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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Cynthia Nixon's fashion secret. Anna Sui gets booked. Claudia Schiffer bares all. And Miss USA contestants flaunt it.

May 11, 2010 |  9:05 am

The career of Anna Sui, who made the baby doll dress an American staple, will be chronicled in a book by Andrew Bolton, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. A hefty 400 pages, it's due out in November. [People]

Miranda may have a flare for fashion on "Sex and the City," but in real life Cynthia Nixon gets her significant other to pick out her clothes. [StyleList]

Indoor salt rooms have been popping up with claims that the salt can soothe respiratory and skin problems. [Wall Street Journal]

Times have been tough for teen retailers, but not for the chief executive of Abercrombie & Fitch, whose annual compensation jumped to $36.3 million last year (up from $23.2 million a year earlier), more than double that of his peers at Aeropostale and American Eagle Outfitters. But he didn't get a bonus. [Wall Street Journal]

Spring's style books expect you to put in some effort. [Wall Street Journal]

Finally! Toms Shoes is offering its first really feminine women's shoe, an open-toe espadrille wedge. [Cool Hunting]

Calvin Klein's mixed message: Its new fragrance, Beauty, is supposed to aim at women over 40, but the face of the campaign is 31-year-old Diane Kruger and the editors of some magazines deemed key for the over-40 demographic weren't even invited to the launch party. Tsk, tsk. [wwd]

News we're catching up on: The German fragrance industry has honored Marc Jacobs' Lola and Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver with Duftstars Awards. [wwd, subscription required]

Trend alert: black and gold accessories that look just right. [FabSugar]

Beautiful and brave, Claudia Schiffer took the plunge: she's appearing nude and very, very, very, very pregnant on Vogue Germany's June cover. Very. [fashionologie]

Liberty of London is launching a men's line. [wwd, subscription required]

StyleList gets a peek at Payless ShoeSource's soon-to-come makeup line. [StyleList]

The Miss USA pageant has never felt quite as, well, wholesome as Miss America, and now it's making tongues wag and eyes pop with a lingerie shoot in Las Vegas. [StyleList]

This will send you running for the chemical peels and moisturizers: a new website that will "age" your photo to show what you'll look like in 20 years. [BellaSugar]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Cynthia Nixon as Miranda. Credit: James Devaney /