Duchess Kate wears plaid McQueen for her first public event in months: lovely?

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Yay!!!! Duchess Kate finally came to a scheduled event. She didn’t cancel at the last minute! This is Kate first public appearance since her second pregnancy was announced. It’s also her first public event since August 7th (the Tower of London appearance with William and Harry). Kate is said to be in the beginning of her second trimester and the worst of her hyperemesis gravidarum seems to be past. It was also announced over the weekend that Kate is due in April… doing the math, that means that she’s probably about 13-14 weeks along, I’m guessing. When the palace announced her due date, they also stressed the fact that Kate is expecting “a baby,” as in NOT twins. Just FYI.

As for this appearance today, Kate and William joined the Queen in welcoming the president of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam, at Buckingham Palace. There was some sort of carriage procession. Kate wore a plaid Alexander McQueen coatdress which is utterly appropriate. It’s a demure, professional length and the fabric is heavy enough to ensure no “flouncy skirt blow-ups” or Marilyn Moments. Kate also wore a Jane Taylor hat. You can read more about the event here.

As I said, I think Kate looks completely appropriate. The coatdress is boringly pretty and smart, her hair isn’t flying all over the place and she’s put on some much-needed pregnancy weight, which is good. I’m glad she’s able to keep some food down. I hope this is the first of many appearances she makes during this pregnancy!

Kate is also due to attend the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 awards in London tonight. Since she wore McQueen during the day, I’m thinking…Stella McCartney?

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Joan Rivers Ordered "Burn Book" Diaries to be Published After Her Death; Tell-All Reportedly Contains Shocking Revelations!

Now that Joan Rivers’ cause of death has been determined, the world can stop focusing on the events of her final days and get back to the lifetime of work that made her a household name for generations.

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R.I.P. Joan Rivers (1933-2014). She will never be forgotten.

Joan was frequently brilliant, but just as often scathing, brutal, and relentless in her assessments of other celebs.

From claiming Kristen Stewart slept her way to fame to accusing Miley Cyrus of incest, Joan never seemed to hold anything back, but now sources close to the legendary comic are claiming that she saved her best (and the worst) for last.

“Joan requested that after she is gone, her personal diaries be turned into a book,” a source tells Radar Online. “The problem is, they are having a hard time shopping it around because of how over-the-top defamatory it is.”

“Joan bashes celebrities and politicians in first-hand accounts throughout her life. Among her biggest revelations is that President Obama is gay, which is something she joked about while she was alive.”

Wow…Well, if that’s the sort of thing her people are offering as a preview, we can only imagine the kind of revelations that are found throughout the rest of the book.

Naturally, whoever publishes the book is certain to face a barrage of lawsuits, which is probably exactly why Joan requested that it not be published until after she was dead. 

She may have come off as entirely unfiltered, but Rivers also knew how to avoid unnecessary trouble.

The book seems certain to be published at some point, at which time, Joan will be defended by a bunch of lawyers she’s probably never met and she’ll anger a slew of celebs who have no one left to rail at. Surely, that’s a last laugh the legendary comic has had in mind for years.

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Joan was a frequent guest and fill-in host on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. She and Carson never spoke again after she launched a rival late night show.

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The Blacklist Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: It’s the Plague!

The Blacklist got its Da Vinci Code on for The Blacklist Season 2 Episode 5.

The latest installment of this NBC hit was all about secret organizations and hidden maps in priceless works of art. And let’s not forget about those plague-ridden bones.

The concept of terrorists using biological warfare is certainly a very real and a very scary one, but a group digging up ancient bones in order release the plague seems a little ridiculous.

Not that The Blacklist is really aiming for realism on a weekly basis, of course.

Once Samir and Liz were exposed, it was obvious a cure for this disease would be found So there was scarcely any drama to be wrought from their temporary quarantine.

Still, we’re assuming most viewers were okay with this because there main focus was on Red and Liz. Did the episode reveal any more about their relationship?

Red was anxious to track down a woman implied to be his daughter, though never confirmed, and he relied used both on his criminal and his legal resources to do so.

Liz was jealous. But not jealous enough to reveal that Tom is hidden behind her basement door.

In the end, Red tracked down the girl in question, Zoe Dantonio, and she does look a lot like Liz.

But it remains unclear what this means and we’re left to wonder for another week whether Red is actually Liz’s dad. Sigh.

Is everyone else as frustrated as we are by the series dragging out this key plot point? Would you like to see it resolved sooner than later?

Go watch The Blacklist online via TV Fanatic if you need to catch up and sound off now!

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Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds in his & hers Gucci at the Angel Ball: sexy?

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Here are some photos from last night’s Angel Ball 2014 in NYC. The biggest stars of the red carpet? Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. This was their first red carpet as a couple since Blake announced her pregnancy. They wore his-and-hers Gucci for the evening – Ryan wore a traditional Gucci tuxedo while Blake wore a Gucci Cruise gown, which I’m assuming was made just for her and her growing baby bump. I actually love the way Blake looks here – the plunging neckline on her gown could have ended up really trashy (and there are some questionable angles, for sure), but overall… she just looks sexy to me. She looks happy and fertile and sexy. Ryan’s mom Tammy came with them too.

Also: over the weekend, Ryan was “joking” about the crazy names they could give their baby – go here to read. I think Blake and Ryan will probably go bland-to-hipster with the baby name. Like, Saffron Violette or Phinneus Asher. The name will be WASPy.

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More photos from the same event. Here’s Kris Jenner wearing too much makeup and a sparkly muumuu.

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Sofia Vergara in a very strange gown – she usually goes for this kind of silhouette but not this kind of pattern. I’m not sure what to think.

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Paris Hilton looking especially wonk-eyed.

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And finally, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz. She’s knocked up too, but no one has paid that much attention to her second pregnancy.

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Nicki Minaj dozed off 4 times during her GQ interview: rude?

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Nicki Minaj has a new interview with GQ to promote her upcoming album, The Pinkprint. All of the photos are about Nicki’s rack, and they show everything but the nip. She posed with poodles that have been dip-dyed in pastel shades. Maybe the colored poodles are a bit of photoshop trickery? One can only hope, but Nicki isn’t afraid of any sort of controversy. She knows that dyeing a dog’s fur will grab some attention.

This interview is bizarre. Not a lot happens because Nicki keeps falling asleep. The journo says she snoozes not once but four times. Four! The interview took place during NYFW, so maybe Nicki was partying all night. The journo clarifies that Nicki probably “never fell into actual REM sleep,” but she repeatedly nodded off during their talk. For real. This seems so rude. Nicki keeps saying that she’s super stressed and suffered a mysterious medical emergency last year. Maybe she’s simply exhausted. Nicki chose to play dumb about her “Anaconda” song and video. She says the video is not about tushes. At all:

She was fired from her first jobs: “I like dealing with people, but I don’t really like a lot of bullsh-t, so maybe customer service wasn’t the best job for me.” She was fired from a waitressing job at a Red Lobster after she followed a couple who had taken her pen into the parking lot and then flipped them the bird. I asked her if it was a special pen. “No. It was the principle.”

Her new “natural” look: “I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup. I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen.”

The meaning of “Anaconda”: “The female form?” No, she says, it’s just a song, there’s no hidden meaning. “She”–Nicki’s character in the video–”is just talking about two guys that she dated in the past and what they’re good at and what they bought her and what they said to her. It’s just cheeky, like a funny story.” But “Anaconda” samples a song that’s literally called “Baby Got Back.” Choreography points to it. Nicki shakes her head: “All it says is, ‘My anaconda don’t.’” Why are we talking about a**es? she seems to be saying. “I knew that I wanted a gym theme.” Shrug. “And that’s that.”

What the video is really about: “I don’t know what there is to really talk about. I’m being serious. I just see the video as being a normal video. I think the video is about what girls do. Girls love being with other girls, and when you go back to us being younger, we would have slumber parties and we’d be dancing with our friends.”

She rethinks the vid after a nap: “I’m chopping up the banana. Did you realize that? At first I’m being sexual with the banana, and then it’s like, ‘Ha-ha, no.’” I ask if she’s referring to how the Drake scene immediately follows the kitchen scene. “Yeah, that was important for us to show in the kitchen scene, because it’s always about the female taking back the power, and if you want to be flirty and funny that’s fine, but always keeping the power and the control in everything.”

[From GQ]

Nicki’s full of it. “Anaconda” is totally about booties. The whole video? Butts. The lyrics? Butts. She makes fun of “skinny bitches” without butts. Nicki’s fooling no one with this slumber party/gym theme nonsense.

I still can’t believe Nicki fell asleep so many times during this interview. Nicki isn’t the first person to do this though. Cara Delevingne slept through a Vogue discussion a few months ago. Peaches Geldof took a power nap next to Fearne Cotton in 2009. But Nicki takes the prize here.

Related: Singer Macy Gray resurfaced for an Oprah talk. Gray was big for a brief moment in time around 2000. Gray says she always wore sunglasses during interviews because she was on drugs. Journos thought she was simply being “intense” when she didn’t answer every question. The truth? She often fell asleep during interviews. That’s terrifying. I hope this isn’t what’s going on with Nicki.

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Duggar Family Secrets Revealed: What Goes on Behind Closed Doors?

The Duggars of TLC’s 19 Kids & Counting fame seems like the picture perfect family in many respects, but what goes on behind closed doors?

A lot of things you might not expect, according to a surprising new expose.

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The Duggar parents often accompany their children on dates in order to maintain their “accountability” and “keep things from going in the wrong direction,” per Jim Bob. The girls are fine with this, as being alone with men puts them in grave “moral danger.” When the parents aren’t available, their older siblings will often tag along, making every date a group date and a family affair.

With 19 children to raise (or at least 15 now that a handful have reached adulthood), one would think Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar would be exhausted, 24/7.

Not necessarily, though. Their maligned ace in the hole: Jana Duggar!

It’s the put-upon eldest daughter who’s exhausted from a lifetime of raising the kids, and some of the other older siblings, who do most of the babysitting.

“Jim Bob and Michelle have what they call the ‘buddy system,’” an insider says of the household’s inner workings, and that system works as follows:

“Each of the older kids gets paired with a younger kid that they have to watch over and help out. It’s great for them, because it’s like they have a set of free nannies.

The kids, however, “don’t really have a choice” in the matter.

Jana Duggar, as a 23-year-old, often gets saddled with even more responsibility, as she’s managing the managers as well as her own little buddy.

“Jim Bob and Michelle have been known to go out on date night and leave all the kids at home with Jana in charge of the house,” the source says.

“They’ll be gone for hours, during which she has to watch over everyone. She does it with a smile, but it’s sad. It’s not like she ever gets a date night!”

She’s not even allowed to date, according to some reports.

There’s only so much one beautiful young woman can do, too, because of the sheer numbers involved. When the parents are away, the kids run wild.

If Jana can’t whip something up for all of them to eat, which is a tall order, “they’ve been known to just have snacks like pretzel sticks and yogurt for dinner.”

“They bounce off the walls!” the source claims. “They are allowed to ride their scooters in the house, and even put the youngest kids in a wagon.

“They drag them around at high speeds. It seems like they pretty much do whatever they want. They even have an indoor slide and rock climbing wall.”

“It’s amazing that no one’s ever gotten hurt.”

Or that Jana gets no credit for it.

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Jana Marie Duggar is so beautiful … and put upon, supposedly, by a family that relies on her to help take care of the others but never have a life of her own. If that’s true, it’s sad. Is it time for her to break free?

To their credit, there has been no sign of abuse, mental or physical, or rumors of any legitimate scandals with the family, despite its increasingly high profile.

While to a point, you can’t expect a family that large to coexist without a level of chaos thrown into the mix, you have to wonder about the toll it takes on Jana.

With Josh Duggar married with children, Jill Duggar marrying Derick Dillard and Jessa Duggar set to get married November 1, Jana’s plight seems even sadder.

To see the family as they want to be portrayed on TLC, watch 19 Kids and Counting online to catch up on their comings and goings, then comment below:

Should Jim Bob and Michelle cut her a break and bring in some hired help to keep the kids in line instead of their vaunted buddy system? Discuss!

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Jennifer Garner in a sparkly purple dress at Elle event: cute or too young?

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These are photos of some of the fashion at the Elle Women in Hollywood event last night. Kaiser told me that Calvin Klein sponsored the event. While I don’t have a designer ID on Jennifer Garner’s sparkly purple cap sleeve number, it’s possibly Calvin Klein. This is a fug dress with little shape. It looks like she should be wearing a bodysuit underneath for when she tumbles. Maybe Garner should fire Rachel Zoe as her stylist.

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I sort-of like her styling, I’m glad she ditched the bangs and her makeup is decent, but that nude lipstick has to go and it looks like she’s been hitting the Botox.

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Emmy Rossum went for a menswear look in a sexy Versace pantsuit which works, IMO. She’s showing a little skin at the neck but she’s not hanging out of it, and her high ponytail and cat eyes complement the look well. She looks hot. I would have made Emmy the headliner but no one comments on her posts.

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Sarah Paulson paid tribute to the late Oscar de la Renta in a whimsical sequin and feather de la Renta gown that fits her like a glove. This dress is so thoughtful, I love how the square sequins on the bodice are broken up by the oval inkblot beading at the neckline, which mirrors the feathers on the skirt. It’s perfectly balanced.

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Andie MacDowell didn’t bring her fashion game, she was wearing a scoop neck navy top and black skinny jeans, but she looks amazing right? She’s 56 years old. I’ve covered Andie several times and I should know this, but I would have put her in her mid 40s tops.

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Iconic designer Oscar de la Renta has passed away at the age of 82

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Even though Oscar de la Renta was 82 years old and had a history of cancer, I was still surprised when I read about his passing last night. Oscar was a force of nature and he was still actively designing dresses and gowns up until the last days. The man loved fashion and he lived for making women feel beautiful and glamorous. We most recently spoke of de la Renta’s designs during the Alamooney wedding festivities. Amal Alamuddin allowed Vogue to come to her wedding dress fitting with de la Renta, and he was all over Vogue’s article too. De la Renta is also famous for dressing every FLOTUS since Jackie Kennedy, although I most closely associate his designs with Laura Bush. Hillary Clinton wore a lot of de la Renta eveningwear, but I tend to think Laura Bush’s go-to designer for all things was de la Renta.

Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82. De la Renta died at home Monday evening in Connecticut surrounded by family and friends and “more than a few dogs,” according to a handwritten statement signed by two of his company’s executives, Alex Bolen and Eliza Bolen.

“While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much us. Oscar’s hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company,” the statement said.

“All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar’s example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much.”

The late ’60s and early ’70s were a defining moment in U.S. fashion as New York-based designers finally carved a look of their own that was finally taken seriously by Europeans. De la Renta and his peers, including the late Bill Blass, Roy Halston and Geoffrey Beene, defined American style – and their influence is still spotted today.

De la Renta’s specialty was eveningwear, though he also was known for chic daytime suits favored by the women who would gather at the Four Seasons or Le Cirque at lunchtime. His signature looks were voluminous skirts, exquisite embroideries and rich colors.

Most recently, Amal Alamuddin wore a de la Renta-designed wedding dress when she married George Clooney. First lady Laura Bush wore an icy blue gown by de la Renta to the 2005 inaugural ball and Hillary Clinton wore a gold de la Renta in 1997.

On the red carpet at the Academy Awards, Penélope Cruz and Sandra Bullock were among the celebrities to don his feminine and opulent gowns. His clothes even were woven into episodes of Sex and the City with style icon character Carrie Bradshaw dropping his name – and comparing his designs to poetry.

“We will miss Oscar’s generous and warm personality, his charm, and his wonderful talents,” Bush said in a statement. “My daughters and I have many fond memories of visits with Oscar, who designed our favorite clothes, including Jenna’s wedding dress. We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful.”

[From People]

You can see more tweets and statements from de la Renta’s celebrity clients and fans here. He will be missed, and you can see his influence on so many of the younger designers too. I wonder if they’re going to do a big memorial for him? Fashion designer memorials are usually amazing – very few people wear black because everyone wants to wear the late designer’s most iconic designs.

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Breaking News: Oscar De La Renta Has Died

The 26th Annual Night Of Stars AwardsThe fashion world has suffered a huge loss. Iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died at the age of 82. He battled cancer for eight years. RELATED: Oscar de la Renta talks with ELLE.

ABC News says they were told the news by a family member.

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, de la Renta left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid. It was there he developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Cristóbal Balenciaga, who became his mentor, and then, landed a job with Lanvin in Paris.

He made his name in the early 1960s when first lady Jaqueline Kennedy frequently wore his designs, and launched his own label in the mid-1960s.

The most recent gown he designed was for Amal Clooney: he designed her wedding gown. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

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Kris Jenner Confesses: I Don’t Know If Bruce is Getting a Sex Change!

This morning, Kris Jenner spoke about Bruce Jenner sex change rumors on the Today show.

As always, Kris denied that Bruce is transitioning into presenting as a woman and dismissed the speculation as “silly.”

Later in the day, however, when asked about Bruce’s gender identity by Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell, Kris seemed much less certain (and far more evasive) in her response:

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“I don’t know what he’s going through right now,” Kris answered vaguely. “I think he’s just very happy and I think every time he makes a change in his life whether it’s emotional or physical or whatever he’s doing, somebody’s going to comment.”

Reports that Bruce is planning a sex change have been circulating for years, but a number of factors have led to increased speculation in recent months.

Some sources indicated that Kris Jenner filed for divorce after Bruce revealed that he had begun hormone therapy.

Along with the divorce, changes in Jenner’s appearance in recent weeks have led many to assume that the legendary Olympian has begun his long-anticipated transition.

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Bruce in his hey day. He certainly has changed a lot since then.

Kris’ non-committal response to questions about Bruce will likely be taken as a confirmation that Bruce plans to begin presenting as a female in the near future.

It’s important to note, however, that Kris simply said she doesn’t know what’s going on with Bruce these days, which makes sense as their divorce is rumored to be growing increasingly bitter.

Sources state that Bruce is dating Rhonda Kamihira –  one of Kris’ closest friends. Could Kris be attempting to subtly slander Bruce, or is she simply conceding that she has little contact with her ex these days?

Either way, Bruce will likely be under more scrutiny than ever in the coming days.

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How long is Bruce Jenner’s hair these days? He can easily wear is in a ponytail.

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