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At a Celeb-Filled 50th Anniversary Show, Ralph Lauren Was Back on Top, Doubters Be Damned

OPRAH WINFREY WAS DISCUSSING her bath towels. We—the 700 or so guests seated around Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain for a dinner following Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary runway show—were listening to Oprah toast the 87-year-old Mr. Lauren, as only she could. When she first tasted success in Chicago, she told us, a set of Ralph Lauren bath sheets represented the height of luxury to her. In fact, she went on, when Barbara Walters came to interview her at her home, all Ms. Winfrey wanted to do was show off those plush homewares.

“Thank you for sharing your vision,” said Ms. Winfrey, standing beside Mr. Lauren. “You inspire us to be elevated to a higher sense of beauty.”

And how. Forget the towels, the proof was all around us. For a designer who once likened his creative process to that of a movie director, Mr. Lauren’s Friday night Central Park soirée on the second night of New York Fashion Week was a celluloid dream-scene come to life. Attendees included actors (Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Pierce Brosnan, Jessica Chastain), Grammy winners (Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen) and corporate titans (Barry Diller, Martha Stewart). The dress code was black tie, a full orchestra played, a massive brigade of white tuxedo-wearing waiters served the meal by candlelight. Guests were even treated to a ride through Central Park. Okay, so it was a little bus, not a horse-drawn carriage, but still, for a few hours, Mr. Lauren took us out of the real world, and into his.

With all of these distractions to gawk at, it was easy to forget we were there for a fashion show. But the clothes, Mr. Lauren at his Americana finest, merited attention, too. The first half of the show, modeled by a notably diverse cast of models, was full of confident, covetable pieces for men and women, drawn from the higher-end “Collection” label and “RRL,” the rustic line named for Mr. Lauren’s Colorado Ranch. On display were lush herringbone suits, cozy printed knitwear and hulking shearling coats that ought to come with a ranch of their own. The preppier back-half of the show, representing Mr. Lauren’s Polo label, lacked the same broad appeal, though it was masterfully put together. Featuring corduroy trousers covered with cartoon doodles and sweaters plastered with mammoth felt Ps, this collection felt dated. Coming from the man who has made it his business since 1967 to brand “American look,” these clothes, though consistent with the brand’s history, seemed out of touch with what America looks like today.

Mr. Lauren’s peers, many of whom were in attendance, have not been so consistent, for better or worse. The night before Mr. Lauren took over the park, Tommy Hilfiger, the preppy prince who spent decades nipping at Mr. Lauren’s tasseled loafers, took his own bow in Brooklyn at the conclusion of the runway show for sneaker-store-turned-streetwear brand Kith. Mr. Hilfiger collaborated with the seven-year-old brand on a logo-drenched, sweats-heavy collection that will appease the teens that make up Kith’s customer base. And later this week, Calvin Klein, a label launched just one year after Mr. Lauren’s (and sold by Calvin Klein himself 15 years ago) will put on its fifth runway collection under the iconoclastic direction of Belgian designer Raf Simons. But Mr. Lauren forges on, through the Americana frontier, the same path that he set his wagon on 51 years ago. 

The months leading up to the show have seen a cavalcade of launches and initiatives from Ralph Lauren. That includes three new watch collections, including a made-to-order 50th anniversary watch that retails between $20,000 and $50,000. In July, the brand announced Polo Red Rush, a new fragrance with actor Ansel Elgort as its ambassador. In late August, it debuted Hi-Tech, a sporty mini-collection that channeled the spirit of the primary-colored, outdoorsy gear Polo sold in the early ’90s. And soon after that came a series of “upcycled” clothes, cobbled together in a Brooklyn factory from vintage Ralph Lauren pieces and sold (curiously) only across the pond at London’s Selfridge’s.

This flurry of activity is not unusual for a mammoth publicly traded fashion company with over $6 billion in yearly revenue and more than 10 sub-labels under its umbrella. It is also a clear attempt to push the company out of a recent slump: Sales of the brand’s wares have been on the decline and there has been some tumult in the C-suite (last year CEO Stefan Larsson resigned after just two years, to be replaced by Patrice Louvet). In this context, Friday night’s event was one of utter, unapologetic opulence.

But of course, it could not last. I left the event, passing Hillary Clinton in a Ralph Lauren gown on the way out, got in a cab and joined some friends at a party downtown. Immediately on arrival, a man dressed in shorts looked me up and down quizzically. “Why are you wearing that tuxedo?” And just like that, the movie was over: I had left Ralph’s America and was back in real America.

Write to Jacob Gallagher at Jacob.Gallagher@wsj.com

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Gigi Hadid’s Brandon Maxwell Rosé Bag Is a Serious Mood

For all the naysayers who think rosé season ended on Labor Day, Gigi Hadid has some news for you.

The supermodel showed up to Business of Fashion‘s 500 Gala on Sunday wearing a look plucked from the Brandon Maxwell spring 2019 runway, which she had walked the night before. Her bag, also from the show, was the highlight, though: a clear top-handle style that appeared to hold nothing more than a bottle of rosé. The accessory is equal parts fashion and function, and it’s a whole Fashion Week mood.

Here’s Gigi on the red carpet.

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PHOTO: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

And behold the gown and bag on the Brandon Maxwell runway.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Brandon Maxwell/Monica Feudi

PHOTO: Courtesy of Brandon Maxwell/Monica Feudi

Considering Hadid was on day four of what is sure to be a very long, fashion-show-filled month, her accessorizing feels extremely relatable—the idea of “purse wine” during a busy work week sounds pretty good.

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PHOTO: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

When Maxwell himself shared a photo of the spring 2019 bag to Instagram, the comments were just as thirsty (literally!) as you’d expect: Feedback ranged from “best accessory this NYFW so far!🙌🏼😆” to “The bag we have been waiting for 🍷😍” to, simply, “Damn i need this in my life!” Same, TBH.

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Hadid’s entire straight-off-the-runway look had us reminiscing about summer (i.e., six days ago): the bright yellow color, the easy shirtdress silhouette, the coil belt and long necklaces…. It’s making us wish for a few more weeks of warm weather.

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The Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4: Blackout Beta Is Live On PS4

The beta includes the full Blackout map, which consists of a bunch of fan-favorite Black Ops locations and areas inspired by said locations, such as Nuketown, Firing Range, Raid, and Cargo. As for your character, you’ll be able to pick from a bunch of avatars pulled directly from the series’ history, including campaign commandos like Mason and Woods, Zombies characters like Takeo and Richtofen, as well as specialists including Crash and Seraph. When you get dropped onto the map, you’ll be left to your own devices in order to find weapons, gear, and attachments. There will also be plenty of vehicles to choose from including land, air, and sea crafts.

Ray Fisher Explains Why Cyborg’s Solo Movie Hasn’t Come Together Yet

Although Victor Stone, a.k.a. Cyborg, was originally best known as a longtime member of the Teen Titans, since the New 52 reboot, he has instead been depicted as one of the founding Justice League members, which the DC Extended Universe decided to keep intact for the character. Ray Fisher‘s Cyborg made his full debut in Justice League last year following his cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and ever since Warner Bros announced the initial slate of DCEU movies back in late 2014, a Cyborg solo movie has been in development. As for why it hasn’t made any significant progress moving forward, Fisher believes it has to do with how much money it costs to fully realize Cyborg on the big screen. As Fisher explained:

Ray Fisher has a point, because while there are unique challenges to bringing each DC superhero to life in a theatrical setting, at least Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash and Aquaman are all wearing real costumes. Ray Fisher, on the other hand, wore a motion-capture suit during his entire time on Justice League so that the suit could be digitally created later on rather than take chances with a practical suit. The all-CGI approach results in a Cyborg who looks more closely like his comic book counterpart, but it’s also a costly endeavor. So while Fisher couldn’t comment specifically on the status of the Cyborg movie during his appearance at the Heroes & Villains Fan Fest in New Jersey (via Comicbook.com), at least this is a reasonable idea for why it’s not one of the higher priority DCEU projects.

The end of Justice League saw Cyborg reconciling with his father, Dr. Silas Stone, adopting a look closer to the one he rocks in the comics (as seen above) and learning more about his technological abilities. Originally the Cyborg movie was supposed to be released on April 3, 2020, but a lot has changed behind-the-scenes in the DCEU in the years since, and while currently the post-Wonder Woman 1984 film lineup hasn’t been disclosed to the public yet, it’s been indicated that movies like Birds of Prey, The Flash and The Batman stand a better chance of arriving sooner rather than later. So it may be a while until we see Fisher’s version of Cyborg back in action, but the character will still pop up in other places, which includes The First Purge‘s Jovian Wade playing him in DC Universe’ upcoming Doom Patrol series.

We’ll keep you apprised on what’s happening with Cyborg in the DCEU as more updates come in, but in the meantime, you can find out what else is in development for the franchise by looking through our DC movies guide.

Nick Jonas And Priyanka Chopra Recreated Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Engagement Photo

When it comes time to post official couple photos, you’re allowed to go a little extra. It’s your big day; you’re allowed to live a little. But Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas went the extra mile in their, err, extra-ness. Specifically, the couple copied the pose found in the photo from their friend, Meghan Markle, notably when she announced her engagement to her then-boyfriend, Prince Harry. Check out the new photo from Markle’s pal and her beau, below.

The Instagram-posted snapshot was shared over the weekend, and it didn’t take long for people to notice that the photo-in-question was actually a bit similar to the one taken for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s engagement announcement only a year earlier. It should be noted that Priyanka Chopra is actually a good friend of Meghan Markle, and the actress attended the Royal Wedding alongside Nick Jonas earlier this year. The former Quantico actress detailed her bubbling thoughts on the build-up to the big day during a recent appearance on Andy Cohen’s talk show series Watch What Happens Live on Bravo. It’s worth noting that Chopra and Jonas announced their own engagement only a few months later, once Markle got settled into the married life.

For comparison’s sake, here’s the engagement photo of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Is it a copy or just a bit of a coincidence. You be the judge.

Coincidence? We think not! Though, truth be told, it might have been the result of the photographer and not the subjects. As Instagram commenters have been quick to point out, the photos were taken by the same person behind the lens, and it might simply be the style of the person behind the camera rather than a deliberate attempt on Priyanka Chopra’s end to copy her friend’s pose. Though it should be stressed, the jury is still out there…

Ultimately, the photos are different enough that they can both be appreciated on their own, away from comparisons. Though if Priyanka Chopra was somehow trying to one-up her friend Meghan Markle, particularly whenever she decides to get married to her own man, then she certainly has a ways to go before she can come close to topping the ceremony the newly appointed Duchess of Sussex achieved back in May. That wedding was basically as stunning as weddings come, and while that’s not to say that the upcoming nuptials between Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra isn’t going to be a lovely occasion, it is going to take some major effort to even come close. We’ll just leave it at that, for now. Meanwhile, Markle and Prince Harry have been keeping a lower profile comparatively since their big wedding.

While it might seem like Priyanka Chopra is getting competitive, the photo seems to be mainly for fun than showmanship. The photo was taken at Ralph Lauren’s 50th Anniversary fashion show, and the photo session seems to be just for fun. Not a deliberate attempt to rattle Meghan Markle. Though, admittedly, it’s kinda fun to imagine that’s the case, even though Markle and Chopra still appear to be good friends. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to keep you posted on the latest celebrity news and updates right here at CinemaBlend.

Why Star Trek Is Still Relevant After 52 Years, According To William Shatner

William Shatner took the stage on behalf of Star Trek over the weekend and accepted a very special award on behalf of the Television Academy. The franchise received the Governors Award at the Creative Arts Emmys which recognized its continuing relevance and success 52 years after things first kicked off. For those wondering how its managed to stay in the hearts and minds of television viewers for so long, Shatner offered why he thought it was still relevant during the acceptance speech:

The man who effectively jump-started Star Trek‘s long-running success couldn’t have said it any better in explaining that the series continues to stay relevant because it represents an ideal that humanity continues to strive for. William Shatner wasn’t referring to the whole being in space and fighting aliens bit, but rather the recurring theme of hope and possibility that resonates throughout the series. Shatner also mentioned the show’s emphasis on camaraderie, which often results in pulling through even the most complicated of situations.

Granted, the Star Trek franchise has had its fair share of violent conflict throughout all its incarnations (especially Star Trek: Discovery), but it’s all a smaller part of the Federation’s mission to maintain peace and unity between all races across the universe. Who wouldn’t want to one day live in a society where a good chunk of major disputes are resolved through diplomacy and limited casualties? William Shatner’s words to the audience at the Creative Arts Emmys (via THR) seem largely rooted in that, and the fact that the franchise has consistently shown we as humans can one day be better than we all are now.

The Television Academy’s award comes at a time where it feels like Star Trek‘s ride is far from ending, as CBS is gearing up for another season of Star Trek: Discovery, a short-form series, and a new show featuring Patrick Stewart’s Jean Luc Picard. The award also comes at a time where things are looking far more uncertain in the franchise’s film universe, as William Shatner’s Captain Kirk successor Chris Pine may not be involved in the upcoming film. Things aren’t all bad on the movie side, however, as Quentin Tarantino is set to do an apparently bonkers feature for the franchise at some point in the future. Regardless of how all that shakes out, there’s no denying that Star Trek will boldly go into the future for the time being.

Star Trek fans can binge most of the franchise’s offerings on Netflix and CBS All Access. Keep in the loop with upcoming television via CinemaBlend’s fall premiere guide.

7 Awesome Easter Eggs And References To Look For In Marvel’s Spider-Man

The following contains spoilers for Marvel’s Spider-Man.

Superhero video games throughout history have been, well, not great. However, in recent years, thanks to titles like the excellent Batman: Arkham series, that has begun to change. Now Marvel has finally gotten in on the action with its first unqualified hit of the current generation, Marvel’s Spider-Man.

It’s so good that it makes you want to see what Insomniac could do with other Marvel properties, and while we’ll have to wait and see if this is the first game in an “expanded universe” nevermind a franchise of its own, the game does clearly make reference to the fact that Spider-Man is only part of a larger world of heroes. Here are a few of the best references we’ve found to some of our other favorite Marvel heroes.

There are actually multiple references to Daredevil within Marvel’s Spider-Man, both Josie’s Bar, a watering hole frequented by the blind hero, and Fogwell’s Gym, where Jack Murdoch trained to be a boxer, can be found in the Hell’s Kitchen area of the map. In addition, one of the many backpacks that Spider-Man has left throughout the city that can be retrieved contains the business card of the law firm of Nelson & Murdoch. Matt Murdoch apparently gave the card to Spider-Man in case the wall-crawler ever needed a lawyer. How the blind guy knew he was handing a card to Spider-Man is anybody’s guess.

Criminal Minds Will Bring Back One Of Its Best Villains For Episode 300

Over the course of its first 299 episodes, Criminal Minds has had a lot of great guest stars. Tim Curry, James Van Der Beek, Frankie Muniz, Aubrey Plaza and Jason Alexander come to mind among many, many others. Fortunately, in celebration of the show’s upcoming landmark 300th episode, the creative team has decided to bring back another one of its famous faces: Luke Perry.

The handsome, sometimes bearded ex-Beverly Hills, 90210 star and current Riverdale support featured on a very memorable Season 4 episode (“Minimal Loss”) in which he played a cult leader named Benjamin Cyrus. He was also referenced in a Season 11 episode (“Entropy”), which is how you know he was more than just your run of the mill villain-of-the-week. Plus, I don’t know if you remember the specific episode in question, but his facial hair was on point. Check this out…

Yup. That’s a great look, and it’s one we should all want to see again, according to EW. Of course, spoiler alert, it’s unclear how this whole new appearance is going to happen considering he was shot by Morgan. Does that mean we’re going to get a flashback? Does that mean he somehow survived? I don’t know, and the producers are not sharing any specifics. Fortunately, it’s Criminal Minds we’re talking about, and the show has never been shy about weird storylines or unconventional fixes.

One of the keys to Criminal Minds’ incredible decade plus run has been its almost remarkable consistency. A lot of its stars have come and gone, but the basic tone and overall subject matter has never really changed. The recipe, like that for Law & Order and others, just works, and by not delving too far into people’s personal lives or devoting too much runtime away from cases-of-the-week and toward the personal lives of characters, it hasn’t ever gotten away from the basics.

Episode 300 of Criminal Minds will air on CBS at 10 PM on Wednesday, October 3rd. Producers have been teasing additional surprises and appearances from other faces from the show’s past. I highly doubt that means we’ll get to see Hotch or Jason Gideon or even Elle, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be able to have fun with some other surprise faces. Fingers crossed for Reid’s mom or Garcia’s ex Kevin Lynch. Actually, let’s root for Morgan. We’ll all be happy with Morgan.

The First Full Trailer for *Outlander* Season 4 Is Here and It’s…a Lot

In less than two months, Outlander is returning to the small screen, and now Starz has released the first full-length look at what’s in store for everyone’s favorite time-traveling bodice-ripper.

The short teaser released in July showed us that Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) have apparently made it to the American colonies, where they get a taste of life across the pond that includes scheming relatives, thieves, and a major anachronism (a silver filling, not invented for another 100 years—gasp!). Outlander fans disappointed by previous glimpses’ distinct lack of steaminess will be pleased to know that there’s slightly more sexy goings-on in the new trailer, including a candle-lit encounter between Claire and Jamie in a pre-plumbing bathtub.

For the most part, though, the new trailer just gives us a lot more plot. The clip begins with Claire and Jamie arriving on horseback to North Carolina. “This is just the start of what America will become,” she says. “People come here in the thousands, all hoping to live the American dream.” “Is that the same as our dream?” asks Jamie. “I suppose it is,” answers Claire. (They make out.)

You can watch the full trailer below.

Unfortunately, as Claire and the viewers know, American history is anything but dreamy. Claire argues with Jamie’s aunt (Maria Doyle Kennedy) on the topic of slavery, someone gets kidnapped, someone else gets publicly hanged, and Claire tries to convince Jamie to fight on the winning side of yet another war. As Deadline recapped, meanwhile, in the 20th century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter Brianna and historian Roger Wakefield find a historical artifact that does not bode well—and might lead to some Back to the Future-esque shenanigans.

Outlander returns on Sunday, November 4. We can’t wait!

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The First Full Trailer For *Outlander* Season 4 Is Here and It’s … a Lot

In less than two months, Outlander is returning to the small screen, and now Starz has released the first full-length look at what’s in store for everyone’s favorite time-traveling bodice-ripper.

The short teaser released in July showed us that Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) have apparently made it to the American colonies, where they get a taste of life across the pond that includes scheming relatives, thieves, and a major anachronism (a silver filling, not invented for another 100 years—gasp!). Outlander fans disappointed by previous glimpses’ distinct lack of steaminess will be pleased to know that there’s slightly more sexy goings-on in the new trailer, including a candle-lit encounter between Claire and Jamie in a pre-plumbing bathtub.

For the most part, though, the new trailer just gives us a lot more plot. The clip begins with Claire and Jamie arriving on horseback to North Carolina. “This is just the start of what America will become,” she says. “People come here in the thousands, all hoping to live the American dream.” “Is that the same as our dream?” asks Jamie. “I suppose it is,” answers Claire. (They make out.)

You can watch the full trailer below.

Unfortunately, as Claire and the viewers know, American history is anything but dreamy. Claire argues with Jamie’s aunt (Maria Doyle Kennedy) on the topic of slavery, someone gets kidnapped, someone else gets publicly hanged, and Claire tries to convince Jamie to fight on the winning side of yet another war. As Deadline recapped, meanwhile, in the 20th century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter Brianna and historian Roger Wakefield find a historical artifact that does not bode well—and might lead to some Back to the Future-esque shenanigans.

Outlander returns on Sunday, November 4. We can’t wait!

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