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Designer Michael Costello Has His Eye Set On The First Lady

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Celebrity designer Michael Costello has dressed stars from Beyonce to Britney Spears and now he has his eyes set on the First Lady.

HipHollywood caught up with the Project Runway winner at the 16th annual DesignCare event on Saturday. The event was created by actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL quarterback, Rodney Peete, to benefit the HollyRod Foundation, which is dedicated to helping those with Autism’s and Parkinson’s disease. Costello was this year’s featured designer and used the event to unveil his new collection, which included pieces that he will be featuring in his upcoming 2014 New York Fashion Week show.

Since Michael has designed for Beyonce on her Ms. Carter Tour and is now creating pieces for her On The Run Tour with Jay Z, we wanted to know how their relationship has developed when it comes to designing some of her most iconic tour ensembles.

“Now we are at the point where Beyonce will send me little personal messages which, are really cool, and Ty, the stylist, will send me messages and they will be like, ‘Hey we like this, do your own thing, just get inspired,’ which I think is really cool to have that trust with them,” Costello told us.

And now with Queen Bey’s trust locked down, Costello has his eyes set on on a new target for his designs — the Fist Lady.

According to Costello, the two recently met in Los Angeles where she complemented him on his work. He has since reached out to her team and is currently in the process of waiting to hear back. But when it comes to dressing the First Lady, one thing is certain, Costello wants to accent her body, show some leg, and get sexy with it while staying classy.

Watch the video above to find out what Costello has in mind for the First Lady.

 

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5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs

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If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.

1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.

In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary. 

2. He’s funny. 

Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.

3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.

In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

4. He’s a rapper. 

His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle. 

5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.  

The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.

 

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