Fashioning The Beatles: Deirdre Kelly’s Fab Four book chronicles John, Paul, George and Ringo’s lasting influence on style – from BTS’ matching suits to Lennon-inspired Tom Ford sunglasses

A decade ago, newspaper journalist and author Deirdre Kelly was having coffee with her husband, discussing what her next book project should be.

“He said, ‘It’s got to be about The Beatles,’” Kelly recalled. “He knew I was obsessed with them. And then I started thinking, ‘What would I ever write about them … unless it was on their fashion?’ It was an epiphany.’”

The result is Fashioning The Beatles: The Looks that Shook the World, a book that examines the profound impact the Beatles had not just on pop culture over the decades, but how the way they dressed has inspired people ever since.

“Their clothing became their biography,” says Kelly. “It mirrored their artistic evolution and the maverick spirit of this brand, their curiosity, their no-bullshit approach to life, to culture, to music. They were very astute and ambitious guys, they surveyed the competition, they determined at the start, they weren’t going to be like anybody else.”

As the book tells their story, the world-conquering quartet first really connected because they loved the way one another looked.

“The whole point is, there really wouldn’t be any Beatles if they didn’t jive on each other’s looks first,” she says. “That’s how they got together. They couldn’t really play or read music. But when Paul [McCartney] first laid eyes on John [Lennon] and Ringo [Starr], he thought, ‘I like that cool-guy look.’

If you weren’t keeping count during the MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday night, Taylor Swift took home nine Moon Man trophies.
She also wore two showstopping outfits before the night was over too.

Swift first stepped onto the pink carpet in Newark, New Jersey wearing a custom Versace gown embellished with the fashion house’s signature gold hardware.

The asymmetrical garment had a form-fitting bodice, floor-length skirt and thigh-high slit that revealed her black sandals. She wore it with sharp black eyeliner, gold nail polish and sparkling jewellery worth tens of thousands of dollars.

But by the end of the show, Swift changed into a sleeveless mini dress made of denim. The blue outfit, which she also wore to Diddy’s after-party, had a corseted bodice and raw-hem skirt, both in varying shades of blue.

She wore the EB Denim piece that retails for US$480 with silver sandals, a metallic purse, her signature red lip, and some of the same accessories she donned at the VMAs.

Tom Cruise may be the world’s most recognisable poster child for Scientology, but he’s not the only celebrity who’s known to practice the controversial religion.

Founded in the 1950s by L. Ron Hubbard, the Church of Scientology is described as “a religion that offers a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of one’s true spiritual nature” and “one’s relationship to self, family, groups, mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the supreme being”, according to the official website.

Following his recent sentencing, actor and convicted rapist Danny Masterson has been in the spotlight for his links to the movement. And over the years, the movement has been called out for its legitimacy and “cultlike” tendencies. So, which celebrities are part of the group – and which ones have left?

Masterson has a long history with the church, as his family practised Scientology. He’s been outspoken about it too, defending Tom Cruise when his Scientology video leaked in 2008, and explaining the religion to curious reporters.

Everything seems to be coming up roses for actress Joey King. Not only is her career going from strength to strength, but she also just enjoyed a fairy tale Spanish wedding to director Steven Piet surrounded by family and friends.

And what an impressive group of family and friends it was, too. Entering showbiz from an early age, it’s no surprise that King has a raft of celebrity pals – even her two older sisters have impressive acting chops.

Here’s why the 24-year-old Bullet Train star is having the time of her life right now, and why things look set to get even better …

Joey King was born in LA on July 30, 1999 and got her first acting gig aged 4 doing an advert for Life Cereal, as per her IMDB page. She wasn’t the first in her family to get into acting either. King has two older sisters, Kelli and Hunter, who are actors too. Kelli has starred in shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Rude Awakening, while Hunter has been in Dexter and The Young and the Restless.

But it looks like the youngest sister will be the one to really hit the big time. After getting her career break alongside Selena Gomez in 2010’s Ramona and Beezus, she scored a “small but important part in The Dark Knight Rises”, per Rotten Tomatoes, then played the female lead in Netflix’s The Kissing Booth alongside Jacob Elordi.

On August 31, Netflix unleashed its anticipated pirate drama series One Piece and it’s since been dominating the charts. It’s now sitting at No 1 for the second week in a row, according to Deadline – and just got renewed for a second season.

Based on Japanese artist Eiichiro Oda’s bestselling manga of all time, the live-action series follows the narrative of main character Monkey D. Luffy (Iñaki Godoy) and his pursuit to become King of the Pirates. In the eight-episode show, Monkey looks for pirate Gold Roger’s treasure, dubbed the “One Piece”.

During his journey, audiences are introduced to his crew of nakama (meaning friends or comrades in Japanese) and shipmates, which include swordsman Roronoa Zoro (Mackenyu) and thief Nami (Emily Rudd). The production also features Jacob Romero as Usopp, Taz Skylar as Sanji, Morgan Davies as Koby, Vincent Regan as vice-admiral Garp and Aidan Scott as Helmeppo.

In the early hours of a late August morning, lingerie guru Lisa Cheng arrives at Sheer boutique in an elegant corner of The Landmark in Hong Kong.

Cheng’s brainchild Sheer is a leading lingerie and loungewear collective based in Hong Kong that’s hosting a charity bra drive – its first since the city recovered from the pandemic. So, how can those who take part in the event help women in need, and what is her advice for aspiring entrepreneurs? Style chatted to Cheng to find out.

Cheng was in a New York lingerie store when she realised she had been wearing the wrong bra size. As she stood in the fitting room wearing the correct one, she realised for the first time what a bra should feel like.

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