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Surprise! Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden Tie the Knot

Cameron Diaz; Image: WENN

Cameron Diaz; Image: WENN

Well, it’s official. Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden took the plunge last night in an intimate ceremony at their home in Beverly Hills, after a whirlwind seven-month courtship. 

According to People, the 42-year-old actress had her bachelorette party and rehearsal dinner the same weekend with family and friends, including Nicole Richie and Drew Barrymore. The rehearsal dinner was orchestrated by renowned wedding planners Yifat Oren and Stefanie Cove, whose client list boasts Barrymore, Anne Hathaway and Reese Witherspoon. It was reportedly at the couple’s L.A. home on Sunday and was catered by Mediterranean restaurant Lucques, a foodie favorite in L.A. Witnesses also spotted an intimate, candle-lit affair at Il Cielo on Saturday night.

As for the wedding, here’s what we know. Oren and Cove arrived at the couple’s gated neighborhood on Monday morning, along with trucks carrying an assortment of white flowers from The Velvet Garden, the same florist Barrymore enlisted for her wedding to Will Kopelman in 2012. A large tent for the ceremony and reception was set up on the property and decorated with white flowers, olive trees and beeswax candles. Over 90 guests arrived for the “I dos,” which were performed on Monday evening in a Jewish ceremony and followed by a reception with live performances by Ryan Adams and Lionel Richie. The wedding party included Barrymore and Richie as bridesmaids along with Chimene, Diaz’s sister, and the actress’ assistant, Jesse Lutz. All four women wore black and carried a white bouquet. So far, the bride’s gown remains under wraps, although Us Weekly is reporting that the ceremony dress featured “a low back and lots of sparkle” while a second white gown, slipped on before the cake-cutting ritual, had short sleeves and a beaded bodice.

Following the ceremony, the couple told People: “We couldn’t be happier to begin our new journey together surrounded by our closest family and friends.”

[via People

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C. Wonder Goes Kaput

Image: C.Wonder

Image: C. Wonder

It’s a wrap for C. Wonder. The troubled retailer, conceived by Chris Burch, has been struggling since reports surfaced in November that it would be closing up to 20 of its 32 locations, but it looks like cutting corners couldn’t help the flailing company. 

According to BuzzFeed, the company called a meeting yesterday informing employees that it would be shuttering the brand entirely and closing all remaining stores in the forthcoming weeks. Burch’s C. Wonder endeavor was seen by some as an attempt to get revenge on his ex-wife Tory Burch, since the store’s offerings looked so similar to the designer’s famed aesthetic. 

If you’re looking to pick up some deeply discounted C. Wonder wares while you can, now is the time. The brand’s website is taking 50 percent off your entire purchase.

[via BuzzFeed]

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Coach Is About to Buy Stuart Weitzman


Image: Stuart Weitzman

Coach is on the cusp of finalizing its first acquisition, American footwear brand Stuart Weitzman. According to WWD, the purchase price is somewhere in the neighborhood of $580 million.

Coach is looking to buy the brand from private equity firm Sycamore Partners, which has investments in a number of fashion and accessories brands, including Kurt Geiger, Jones New York, Nine West and Hot Topic. Coach is going through a rebranding of sorts as Creative Director Stuart Vevers tries to expand the label’s offerings into apparel and pricier options. At the very least, this acquisition can give Coach a stronger presence in the footwear arena.

We don’t know yet if Stuart Weitzman himself will stay at the label after the purchase, which will be officially announced this week.

[via WWD]

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Nicole Kidman in Hot Water Over Leaky Pipes

Photo: Wenn

Photo: Wenn

Nicole Kidman might be an award-winning actress, but her neighbouring skills may not be as commendable. Page Six reports that the celebrity is being sued for allegedly causing over $46,000 USD in damages to the apartment below her $13 million USD Chelsea duplex, after pipes burst on her terrace and flooded fellow tenant Leonard Steinberg’s home-sweet-home.

The suit says that although Nicole had copper piping installed on her balconies at 200 11th Ave., the contractor mustn’t have insulated the work, and Nicole didn’t drain the water before winter. This apparently caused the pipes to freeze and explode, and that’s what allegedly caused the flooding in Steinberg’s building.

Steinberg is a real estate broker, and is using his insurance broker, Nationwide, to sue on his behalf. We hope he and Nicole can laugh about this over a friendly cuppa when the time’s right.

[Via Page Six]

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Lara Bingle, Sam Worthington Warned to Settle $10m Paparazzo Lawsuit

Lara Bingle and Sam Worthington are under real heat for their scuffle with New York photographer Sheng Li last February. They’re being warned to settle a $10 million USD for the paparazzo’s injuries, or risk the case becoming even more of a public ordeal which could be damaging to their careers.

Lara Bingle

Lara Bingle

AAP reports (via SBS) both Sam and Lara’s legal teams will be meeting with Li’s lawyer, Mark Heller, in Manhattan this Wednesday for a settlement conference. Heller has suggested the Australian power couple accept the offer or pay the consequences. “If Mr Worthington and Ms Bingle were smart, they’d settle it because otherwise this case will become a real spectacle,” Heller told AAP on Monday.

Heller also had a little prediction for the movie star and model’s future should they refuse the settlement, saying, “I think it’s clear society now doesn’t like the abusive conduct by celebrities.” He added, “A number of athletes recently lost their jobs when videos of them assaulting people went viral, so if this man wants to sell any movies, I would think he would try to resolve this in a proper and honourable way.” (more…)

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Look Inside Model Carlie Grima and Simon Philby’s Bowral Wedding

Model Carlie Grima and the projects* marketing guru Simon Philby tied the knot in NSW’s Southern Highlands on Saturday, January 3, with designer dresses and model guests aplenty. 

Carlie, who is represented by Chic Model Management and has modelled for labels like Isola by Megan Gale, We Are Handsome and Bendon, was the picture of perfection in a heavenly Alex Perry gown, which used 2000 hand-sewn flowers for the dress’ show-stopping train. (more…)