NEW YORK – Pop star Avril Lavigne, the designer, is making big plans for her wedding dress when she marries rocker Chad Kroeger. “Either it’s something I’m going to design, or partner up with, collaborate with another designer,” she told reporters Monday after presenting the spring collection of her Abbey Dawn clothing line at New York’s Fashion Week.
Of the Nickelback frontman’s proposal after a whirlwind romance, Lavigne said: “It was really natural, and we met in the studio and were friends for a while, and one of our last days in the studio was when he proposed, and it was super romantic and it had a lot of meaning behind it.” Lavigne, 27, was mum on the subject of her ex, Brody Jenner. She had one of his sisters, 15-year-old Kylie Jenner, to open and close her downtown runway show.
Lavigne debuted Abbey Road in 2008 and also sells signature perfumes. Her rocked-out clothes for spring include human skeletons in black on the front of stretchy striped dresses and in white on others.
New faces on SNL
When “Saturday Night Live” returns this weekend for its 38th season, there will be some familiar faces missing, but there will also be three new hopefuls in the cast. They are Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong, who all hail from Chicago, where they have sketch and improv backgrounds. The trio will round out a cast that saw two of its biggest stars, Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, depart at the end of last season. Additionally, Abby Elliott, daughter of “SNL” alum Chris Elliott, left the show over the summer. The season premiere will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane, above left, with Frank Ocean as musical guest.
ULTRA FIT: Two Twin Cities residents prevailed among dozens of ultra-fit men and women from all over the country who tested their athleticism and strength in a timed competition for the titles Alpha Male and Alpha Female. Brandon Schwartz, 31, of Chanhassen, and Jen Nordic, 37, of Excelsior, won their respective National Alpha Showdowns on Saturday at the Life Time Fitness center in Colorado Springs. The athletes ran through three challenging gauntlets in tests of power, strength and endurance. Schwartz and Nordic received more than $1,000 in prize money and promotional items for the victories.