Pete Davidson talks about his engagement with Ariana Grande

On August 16th, Ariana’s fiance Pete Davidson‘s interview with GQ Magazine was released, as he talked about their engagement and apartment


He’s referring to his new fiancée, the intergalactically famous pop star Ariana Grande. According to the tabloids, Davidson presented Grande, 25, with a $93,000 pear-shaped diamond in June, after just a few weeks of dating. According to Davidson, it happened even quicker than that. “The day I met her, I was like, ‘Hey, I’ll marry you tomorrow,’ ” he says, grinning. “She was calling my bluff. I sent her a picture [of engagement rings]. I was like, ‘Do you like any of these?’ She was like, ‘Those are my favorite ones,’ and I was like, ‘Sick.’ ”

Suddenly, Davidson became one half of the most talked-about millennial couple in America. Paparazzi trail him and Grande everywhere they go in New York City, and the tabloids report breathlessly on each moment they’re spotted together. Davidson seems to think this is happening just because Grande is a “super-famous person.” He’s correct in that she introduced him to a wider audience, but we’d argue that his lovably bizarre antics are what have propelled the couple to public-obsession territory. Instead of hiding from the press, Davidson waltzes down the street wearing neo-goth surgical masks, flipping the bird. (“My friends think I’ve gone crazy,” he says of the masks.) When Jimmy Fallon asked him about Grande on his show in June, Davidson confirmed the engagement and replied, “It’s fuckin’ LIT, Jimmy!”

His easy, unbothered confidence inspired Twitter users to give it a very flattering name: Big Dick Energy. But still he insists that when the paparazzi camp outside his door, “they’re not waiting for me.”

Davidson and Grande recently moved into a Manhattan apartment that reportedly cost $16 million. She bought the place, Davidson says, and he stocks the fridge. “She’s really sweet. She’s like, ‘This is our house,’ and I’m like, ‘You’re very nice for saying that. Thank you for letting me stay here,’ ” he deadpans. “She’s like, ‘We’re getting married!’ And I’m like, ‘I know, thank you for letting me stay here.’ ” They’re still working on decorating it. “It’s like, we have six beanbags, but we have no forks—you know what I mean?” he says, taking a massive bite of pasta salad. “We’re learning how to be adults. We’re having a really fun time.”

Source: GQ.com

Ariana Grande attends the 2018 Met Gala

On May 7th, Ariana Grande attended the 2018 Met Gala for the first time. Playing off the night’s theme of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the she made her red carpet entrance wearing a Vera Wang ball gown inspired by Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement, a painting inside the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.

“[It is in] the Sistine Chapel back wall by Michaelangelo. It is The Last Judgement. This is the painting I am wearing. I am so excited about my dress. I just love it!” Grande said to E! “I am honoured to be here. It is my first Met so I am really excited.”

Arrivals

Inside

Troye Sivan announces collaboration with Ariana Grande

On February 22nd, Troye Sivan announced that he and the Dangerous Woman herself have an upcoming collaboration. He spilled the tea in a recent interview on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw.

 

The singer confirmed on his Twitter that he and his “pop queen” have a song coming out. Sivan gave no info as to whether it would be on his upcoming sophomore album, which is expected to drop this year.

Billboard: “48 Hours in Hong Kong with Ariana Grande”

After more than half a year of traveling, Ariana Grande closed out her “Dangerous Woman World Tour” on the shores of Hong Kong. Before her last show, in the East Asian city, the powerhouse singer joined the likes of Gigi Hadid, Nina Dobrev, Rae Sremmurd and more by announcing herself as the brand-new global ambassador for sneaker giant, Reebok.

To celebrate the partnership, Billboard tagged along in the final 48 to experience Grande’s complete itinerary to the fullest.

Tuesday, September 19

8PM: Arrive to Hong Kong.
We kicked things off by flying into the city Tuesday evening, but Grande needed to give her body time to recover; she just had a show a few days before in Taiwan.

“I only got here last night, but hopefully tonight I’ll get to go around a little and explore,” Grande told us when we saw her the following morning. “I’ve always wanted to come [to Hong Kong]. It’s been on my list for a long time, so I’m very happy to be ending my tour here. And hopefully, I’ll get to do as many things as I can before we leave tomorrow. I don’t want to go though, I really don’t want to.”

Wednesday, September 20

9AM: Morning workout.

To make the most of Hong Kong’s one-of-a-kind skyline views, we stayed at the trendy East Hotel, which features bright, floor-to-ceiling windows in every room. It was also right outside the city center, away from the crowded streets making it a great place to work out.

Thankfully, Grande’s trainer, Harley Pasternak—who has also worked with artists including Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys and Kanye West—travels with her from time to time and we were lucky enough to snag a session with him. We started with a walk to the spacious Quarry Bay Park, which is about 15 minutes from the hotel, and once we got there, he raised the intensity by having us jog and do lunges up and down the field.

You see, Pasternak’s priority isn’t to overwork any of his clients’ bodies, the only thing he wants them to do is to keep moving. “There are no moves than can compensate for a lack of steps,” he explained to Billboard. “We’ve gone so extreme about our approach to fitness with top-selling DVDs being Insanity, P90X and Madness, but you don’t need to do any of that. I train 50 of the best bodies in the world and none of them do that. No one needs to do that.”

Ariana then added, “For the longest time, I was like, how is that more effective than doing a full-fledged workout? It really is. I feel better when I’m moving around a lot. I could do a really hard workout and then sit around all day and not feel as good as if I am constantly moving”

2PM: It’s time to dance!

After lunch, we regrouped for the best dance session ever with Grande (yup, you read that right) and the twin geniuses behind the tour’s choreography, brothers Brian and Scott Nicholson. If you think they took it easy on us, think again. We learned the intro for the show’s opening number, “Be Alright,” and though it was no easy feat, the positive energy from the trio made it easy to let loose and just have fun.

“We were like, we’re going to teach them something kind of hard to see what happens,” Brian admitted. “It’s literally a day in the life on tour. We really wanted to show you what we go through. We went for it and everyone crushed it. Overall, it was about being free and having a good time. That’s what Scott, Ariana and I wanted to get across.”

Thursday, September 21

11AM: Whatever floats your (junk) boat.

And in comes the sightseeing. Beyond Hong Kong’s skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle of the city are the harbors and mountains surrounding it. To get the closest look possible, we hopped on a traditional Chinese sailing ship called a “junk boat” that took us to an island across from where we were staying. The waves may be rocky, but as you looked back to the skyline and forward to the peaks beyond, the views are a can’t-miss opportunity for any traveler, especially if you’re on a time crunch like us.

2PM: Lunch on Lamma Island.

Though Grande was busy prepping for her last show, her trainer Pasternak confirmed she would have totally been down to try local seafood. “Out of nowhere, I’ll ask her what she ate that day,” he said. “She’ll be like, ‘I’m bored, I need more dinner options.’ So I’ll tell her to call me so we can talk it out. When she’s in a new country, I’ll make a list of all the local foods and restaurants I want her to experience. She’s good about crossing things off the list because she’s really open to experiencing different foods of the world.”

7PM: Get your black bunny ears ready!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Last, but not least, Grande gifted us with VIP tickets to the very last leg of her tour. There’s nothing like seeing an artist say farewell to life on the road; it was incredible to be part of something so special.

“I don’t even want to go home and relax,” Grande shared. “At the same time, it’s been a lot emotionally. It’s been very challenging for all of us involved. So it would be nice to really hold my loved ones close for a little while, stay home for a little bit. But knowing me, I’m going to be in the studio because I love it, and I want to create. I started an album already a year ago, over a year ago, but I want to keep creating, and it’s not done yet. So I’m going to take my sweet ass time, so I’ll be rested and ready to go again as soon as possible.”

Source: Billboard.com

Scooter Braun talks Ariana Grande & One Love Manchester with Wall Street Journal

He’s the man behind some of music’s biggest stars — and now, he’s telling all.

Mega music manager Scooter Braun is interviewed in WSJ. Magazine’s Inaugural Style & Tech issue, and opens up about some of the pitfalls of the industry, as well as what it’s like working with A-list clients, including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Kanye West.

“I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that as much as I love them, they might never love me the same way,” said Braun of his superstar line-up. “They might f— me and be like, ‘Thanks for working your ass off. Bye.’ I thought it would never happen to me. It has once, and I know it will again from the people I love most.”

On May 22, a terrorist bombing killed 22 and injured more than 250 people at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, England.

“Ariana, rightfully so, was distraught,” Braun said. “She was like, ‘I don’t think I could ever sing these songs again.’”

Braun said that after giving the star some space — and tackling the logistics of her remaining tour dates — Grande called him. “She said, ‘I’ve been thinking a lot, and if we don’t do something, everyone will have died in vain. So what’s your idea?’”

With Grande at the helm, Braun organized a benefit concert that raised more than $20 million for the victims and their families, quelling Grande’s concerns it was insensitive to hold the event so soon after the attacks.

Braun, in general, said he’s big on giving, telling WSJ. Magazine that every client deal must include a charitable component and that he encourages them to donate “50 percent quiet charity — you say nothing — and 50 percent that you show.”

Though things are now smooth sailing with Braun and Grande, he revealed she briefly fired him in February 2016. “It was nasty, but it wasn’t Ariana,” he told the publication.

Source: People.com

Scooter Braun talks about how One Love Manchester came together

On June 5th, the New York Times talked to Scooter Braun about how the One Love Manchester benefit concert came together so quickly.


In the days after a terrorist bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, killed 22 people and injured more than 100 last month, Ms. Grande struggled with how to respond.

“Everyone was traumatized,” Scooter Braun, her manager, said. “The tour was canceled.”

But after just a few days with her family in Florida, the singer, 23, sent a flurry of text messages to Mr. Braun about “how she needed to do something,” he recalled in an interview on Monday.

“‘Are you ready to perform?’” Mr. Braun said he asked her. “And she said, ‘I want to go back out on that stage.’” They decided to resume Ms. Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” tour in Paris on Wednesday, but not before staging a charity concert in Manchester. “Without the blink of an eye, her response was, ‘I’m in,’” Mr. Braun said. “Then we got to work.”

What followed were 10 hectic days of planning for what would become the “One Love Manchester” benefit show, held on Sunday at the Old Trafford cricket ground, just miles from where the attack occurred. The sold-out concert — about 55,000 people attended — featured emotional performances from Ms. Grande, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay and more, and has helped raise more than $12 million for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. An average of 10.9 million people watched the concert, which ran slightly longer than three hours, on the BBC in Britain, making it the network’s largest live event on television this year there.

“Everyone put their head down and said, ‘We’re doing it for these families,’” said Mr. Braun, who booked the entire bill — Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Robbie Williams and Liam Gallagher of Oasis also performed — in less than 24 hours.

“There’s been so much negativity and such a lack of leadership when we’re looking to have hope,” he said. “I think last night the city of Manchester became that symbol of hope.” Ms. Grande’s “courage in this whole thing has been extraordinary,” he added, while also singling out Chris Martin of Coldplay (“a saint”) for his passion throughout the process.

Still, there were obstacles in assembling a concert of such scale — and stakes — in under two weeks. The location was not secured until last Tuesday, with tickets going on sale just days before the show. (“One Love Manchester” was produced by the Live Nation subsidiary Festival Republic and Simon Moran’s SJM Concerts; it was streamed live by the BBC, Twitter, YouTube, iHeartRadio and other media partners.)

“It was up and down, and then just when you think you’ve got things together, the tragedy in London happens,” said Mr. Braun, who also works as a manager for Mr. Bieber and Kanye West, referring to the attack on Saturday that killed seven near the London Bridge.

“There was about 30 seconds to a minute where I definitely questioned if we were doing the right thing,” he said. But Ms. Grande’s team, with the support of the city of Manchester and the victims’ families, decided to proceed — with even greater purpose.

“This evil is going to be there, and the only way we can defeat it is if we choose to live our lives,” Mr. Braun said, calling the concert “a night I will never forget.”

The resilience of the fans, especially, provided a beacon of hope. After Marcus Mumford, of Mumford and Sons, started the show with a moment of silence and then told those gathered not to be afraid, “there was a roar from the crowd that just gave you chills,” Mr. Braun said.

That spirit lasted beyond the concert’s end, he added. As fans streamed toward the exits, they continued to sing “just as loud as they sang the entire night.”

Their refrain? “Manchester, we’re strong/we’re still singing our song.”

Source: NYTimes.com

Ariana Grande and friends perform at One Love Manchester

On June 4th, Ariana Grande performed at the One Love Manchester benefit concert at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground that she set up and created. She has invited many artists like Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Niall Horan, Pharrell Williams, Little Mix, Coldplay, Victoria Monet, Imogen Heap, and many more!

All proceeds from the event benefit the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which was established by the Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross following the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing. Over 55,000 people attended the show. It was announced that they raised over $9,000,000, exceeding the $2,000,000 goal!

Check out all of the photos and videos of the whole show!

During the show, a video where many other artists who couldn’t attend the show sent their heartfelt speeches concerning the Manchester bombing.

REHEARSALS

BACKSTAGE

MERCHANDISE

 WHOLE SHOW

  1. Marcus Mumford – Timshel
  2. Take That – Shine
  3. Take That – Giants
  4. Take That – Rule The World
  5. Robbie Williams – Strong
  6. Robbie Williams – Angels
  7. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
  8. Pharrell Williams & Miley Cyrus – Happy
  9. Miley Cyrus – Inspired
  10. Niall Horan – Slow Hands
  11. Niall Horan – This Town
  12. Miley Cyrus – Inspired
  13. Ariana Grande – Be Alright
  14. Ariana Grande – Break Free
  15. Little Mix – Wings
  16. Victoria Monét & Ariana Grande – Better Days
  17. Stevie Wonder – Love’s In Need of Love Today
  18. Black Eyed Peas & Ariana Grande – Where Is The Love?
  19. Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek
  20. Ariana Grande & Parrs Wood Choir – My Everything
  21. Mac Miller & Ariana Grande – The Way
  22. Mac Miller – Dang!
  23. Miley Cyrus & Ariana Grande – Don’t Dream It’s Over
  24. Ariana Grande – Side to Side
  25. Katy Perry – Part of Me
  26. Katy Perry – Roar
  27. Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
  28. Justin Bieber – Cold Water
  29. Ariana Grande – Love Me Harder
  30. Chris Martin & Ariana Grande – Don’t Look Back In Anger
  31. Coldplay – Sit Down/Fix You
  32. Coldplay – Viva la Vida
  33. Coldplay – Something Just Like This
  34. Liam Gallagher – Rock n’ Roll Star
  35. Liam Gallagher – Wall of Glass
  36. Liam Gallagher & Coldplay – Live Forever
  37. Ariana Grande & Convidados – One Last Time
  38. Ariana Grande – Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Mac Miller talks making music with Ariana Grande in W Magazine interview

On April 22nd, an interview of Mac Miller with W Magazine has been released! He talks about how he worked with Ariana in the past with their collaborations.


It was his third time at Coachella, but his first as a performer, and with The Divine Feminine behind him, he was able to reflect on what’s transpired since its release. And while he is by nature candid, the beaming spotlight—intensified by girlfriend Ariana Grande—has made him more guarded than ever, as he contends with the increasing lack of privacy when it comes to certain aspects of his life, especially his sobriety or lack thereof, and his relationship with Grande. Here, he shares his current state of mind.

I don’t know if you google yourself, but other than Coachella news, there was a lot about you and Ariana [Grande] sharing a kiss on stage. I thought, Oh, they’re out there, open.

Yeah, it’s very chill. I don’t know, man. I think, we’re just chillin’. It’s whatever. That’s not the real world.

What made you want Ariana as the female vocalist for the first single, “My Favorite Part”?

That’s what I love hearing her on—simple, melodic things, where her voice is in the front of everything. After we did “The Way” so long ago, we never did a record, I never got her on anything. I made it, and I don’t know, it was kind of cosmic.

When I’m doing collaborations, I always try and think of what I would like to hear somebody on, whether it be their normal style of music or not. I would say, that might be of the things I could call my strengths, looking beyond what’s there.

Source: WMagazine.com

Michael Ngo talks designing outfits for Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour

An interview with Ariana Grande’s fashion designer Michael Ngo for the Dangerous Woman Tour has been released by OUT magazine.


Equipped with a background in dance, queer LA-based designer Michael Ngo understands the complex needs of performance-wear—especially for a pop star’s global tour. Of course, style is crucial, and should translate to viewers deep in the nose bleeds; but functionality must also be considered, with garments that can endure a single show’s sweaty choreography, as well as months of the same hours-long set.

For Ariana Grande’s 58-show Dangerous Woman Tour, which launched in February, Ngo was recruited to bring his urban-luxe streetwear aesthetic on stage, designing looks to echo the singer’s newly developed style. The designer, an alumnus of the Art Institute of Los Angeles, has previously dressed names like Lady Gaga, Kesha and Demi Lovato, so collaborating with Grande’s creative team was a natural next step.

Michael Ngo Ariana Grand Tour Facebook

With guidance from the tour’s lead stylist Law Roach and celebrity stylists Joey Thao and iCON Billingsley, Ngo created the look for Grande’s second act: an all-white, oversized hooded jacket with double-lace detailing, chrome hardware and matching baggy double-waistband pants. She wears the slouchy, oversized outfit while singing Dangerous Woman tracks “Knew Better/Forever Boy,” “One Last Time,” “Touch It” and “Leave Me Lonely.”

During the tour’s third act, Ngo dressed Grande’s back-up dancers for two of her biggest hits—“Side To Side” and “Bang Bang”—designing custom pink jogger sets, sporty mesh crop-tops and satin boxing shorts with custom embroidered patches that say, “DANGEROUS,” in all caps.

OUT recently caught up with Ngo to learn about landing the gig, meeting tight deadlines and designing for the stage.

OUT: How did you first connect with Ariana Grande?

Michael Ngo: “Image Architect” Law Roach is the lead stylist for the Dangerous Woman Tour and he brought on celebrity stylists Joey Thao and iCON Billingsley as creative collaborators to execute the immense challenge of the world tour. Joey is a good friend of mine, who I work with closely for his clients, and Law had seen some of our previous work, so he mentioned my name as one of the designers to submit for the tour. Joey immediately reached out to me about this amazing opportunity—I was shook and that’s how the magical connection began. I couldn’t be more grateful.

Unknown

From your perspective, how do you see Grande’s personal style?

I believe Ariana’s style has definitely matured during the course of the Dangerous Woman era and there’s been a departure from [the] coyness and cuteness of her past shows—there aren’t any cat ears to be found on this tour. She’s still very girly and playful, but her style is a lot more confident, fresh and a little bit, well, dangerous.

To me, Ariana Grande is like this über adorable latex-wearing bunny, spreading her fierceness and fabulousness throughout an urban-pop jungle; she’s strong, defiant and isn’t afraid to make a bold statement about feminism, gender or equality through her music, performance and fashion.

What was the process like working with Grande’s creative team on these looks?

After Joey reached out, I was sent the vision board and treatment for the tour and immediately began sketching looks for Ariana and her dancers. We were on an intense two and a half week deadline before the first show, so I knew we had to work fast. I went through a few design edits with Joey before we submitted the final sketches to Law and Ariana for approval. When we got the green-light for the approved looks, I began the production process for the designs.

I work independently out of my living room, which I managed to turn into my creative workspace and was able to knock out Ari’s look in a couple days, but I definitely needed some extra hands for the dancer looks. Luckily because of my amazing relationship with Joey, I was able to have him, and his assistant Lexi help my team—Carmen, Gee and Tamira—prep and execute about 80-something tour pieces. Did I mention 80-something pieces?  What’s a tour without matching get-ups for the dancers, right?

Michael Ngo Ariana Grande Dwt Side To Side Dancershorts

Was there a process for approving these looks?

A week later, Law, Joey, iCON and myself flew out to Phoenix for the first fitting a week and a half before the show, where my look for Ariana was chosen as a select for the tour—once again,  shook.

To make sure everything was perfect and cohesive, Law made some final edits and revisions to the tour wardrobe before opening night and Joey, iCON, Law’s assistant Jerrica and myself were there to help support the vision. We share the same work-ethic, drive and passion to create, so working with these established individuals on such a massive project was an amazing experience of a lifetime.

It’s hard to even express the feeling of accomplishment and pride we felt after seeing everything come together during the full dress rehearsal and then watching from the audience during the opening night in a sold-out arena. It was such an honor to be apart of Law’s creative team for the tour.

What aesthetic was Grande wanting to achieve for the Dangerous Woman Tour?

The wardrobe treatment for the tour was focused on monochromatic street-chic looks with a touch of ’90s flare. Ariana, Law and the creative team wanted to introduce new shapes and silhouettes, while incorporating some of her signature styles, like a-line skirts and oversized jackets. Each section of the tour had its own story, vibe and visual, so the looks were designed and placed respectively to bring each vision to life.

Michael Ngo Ariana Grande Dwtour Final Made Look. Tags

How do these looks for Grande’s tour reflect your own aesthetic as a designer?

When Law and Joey asked for a monochromatic streetwear outfit, I knew I would bring something cool, fresh and chic to the table. The Micheal Ngo urban-luxe street-couture aesthetic is infused in the DNA of the look and Ariana truly brings this vision to life.

Something I’m known for and very proud of is technical design detailing and Ariana’s jacket represents that. The double-laces can be pulled and adjusted to give extra volume and ruching; the bottom skirt has a tear-away snap function to transform it to a short bomber; and there’s backpack straps built into to the lining, so that she could rock that off-the-shoulder look she’s into—it was one of the first things she noticed and said she loved.

What do you have to consider when designing for performance-wear?

As a former dancer, I understand that designing for entertainers and performers has to not only be seductive to the eye, but practical and constructed to allow movement and provide functionality. We added gussets and panels to all the dancer pieces, so that nothing would constrict their bodies and split crotch seams during a low squat or high kick.

Performance-wear for a tour has be reinforced with snap support and hook-eyes to prevent wardrobe malfunctions. And in contrast, the clothes need to be able to come off in a matter of seconds so they’re designed for quick-changes by adding hidden zippers and snaps.

Designing for a world tour, you also have to keep in mind durability of the garments for the duration of the shows. So fabrication and construction are key to making sure nothing gets damaged; and if it does, then there’s usually a set of duplicates as back-up.

Source: OUT.com

Bia talks opening up for Ariana Grande on the Dangerous Woman Tour with Billboard

On March 22nd, Bia had an interview with Billboard, as she talks about her upcoming tour with Ariana Grande, advice from Pharrell, and her collaboration with J Balvin at the South by Southwest 2017.

Interviewer: It was announced that you are doing some tour dates with Ariana Grande.

Bia: That is my girl. I love her so much and she is such a dope soul inside and out. She’s a beautiful person. I’m just honoured to be on her tour. It’s such an amazing show. She puts so much work in. She’s one of the most hardest working girls I know, so it’s just so amazing to see it. She actually brought me out during her set and performed a song off of my EP called Esta Noche.  Her fans know all of the words already. We haven’t put out the song yet!

Bryan Hearns talks designing Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour outfits

On February 6th, an interview by Billboard was posted as they interviewed Ariana’s outfit designer Bryan Hearns about how he made the Dangerous Woman tour outfits. Check it all below:


Bryan Hearns is no newbie to designing for celebs. The FIDM University alumnus stayed in Los Angeles after graduating in 2010 and linked up with Style PR’s Antonio Estebán, who acquainted Hearns with the many names he works with today. From Keke Palmer to Kylie Jenner to Selena Gomez, the 26-year-old has had no shortage of it-girls to dress in his eclectic designs.

The new year came with another challenge for Hearns: dressing Ariana Grande for her Dangerous Woman tour, which kicked off Thursday in Phoenix. Grande is no stranger to his work: She rocked Hearns’ designs on Billboard‘s August 2014 cover and donned a custom top by him at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball. When Hearns was approached by Law Roach, Grande’s stylist, to develop her Dangerous Woman tour outfits, it was a match made in fashion heaven. Hearns discusses working with the pop star, his favorite look from the tour, and the difference between creating his beloved street style and designing performance wear.

What was the collaborative process like while creating Ariana’s tour looks?

I met with Law and we discussed the direction she wants to go in. She’s trying to do a different direction with her style, and this tour kind of encompasses all of that. It’s kind of street style — everything that’s happening now. So we had a meeting and went over the images and silhouettes that she likes.

What was it like working with Law?

It was awesome. He has a really good sense of direction. He lets you know if he likes something or not, but he also gives you your freedom to create what you want.

So were you given a lot of creative freedom for this tour?

Yeah. Most of the looks are my direct aesthetic, so I put my stamp on it. It was just a certain silhouette that she wanted and certain colors, and that’s how we met in the middle. We had a couple of looks that were in her silhouette, which is usually high-waisted bodysuits, shorts, skirts and crop tops. It’s very flattering on her so we have a lot of items in that shape.

What materials did you use?

Everything was a mixture of leather, denim, strappy fabrics (because there’s a lot of straps on everything) and hardware. We use a lot of sweatshirt fabric because everything is very relaxed-looking. It doesn’t have a lot going on in terms of the details.

What would be three words you’d use to describe the collection?

Confident, feminine and dangerous.

What is your favorite look from the tour collection?

I think my favorite one is going to be the white two-piece. It’s a crop top and a bodysuit skirt with a leather flap. She’s also wearing it with a big puffer jacket. It’s all white and it’s super crispy with thigh-high boots. It just looks really chic.

How long did it take to put all of these looks together?

It was pretty quick because I heard about the job maybe two and half weeks ago and we had to scramble and get everything ready to go. So we’ve been working all the way up to today, and the show’s in a couple of hours and we’re still getting last-minute things done.

Wow, that’s really intense. What’s it like to work under that kind of pressure?

It’s kind of stressful, but it’s also exciting because you have to problem-solve really quick. Sometimes you’ll get an idea that you wouldn’t have thought about if you had more time to think because sometimes when you have a lot time, you change your mind too much and then you’re not certain on exactly what you want.

What’s the difference between designing for Ariana and other people, like Keke Palmer or Kylie Jenner?

The difference is when I design for Ariana, it’s more like a custom idea — more for performance. And then for Keke and Kylie, it’s more for streetwear and things that they would wear when they’re walking around. And they tend to wear more from my collection. Ariana is more specific to her.

When it comes to the difference between performance wear and streetwear, what’s the big difference for you in terms of designing?

You have to keep in mind that they’re going to be moving around and dancing, and things have to last for awhile, so that’s what I have to think about. The other girls were more to look cool and it’s not as comfortable maybe as it would be to perform in.

What have you learned from this experience and how have you grown?

I’ve learned just to be patient and take whatever advice or direction someone’s trying to give you. Just problem-solve and go for it.

Source: Billboard.com

Little Mix talks touring with Ariana Grande on the Dangerous Woman Tour

On February 1st, WWD released an interview they had with Little Mix, who will be the opening act for Ariana’s Dangerous Woman World Tour. Check it out below:


Five years later, three albums and worldwide success, the quartet are setting their sights on the final frontier: breaking the U.S. market. From Thursday, they will join Ariana Grande on the road for her “Dangerous Woman” tour to promote their fourth studio album, “Glory Days.”

“We’re so grateful for every bit of success that we’ve got — our album went to number one for two weeks, and the single ‘Shout Out to My Ex’ went to number one for three weeks [in the U.K.], and it’s just been the most incredible year for us,” says Edwards, serving as a ringleader of sorts for the group’s interviews. “So I think that’s why now we feel more driven and more determined to come to America and have the same kind of success over here. On the Ariana Grande tour, it’s three whole months in America, so we’ll be able to work our little asses off and hope that it’ll do well.”

Breaking into the U.S. with a boost from Grande is a full-circle moment for Edwards, who introduced her bandmates to Grande’s YouTube videos back in days of “X Factor.” “Obsessed,” Edwards says of the pint-sized powerhouse. “I remember the first-ever studio session — this is an interesting fact — we had together as a group; we were sat in there, just like whatever, writing and recording, and I was like, ‘Guys, you have to check out this girl called Ariana Grande — she’s on Nickelodeon and stuff, and she puts covers on YouTube — please listen to her voice, it’s insane.’ And now she’s, like, one of the biggest stars in the world.”

Source: WWD.com

Jennifer Hudson talks future collaboration with Ariana Grande

Hairspray Live wasn’t the last time we’ll be hearing Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande singing together.

Hudson tells E! News they’re likely to cut a song together, as an article was posted on December 13th.

“We fell in love with each other so I think that will definitely happen,” the Oscar winner said yesterday while promoting her new movie Sing with the animated flick’s music producer Harvey Mason Jr. “I cannot wait.”

She gushed that her and Grande’s Hairspray Live duet “Come so Far (Got so Far to Go)” was one of her favorite collaborations. “I love her,” J-Hud said, adding, “It’s a feel-good record. You could feel our energy through it.”Mason said, “I think your voices go really well together…You really compliment her and I think she compliments you.”Hudson and Mason first worked together 10 years ago on Dreamgirls. JHud is opening to playing Effie againg. “I wouldn’t mind doing a one-night-only,” she said with a wink to the Dreamgirls song “One Night Only.” “Something like what we did with Hairspray Live. I think that would be amazing.”Dreamgirls Live? Yes, please!”Faith,” a Sing tune performed by Stevie Wonder and Grande, was nominated yesterday for a Golden Globe for original song. “It was so much fun. We had a great time,” Mason said of the movie, which is also up for best animated film. “It’s a great cast, great music [and a] great story.”

Source: EOnline.com

Harvey Fierstein on working with Ariana Grande in Hairspray Live!

On December 6th, Harvey Fierstein talked with Gay Times Magazine on working with Ariana Grande and donning the heels again for Hairspray Live.


Creator of the musical and starring as Edna Turnblad — mother of Tracy — in the NBC live broadcast, Harvey has moved from writing the story on page, to starring on Broadway, and now a live television show.

In the current issue of GT, we sat down with the King of gay theatre to find out how he prepares to bring Edna back to live once again.

“It’s more scary than exciting,” he giggles.

“I mean, it’s live television and I’ve never done that before. At my age, to take on something like this is HUGE! Holding together a performance during commercial breaks? I just don’t know about that. I guess I didn’t say ‘no’ because life is only as exciting as the times you say ‘yes’, right?”

But how has the lengthy rehearsal process with his American Music Award-winning co-star Ariana Grande been so far?

“She’s huge, but the whole cast is flipping awesome,” he smiles.

“We did some press which is when I properly met Ariana; she’s such a doll-and-a-half. We giggled and we laughed! We sat down to do a table reading, she sat next to me, and when she sang she blew me out of my chair — WOW! When it came to my time to sing, I said calmly, ‘You can all go for coffee now!’”

Source: GayTimes.co.uk

Nick Cannon talks Mariah Carey’s reaction to Ariana Grande

On October 24th, Nick Cannon was interviewed by Mike Adam on 96.5 AMP Radio to talk about Mariah Carey. He was asked about the comparisons between her and Ariana and Nick revealed what Mariah truly felt about her.

Mike Adam asked him if he witness Mariah reacted to young Ariana, and Nick actually admitted to being the one that first put Mariah on to Ariana. He showed her a video of Ms. Grande covering a Mariah Carey song, Emotions.

According to Nick Cannon, his then wife, MC didn’t diss Ariana Grande’s vocal skills, but she didn’t exactly praise them either. Listen to the interview below!