Glee‘s hit first season comes to a close tonight, and it looks like the highly-anticipated Regionals will be a competition in both song and style. “[The girls in] New Directions wear retro-style gold brocade dresses by Betsey Johnson with ’60s-inspired hair and makeup, in a nod to the ’60s girl groups,” the show’s costumer Lou Eyrich told us. “The guys wear color-coordinated shirts and ties.” As for their musical nemeses Vocal Adrenaline? “[They] wear very flashy and bold fuschia-and black-sequined dresses, which really pick up the light when they dance,” she said. “They perform an amazing rendition of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’” There’s a medley of songs by ’80s rock group Journey, and we can also expect to see a few familiar faces: “Olivia Newton John and Josh Groban are back, but they don’t sing,” Eyrich revealed. “And Quinn’s mom shows up.” She also warned that Gleeks should watch the finale with tissues on hand. “I remember crying when I first read the script,” said Eyrich. “Tears were shed by many during shooting.” Watch the clip above of Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) singing Journey’s “Faithfully” from tonight’s big Glee finale.
Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” video premiered today and it did not disappoint: Directed by famed fashion photographer Steven Klein, the epic video clocks in at just under nine minutes and features plenty of gasp-inducing sights, from Gaga’s racy dance scenes in flesh-toned Calvin Klein undies to her custom machine gun bra by David Samuel Menkes (not to mention Emporio Armani’s military-inspired designs for the male dancers). The rest of Gaga’s wardrobe stayed relatively dark and symbolic—expect dramatic pieces by Alexander McQueen, a custom nun outfit by Atsuko Kudo and an elaborate binocular headpiece by Nasir Mazhar. Fans who adored her “Bad Romance” routine will also rejoice at the fluid choreography, which will surely make its way into clubs—and be copied in countless Youtube tribute clips—soon. Watch the video above and tell us what you think in the comments section below!
After 15 successful fragrance launches, Jennifer Lopez is at it again with her latest scent, Love and Glamour. Featuring notes of Italian mandarin, guava, water lily, jasmine petals and sandal wood, the perfume was inspired by the actress/singer’s return to the spotlight. “What I always like to do is look at where I am in my life at the moment. [Here] it was right after the babies…and getting back to what I do again,” she told WWD. “It just felt like a time of a lot of love and that seemed very romantic to me—I said it seems like love and glamour.” As with her previous fragrance campaigns, Lopez stars in the ads, this time sporting red carpet-worthy retro waves next to a bottle resembling her famous curves. Love and Glamour hits beauty counters in October.
The weekend kicked off on a spicy note with Spike TV’s 2010 Guys Choice Awards, where Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel were each honored for their individual hotness. Theron, in a one-shoulder minidress and caged heels by Versace, accepted the Decade of Hotness Award from Ben Affleck. “Ben and I did a film together, but I wasn’t hot back then, so I want to apologize to Ben,” she said in her speech. “Ten years of hotness? More like nine!” Johansson lit up the room in a canary yellow Preen dress and Jimmy Choos when she accepted her Jean Claude Gahd Dam! Award while Jessica Biel picked up her Holy Grail of Hot statue in a demure bow-accented jacket and skirt by Dior. Hotter Than Hell Award winner Brooklyn Decker, in a silk Grai wrap dress, continued the night’s parade of good looks, which peaked when Sandra Bullock, in a sexy leather Elie Saab dress, surprised the audience as she stepped onstage to accept the Troops Choice Award.
Love the full-skirted Sophie Theallet dress that Michelle Obama wore to Ghana in 2009 (inset)? A similar design can now be purchased at Gap’s newly-launched N.Y.C. concept store (dedicated to CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners). For the limited-edition pop-up, which also stocks accessories by Monique Pean and menswear by Patrik Ervell, Theallet created a near-copy of Mrs. Obama’s breezy dress—the color of the skirt’s stripes and the lightweight cotton fabric are among the differences from the original—in both white and black for a more accessible $248. Fans of Theallet’s feminine touches will also appreciate her other wallet-friendly Gap creations: a summer-ready ruffle-front dress ($248), a tie-front blouse ($148) and a tiered skirt ($198).
Rue McClanahan, best known for playing saucy southern belle Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls, passed away today at the age of 76. The Oklahoma native began her career in theater where she starred in the Off Broadway show The Golden Fleece. After catching the eye of legendary TV producer Norman Lear, McClanahan was cast as a guest star on All in the Family as well as its spinoff, Maude, where she first shared the screen with future Golden Girls costar Bea Arthur. In 1985, the two actresses joined Betty White and Estelle Getty as the Golden Girls, the funny foursome who proved that good humor is the secret to aging gracefully. McClanahan won an Emmy for her role as Blanche and continued to star in series such as Law & Order and Murphy Brown. See McClanahan’s transformation through the years and check out a clip of our favorite Blanche Devereaux moment after the jump and share your favorite scenes in the comments section below.
Last month, Lady Gaga promised that her new music video for “Alejandro,” would be less outrageous and more of an arty affair, which explained her decision to enlist legendary fashion photographer Steven Klein to direct. A preview for the video just launched, and the superstar, so far, holds true to her pledge. Shot in black-and-white film, with some shots reminiscent of Madonna’s “Vogue,” the video looks poised to offer lots of military-influenced dance sequences and several noticeably stark fashion moments. Of course, we still expected a little scandal from Gaga, and she delivers: we glimpsed at least one steamy bed scene. Check out the preview above and stay tuned for the full video!
With her stunning fashion choices and sparkling smile, Zoe Saldana has proven she’s as much a force on the red carpet as she is on the big screen, and this week the actress was honored with Women in Film’s 2010 MaxMara Face of the Future award. The celebration began on Monday night in L.A. where the Avatar star wowed guests, including Selma Blair and Lake Bell, in a gray MaxMara tank and ruffled skirt for the Italian label’s chic dinner at Sunset Tower’s Terrace Room. Saldana is expected to wear MaxMara again to accept her award tonight at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, which also honors Courteney Cox.