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Clare Waight Keller awarded British Designer of the Year by Meghan Markle

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Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy received the British Designer of the Year Womenswear Award on Monday. The Duchess of Sussex, who made a surprise appearance at the awards night, gave away the award to the stylist. The star-studded ceremony was held at the historic Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, London.

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting her first child in spring, showed her baby bump in a black one-shoulder fishtail Givenchy gown. She wore the Givenchy piece to pay tribute to Clare Waight Keller.

Megan came on the stage to present award to Clare Waight Keller, who was also her wedding dress designer. Waight Keller personally thanked the Duchess in her speech when she received the prestigious British Designer of the Year Womenswear Award.

Meghan said, “I feel especially proud to announce tonight’s winner, who yes is a British designer leading on the global stage with vision and creativity, but also with incredible kindness which is why when I met her for the first time 11 months ago I knew we would be working very closely together.” She cradled her bump on stage, as Clare Waight Keller started speaking.

Keller was overwhelmed with Meghan’s words and said, “This woman is so amazing. I got to know Meghan on such a personal level. To have someone like that trust you on such a personal moment in their life… I can’t thank you enough because it was the most beautiful moment.”

Meghan has always admired Keller’s “timeless and elegant aesthetic”. Keller had designed her wedding gown in 2017. The dress was made of silk with three-quarter-length sleeves, an open boat neckline and a train with built-in triple silk organza underskirt. Her design famously featured a 16.5-foot silk tulle veil, which was hand-embroidered with flora representing each of the Commonwealth’s 53 countries.

Established in 1989, the annual British Fashion Awards is considered one of the biggest events on the European fashion calendar. Industry figures at this year’s ceremony included Kate Moss, Virgil Abloh, Victoria Beckham and several other popular people from the fashion circuit.

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Meghan Markle’s Letter Reveals a Broken Strong Lady

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Handwriting experts analysed the letter sent by Meghan Markle to her separated father to unveil her character, and claimed that the Duchess of Sussex is a “narcissistic showman” left “anxious and vulnerable” by her family conflict.

Since getting married to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has never publicly talked about the relation with her father. On the other hand, her father Thomas Markle, 74, has been doing the opposite.

However, five of Markle’s best friends have come up to speak anonymously the truth about the father-daughter relation.

As per their statement to the People magazine, the Duchess of Sussex had sent a letter after her wedding accusing father Thomas Markle of breaking her heart “into million pieces” by giving press interviews and attacking her husband Prince Harry by fabricating stories.

The explosive five-page letter sent in August last year, is claimed as “highly-stylised” by one of the leading handwriting experts Emma Bache. She highlighted that the “slow handwriting” suggests that the Duchess was “ultra cautious” but also a “showman and a narcissist”.

Bache said, “This is not a spontaneous or intellectually creative woman but a consummate performer and strategist.”

“There is enormous emotion as well as energy but she is both self aware and self orientated.” she added.

Markle’s friends said that the letter was reportedly a plea to her father to stop speaking to the press and “victimising” her.

She had written, “Dad, I’m so heartbroken. I love you. I have one father. Please stop victimising me through the media so we can repair our relationship.”

The group has also reported that Markle had reached out to her father when he staged paparazzi photos. They said that both Markle and Prince Harry still wanted Thomas to attend their wedding.

However, Thomas, who suffered two heart attacks days before he was set to walk Meghan down the aisle, didn’t show up at the Royal wedding. Since then, he has been giving interviews, which Meghan has claimed as ‘fabricated’, marring the reputation of his daughter and the Royal family.

While Thomas had earlier reported that he was shunned by his daughter and Prince Harry, Meghan’s friends have claimed his statement’s as false.

“Tom wouldn’t take her calls, wouldn’t take Harry’s calls,” the pals said.

Despite a heartfelt plea from his daughter, Thomas Markle gave an unexpected public rebuttal. He asked Meghan Markle if she and Prince Harry would pose with him for a photo “for the whole world to see”.

Since her wedding, Markle has gone through several situations that have depicted the side that portrays her as one of the strongest women. While the relationship with her father has revealed an extremely emotional side of her, it has also unveiled how strongly she has been managing the situation that has been breaking her from the inside.

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15th Glasgow Film Festival to Focus on Coming of Age Genre

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The Glasgow Film Festival has something new up its sleeve this year, and it is certainly going to be impressive. Focusing on an interesting genre, the 15th annual festival will open and close with two coming of age stories that were set in the 1990s.

Scheduled to open on February 20, the festival will begin with a UK premiere of Mid90s. The film is a directorial debut of actor Jonah Hill.

The festival will end on March 3, with a film based on similar genre. It is an adaptation from a play Beats, written by Kieran Hurley, which was originally performed in Edinburgh.

The story is set in 1994 Livingston, when the law attempted to place restrictions on Scotland’s rave culture.

In recent years, the Glasgow Film Festival has expanded its attendances from 6,000 at its first outing in 2005 to over 40,000.

The previous events have marked the presence of popular faces, including Karen Gillan, Richard Gere, David Tennant, Alan Rickman, Peter Capaldi and Gemma Arterton.

This year, the festival is expected to attract even greater audience, with a grand premier of Mid90s. The organisers have defined it as a coming-of-age comedy-drama, of the 1990s’ Los Angeles.

The story is written and directed by Jonah Hill. It follows the protagonist, a young teenage boy, who falls in with a group of older teen skateboarders. The film features Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston.

Besides, the closing film of the Glasgow Film Festival adaptation of Beats is based on the popular stage show by Kieran Hurley. It debuted at the Edinburgh Festival, in 2012.

The movie version is set in 1994, when the Criminal Justice Bill attempted to curb Scotland’s rave culture and the free party movement. The executive producer of the film is the award-winning director Steven Soderbergh.

This story of friendship and rebellion marks the debut of graduates of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: Cristian Ortega and Lorn Macdonald. It also included an original soundtrack from Scottish DJ, JD Twitch.

More details on the full Glasgow Film Festival programme will be announced on January 23.

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Georgia Toffolo Mocked and Accused by Vile Trolls for ‘Plasticine’ Face

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Reality television series Made in Chelsea star and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Season 17th’s winner, Georgia Toffolo, has faced multiple hateful comments by vile trolls posted on her first Instagram post of the year.

Apparently, Toff enjoyed a boozy New Year’s Eve and posted a smiley selfie the next day, saying that she would begin her year with a detox.

She posted a picture on Instagram, where she could be seen on her bed post the New Year celebrations. Georgia Toffolo captioned the picture: “Going into this year fresh faced and excited for a BIG detox. Is it just me or is this hangover a real lingerer?”

The 24-year-old reality star did not expect her post to be trolled by people accusing her of undergoing a cosmetic surgery and how ‘messed up her face’ looks. A number of commentators also accused her of not knowing the difference between a detox and botox.

The trolling started with one of her followers asking, “What’s happened to your face? Looks like you’re made if plasticine? STOP!”

This led to others also comment on her looks and accuse her of turning ‘her face into plasticine’. Some also said that she had ‘ruined her natural looks’ through surgery.

One of the hundreds of comments read: “Oh please don’t tell me you’ve put plastic your face????? Nooooooo your far too young.”

While the other read: “Toff you are so lovely- you really don’t need to mess with your face.”

Another fan, who was terribly horrified, commented: “You use to be beautiful [sad face emoji] so much botox and now you are a mess.”

While a number of commentators bemoaned over the picture posted by Georgia Toffolo, a few also spoke in her favour and praised her. One of the followers asked her to carry on being herself and wrote: “Your such a happy person, always smiling & full of joy! Your happiness is contagious [sic].”

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