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Christopher Bailey's Burberry farewell tops London shows

Christopher Bailey's final show as Burberry creative director dominated London Fashion Week on Saturday. Bailey is leaving the popular brand later this year after a 17-year stint that helped it regain its prominence as a global fashion power.

Newcomer Simone Rocha and veteran Jasper Conran were among the designers showcasing their latest styles as fashion week kicked into high gear. Some highlights from the style extravaganza:

A BURBERRY FAREWELL BRINGS DOWN THE STAR-STUDDED HOUSE

Animal rights activists may have hassled the high-fashion crowd entering the Burberry show, but once the 1,300 guests were safely inside the event turned into a lovefest.

The affection was for Christopher Bailey, who is leaving Burberry later this year after serving as creative director and chief executive, among other jobs. Bailey's final show was a milestone for him and for the company he helped revive.

He dedicated his farewell show to organizations that support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

"There has never been a more important time to say that in our diversity lies our strength and our creativity," Bailey said.

The spectacle was part fashion show, part performance art and part laser lighting display. It ended with Bailey walking down the fog-filled runway to a prolonged standing ovation from a crowd that included Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Chelsea Clinton and many others famous fans.

"It was exquisite," said Miller, who seemed near tears moments after the show ended. "One of the most spectacular things I've ever seen. It was brave and it was political and it was beautiful."

Clinton also seemed overcome with emotion.

"It showed so much humanity, so much of what he is as a person," she said. "I'm just so glad I could be here and see it in person to celebrate Christopher as he goes on to the next chapter."

Model and actress Cara Delevingne made a now-rare catwalk appearance for Bailey and the Burberry brand. She closed the show wearing a regal, rainbow-themed outfit and leading the other models through the finale, which was set off by a spectacular laser show.

The audience was filled with luminaries, including actor Idris Elba and actresses Naomie Harris, Keira Knightley, and Naomi Watts. Former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, also were in the crowd.

The show featured many references to the familiar Burberry check, which was worked into a number of jackets, caps and tops, along with some gorgeous gowns and stylish bomber jackets.

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PRETTIFIED TAILORING AT SIMONE ROCHA

Dainty lace, ruffles, pretty bows: Simone Rocha's latest collection may include every girly cliche, but there's more than meets the eye.

The young designer, known for her modern take on sweet, doll-like looks, dressed models in frilly gold or black tulle and lace dresses over slim tailored pieces such as a buttoned-up shirt or a trouser suit. The outfits were finished off with mannish brogue shoes or furry flat slippers.

There were exaggerated puff sleeves, embroidered roses, fur trims and rich floral brocade fabrics, perhaps a nod to the John Constable portraits Rocha referred to in her show notes. They were certainly a match with the show's venue, an ornate red and gold room adorned with giant candlelit chandeliers in London's palatial Goldsmiths' Hall.

Rocha did break away from delicate dresses, and those were some of the show's strongest looks: Belted, double-breasted patent leather coats that came in a striking red or military green, as well as red and navy plaid outfits adorned with a tinsel-like trim.

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ELEGANCE AND RICH COLORS AT JASPER CONRAN

Designer Jasper Conran pared down the in-your-face, bombastic style some rivals have adopted for London Fashion Week. Instead, Conran showed an elegant collection that relied on many monochromatic outfits with subtle shifts of texture and drape to set them off. The apparent simplicity, offset by the detailing and workmanship, made for an often captivating result.

"I think it's very much what I've learned in my career. These are the things that I know," said Conran, one of the founding designers of London Fashion Week. "So it's an expression of quite a long time of learning."

Conran described the basic elements he used as navy, white and sulphur yellow, with a wide variety of other unusual colors and textures weaved in. He found expressive ways to mix and match, but also relied on one color from head to toes walking the runway in matching, understated shoes. Most models wore their hair long and natural, giving the collection an airy, ethereal feel.

When shades were mixed, it was frequently striking — as in a surprisingly effective dress that paired olive green with dark brown.

Trousers and some dresses were often pleated, and lightweight parkas set off some outfits. Conran seemed to show a special flair in various shades of yellow, including a hooded yellow parka that seemed both practical and sexy.

Disney says 'Black Panther' is raking it in

"Black Panther" is so far raking it in over the holiday weekend.

The Walt Disney Co. estimated Saturday the Marvel Comics superhero movie earned $75.8 million domestically for its opening Friday, the eighth biggest day in industry history.

Disney now estimates the movie will earn between $190 million and $210 million for the four-day Presidents Day weekend that started Thursday.

Besides the strong box office, the movie has been a critical success.

The Ryan Coogler-directed film stars Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. It also features Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o.

Official box office estimates are out Sunday.

Drake touts giveaways, urges fans to do something nice, too

Drake wants to spread the love, and he's challenging his fans to do the same.

The new video for the rap star's single, "God's Plan," announces upfront that Drake gave away the $996,631 budget to film the clip.

He's been giving away money in Miami lately, including a $50,000 scholarship to a University of Miami student. The video shows him surprising other Miami residents with wads of cash and going into a supermarket and announcing to customers that everything they want to buy is on him.

Drake said on Instagram Saturday that he wanted fans to do something to bring joy to someone and to tag him with the details.

He said he wants people to be nice to each other, even if only for 24 hours.

UK party sacks leader in fallout from racist Markle texts

The troubled U.K. Independence Party ousted its leader Saturday after a scandal over racist text messages sent by his girlfriend, leaving the future of the right-wing party that played a key role in Brexit once more uncertain.

A majority of party members backed a motion of no confidence in UKIP Leader Henry Bolton, who had faced growing pressure to resign since a newspaper in mid-January published the messages Jo Marney wrote about Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's fiancee.

Marney, 25, who was also a UKIP member, was suspended from the party at the time.

The departure of Bolton, who was only elected to his role in September, will trigger the fourth leadership contest in the party since 2016.

Marney, who describes herself as a model and actor, had sent the text messages published by the Mail on Sunday newspaper to a friend. The newspaper said the texts included offensive comments about black people and alleged that Markle would "taint" the royal family.

Marney apologized for the "shocking language," but said her words were taken out of context.

Following Saturday's no-confidence vote, the party said Gerard Batten will take over as interim leader and a leadership election would be held within 90 days.

The euroskeptic UKIP and its then-leader, Nigel Farage, were closely associated with Britain's June 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Since then, it has struggled to maintain its prominence and failed to win any Parliament seats during an election last year.

Some party members have suggested that Farage, a charismatic but divisive figure, could return to the helm. Farage stepped down in 2016 and worked to raise his international profile as the most prominent British supporter of Donald Trump's candidacy and presidency.

Bolton had said earlier that he thought "it's going to be very difficult for the party to survive" another round of leadership turmoil.

The party has financial problems, including a possible legal bill from a defamation case.

Weinstein Co. fires president after suit alleges inaction

The movie studio co-founded by Harvey Weinstein has fired its president, whose continued presence at the company was a source of controversy.

The Weinstein Co. board said Friday it voted unanimously to dismiss David Glasser. A statement announcing the firing was released to the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has said Glasser knew of allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein but failed to ensure they were investigated.

Schneiderman has sued the company and opposed one $500 million proposal to buy the studio that would not have guaranteed the ouster of top executives, including Glasser, who allegedly protected Weinstein.

The Weinstein Co. has not responded to a call for comment. Weinstein was ousted last year. He has denied nonconsensual sexual contact.

Vince Gill defends Grammys on female representation

Vince Gill defended the Recording Academy over the criticism that female artists were underrepresented at this year's Grammy Awards.

Gill said it is "impossible" to not leave someone off the list in a given year.

"I look at it kind of trying to see the whole field, you know. And I think the Grammys will go on and the country artists will feel slighted. Or maybe the classical people will feel slighted," Gill said. "It's impossible to pull something off like that and not leave a few people by the wayside."

The country star spoke before a benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday in New York where he shared the stage with Emmylou Harris, Maren Morris, and Kesha.

Sitting with Harris and Morris before the concert, the 21-time Grammy winner said all that matters is that musical people are "conscious of what's great at the end of the day."

"You're looking at three really ope- minded musical people. We don't care about genres, of color of skin, or gender, or anything. We just love playing music with great people and that's all," he said.

Morris, who won her first Grammy last year, agreed, saying that the Grammys history backs it up.

"I think the person that's won the most Grammys is Alison Krauss so I don't know. I mean, there's obviously some things that need to be looked at, I think, and maybe it's just voting members. Maybe we need to like expand on that," Morris said.

Krauss has won 27 Grammys, and nominated 44 times. Krauss is actually tied for second place with Quincy Jones for most Grammy wins. Hungarian composer Georg Sorti holds the record with 31 wins.

Morris also cited another Grammy winner.

"I was really proud of Alessia Cara that she won best new artist. I think she really deserved that," Morris said. "But I think there's always improvement that needs to be had."

Harris admitted she was aware of the problems facing women in the recording industry, from sexual misconduct to unfair treatment, but doesn't count herself among those affected.

"I haven't run into a lot of the problems that I know are out there. But my path has been pretty unfettered with those kinds of things," Harris said.

The Recording Academy drew criticism for a variety of issues, including not having album of the year nominee Lorde perform on the live telecast last month. Also, of the awards shown on the broadcast, only two winners were women — Cara and Rihanna (for a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar).

Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow intensified the situation, saying that women need to "step up" when asked about the lack of female winners backstage. He later said he misspoke.

Cinematography awards could predict eventual Oscar winner

The American Society of Cinematographers' annual awards show could predict the eventual Oscar winner in the category.

The five cinematographers up for the top prize at the 32nd ASC Awards on Saturday are also in contention for the cinematography Oscar next month.

The ASC nominated 14-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins for "Blade Runner 2049," along with Bruno Delbonnel ("Darkest Hour"), Hoyte van Hoytema ("Dunkirk"), Dan Laustsen ("The Shape of Water") and Rachel Morrison ("Mudbound"). Morrison is the first to compete in ASC's feature film category and the first woman nominated for cinematography in the 90-year history of the Academy Awards.

Angelina Jolie will accept the Board of Governors Award and Oscar-winning "Titanic" cinematographer Russell Carpenter will receive a lifetime achievement award at the dinner ceremony at Hollywood & Highland's Grand Ballroom. Carpenter's other credits include "True Lies," ''The Negotiator" and "Shallow Hal."

The ASC Awards also recognize outstanding work in television, where the nominees include "Game of Thrones," ''Outlander," ''The Crown" and "The Man in the High Castle."

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AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is at www.twitter.com/YouKnowSandy .

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For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason .

Danes start to bid farewell to late Denmark prince

Thousands of Danes have bid farewell to Denmark's late Prince Henrik, husband of Queen Margrethe, whose casket is on public display in a downtown Copenhagen chapel until a private funeral next week.

Draped in a Danish flag with his personal coat of arms, the coffin stood on a catafalque surrounded by a guard of honor — eight military officers — inside the chapel of the Christiansborg Palace as people silently walked past Saturday.

Earlier in the day, royals briefly visited the chapel from where a private funeral will be held Tuesday.

The palace respected the wish of Henrik, who died Feb. 13 at age 83, to be cremated. Last year, he stunned Danes when he said he didn't want to be buried next to Margrethe as is the tradition.

Stars to wear black at UK film awards: Will Kate join them?

The red carpet will be a sea of black as the movement against sexual misconduct takes center stage at the British Academy Film Awards .

Many female stars and other guests are expected to dress in monochrome for Sunday's ceremony as a statement of solidarity with victims of sexual harassment and abuse.

Will royalty join them? The Duchess of Cambridge is due to attend the Royal Albert Hall ceremony with husband Prince William, who is president of the British movie academy.

The royal family usually steers clear of political statements, but it could be awkward for Kate to ignore the gesture and wear bright colors. In what may be a helpful precedent, she wore a black Alexander McQueen dress to last year's awards.

The furor over sexual misconduct forms a somber backdrop to the awards, whose front-runners include monster fantasia "The Shape of Water," tragicomedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and World War II flag-waver "Darkest Hour." A win at the British awards, known as BAFTAs, is considered a key sign of likely success at Hollywood's Oscars two weeks later.

This awards season has been dominated by allegations of sexual harassment and abuse leveled at scores of entertainment figures since women began coming forward to accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein last year.

The issue has crossed the Atlantic, where the Old Vic Theatre has been rocked by allegations against former artistic director Kevin Spacey, and London police are investigating nine claims of sexual assault by Weinstein.

This week Britain's movie academy, industry unions and bodies announced new measures to tackle bullying and harassment, including better procedures for reporting and investigating abuse, a commitment to act against bullies and abusers, and a confidential support line.

The call to wear black, backed by Emma Watson, Daisy Ridley, Keira Knightley, Emma Thompson and others, follows a similar campaign at the Golden Globes in Hollywood last month.

"I think the most important thing with all of this is speaking out and being seen to speak out," said Amanda Nevill, chief executive of the British Film Institute.

She said "wearing black is another manifestation of saying 'We don't want the world to continue as it has been. We are committed to creating change.'"

Among the stars due to attend the London ceremony, typically a blend of gray skies and glamour, are Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o, Kristin Scott Thomas and Octavia Spencer.

The awards have a new, and female, face this year, as "Absolutely Fabulous" star Joanna Lumley replaces longtime host Stephen Fry. Lumley is likely to include some pointed jibes at sexism amid her jokes.

"The Shape of Water," Guillermo del Toro's fantastical thriller about a mute woman and a sea monster, is nominated in 12 categories, including best picture and best director. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "Darkest Hour" received nine nominations apiece.

All three are up for best film, alongside sun-drenched romance "Call Me By Your Name" and World War II drama "Dunkirk."

In a strong awards season for British performers, Gary Oldman is the favorite to take the best-actor trophy for his Golden Globe-winning portrayal of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour." He's up against fellow Brits Daniel Day-Lewis for "Phantom Thread," Daniel Kaluuya for "Get Out" and Jamie Bell for "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool," as well as American actor Timothee Chalamet for "Call Me By Your Name."

The best-actress race is an international contest, pitting American Frances McDormand as a bereaved mother in "Three Billboards" against Britain's Sally Hawkins for "The Shape Of Water," Irish actress Saoirse Ronan for "Lady Bird," U.S. star Annette Bening for "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool" and Australia's Margot Robbie for "I, Tonya."

Ridley Scott, whose films include "Blade Runner," ''Alien," ''Thelma and Louise" and "Gladiator," is set to receive the academy's highest honor, the BAFTA Fellowship.

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Kendrick Lamar performs solo set ahead of NBA All-Star game

Kendrick Lamar added to the excitement around Sunday's NBA All-Star game with a searing performance Friday night.

The Grammy-winning rapper was alone on an outdoor stage across from Staples Center for a 45-minute set packed with hits from his albums, collaborations and mixtapes.

With no introduction or fanfare, the 30-year-old emerged wearing an oversized red sweatshirt over a white T-shirt and black pants, his braids pulled back, and launched into the biting "DNA" from his album "DAMN." He performed several songs from that most recent album, including "Love," ''Loyalty," ''XXX" and "Element."

Lamar said little between songs other than shouting out to the "day one Kendrick Lamar fans." For them, he played tracks like "Backseat Freestyle" and "Swimming Pools (Drank)" from 2012's "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City." He also urged the audience to "generate some noise for yourselves."

Even alone on stage accompanied by his own recorded track, Lamar is electrifying. His vocal delivery is flawless and his presence powerful. Giant screens on either side of the stage projected his image during the set, but even with his diminutive stature, Lamar is somehow bigger.

American Express sponsored the show as part of its All-Star weekend events. Tickets were available to cardholders, with proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. But with the show's rib-rattling bass, chances are it was heard for blocks around downtown Los Angeles.

The Killers are set to perform Saturday night.

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AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is at www.twitter.com/YouKnowSandy .

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