friends," Melissa Rivers said in a written statement. The funeral for Rivers will be at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan on Sunday, according to temple spokeswoman Elizabeth Fezrine. Details, including the time and if the public will be allowed to attend, are not yet known, she said. [Read More]
Starbucks and Gilt teamed up to make life a bit easier for caffeine addicts and struggling gift-givers alike, creating a limited edition gift card for Starbucks goers. Exclusively releasing on Gilt, the rose gold-plated gift card takes morning red-eye routines to the next level, offering certified My Starbucks Rewards™ Gold-level status, which means on-the-house birthday beverages, free refills on brewed coffee and tea, and free items with every 12 purchases. The card also comes pre-loaded with $400, which should last even the most hardcore of coffee drinkers beyond the holiday season. Limited to just 1,000 cards, look for this item to launch on Gilt on December 6th for $450 USD.
Actor Paul Walker, known for his roles in the Fast and the Furious movies, died on Saturday in a car crash in Southern California, his publicist said. "Sadly, I must confirm that Paul did pass away this afternoon in a car accident," Ame Van Iden, Walker's publicist, said in an email. A message linked to Walker's Twitter account, "@RealPaulWalker," said Walker, 40, died as a passenger in a friend's car while attending an event for a charity organization.“All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” the studio said in a statement. “Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the ‘Fast and Furious’ films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.” [Read More]
There was much controversy several weeks ago surrounding alleged cases of racial profiling at Barneys in New York. Jay Z himself has been deeply involved with Barneys, helping co-create an upcoming BNY SCC line of products embodying New York City. Jay Z recently took to his Life+Times platform to discuss the most recent outcome of the case and the decision to move forward with the BNY SSC collection. According to Jay Z, the luxury line will proceed “under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling.” Jay Z and Barneys have also elected to change the donation scheme from the previous 25% of all proceeds to a full 100% of all sales. In addition to the sales of the BNY SCC capsule, a further 10% will be donated on November 20th from all sales at Barneys US-wide. [Read More]
Chris Brown has checked into rehab a day after his appearance in a Washington, D.C., court over an assault charge that could have implications for his probation in Los Angeles. "Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility," a representative for the singer said in a statement Tuesday. "His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point."Brown pleaded not guilty Monday in D.C., to a misdemeanor assault charge that prosecutors reduced from a felony. The R&B singer and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, were arrested early Sunday at the W Hotel in Washington. [See & Read More]
Kim Kardashian had a 33rd birthday she will never forget! On Monday evening, Kanye West proposed to the mother of his daughter North with a 15-carat diamond ring by Lorraine Schwartz. Soon after the engagement, Kim’s hairstylist posted a pic of the stunning rock on his Instagram, which he later deleted (but of course people were able to screen-grab it before he did). According to E! Online, the rapper got down on one knee in front of her friends and family at AT&T Park in San Francisco. [See & Read More]
Nicki Minaj knows celebrities-turned-designers aren't always taken seriously in the fashion world, but she doesn't mind. At a launch event Tuesday for her Kmart Collection, Minaj said skepticism of stars lacking formal design training is "understandable," but she insists it's "not about being a designer. "The "Starships" rapper says her intention is simply to make clothes that she would love to wear. [Watch & Read More]
A 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson died on Friday in a Sioux Falls hospital, the victim of alleged abuse by a man dating the boy's mother, police confirmed. Peterson's father Nelson confirmed Friday afternoon that the child is Adrian Peterson's. Peterson met with the media Friday, hours before the boy passed away, and said at the time he still planned to play in Sunday's game against Carolina, but declined to get into details about the case. "I really appreciate all the support that I've been receiving from fans, the Vikings organization," said Peterson, who was excused to miss Thursday's Vikings practice before returning Friday. "This is a private matter and I would ask you all to please just respect my privacy and not ask at all about the situation at hand." [See & Read More]
WWD is reporting that Marc Jacobs, together with longtime business partner Robert Duffy, will be leaving Louis Vuitton. Jacobs has been with Louis Vuitton for 16 years and has overseen shift in perception of Louis Vuitton from that of a traditional luxury leather goods brand to one of the most influential fashion houses in the world. It is being reported that Jacobs is vacating his position as creative director for Louis Vuitton to focus on a potential IPO for the Marc Jacobs brand. No official word yet on who might succeed as Jacobs but rumor has it that Nicolas Ghesquière, formerly of Balenciaga, might be a frontrunner for the now vacant position. Head over to WWD to read the full piece.
Television’s highest honor, the Emmy Awards, were held last night in Los Angeles. As usual, there were upsets and also some unsurprising wins. Breaking Bad finally received the acclaim it deserved by picking up its first Outstanding Drama Series, while Modern Family took home the Outstanding Comedy Series for the fourth year running. Steven Soderbergh’sLiberace biopic Behind The Candelabra was a top winner with 11 Emmys. [Read More]