Published: 02:50 EST, 5 January 2018 | Updated: 11:06 EST, 5 January 2018
They're almost just as illustrious for their showstopping style as they are their esteemed acting careers.
And screen sirens Gal Gadot, 32, Emilia Clarke, 31, and Selma Blair, 45, once again dressed to impress as they attended W Magazine's Best Performance Party presented by Audi at the Chataeu Marmont in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
Wonder Woman actress Gal was among the most glamorous of guests, wowing in a long black dress with sheer paneling woven into her full skirt as she celebrated the evening with stars of stage and screen.
Bright red woven straps held Gal's dress onto her shoulders with crimson stitching down her bodice.
She added height to her already towering 5ft10in frame with a pair of strappy black heels and tied back her chocolate brown hair into a chic bun.
Gal was joined at the festive event by her husband of nearly ten years, real estate developer Yaron Varsano.
Emilia Clarke offset her gorgeous, porcelain complexion in a strappy black dress with a delicate blue floral pattern.
Cute couple: Gal looked stunning wearing a long black dress with sheer paneling woven into her full skirt alongside husband Yaron Varsano
Stunner: Emilia Clarke showed off her porcelain complexion in a strappy black dress with a delicate blue floral pattern
Emulate Emilia in a floral Altuzarra dress
Last night marked the arrival of W Magazine's 2018 Best Performances, held at the incredibly illustrious celeb hot-spot, Hollywood's Chateau Marmont.
From Ireland Baldwin to Gal Gadot, the stars descended upon Hollywood in their finest frocks and among them was Emilia Clarke.
The Game of Thrones actress donned a dress from Altuzarra's Pre-Fall '18 collection. With its frilly detail, lace overlay and blue floral colorway, this dress is perfect paired with strappy satin heels (a la Emilia) and some autumnal red-brown lippy.
Sadly you can't snap up this dress just yet but you can shop the current Altuzarra collection by clicking the link to your right. Alternatively, click through our carousel to shop lookalike picks from Nasty Gal, Keepsake, Forever New and Berksha.
Fancy seeing you here! The beauty mingled with the likes of fellow actor James Franco inside the glitzy bash
Finishing touches: Emilia paired her strappy dress with barely-there stilettos and bold statement earrings
The retro frock was perfect for flattering the actress' hourglass figure, hugging her curves in all the right places, with the beauty elongating her pins with barely-there stilettos.
Her platinum blonde hair was parted toward the side and she swiped a dark crimson shade across her lips before catching up with James Franco.
Selma Blair opted for a retro-inspired ensemble, donning a navy blue dress with black panels which featured one sweeping sleeve and a matching choker.
Gorgeous: Selma Blair opted for a retro-inspired ensemble, donning a navy blue dress with black panels which featured one sweeping sleeve and a matching choker
Hair she is! Salma's highlighted locks were equally glamorous, cascading in soft waves around her stunning face
Throwback: Salma Hayek worked the room in a black, one-shoulder frock with fringe sweeping to the floor
Hot wheels: True to form, the actress made sure she arrived in style as she pulled up in a lavish Audi
The Cruel Intentions actress – who also carried a bright red clutch by her side to match her scarlet lipstick – was clearly feeling her look as she posted a picture of her exceptional style on social media.
'Golden globe fete indeed. #Wmagazinebestperformances #chateaumarmont #gregoryrussellhair #rachelgoodwinmakeup #christiansiriano . Thank you @jacksiebert for this lovely photograph. You kids know how to do it,' she captioned the snap.
After arriving in style in a lavish Audi, Salma Hayek worked the room in a black, one-shoulder frock with fringe detailing that swept to the floor.
Offbeat: Avengers actress Elizabeth Olsen sported a cream-colored coat with hot pink stripes and darling braids in her hair
Smitten: The 28-year-old was joined at the bash by her musician boyfriend Robbie Arnett, with the lovebirds even cosying up for a sweet snap together
Rising star: Elizabeth chatted with young actress Brooklynn Prince inside the bash
Cute! Mary J. Blige opted for a city-chic ensemble, wearing a long black ruffled lace gown adorned with a large golden pendant as she covered her shoulders with a sleek leather jacket
Having a read: The music legend – who swept her blonde locks up into an elegant up-do – stopped to admire the magazine's latest edition
Avengers actress Elizabeth Olsen sported a more offbeat ensemble, displaying her fashion credentials in a cream-colored coat with hot pink stripes and darling braids in her hair.
The 28-year-old was joined at the bash by her musician boyfriend Robbie Arnett, with the lovebirds even cosying up for a sweet snap together.
Tracee Ellis Ross brought out her finest sequined ensemble as she sparkled in a matching silver set.
Shining: Mena Suvari showed off her fantastic figure with a mustard yellow strappy satin dress which she paired with black velvet platform heels
Lovebirds: Mena was pictured leaving the bash in the company of her boyfriend Michael Hope, who was every inch the gentleman as he opened the car door for his girlfriend
Sizzling: Eiza Gonzalez put on a rather busty display in a gorgeous velvet dress which boasted a bustier style fit across the torso
Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson was the most casual of the guests in skinny jeans and a leather jacket, while Karrueche Tran made for a striking contrast in a vibrant yellow frock.
The fashion-forward ex-girlfriend of Chris Brown wasn't afraid to stand out from the crowd as she wowed in the kimono style number.
The most daring look of the evening arguably came from model Ireland Baldwin who dared to bare in a mesh black top and a thigh-skimming mini skirt.
Dare to bare: Ireland Baldwin rocked perhaps the most risque look of the evening as she sported a mini dress that left little to the imagination
Always a style winner! Karrueche Tran made for a striking contrast in a vibrant yellow frock, offset with chic black accessories
Mena Suvari showed off her fantastic figure with a mustard yellow strappy satin dress which she paired with black velvet platform heels.
Mary J. Blige opted for a city-chic ensemble, wearing a long black ruffled lace gown adorned with a large golden pendant as she covered her shoulders with a sleek leather jacket.
Get Out actor Dan Kaluuya looked dapper wearing a grey wool blazer paired with a black turtleneck.
Jesse Metcalfe sported a black suit and tie next to his lovely fiance Cara Santana who rocked a see-through sparkling shirt and nude bra paired with high-waisted cream trousers.
Complementary styles: Bad Teacher actress Kathryn Newton rubbed shoulders with Valentino's Carlos Souza
Suave: Kyle MacLachlan looked dapper in a suede blazer, which he paired with a black shirt and trousers
Handsome: Get Out actor Dan Kaluuya looked dapper wearing a grey wool blazer paired with a black turtleneck
Stylish: Jesse Metcalfe sported a black suit and tie next to his lovely fiance Cara Santana
Sheer she is! Trendy Cara rocked a see-through sparkling shirt and nude bra paired with high-waisted cream trousers
Still going strong! The couple – who got engaged in 2016 – looked smitten as they left the star-studded bash hand-in-hand
Nice: Cody Simpson wore a black blazer and matching pants with a crisp white shirt
Deutch a beauty! Zoey Deutch made for an elegant fixture in a white dress that boasted a charming Peter pan collar
Family affair: Tommy Hilfiger was joined by his wife Dee Ocleppo and his daughter Ally Hilfiger inside the fashionable event
Glitter girl: Tracee Ellis Ross brought out her finest sequined ensemble as she sparkled in a matching silver set
Strike a pose! The actress daughter of singing legend Diana Ross posed up a storm as she sat on the mag's futuristic grey sofa
Australia resists calls for tougher climate targets
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has resisted pressure to set more ambitious carbon emission targets while other major nations vowed deeper reductions to tackle climate change.
Addressing a global climate summit, Mr Morrison said Australia was on a path to net zero emissions.
But he stopped short of setting a timeline, saying the country would get there “as soon as possible”.
It came as the US, Canada and Japan set new commitments for steeper cuts.
US President Joe Biden, who chaired the virtual summit, pledged to cut carbon emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels by the year 2030. This new target essentially doubles the previous US promise.
By contrast, Australia will stick with its existing pledge of cutting carbon emissions by 26%-28% below 2005 levels, by 2030. That’s in line with the Paris climate agreement, though Mr Morrison said Australia was on a pathway to net zero emissions.
“Our goal is to get there as soon as we possibly can, through technology that enables and transforms our industries, not taxes that eliminate them and the jobs and livelihoods they support and create,” he told the summit.
“Future generations… will thank us not for what we have promised, but what we deliver.”
Australia is one of the world’s biggest carbon emitters on a per capita basis. Mr Morrison, who has faced sustained criticism over climate policy, said action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would focus on technology.
The prime minister said Australia is deploying renewable energy 10 times faster than the global average per person, and has the highest uptake of rooftop solar panels in the world.
Mr Morrison added Australia would invest $20bn ($15.4bn; 11.1bn) “to achieve ambitious goals that will bring the cost of clean hydrogen, green steel, energy storage and carbon capture to commercial parity”.
“You can always be sure that the commitments Australia makes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are bankable.”
Australia has seen growing international pressure to step up its efforts to cut emissions and tackle global warming. The country has warmed on average by 1.4 degrees C since national records began in 1910, according to its science and weather agencies. That’s led to an increase in the number of extreme heat events, as well as increased fire danger days.
Ahead of the summit, President Biden’s team urged countries that have been slow to embrace action on climate change to raise their ambition. While many nations heeded the call, big emitters China and India also made no new commitments.
“Scientists tell us that this is the decisive decade – this is the decade we must make decisions that will avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis,” President Biden said at the summit’s opening address.
Referring to America’s new carbon-cutting pledge, President Biden added: “The signs are unmistakable, the science is undeniable, and the cost of inaction keeps mounting.”
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-56854558
Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms
The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.
The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.
All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.
It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.
British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.
The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.
The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.
It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.
“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.
“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”
The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.
It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55862128
Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official
Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.
The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.
Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.
Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.
“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.
“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.
Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”
However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.
Australia’s tight restrictions
The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.
Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.
A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.
Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.
Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.
Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.
Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.
The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.
While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.
Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.
In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55699581
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