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Paris Hilton’s Grammy Handbag Is Now an NFT on a Digital Ukrainian Platform

Paris Hilton’s Grammy Handbag Is Now an NFT on a Digital Ukrainian Platform

Peter Dundas is no stranger to the Grammy red carpet.The Norwegian designer, who lives in Los Angeles, dominated headlines in 2017 after creating Beyoncé’s entire wardrobe for music’s biggest night. And last night, at the 64th annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, eyes were on his custom yellow and orange ombré jumpsuit, made for singer-songwriter H.E.R., inspired by a look worn by Aretha Franklin in 1976.
But viewers may have missed another one of his designs at the award show: Paris Hilton’s martini-shaped handbag. Made with the backing of French vodka company Grey Goose (hence the shape), the piece is available starting Monday as an NFT through a 72-hour auction with DressX, a Ukrainian digital-only, multibrand platform.

Blue and silver, adorned with 3,404 handset Swarovski crystals, the accessory took about a month to create.

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“It made sense to do something that almost felt like a piece of jewelry,” Dundas said. “That’s how I approached it, and I tried different things or sketched up different possibilities of that. But I ended up just landing on something that felt very instinctual, which was the martini glass itself as a minaudière, like a clutch or a jeweled bag, and went from there.”

Peter Dundas
Courtesy/Magnus Sundholm

The design process was nothing but “fun,” Dundas said. Laughing, he added, “And it’s somewhat quite close to me for a personal reason, as a martini drinker.”
How does he take it?
“Very dirty, with three olives.”

Paris Hilton at the 64th annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.
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It was a “no-brainer” to take part in such a project, he went on. And revealing the piece at a musical event “made total sense,” he said. “I’ve always dressed musicians and artists from the music industry, and that’s really happened very much by itself. I think every mood board I have, a good 50 percent are images from musicians from the past and from the present as well. The Dundas woman and the Dundas man is quite extroverted. It’s somebody who’s not afraid to be seen.”
Dundas will show his next collection in May, he revealed, but first, the brand will unveil its latest line with Revolve, as part of a partnership with the e-tailer, during Coachella. It’ll be his first time taking part in an activation during the music festival.
“I’m super excited to be doing that,” he said. “I’ve obviously been to Coachella before. I love festivals. But it will be a new experience. The world is kind of opening up again. Obviously, there are situations in this world that we have to be very mindful of, but I think, at the same time, people need to enjoy themselves. They need to have moments of decompression. They need to have moments where you can smile, where you have love, have friendship around you, and cultural enjoyment, like music.”

Dua Lipa Fronts Versace’s Fall 2021 Campaign

Dua Lipa Fronts Versace’s Fall 2021 Campaign

MILAN — Versace’s fall 2021 advertising campaign is sure to have ripple effects globally as it’s fronted by one of the hottest musicians of the moment: Dua Lipa.
In the images that will be revealed beginning today, lensed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the Grammy Award-winning artist sports long hair in a new, fiery red shade.
The fact that Lipa had no qualms about dyeing her hair for the shoot points to her self-confidence, said Donatella Versace. “But she also trusted me when I asked her, she did not hesitate,” said the designer with a laugh, in an interview with WWD.
Versace has been intrigued by the color, also seen on Gigi Hadid for the video presentation of the fall collection. “Blonde was banal — even though I am blonde,” she said, again laughing, “and fiery red is a symbol of passion and strength.”

Dua Lipa in Versace’s fall 2021 campaign. 
Mert & Marcus – courtesy image

Versace first met Lipa at the Versus show in London in February 2017 and the singer has worn the brand ever since on several pivotal occasions. Lipa joins other global celebrities who have forged a longstanding friendship with Versace, from Elton John to Madonna.
When asked about such loyalty, the designer, who was clearly in top form, said she always aims to “create a personal relationship and there must be something that strikes me, it’s never about dressing a celebrity just for the sake of it. I’m happy if I can become a friend, a confidante.” This happened with Lipa, she said.

Versace was first impressed by the artist’s tone of voice, “the way she speaks.” Getting to know her, she was attracted by her attitude toward life. “She hasn’t had it easy, she has fought for what she believed in and for what she has achieved.”
Strong women have always been an inspiration for Versace and she likes to design for them. In fact, she recalled how impressed she was by Lipa’s decision to perform at the 2018 Brit Awards wearing a swimsuit and a denim jacket embellished by Versace’s Trésor de la Mer print. “She was so self-confident, beautiful and bold, dancing and feeling free,” Versace still marveled.
“She reminds me of women in the south of Italy, she leads, she is not led,” said the designer, who herself is a southerner, hailing from Calabria.

Donatella Versace 
Mert and Marcus/Courtesy of Versace.

In 2019, Lipa was a guest of Versace at the Met Gala and wore the brand at the Grammy Awards including earlier this year, when she won for best Pop Vocal Album, wearing three Versace looks.
The designer said Lipa is “very intelligent,” and has always asked “interesting and direct questions,” and in terms of fashion, has always known what would flatter her the most. “She knows herself very well.”
Versace, however, said she always tries to adapt her own style to the person and the personality, exchanging ideas and points of view. “I propose looks, but nobody has ever said no,” she said shrugging.  She admitted Lipa has even inspired her to experiment with new designs.
Versace was also impressed by Lipa’s modeling skills during the shoot. “She is very eclectic and nobody told her what to do, she was very instinctive and she interprets the dress, she is not worn by it.”
The designer, who enthused about the successful relationship with parent company Capri Holdings and the performance of the brand, is eager to return to IRL fashion shows and revealed that she will stage a coed show in September.

Dua Lipa in Versace’s fall 2021 campaign. 
Mert & Marcus – courtesy image

The Best Dressed Stars at the 2021 Grammy Awards

The Best Dressed Stars at the 2021 Grammy Awards

Awards shows mean fashion and plenty of it, but the Grammys are something special. No event matches its mix of outré style and attention-grabbing outfits. One of the few occasions where a little black dress or simple tux just won’t cut it, its red carpet necessitates bold expressions of personality. The designer pieces chosen by the artists attending often do more than look good—they assert exactly who they are and their musical message. At 2021’s ceremony, the mood was irreverent and daring. The tone was set by Harry Styles, who began the ceremony with a fresh rendition of his hit, ‘Watermelon Sugar’ and a reinterpretation of his signature look. In head-to-toe Gucci black leather suit and a mint feather boa, Styles went glam rock as he displayed a fresh side of his sound and onstage persona.
As a Donatella-approved Versace girl, Dua Lipa is used to wearing the Italian brand’s slinky dresses, but in a barely-there transparent pink gown decked out in crystals, she was the evening’s otherworldly dream girl. For sultry glamour, Chloe and Halle’s dual takes on gilded Louis Vuitton customized to match each Bailey sister’s personality.
Of course, there was more than one way to grab attention. In Gucci bucket hat and matching mask, Billie Ellish delivered e-girl cool, while country trailblazer Mickey Gunton was ethereal in Valentino’s butterfly-covered transparent cape. A regal presence on any red carpet, Cynthia Erivo demonstrated why she is one of the most stylish women in Hollywood by bringing the drama in a silver Nicolas Ghesquière-designed column gown that ranks among the best looks of the entire awards season.
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Get to Know the Grammy Nominees for Best New Artist

Get to Know the Grammy Nominees for Best New Artist

Below, meet the artists up for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy Awards.
Megan Thee Stallion at the 2020 American Music Awards.  ABC

Megan Thee StallionAge: 26Origin: Houston
Grammy nominations: 4
The 26-year-old San Antonio-born, Houston-raised rapper has had arguably the most meteoric rise of all artists on this list. She broke into the mainstream in 2019 with the single “Hot Girl Summer,” following that up with “Savage” and “WAP” in 2020. Her debut album, “Good News,” was released in November.
Phoebe Bridgers  Courtesy

Phoebe BridgersAge: 26Origin: Los AngelesGrammy nominations: 4
Indie queen Bridgers followed up her 2017 album “Stranger in the Alps” with her sophomore album “Punisher” in June 2020, which quickly became a quarantine must-listen, along with being a critical success. Of the difference between her first album and second, which has her up for four Grammys, Bridgers told WWD in June it was about “daring myself to write s–t that’s actually true to me, instead of trying to write about somebody else’s experience has been my biggest writing lesson. And they’re the songs that I keep coming back to more and more.”

Doja Cat at the 2020 American Music Awards.  ABC

Doja CatAge: 25Origin: Los AngelesGrammy nominations: 3
Originally famous for her viral hit “Mooo!”, Doja Cat has gone on to embark on a serious career — one that now has her up for three Grammys. Born Amala Dlamini in Tarzana, Calif., Doja Cat got her start uploading songs to SoundCloud before signing with RCA. She had one of the biggest breakouts in 2020 with “Say So,” in many parts thanks to the song’s popularity on TikTok.

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Chika performs in Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty show in 2020.  Kevin Mazur/Courtesy of Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 Presented by Amazon Prime Video

ChikaAge: 24Origin: Montgomery, Ala.Grammy nominations: 1
Jane Chika Oranika started in music through slam poetry at a young age, eventually dropping out of the University of Southern Alabama to pursue music. Since her first single, “No Squares,” was released in 2019, she’s been steadily rising as one to know, following it up with two EPs and surprise dropped a third, “ Once Upon a Time,” as recently as Friday. She’s been nominated for Best New Artist — all before releasing her first album.
Ingrid Andress  Annie Lukach/Courtesy Photo

Ingrid AndressAge: 29Origin: Highlands Ranch, Colo.Grammy nominations: 3
The lone country act on the list, Andress got her start in the industry songwriting for Alicia Keys and Sam Hunt. Now a full-fledged solo artist, the Berklee College of Music grad nabbed Platinum status with her debut single “More Hearts Than Mine” and released her debut album, “Lady Like,” in 2020.
D Smoke performing on “Rhythm + Flow.”  Adam Rose/Netflix

D SmokeAge: 35Origin: Inglewood, Calif.Grammy nominations: 2
D Smoke, born Daniel Farris, might be the oldest nominee on the Best New Artist list but he’s also up for Best Rap Album, the youngest in that category. D Smoke’s rise comes a bit later in life thanks to his 2019 win of Netflix’s rap competition series “Rhythm + Flow.” “I’m still early on in my journey as an artist,” he told WWD this past week. “This recognition [the two Grammy nominations] kind of fast-forwards things for me in the way that ‘Rhythm + Flow’ did. And so that’s a great thing. A lot of people are catching on as we’re building this catalogue. A lot of times when you get to this level of success, people go back and they find four albums. So now it’s people following this journey from [my first album].”

KaytranadaAge: 28Origin: Montreal, CanadaGrammy nominations: 3
Kaytranada, born Louis Kevin Celestin, has been a successful producer for many years, making gold for artists like Alicia Keys, Chance the Rapper and Anderson.Paak. His second solo album, called “Bubba,” was released in 2019 and featured songs with Pharrell Williams, Tinashe and more.
Noah Cyrus  Roger Kisby/WWD

Noah CyrusAge: 22Origin: NashvilleGrammy nominations: 1
Until now best known as Miley Cyrus’ kid sister, Noah is paving her own way in music. Last year saw the younger Cyrus drop her second EP, “The End of Everything,” with another EP, reportedly called “People Don’t Change,” set for release in 2021. Cyrus has already opened for a major act — Katy Perry on her 2017 tour — and worked with artists like Marshmello.
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