Tom Ford brought fashion week to Hollywood on Friday night, with a runway show full of glamour and a front row jammed with A-listers, including Jennifer Lopez, Renée Zellweger, Miley Cyrus and Lil Nas X.
Although most fashion shows are in New York this week, Ford took advantage of Oscars weekend to stage a sleek show in the award show's hometown of Los Angeles with his signature drama, using bright colors and rich textures like velvet and shearling.
Dimmed lights gave off a nightclub vibe as guests — among them, Kate Hudson, Joe Alwyn, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet — entered the space at Milk Studios to view the long runway covered in muted gray carpet over a mirrored floor and two tiers of mirrored walls, some set up as viewing boxes. Gray, tufted velvet benches lined the runway and pairs of aviator sunglasses awaited guests on their seats.
In the front row, Demi Moore posed for pictures with daughter Rumer Willis and fellow Brat Pack member Rob Lowe. J.Lo. sat with fiance Alex Rodriguez and giggled with Zellweger as Anna Wintour in her signature sunglasses looked on.
The show started with asymmetrical skirts in large, dyed patchwork denim paired with slouchy jackets and hobo bags in earth tones. Ford is partial to classic looks and lines, but threw in some fun with accessories like giant, feathered earrings in many colors, and a pair of high, yellow animal-skin cowboy boots.
The men's collection included tailored suits with oversized scarves and funky, futuristic red sunglasses. Trench coats for men and women were long with large lapels and cuffs — some in lush shearling, one in leopard print.
Top models walking in the show included Gigi and Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner. Jenner's mother, Kris Jenner, smiled in the front row and called the new collection "beautiful."
Halfway through the show, the lights went down and disco balls descended from the ceiling, creating spinning bounces of light and setting the tone for evening wear. The crowd hooted as Bella Hadid entered in a sleek silver sequined peekaboo dress with dramatic black velvet bows. Several of the looks to follow were fitted diaphanous gowns of ornate black lace that revealed black undergarments beneath. The men's tuxedo jackets had bold prints over black pants.
"Nobody makes both women and men look equally great as a designer than Tom," Lowe told The Associated Press. It's timeless elegance but also with that contemporary flair. Nobody does it better."
While black often dominates Ford shows, bright colors at the Fall 2020 show stunned onlookers, including a men's red casual jacket paired with silk pink satin pants, sweaters in emerald green and dresses in deep purple. Every female model's hair was in the same sleek tight bun, accessorized with flowers made of feathers.
Actor Jon Hamm — who wore a shiny silver suit — is a fan.
"Typical Tom Ford," Hamm said after the show. "It was elegant and sexy and beautiful and one of a kind. No one is doing what he's doing. It's really breathtaking."
Other celebrities at the show included Tracee Ellis Ross, Rita Wilson, James Corden and Jeff Bezos, holding hands with girlfriend Lauren Sanchez.
Ciara called the show "amazing." But the singer — who recently revealed her third pregnancy on Instagram — said she may have to wait before donning one of the designer's creations.
"I think all of us girls are gonna be hitting up Tom Ford for every dress," she said. "If I didn't have this bump, I'd be in that line for a couple of those dresses, but we need to have a flat tummy!"
Bobbi Kristina Brown's ex-partner died last month from a heroin overdose, an autopsy found.
Nick Gordon, whose legal name is Nicholas Bouler, died from an accidental overdose on New Year's Day, the medical examiner in Seminole County, Florida, found in an autopsy released Thursday.
Gordon, 30, was found unresponsive at a Sheraton hotel in the Orlando-area suburb of Maitland, police said. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Gordon's death came nearly five years after Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub at her home north of Atlanta, Georgia. The 22-year-old died after six months in a coma. Houston drowned in a bathtub in 2012.
Investigators weren't able to determine exactly how Bobbi Kristina Brown died. An autopsy showed that she had morphine, cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs in her body, but the medical examiner in that case couldn't determine if she killed herself, if someone else killed her or if her death was accidental.
Her family blamed Gordon, accusing him in the lawsuit of giving her a "toxic cocktail" before putting her face-down in the water. Gordon was never charged in the case, but he was found responsible in a wrongful death lawsuit. An Atlanta judge ordered him to pay $36 million to Brown's estate.
Pop singer Kesha made a false claim that Dr. Luke raped Katy Perry when there's "no evidence whatsoever" that he did, a judge ruled this week while sending a long-running clash between Kesha and her former mentor toward trial.
Kesha's lawyers said in a statement that they plan to appeal Thursday's ruling, which also says she owes the prominent producer over $373,000 in interest on royalties she paid him years late.
The decision isn't the final word in Dr. Luke's wider-ranging defamation and breach-of-contract suit against Kesha, but his lawyer said the ruling "brings him closer to the justice that he seeks."
"Dr. Luke looks forward to the trial of his case, where he will prove that Kesha's other false statements about him were equally false and defamatory," said the attorney, Christine Lepera.
Kesha, known for such hits as "TiK ToK" and "Praying," and Dr. Luke have been locked in court battles since 2014, when she filed a lawsuit alleging that he drugged and raped her in 2005 and emotionally abused her for years.
He denied it and sued her, saying she was smearing him with fabrications to try to get out of her record deal.
A New York court later dismissed Kesha's sexual abuse-related claims because of time limits and other legal issues, without ruling on whether the allegations had merit.
Meanwhile, Kesha claimed — in a 2016 text message to Lady Gaga — that "Firework" singer Katy Perry "was raped by the same man."
Dr. Luke, born Lukasz Gottwald, denies it, and Perry said it was "absolutely not" true during sworn questioning in 2017.
"There is no evidence whatsoever that Gottwald raped Katy Perry," Manhattan judge Jennifer Schecter wrote in Thursday's decision, calling Kesha's remark a false statement that meets legal standards for being defamatory.
The finding is helpful to Dr. Luke. But the judge noted that many aspects of the suit remain to be decided, including the question of whether Kesha's allegation of her own rape is true.
"Kesha and Gottwald have very different accounts of what happened on the night at issue. This court cannot decide, as a matter of law on papers and without any assessment of credibility, who should be believed," the judge wrote. "That is a decision for the jury."
The singer, born Kesha Rose Sebert, released her latest album, "High Road," last week. Her emotional performance of "Praying" at the 2018 Grammy Awards marked a memorable moment as the ceremony gave voice to the #MeToo movement against sexual assault.
Dr. Luke has produced some of the biggest pop hits of the 2000s, working with stars including Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson and Nicki Minaj.
The Associated Press does not generally name people who report being sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly, as Kesha has done.
With shouts of "Work it! work it!" from superfan Leslie Jones in the front row, Christian Siriano helped kick off New York Fashion Week on Thursday, rolling out sculptured showstopping gowns, looks of rainbow fringe and pops of bright "funhouse" green.
The "Saturday Night Live" alum could barely contain herself, hopping out of her seat at times to cheer on models as Heidi Klum looked on.
In a backstage interview, Siriano told The Associated Press he drew inspiration in part from the DC Comics superhero film "Birds of Prey," the story of how Harley Quinn joins forces with others to battle crime lord Black Mask.
Column gowns came in "Joker" Jacquard and multicolored "Harley" fringe. Among Siriano's finale looks were architectural mermaid gowns in a sparkly silver crystal and black print with boxy waists, worn with wide-brim hats. There was ample black, and velvets in blush and fuchsia. He also put out gowns, cropped blazers and flare trousers in eggplant.
Siriano said he let his imagination run wild as he jumped off from Quinn's story.
"Everybody has a little inner Harley Quinn. She's rock and cool and edgy and dark, which this collection has, but how do we elevate her, make her a little more glamorous, somewhat more put together? In the film there's this really cool kind of Gothic funhouse, so that set the tone," he said. "That got me to look into surrealist paintings and the Dada art movement, so that inspired a lot of the sculpture."
There was a lot of shine, texture, reflected light and sparkle in tiered ruffles, sequin fringe and shimmery knits. Siriano stayed true to a range of body types, one of the things that drew Jones to him in the first place when she couldn't find a red carpet designer who would fit her 6-foot frame.
While working on his Fall 2020 collection, Siriano was busy multitasking ahead of the Oscars on Sunday.
"It's really hard. I have literally half my team back doing Oscar dresses that are going on a plane. That's a little frustrating," he said.
Siriano has become a red carpet mainstay for a slew of celebrities. He's the man behind Billy Porter's tuxedo gown from last year's Oscars and helped outfit Lizzo, Demi Lovato and Yola (in bright pink fringe) for the Grammys.
"I've known Lizzo a really, really long time," he said. "Lizzo performed at my after-party like four years ago. No one even knew who she was. I love her."
Disney said its Disney Plus streaming service reached nearly 29 million paid subscribers in less than three months, an impressive start for what the company has positioned as its future as more people drop cable subscriptions.
But as expected, starting up a new service comes with huge expenses, contributing to a 23% profit decline for the company in the latest quarter.
Disney Plus launched in November to compete with online video services like Netflix. Disney had 26.5 million Disney Plus subscribers as of Dec. 28, the end of its fiscal first quarter. That grew to 28.6 million as of Monday, well on the way to Disney's target of 60 million to 90 million worldwide by 2024.
Original series on Disney Plus include the "Star Wars" series "The Mandalorian." One of the hit characters from the show resembles a baby version of Yoda. Disney CEO Bob Iger told analysts Tuesday that "Baby Yoda" consumer products will go on sale in the coming months. He said the "sensational response" to the character said a lot about Disney Plus.
The company also said a second season for "The Mandalorian" is coming in October and said the priority for "Star Wars" going forward is through the streaming service. After 42 years, the franchise just concluded its nine-part core series with "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in theaters. Disney has said the next "Star Wars" theatrical movie, which is to be set outside the Skywalker saga, isn't scheduled for release until 2022.
Disney also had 30.4 million Hulu customers and 6.6 million ESPN Plus subscribers as of Dec. 28, big gains for both from a year ago. Disney offers a bundle of the three streaming services.
Disney Plus is currently available in the U.S., Canada, The Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand. Disney expects growth in the near term to come primarily from further expansion abroad, as the service launches over the next two years in Western Europe, India and Latin America. Disney also plans to roll out Hulu outside the U.S. next year after getting Disney Plus off the ground abroad.
The company has been turning to heavy promotions to boost Disney Plus in the early months. Disney, for example, struck a deal with Verizon to give some customers a free year. Disney said about 20% of its subscribers came through Verizon. About half signed up directly through Disney, and the rest from other channels.
Disney earned $2.13 billion in the latest quarter, or $1.17 per share. Adjusted for one-time items, earnings came to $1.53 per share. Analysts polled by FactSet expected earnings of $1.46. Revenue rose 36% to $20.9 billion. Wall Street expected revenue of $20.7 billion.
Disney shares gained 27 cents, or less than 1%, to $145 in after-hours trading after the release of results.
The direct-to-consumer business that includes Disney Plus posted revenue of $4 billion, up from $918 million a year ago, while its operating loss widened to $693 million from $136 million. Disney expects the business to lose another $900 million during the current quarter.
Revenue at the movie business more than doubled to $3.8 billion thanks to "Frozen II" and the new "Star Wars" movie in theaters.
Revenue slid at Disney's cable networks division, by 20% to $4.8 billion. It said ESPN weighed on its profit because of higher programming and production costs and lower ad revenue as viewers decline. The broadcasting arm's revenue rose 34% to $2.6 billion, while the parks division's sales rose 8% to $7.4 billion.
Disney said attendance and hotel stays in Hong Kong were lower because of "recent events." The company said that there has been "a significant decrease in visitation to Hong Kong Disneyland from China and other parts of Asia" but didn't otherwise elaborate. There have been anti-government protests in Hong Kong. That was offset by growth in Shanghai, though a virus outbreak in China could impede travel and attendance.
Both parks are currently closed because of the virus. Assuming a two-month shutdown, impact to operating income in the current quarter will be $175 million. Both parks usually see a lot of visitors at this time of year.