April 8th, 2013
01:27 PM ET

Halle Berry on new baby and fighting hunger

CNN's Alina Cho sat down with actress Halle Berry and designer Michael Kors to discuss their "Watch Hunger Stop" campaign to benefit the UN's World Food Programme.

Later in the interview, Berry opens up about being pregnant with her second child at the age of 46.

On her pregnancy, Berry said, "I feel fantastic. This has been the biggest surprise of my life, to tell you the truth."

Berry talked about the significance of the program as a mother. "Being a pregnant woman and already having a child, that it's so important what happens to the baby while they're in utero," Berry said. "And the first 1,000 days is fundamental. Good nutrition during that time period is fundamental for your baby to develop properly and normally and to live a normal life."

The full interview airs Tuesday, April 9th at 12pm ET on CNN.

CNN.com feature: http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/08/showbiz/iyw-halle-berry-michael-kors/

Topics: Alina Cho
February 15th, 2013
12:40 PM ET

"Fashion: Backstage Pass" airs Sat. Feb. 16th

CNN National Correspondent Alina Cho sat down with supermodel Naomi Campbell to ask about her new Oxygen reality TV show The Face and thoughts on John Galliano’s public return working with Oscar de la Renta, Designer Zac Posen told Cho that Campbell is a “survivor” and like a sister.


Topics: Alina Cho • CNN
January 22nd, 2013
11:49 AM ET

Wu is "elated," "honored" that First Lady picked his dress

Jason Wu tells CNN’s Alina Cho that designing Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown was an honor and details what went into creating it.

Wu says, “Right now, we're working on the fall collection and we were all still working, we had been working until like 10:00, 10:30, and we had to watch. And when the second she came out and everyone just let out the biggest scream. I mean, the whole entire studio, it was amazing. The energy was amazing.”

He adds, “Well, I chose ruby red, and, you know, it was a custom weave fabric. I wanted it to look festive, but I had also wanted - wanted it to be soft and - so that combination of velvet and chiffon was really important so we wove, it was all hand loomed, the fabric, and it's little bets of velvet woven to a floral pattern within a chiffon fabric. It's a two-process.”

CNN Newsroom airs weekdays from 9am-4pm ET on CNN.

Topics: Alina Cho • Carol Costello • CNN • CNN Newsroom
September 13th, 2012
02:11 PM ET

Alina Cho takes you Backstage for Fashion Week w/ Zac Posen, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger

CNN's Alina Cho returns with her latest installment of Fashion: Backstage Pass from New York Fashion Week. This season, she sits down with Diane Von Furstenberg to talk about the DVF empire, takes a tour of Tommy Hilfiger's palatial home at The Plaza Hotel, spends the day with Zac Posen, the boy wonder designer who had dramatic fall from grace, takes in Fashion Week with P'Trique, the man behind the viral videos, "S**t Fashion Girls Say,” and drives around town with actor Ewan McGregor while dishing about how he came to be the face of iconic British label Belstaff.

Fashion: Backstage Pass airs this Saturday, September 15th at 2:30pmET on CNN.

Topics: Alina Cho • CNN
July 13th, 2012
11:10 AM ET

"Fashion: Backstage Pass PARIS" airs Saturday, July 14th at 2:30pm ET on CNN

CNN national correspondent Alina Cho is back with a special edition of Fashion: Backstage Pass from PARIS. One-on-one interviews include Donatella Versace on her brother Gianni (Versace founder), Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld on the business of couture, Christian Dior’s new designer Raf Simons on his first collection for the house and Lenny Kravitz, inside his Paris home, on his home design aspirations.

Fashion: Backstage Pass Paris with Alina Cho debuts on Saturday, July 14th at 2:30pm ET on CNN US. The special will also air on CNN International the week of July 27th.

Topics: Alina Cho • CNN
February 23rd, 2012
02:42 PM ET

CNN's Alina Cho sits down with designer Donna Karan

In a special preview of Fashion: Backstage Pass, CNN’s Alina Cho talks to fashion mogul Donna Karan about her early career and using her fashion empire to give back.

Donna Karan says, “I started as a dream…I wanted to design seven easy pieces that were just for me and my friends, and that's the truth. And then, all of a sudden, everybody wanted them.”

Karan continues, “With the world that we're living with today and you talk about dressing, I can no longer just dress. It was dressing and addressing. The healthcare problem or educational problem, the cultural problems, the impoverished lands of people.”

Cho explains that Karan’s Urban Zen stores support Haitian artists and Karan adds, “100 percent of the profits all goes back to the Haitian artisans.”

Fashion: Backstage Pass airs Saturday, February 25th from 2:30-3:00pm ET on CNN. In addition to Karan, Cho profiles red carpet staple Marchesa, follows supermodel Joan Smalls and talks with Prabal Gurung and Sophie Theallet about their efforts to make uniforms chic in the half hour special.

Topics: Alina Cho • CNN • Early Start
February 16th, 2012
02:34 PM ET

Supermodel Joan Smalls on New York Fashion Week and her rise to the top

For her upcoming special Fashion: Backstage Pass, CNN's Alina Cho reports on up-and-coming model and Estée Lauder spokeswoman Joan Smalls.

Reflecting on the moment she realized she’d become a success, Smalls says, “I think you kind of feel it that when you want something so bad and when something great happens, I think it is instinct. That you say this is going to be the moment that is going to change everything.”

She continues, “I always wanted the greater and the bigger… I came here with a purpose and you know, to finally achieve it, and to also be an inspiration to others.”

Fashion: Backstage Pass airs Saturday, February 25th from 2:30-3:00pm ET on CNN.

Topics: Alina Cho • CNN
December 22nd, 2011
11:05 AM ET

Actor Will Ferrell has a serious commitment to charity

Actor and comedian Will Ferrell speaks with CNN national correspondent Alina Cho about his charitable contributions to Cancer for College, a foundation that gives scholarship money to young cancer survivors.

Ferrell says that giving back is “the only thing fame is really good for…. That one night a year where we get to give out the scholarship checks supersedes all of that.”

CNN’s "Big Stars, Big Giving" special airs on Saturday, December 24th at 2p ET and re-airs on Sunday, December 25 at 4p ET.

Topics: Alina Cho • CNN
October 13th, 2011
05:22 PM ET

Alina Cho sits down with Alber Elbaz, artistic director of Lanvin

CNN's Alina Cho looks at the decade-long success of Lanvin, one of the oldest fashion houses, in an interview with Alber Elbaz, the artistic director of the esteemed brand.

"Fashion: Backstage Pass" airs Saturday, October 15th at 2:30p ET on CNN. Other interviews from the Paris special include Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, Marc Jacobs and more.

Topics: Alina Cho • CNN
October 12th, 2011
05:28 PM ET

Karl Lagerfeld: "I have it in the blood"

In this preview clip from "Fashion: Backstage Pass," CNN's Alina Cho reports on designer Karl Lagerfeld's successful career at Chanel.

Lagerfeld says, "You know, when I was asked to do it, Chanel wasn't trendy at all. The owner said, 'I'm not proud of the business. If you can make something, OK. If not, I'll sell it.' And we made something out of it because he gave me total freedom.... The label has an image. It's up to me to update it. What I did, [Coco Chanel] never did, she would have hated."

"Fashion: Backstage Pass" premieres Saturday, October 15 at 2:30pm ET on CNN.

CNN presents a very special edition of "Fashion: Backstage Pass" from Paris: the birthplace of fashion. In the city of light, it's less about who's in the front row and all about the clothes on the runway. CNN's Alina Cho is back with her latest installment of the ongoing series, getting an exclusive behind-the scenes-look at Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld. She gets up close and personal with the man behind the iconic red-soled shoes, Christian Louboutin and separates fact from fiction on the biggest story out of Paris: who will replace John Galliano as the next designer of Christian Dior. Also, Alina is one-on-one with the rumored favorite, Marc Jacobs, and Dior's elusive CEO, Sidney Toledano.

Topics: Alina Cho • CNN
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