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Olivia Rodrigo appears at the White House to promote youth vaccinations

Olivia Rodrigo speaks during a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room with Jen Psaki

Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” came out in January and broke pretty much every record out there for streaming, downloads, charts, everything. She became a pop culture phenomenon almost instantly – even if you were unfamiliar with High School Musical, every single person quickly learned the background of Olivia’s hit song. “Drivers License” was featured in a Saturday Night Live skit, and then Olivia guested on SNL to perform. She’s getting magazine covers and celebrity profiles and tons of attention. My point? It’s weird that so many Washington, DC people were like “who??” when we learned on Tuesday that Olivia would visit the White House.

I have no idea how long it took to put this visit together, but it seemed to come together pretty dang quickly. President Biden’s current push is to convince teenagers and people in their early 20s to all get vaccinated. So instead of sending out a bunch of grey-haired doctors to speak to the youths, the Biden White House sought young celebrities to use their platforms. Which is where Olivia comes in! She was invited to appear at the White House and speak at the Press Room’s podium about youth vaccinations.

She did a million times better than I would have, speaking in front of the White House press corps and Jen Psaki, on national/international television! She’s a sweetheart and I loved that she did this. It’s incredibly cool to see that people in the Biden White House were smart enough and culturally attuned enough to put this together. Hell, it might have even been Joe Biden himself – he has a million grandkids and I’m sure his granddaughters were like “Pop-pop, listen to this great song, it’s by Olivia Rodrigo!” And he liked it!

Olivia also recorded a video for the @POTUS social media, which I’m including below. Fashion notes: Olivia wore a vintage (1995) Chanel suit and platform sandals. The sandals got a lot of commentary, but again… y’all need to think about the sh-t we wore when we were 18 years old. Maybe she truly thought the sandals were amazing. Anyway, all of these photos are incredibly cute. I’m very proud of her!

Thanks for stopping by, Olivia, and for using your voice to urge young people to get vaccinated. If we all do our part and get the COVID-19 vaccine, we can defeat this virus once and for all. Let’s do this. pic.twitter.com/ovn12CUjLu

— President Biden (@POTUS) July 15, 2021

Olivia Rodrigo arrives to the White House to encourage young people to get vaccinated. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/qC9BkteSgz

— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) July 14, 2021

Olivia Rodrigo speaks during a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room with Jen Psaki

Olivia Rodrigo speaks during a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room with Jen Psaki

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Sharon Stone wore a giant Dolce & Gabbana ballgown in Cannes: yikes or okay?

Towards the backend of the Cannes Film Festival, the A-list models go on vacation and the A-list celebrities go home. Which means that the last few days are pretty bonkers, with lower-tier celebrities and models vying for attention. Enter Sharon Stone. Stone walked the carpet for last night’s premiere of A Felesegam Tortenete/The Story Of My Wife. She got a lot of attention, obviously, because women dressed up like Cinderella often will. This dress is Dolce & Gabbana and it’s a train wreck, not only because Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are complete trash, but also because they’re terrible designers.

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Poppy Delevingne also wore Dolce & Gabbana. This dress is so plain! But she looks fine.

Vicky Krieps! I don’t know who did this dress but she’s stunning. I love her. Is she wearing tap shoes?!?

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Tilda Swinton walked a Cannes red carpet with her daughter Honor Swinton Byrne. Honor is like “I can’t believe my mother does this for a living.” I would wear Tilda’s blouse as a nightgown and I imagine it would be super-comfortable.

Bonus pic of The French Dispatch photocall a few days ago: Tilda wore Haider Ackerman and these photos are iconic.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal in Chanel at Cannes premiere: awful or comfortable?

Here are some photos from recent days and events at the Cannes Film Festival. The big event on Monday was the splashy premiere of Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, one of many movies which was supposed to come out in 2020 but saw its release delayed because of the pandemic. I’m glad Anderson got to premiere his film his way – at Cannes, with a star-studded red carpet. Maggie Gyllenhaal is on the Cannes jury, and she’s obviously been attending a lot of the premieres. For this one, she wore Chanel – a big tulle skirt and a slouchy white blazer. This is awful!!! The skirt is fine, I guess. If it just exists as a skirt, maybe pair it with a black turtleneck or a sharp white button-down? But this slouchy-ass blazer is just a sloppy look. So bad.

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Maggie wore Dior to the Kering Women in Motion event over the weekend. This look did not get enough play! It was very good.

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Speaking of the Kering Women in Motion event, here’s Salma Hayek in Gucci. She looks like a game-show hostess, my God. This just looks so cheap on her!

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Iris Law in Dior – ethereal. So beautiful, she looks like both of her parents (Jude Law and Sadie Frost).

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Have you seen all of those tweets from the youths watching Loki? They have no idea that Owen Wilson has had a career for 25 years. They’ve never heard of him before Loki. It’s funny. Also, Owen was in full-on Butterscotch Stallion mode in Cannes. Dude is looking GOOD.

Timothée Chalamet wore custom Tom Ford. Very cute. I know he’s not super-popular around here, but I love him.

Tilda Swinton in (what else) Haider Ackermann. She stood out in a sea of black suits.

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Duchess Kate wore a Beulah dress to the Wimbledon men’s final: cute or dated?

TENNIS : Wimbledon 2021 - 06/07/2021

On Friday, the royal reporters were told that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would attend both of the Wimbledon singles finals on Saturday and Sunday. As we saw, Prince William came out for the women’s final, and I still say that was the first time he’s ever gone to any women’s final. But he didn’t go to the men’s final at all! I kept waiting to see a cut-away of William and Kate looking grim together in the Royal Box, but no. He wasn’t there. Instead, Kate attended Championship Sunday with her father Michael Middleton as her date. My guess is that William skipped out because he didn’t want to spend the entire day watching sporting events back-to-back (Wimbledon men’s final and the Euro final).

Michael and Kate arrived at the All-England Club earlier than expected, and their first stop was the Gentlemen’s Wheelchair Singles Final on Court 3. Then they went to the Royal Box on Center Court for the men’s final: Novak Djokovic vs. Matteo Berrettini. It was a tense match but Novak won in four sets. This is Novak’s 20th Slam in singles. He’s now tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for Slam singles titles. An era of GOATs.

You know how I’ve been saying that William looks so much more relaxed when he’s away from Kate? Well, Kate seemed more at ease without William there too. She and her dad seemed to have a really nice day together and Kate didn’t make an ass out of herself. Kate wore this Beulah crepe dress which retails for £695. She carried a Josef bag and she wore Mappin & Webb Empress earrings. I kind of like this dress although pale pink isn’t necessarily her color. Kate looks so much better in darker greens, purples, reds. But this had a nice silhouette and it was flattering. Dated? For sure. She looks like she’s about to have a cocktail at the tennis club in 1935.

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It’s almost as if Prince William didn’t solve racism in football after all

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In the end, football did not come home. England lost the Euro final to Italy in penalty shootout, 2-3. Three young men on the English team, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, missed their penalty kicks. And as soon as England lost, the racist abuse against those three young Black men began. People were trying to tell racists to settle down – even Piers Morgan told people not to abuse Saka, Sancho and Rashford – but it’s still happening.

The president of the Football Association, Prince William, was there at the final with his wife and eldest son. There were lots of reaction shots and joy as England scored an early goal, but the mood in England’s VIP box turned morose by the end of the night. The FA also made a formal statement condemning the racist abuse against English players, showing that perhaps William did not even solve racism in football when he claimed he did. William has also used the Kensington Royal Twitter to tell racists to settle down. It’s almost as if England is very much a racist country??

The Duchess of Cambridge changed out of her pink frock (which she wore at the Wimbledon men’s final earlier in the day) and into this more business-casual look. Black trousers, a white tee, white blazer and giant red beaded earrings from Blaiz. White and red, get it? She’s the flag of England. Buttons loves to theme-dress and cosplay.

Some social media (there’s a lot):

🚨⚽️ | NEW: Prince George reacts to England’s goal pic.twitter.com/5JcXEYpaBL

— Politics For All (@PoliticsForAlI) July 11, 2021

I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match.

It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour.

It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable. W

— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 12, 2021

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— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) July 11, 2021

Good. pic.twitter.com/liKIu8grCv

— Mavelous (@FashionMaven88) July 11, 2021

Totally agree with you. All of those players deserve and need the support of the public after that. All seem like brilliant guys. Nothing can prepare you for that level of pressure/attention/criticism at 19/20 years old. Respect 👍 https://t.co/D1BGJqeCsN

— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) July 11, 2021

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Bella Hadid wore the Schiaparelli ‘lungs’ ensemble in Cannes: stunning or weird?

Celebrities attend the ''Tre Piani (Three Floors)'' screening

Bella Hadid is one of those models who gets paid to go to Cannes to “be a pretty face” on red carpets and all of the festival events. She’s there to model and represent all of her modeling contracts, including Marc Jacobs eyewear, Dior makeup, Bvlgari jewelry and tons more. Honestly, I enjoy seeing her at Cannes – she’s a much-needed dose of old-school glamour, and you can tell she always has a lot of fun in Cannes.

Last night, Bella attended the Tre Piani premiere and she ended up getting all of the headlines from the red carpet with her outstanding ensemble. This is all meant to be one piece, and it’s from the Schiaparelli Fall 2021 collection. The black gown is just “boobs out” but it’s meant to be worn with the brass/gold “lungs necklace.” The necklace was designed by Daniel Roseberry and it’s described by the designer as “Golden trompe l’œil lungs with rhinestones.” In case you’re worried about accidentally seeing *anything* she’s wearing flesh-colored pasties. The whole thing is a really cool look, and it will be one of the most-talked-about looks of Cannes.

Meanwhile, Bella has used her trip to Cannes to confirm her romance with art director Marc Kalman. She posted something on her IG Stories about him and then they were photographed making out on a yacht. Still, a source told E! News that Bella and Marc “have been trying to keep it super low-key and private. Now that they have become serious, she has been excited to be seen with him. She is truly so happy right now.”

Bella Hadid shares photo with rumored boyfriend Marc Kalman. 💗 pic.twitter.com/hG5o5s8LSI

— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) July 9, 2021

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Duchess Kate was keen in green in a $1525 Emilia Wickstead at Wimbledon

TENNIS : Wimbledon 2021 - 06/07/2021

Perhaps it’s because my fave (Serena Williams) lost in the past two Wimbledon women’s finals, but I enjoyed this year’s women’s final so much! I really like both finalists, Ash Barty and Karolina Pliskova, and I would have been happy to see either of them win. In the end, the two women played an absolutely brilliant and surprisingly tense three-setter and it was one of the best Slam finals (on the women’s side) in a while. Ash Barty of Australia ended up winning the Venus Rosewater Dish, her second Slam title in singles. Both ladies were super-emotional about it and everyone was in their feelings.

As we previewed on Friday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the women’s final. I was trying to remember if William has ever attended the women’s final before now and my cursory research shows that this is the very first time. He usually only shows up for men’s matches. Kate was, of course, getting out of isolation on Saturday after her Covid exposure on an unknown date. Seems sketch, but sure. Also strange? Kate was supposedly in isolation and not able to leave Kensington Palace for the previous seven days, yet she had a fresh dye job, blowout and what appears to be a Botox top-off. I guess those people could have made “house calls,” but it still defeats the purpose of “isolation.” Kate also wore a $1525 Emilia Wickstead dress in green. Keen in Green! Only instead of cosplaying Ireland, she’s cosplaying a grass court, in honor of Wimbledon. The dress is actually very pretty, in my opinion. She also carried a Mulberry bag.

Just like at the 2019 men’s final, Kate passed out the “trophies.” Ash got the Venus Rosewater Dish and Karolina got the runners-up plate. Before 2019, the Duke of Kent (and before that, the Duchess of Kent) would hand out the trophies and plates. It looks like Kate finally succeeded at pushing out the Duke of Kent though – it was announced on Friday that the Duke will be stepping down from his honorary position of president of the All-England Club after 52 years. While they have not announced that Kate will be taking over as president, she was named royal patron to the AELTC years ago and the Middleton PR made sure everyone knew that Kate really, really wanted the Duke of Kent’s job. It’s one of the very few things she’s ever been truly keen about.

Also, there was some drama online about whether or not William and Kate were cheering more heavily for Pliskova (a white woman from the Czech Republic) than Barty (an Australian woman with indigenous heritage). For what it’s worth, it seemed to me like the Cambridges were just cheering the general high quality of the match. That being said, Kate made a total ass out of herself during the meet-and-greet in the Royal Box when she asked Ash what time it was in Australia, and Kate kept interrupting William AND Ash. Ash seemed relieved to be able to move on and fist-bump Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova.

It was amazing to see the atmosphere and support from the fans echoing through centre court once again #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/2E0Vb6wdRg

— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 10, 2021

Where royalty and tennis royalty mix.

It’s a #WimbledonThing pic.twitter.com/gFFoq6F1u1

— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2021

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DESCRIPTION at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships

DESCRIPTION at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships

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