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'Da Vinci’s Demons': Renaissance fashion gets a rock & roll update -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Da Vinci’s Demons may be a period drama, but costume designer Annie Symons invokes artistic license when it comes to dressing the characters for the Starz series, set in Renaissance Italy.

Symons adds a “rock and roll” edge to Leonardo’s (Tom Riley) look, and takes inspiration from contemporary fashion designers to create costumes for female characters like Lucrezia (Laura Haddock), Vanessa (Hera Hilmar), and Clarice (Lara Pulver). The designer also uses color to help establish allegiances among families and distinguish friends from foes.

Watch Symons, series creator and executive producer David S. Goyer, and the cast give their costume commentary in the video below.  READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': Stylist Nra Kudelka on Candice and Kree's style evolutions

Last night on American Idol, Kree Harrison and Candice Glover sang for their lives in hopes of being crowned the season 12 winner.

Each contestant gave three performances, which meant three wardrobe changes. Women’s contestant stylist Nra Kudelka — the men worked with stylist Seth Chernoff — and the Idol wardrobe team had just one week to pull together all the looks for both last night’s finale performances and tonight’s results show.

How do they do it? Read on to find out what Kudelka says about how the song choices influence the wardrobe, mixing custom pieces with store-bought clothes, and why she’s had to talk both finalists into wearing dresses.  READ FULL STORY

Nina Dobrev's stylist explains the 'Vampire Diaries' star's sexy-chic Met Gala look

Inspired by the Costume Institute’s Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit, this year’s Met Gala was something like a celebrity Project Runway challenge, leaving more than a few stars scrambling — and failing — to dress the part.

Amid the sea of spikes, heavy eye makeup, and black nail polish, Nina Dobrev stood out in a look that was sexy, chic, and just the right amount of punk. How did she do it? Stylist Ilaria Urbinati, who has worked with the Vampire Diaries star since the 2011 Emmys, gave EW all the details.

Although Urbinati says she “grew up listening to punk,” the initial inspiration for Dobrev’s ensemble came from a designer who’s best known for creating ultra-feminine wedding dresses.

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Backstreet Boys relive their worst fashion moments

The Backstreet Boys were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday — the same week the quintet celebrated their 20th anniversary as a band. Yes, they’ve been around 20 years. (We just made you feel old.)

In those two decades, the band — best known for stealing our teen hearts with hits like 1997’s “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” and 1999’s “I Want It That Way” — has racked up numerous honors, broken sales records, and, naturally, had their fair share of fashion faux pas.

The five-some look back on the latter, however, with nothing but good humor. We know this because when we caught up with Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean, and Kevin Richardson this weekend at an event in Hollywood, we brought with us some photos of the band’s most questionable fashion moments. Here’s what they had to say…

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See the designer costumes Beyonce wears on her world tour

Last night, Beyoncé kicked off her Mrs. Carter Show world tour in Belgrade, Serbia, debuting the designer wardrobe she’ll wear as she sings her way across Europe and the United States this summer.

During her kick-off show, the woman who brought us “Freakum Dress” paraded around the stage in an array of costumes — including bedazzled bodysuits, hot pants, and thigh-high boots — by designers like Emilio Pucci, Ralph & Russo (pictured above), DSquared2, and Stuart Weitzman.

Oh yeah, and a gold sequined bodysuit patterned with trompe l’oeil breasts that makes Madonna’s Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra look demure.

Keep clicking to see more of Beyoncé’s designer tour costumes. READ FULL STORY

'Fashion Star: Silvia Arguello on tonight's buyers choice challenge and what's next

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SPOILERS AHEAD! Keep reading only if you want to know details from tonight’s episode of Fashion Star.  READ FULL STORY

'Suburgatory': George's Gordon Gartrelle shirt and 'The Cosby Show' connection

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On last night’s episode of Suburgatory, Noah (Alan Tudyk) helped George (Jeremy Sisto) sift through boxes in his attic and discovered a yellow and black ’80s-style shirt that looked ripe for the throwaway pile. “Are you kidding me?” George exclaimed upon beholding the satin wonder. “Flap in the back, two-toned pockets, it’s a Gordon Gartrelle. Keep!”

Many a fan was left wondering, “Where have I heard that name before?” Well, we found out… READ FULL STORY

'BioShock Infinite': The steampunk style floating city, the 'virtual actress,' and more design notes

The first two installments of the BioShock video game series took place in the underwater city of Rapture, but the recently released Bioshock Infinite takes players to new heights as they assume the role of a former detective who travels to the sky city of Columbia to save an imprisoned teen. Set in 1912, the action unfolds in and around a highly stylized dystopian city that’s perhaps best described as a steampunk version of America at the turn of the last century.

EW.com caught up with Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine to learn more about designing the look of Bioshock Infinite.

Entertainment Weekly:  What is the design process for video game like BioShock Infinite? Is it at all similar to designing sets for a movie or TV show?
Ken Levine: [The process is] probably most similar to designing environments for a theme park, because you never know what your audience is going to do. What will they look at? What corners will they try to go around? With movies and TV sets, you only build out to where the camera is going to see. We can’t control that in video games.

What new design features will gamers experience?
The most important innovation is the creation of the character Elizabeth. She’s about the closest thing we have to a ‘virtual actress’ right now. Elizabeth is your constant companion throughout the game, and she behaves in primarily an unscripted manner. In order to get her [to seem] ‘natural,’ the team first spent a massive amount of time observing people and how they inhabit space, how they interact with each other, how their faces and body language reflect their internal emotional state.  READ FULL STORY

'General Hospital' Nurses' Ball: Gowns, jeans, and scrubs from 'Grey's Anatomy'? -- PHOTOS

SPOILER ALERT! This post contains details on (and photos of) the General Hospital Nurses’ Ball, which kicks off on Friday, April 5. 

Costume designer Shawn Reeves has been head of the General Hospital wardrobe department for less than a year, but he’s playing a big part in the daytime drama’s 50th anniversary — dressing the characters for the return of one of Port Charles’s finest traditions: the Nurses’ Ball.

“We didn’t really have anything set in stone until three weeks before we started shooting the episode,” Reeves (Another World, Guiding Light) told EW of outfitting the cast for the first Nurses’ Ball — a fictional fundraising event that includes song and dance performances by hospital staff, local luminaries and celebrity guest stars — in over 10 years. “It’s a celebration. I wanted to [bring] out that fun, celebratory mood, which to me means bold, bright colors and a lot of sparkle.”

Despite the time crunch, Reeves put together nearly 100 outfits for the big event. Or rather, events. “There’s the evening show, and there’s the talent show. We have two different shows going on at once. [A lot of the costumes] for the talent show we had custom-made,” the designer explained. “But bringing it back was exciting.”

Click through the photo gallery for a sneak peek at some of the most fashionable moments from the General Hospital Nurses’ Ball special. READ FULL STORY

The 'Real Housewives' fashion face-off, 'Project Runway' expanded episodes and more

Joanna Krupa, Teresa Giudice, NeNe Leakes, Brandi Glanville, or Vicki Gunvalson — which Real Housewife wore the craziest outfit to Bravo’s upfront presentation last night? [StyleWatch]

A gold ring that may have inspired JRR Tolkien’s novels “The Hobbit” is the centerpiece of a new exhibit in England. [Art Info]

Each of the remaining episodes of Project Runway season 11 will be expanded to two-hours leading up to the April 25 finale. [Hollywood Reporter]

Emmy Award-winning set decorator Jim Mees, best known for his work on three Star Trek television series, died at the age of 57. [LA Times]

Zac Posen created a dress worth $1.5 million that will be featured in Magnum ice cream’s new short film, starring True Blood’s Joe Manganiello. (No word on whether Manganiello actually wears the dress.) [The Wall Street Journal]

Tech billionaire Sean Parker has recruited Oscar-winning costume designer Ngila Dickson (The Last Samauri, Lord of the Rings) to create the wardrobe for his impending nuptials. [NY Post]

A new fashion start-up that uses crowd-sourcing to identify clothing brands worn by characters on TV shows is being called “the Shazam of Fashion.” [BusinessInsider]

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