Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump is facing a lawsuit over her shoe designs.
She has been accused of copying Italian shoe manufacturer Aquazzura’s Wild Thing sandal design.
Trump and bosses at her manufacturer, Marc Fisher, have been named in the lawsuit and executives at Aquazzura also allege other designs have been copied.
“Nearly every detail of (the) plaintiff’s well-known and coveted Wild Thing shoe, from the shape and silhouette to the fringe covering the toes, to the tassel on the heel (is copied),” the lawsuit reads. “Seeking the same success Aquazzura experienced but without having to put in the hard creative work, defendants resorted to knocking off plaintiff’s popular designs.”
Aquazzura company bosses are seeking an injunction barring the sale of Trump’s shoe, a report of the profits of the shoe, damages and attorneys’ fees.
However, Matthew Burris, CFO of Marc Fisher, is slamming the allegations.
“This is a baseless lawsuit aimed at generating publicity,” a statement to People.com reads. “The shoe in question is representative of a trending fashion style, is not subject to intellectual property law protection and there are similar styles made by several major brands. The lawsuit is without merit and we will vigorously defend ourselves against the claim.”
Trump discussed her mission for her brand earlier this week (ends24Jun16), saying, “The reason that I started this brand is that I thought that there really wasn’t relevant product for millennial, working women that is trend-right yet appropriate, that was acceptable from a price perspective but also quality, and that there was a real opportunity to fill that void.
“So we wanted to create beautiful pieces that were appropriate for work, but also transitioned with our very active, multi-dimensional women through the arc of their day.”
Retired catwalk star Tyra Banks has urged the models of yesteryear to stop bickering about the new era of beauties.
The new mum has posted an essay on her website about the escalating war of words between the likes of Rebecca Romijn and Stephanie Seymour and the latest crop of supermodels, including Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, calling for a truce.
The era feud hit a high last week (ends17Jun16) when Seymour suggested Gigi and Kendall should not be referred to as supermodels, suggesting they should be dubbed “b**ches of the moment”.
The comment irked Kendall and she shot back: “If people want to call Gigi and I supermodels now, it doesn’t take anything away from supermodels of the past. Obviously, I have so much respect for those women, but right now, we’re the models of this time.”
Seymour has since offered a muted apology to the new runway stars and now Tyra is offering up her thoughts, writing: “This supermodel war is raging and it’s really tearing me apart…”
“There’s a level of poetic first-hand experience and understanding that I have and want to share about this escalating battle between supermodels of the past and present,” she adds.
Tyra, 42, believes the feud stems from how hard it was to be a supermodel before all the technological advances: “We worked runways and shot magazine spreads together, schlepped to countless go-sees, used pay phones for on-the-go communication, and subways for transportation around the globe.
“We started out by booking low-end work for janky magazines that no longer exist and walked in way too many showroom fashion shows at the local mall. And, after all that hard work, dedication, sacrifice, sidewalk pounding, map folding, metro riding, model apartment living… after all the blood, sweat, fears and floods of tears… we finally were bestowed with the coveted title of Supermodel!”
But, defending today’s models, Banks insists they work just as hard as she and her peers did back in the day.
“You’re kicking a**, working hard, running from show to show, shoot to shoot and party to party (because you have to be seen and have a cool social media post that night because your followers are complaining you haven’t been posting enough lately),” she writes. “You’re driving yourself into exhaustion all while showing the world post by post that it looks so easy, when in reality, it is anything but.
“Anyone can be a model! If you have social media accounts, you can pose and post away, build your followers and make cold hard money all while having lots of fun. The modeling world is now a democracy and we need to celebrate it, lean into it.”
Daniel Radcliffe’s kissing scene with Paul Dano in bizarre new movie Swiss Army Man was weirder than it should have been, because both actors have kissed each other’s girlfriends.
The Harry Potter star plays a dead guy in the wacky castaway film, which became a big hit at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah at the beginning of the year (16), and he admits one scene was stranger than other odd moments for himself and Dano.
“There’s this very weird, incestuous triangle thing that has happened now with my and Paul’s girlfriends,” he attempts to explain during a recent appearance on The Jess Cagle Interview. “My girlfriend, Erin (Darke), played Paul’s wife in Love & Mercy, and Paul’s girlfriend, Zoe (Kazan), was with me in What If, and now Paul and I have also kissed on screen.”
Radcliffe admits the film is a little out-there, and not for everyone, but he’s thrilled with the end result, particularly one scene, in which Dano’s character uses his gassy castaway-mate as a jet-ski.
“There is a scene where he rides me across the water like a jet ski propelled by gas,” Radcliffe giggles. “When you read that, there is an element of, ‘OK, yeah, that could be terrible…’ But it could also be maybe the greatest thing I ever get to be a part of.
“(I thought), ‘If I’m sitting here in two years watching someone else be a part of that scene, how will I feel?’ That scene, the first time I saw it, there were tears of laughter and joy in my eyes.”
Adele’s record-breaking album 25 will finally be available on Internet streaming services nearly seven months after its release.
The British star’s third studio effort hit stores back in November (15), but starting on Friday (24Jun16), fans will be able to listen to 25 on popular platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal.
Until now, only Adele’s singles, Hello, Send My Love (To Your New Lover), and When We Were Young have been able to stream online.
Her two previous albums, 2008’s 19 and 2011’s 21, are currently available on streaming platforms, although the latter was also withheld upon its initial release.
The news marks a change of heart for the multiple Grammy winner, who told Time magazine in December (15) that she felt streaming music was “a bit disposable”.
“I know that streaming music is the future, but it’s not the only way to consume music,” she explained. “I can’t pledge allegiance to something that I don’t know how I feel about yet.”
25 has been a smash hit for Adele, having sold over 19 million copies worldwide.
Rap mogul Diddy’s boys Christian and Quincy will turn hit BET show 106 & Park into a family affair on Friday (24Jun16). Christian will premiere two new songs on the countdown show, which will be hosted by Quincy who will also formally announce his signing to dad’s Bad Boy Entertainment/Epic Records.
Taylor Swift turned superheroine for a high Dave Grohl by saving him from complete embarrassment during a gig in front of Sir Paul McCartney.
The Foo Fighters frontman went solo for an acoustic show at the Cannes Lions festival in France on Wednesday night (22Jun16), and before launching into his band’s hit Best of You, Dave recalled the time Taylor came to his rescue at a house party.
Dave recalled being at the bash when Paul, who he deemed “the baddest motherf**ker on the planet,” decided to get on the piano for an impromptu performance. After playing a new tune for the guests, Paul looked at Dave and said, “‘Come on, Dave! Play a song!'”
The former Nirvana star began to freak out because not only did he not know how to play piano, but he didn’t feel comfortable strapping on any of the available guitars, since they were all fitted for left-handed McCartney.
On top of that, Dave admitted to being under the influence of marijuana, and as he became even more frazzled, Taylor saved him by coming up from the audience and offering to play a song.
“I was like, ‘Oh thank God! Taylor Swift is here. Like f**king Batman when you need him!’,” Dave said. “So she gets up at the piano and I thought, ‘OK, I’ll jam with her. So I pick up one of Paul’s left-handed basses, I’m super high, she starts playing, and I’m just trying to figure out how to play along with her. It was kinda like one of those nightmares where you’re running backwards.”
He continued, “She was playing this really beautiful song on the piano. I look at my wife and I’m like, ‘I know this f**king song.’ And she was f**king playing our song Best of You. As if I weren’t high enough that f**king blew me into outer space. I just lost my mind. So I felt obligated to sit next to her and duet.”
“She’s got a good voice she can sing. So I sat next to her and did this…” as Dave belted out his version of Best of You for the Cannes crowd.
Pop star Shawn Mendes has shut down reports he’s gay.
The 17-year-old singer took to Snapchat on Wednesday (22Jun16) to address comments posted under his YouTube videos, suggesting he’s homosexual.
The Canadian singer, who has been linked romantically to Becky G and Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello, wrote: “I don’t usually do this or bring up problems but I was on YouTube just watching some of my interviews and I was going down the comments and noticed a lot of people were saying I gave them a ‘gay vibe’.
“First of all, I’m not gay. Second of all, it shouldn’t made a difference if I was or if I wasn’t. The focus should be on the music and not my sexuality. Now I know 99% of you guys aren’t making assumptions like this but this is for the 1% of you that are. I just want you guys to know before you judge someone on the way they speak or act to think ‘hey, maybe I shouldn’t be judging someone’ or ‘wait it actually doesn’t even matter’.”
He added: “They can do or be or feel however they want to feel. Now I’m not frustrated because people were saying that I was gay at all, I have no problem with that cause it wouldn’t make a difference to me. I’m frustrated because in this day and age people have the audacity to write online that I’m gay as if it were a bad thing. That’s all I really have to say about that. I just wish that 1% of people would grow up. I love you guys.”
Demi Lovato has attacked her fellow Americans on Twitter, accusing them of being more interested in celebrity gossip than important global issues.
Just two days after the pop star returned to social media following a brief boycott, she let followers know exactly what she thinks of the state of America, beginning with the statement: “The world is weird”.
“I bet our country knows more about celebrities than they know about what’s happening over seas or global warming,” she ranted on Twitter. “We complain about how unfair paparazzi and tabloid rumours are but still buy the magazines to find out who’s f**king who and who wore it best.”
The 23-year-old, who recently split from longtime boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama, then offered up a quirky poll to prove her point, asking her followers: “How many people can name someone on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted list?”
Demi then listed a series of multiple choice answers, including “Can name 1 or more”, and “Can name all Biebers exes (sic)”.
The Cool For the Summer singer concluded her rant by asking: “Is it our fault though? Has society fed into it or is this just easy business with everyone from blogs to magazines trying to cash in? Who’s fault is it that teens can name more celebrity feuds than wars?”
Demi’s recent social media break was prompted by vile backlash from angry Mariah Carey fans, who were defending their idol after the young star criticised her on Instagram, suggesting Ariana Grande was a better singer.
She later explained her remarks by criticising Mariah for the way she treats people.
“Mariah is a legend and is so talented but constantly disses people,” she wrote in an Instagram comment.
Jermaine Jackson’s third wife has filed for divorce.
Halima Rashid lodged the papers on Tuesday (21Jun16), citing irreconcilable differences, and listed 28 November (15) as the date of separation, according to TMZ.com.
The couple’s separation fell on the same day Rashid was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony corporal injury on a spouse following an alleged bust-up at the pair’s California home, which included claims from Jermaine that Rashid attacked him and bit his leg.
She later escaped charges after officials dropped the investigation against her because there was no evidence to prove who was the aggressor in the dispute. After the charges were dropped in January (16), TMZ reported Jackson and his wife had reconciled.
In the divorce papers, Rashid is seeking spousal support. She and Jermaine have no children together.
Michael Jackson’s older brother met Rashid while waiting in line at a Starbucks in January, 2004, and proposed that March. Just five months later, they tied the knot in Los Angeles.
Jermaine has five kids from his two previous marriages – he was wed to Alejandra Genevieve Oiaza from 1995 to 2003 and his union to his first wife, Hazel Gordy, lasted from 1973 to 1988.
News of Jermaine’s divorce comes just days after the emergence of an old police report that suggests his late sibling, Michael, had a stockpile of pornographic images stashed away at his Neverland Ranch home in Santa Barbara, California.
The documents date back to 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo’s child molestation accusations. In June 2005, Jackson, who denied the charges, was found not guilty and acquitted of 14 charges, which included four counts of molesting a minor. He died in 2009.
Since the report surfaced, Michael’s family has been quick to defend the star – and Jermaine launched into a Twitter rant on Wednesday (22Jun16), attacking the gossips behind the report.
“In death, Michael still suffers trial by media but his exoneration is enshrined in court transcripts ‘journalists’ are too lazy to read,” he wrote. “Let Michael rest in peace. Leave. Him. Alone.”
Top Gun star Kelly McGillis is recovering after coming face to face with a home intruder on Friday (17Jun16).
The actress arrived home in North Carolina to find a woman and a young girl in her kitchen.
McGillis tells TMZ the woman accused the star of stalking her on Twitter and then lunged at her, knocking her to the ground.
Kelly managed to startle the intruder by setting off her car alarm outside and she managed to escape to a neighbour’s house and call the police.
Laurence Marie Dorn was arrested and charged with burglary, larceny, stalking, assault and battery, and interfering with emergency communication.
McGillis insists she has no idea who the woman is, having never met her before.
The actress has been out of the spotlight in recent years and in 2011 she told BlogTalkRadio.com she had taken on a “real job” at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in New Jersey.
She said, “I interviewed for a job and they hired me. It makes me feel as if I’m genuinely being of service to others. I feel as if I have the potential to help others in a way that I don’t have acting.”
But she admitted her presence often freaks out patients, adding, “Some people say, ‘I’m talking to a movie star’, but I always remind them that’s not why I’m there. I have a very clear boundary about that. I’m not there to talk about my work. I’m there to talk about recovery and help them stand in their integrity and their recovery. I think it’s a great gift that I am able to do so.
“When I turned 50 and my kids were leaving home and I thought, ‘What is it that I really want to do with the rest of my life? What have I done?’ You get an opportunity to look where you have been and where you want to go when you have a big shift in your life like that. I just put it out there that I would really like to be of service in some way, shape or form and this opportunity came along and I’m really grateful it has because I’m incredibly filled every day by it.”
The reforming alcoholic who is over a decade sober, added, “The potential to heal individuals and their families is really impactful, humbling and exciting for me.”