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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Courtney Love's new fashion blog. A comparison of Bristol Palin and Chelsea Clinton. And who is the sexiest U.S. senator?

July 21, 2010 |  9:21 am

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Courtney Love remembers the bad old days when she and Kurt Cobain burned -- yes, literally set fire to -- clothes given to them by Perry Ellis. But that was before someone gave her a Birkin bag and she saw the fashion light. Now she's making up for lost time and is the subject of a recently launched blog, Whatcoutneyworetoday.com. [WWD]

OK, we love the red carpet as much as anyone, but is it getting out of hand when there is a red carpet for a Target opening? And at least three of Michelle Obama's favorite designers and several celebrity models are in the crowd? Only in New York ... [Huffington Post] 

And maybe only in the Huffington Post would the question be posed: Is West Virginia Democrat Carte Goodwin (below), who was sworn in on Tuesday, the sexiest U.S. senator? [Huffington Post]

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Jean Grillo says she felt such kinship with the late, over-the-top style maven Isabella Blow that she was compelled to write a play about her. "Blow by Blow: A Reinvented Real Life Play" opens July 21 as part of New York's International Midtown Theater Festival. [WWD] 

Miu Miu scored a designers' dream hat trick this month, with dresses on the covers of Vogue, Elle and W. [Telegraph]

Roberto Cavalli has inked a fragrance licensing deal with Coty [WWD] and Lacoste signed its first jewelry licensing deal with France's GL Bijoux group. [WWD]  (Subscription required.)

All the Rage provoked a lot of comment a few weeks back when we posted about teenage mom Bristol Palin's fantasy fashion spread. Now editor/columnist Bonnie Fuller has a thought-provoking contrast of the differences in style between the young Bristol and that other political offspring, the more mature, soon-to-be-wed, college-educated, not-in-any-fashion-spreads and not-pregnant-as-far-as-we-know Chelsea Clinton. [Huffington Post]

The latest word on Chelsea's wedding, by the way, is that she'll wear a gown by Oscar de la Renta. We'll see. [Refinery29]

New lip stains are offering a more sophisticated look than gloss and are easier to apply than lipstick. [StyleList]

Paul & Joe Beaute's new lipsticks are either cute or creepy: The lipstick -- not the case or tube, the actual lipstick -- is shaped like a kitten's head. [BellaSugar]

We've been telling you about the summer's hottest hair shades, from pop-out reds to cool silvers. See an assortment of the on-trend shades and tips on how to copy them yourself. [BellaSugar] 

-- Susan Denley

Upper photo: Courtney Love performs. Credit: Jack Plunkett / For The Times

Lower photo: Carte Goodwin is sworn in at the U.S. Capitol to fill the seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd. Credit: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

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