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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Naomi Campbell wears Alaia, Avril Lavigne launches a new scent and Forever 21 rocks on.

August 5, 2010 |  9:13 am

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Naomi Campbell came off as supermodel smug, I thought, when she testified Thursday in the trial of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor. She arrived late to court, said the gifts he allegedly gave her, which some believe were "blood diamonds," were nothing but "dirty stones" delivered by two unknown men, and seems to have given them away without so much as an appraisal -- or a thank you. Of course, at All the Rage we were most interested in what she wore: a cream-colored knit ensemble from Azzadine Alaia's spring-summer collection. [Los Angeles Times]

Menswear designer Mark Geller, who worked for Cloak and Marc Jacobs before launching his own line in 2006, is trying to work men's shorts into more polished ensembles. Think well-cut, knee-length khakis matched with a gray blazer. Not a stretch here in California, where I know some males of the species who wear shorts year-round and to occasions ranging from picnics to dinner parties and church services. [Wall Street Journal]

New York City is different; we've always known it. But who would have thought that the city's young trendsters would be making the midnight scene at Forever 21? Yep. The chain's new store in Times Square is luring them in with music and shopping and sometimes not closing until 2 a.m. It's the city that never sleeps indeed! (Footnote: The chain has no plans to extend hours here on the sleepy West Coast, where most of its stores close around 9 p.m. on weeknights.) [Wall Street Journal] 

Cartier had sued online retailer HauteLook, saying the e-tailer caused "irreparable harm" to the luxury brand by selling damaged goods. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Kardashian deal of the day: The three sisters. famous for being famous, inked a new deal for an apparel, home and accessories line with Sydney-based Jupi Corp. [WWD]

Celebrity fragrance of the day: Rocker Avril Lavigne has a new one, a more sophisticated offering than the Black Star scent she launched last year. The new Forbidden Rose is a fruity floral with a woodsy base and comes in a bottle sealed with a ring of barbed wire. It's available at Kohl's starting in mid-August. [StyleList] 

Celebrity wannabe of the day: Say you want to re-create a look from Lady Gaga or Fergie or some other member of rock royalty. A new service from website Not Just a Label allows fans to click on a pic of their favorite rocker and be directed to the website of the designer responsible for the look. Could be genius. [Grazia Daily]

Mary-Kate Olsen says she is still open to acting but is happier as a designer (along with twin Ashley of The Row, Olsenboye and Elizabeth and James) than she is as an actress. [People]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Avril Lavigne  Credit: Ballesteros / EPA 

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