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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.


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 /

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