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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Emma Watson's eco-chic collaboration gets a royal invite. Kanye West to get a new look. And a new musical gets our obsession with shoes.

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Emma Watson, just off filming the last "Harry Potter" movie and with her cute new haircut, has been invited to show her fashion collaboration with British fair-trade concern People Tree during Prince Charles' A Garden Party to Make a Difference, a 12-day eco-festival coming up in Britain in September. [People] 

Levi's Workwear by Billy Reid, a limited-edition capsule collection, debuts in September too. [WWD] (Subscription required.)  

More to look forward to in September: In London, a new musical, "Shoes," is about, well, our complex relationships with footwear. Featuring characters such as a washed-up Cinderella and unrepentant Imelda Marcos, the show was written by Richard Thomas (most noted for "Jerry Springer: the Opera") after scores of interviews with shoe lovers on both sides of the Atlantic. It's scheduled to run Sept. 3-11 at Sadler's Wells. [Telegraph]

And if you're going to be in New York on Sept. 7, you might want to check out the city's biggest public fashion show ever, taking place that night at Lincoln Center (a fund-raiser for the NYC AIDS fund and part of the run-up to Fashion's Night Out on Sept. 10). Tickets go on sale Thursday at Lincoln Center or online. [The Cut]

Men, yes, you can find jeans with the look and feel of premium denim for less than $100. For instance, check out Van's ($45), DKNY ($60) and Lucky Brand ($79.50). [WWD]  

Kanye West is trying to clean up his image, and one part of the strategy is dress: He and his posse will be seen from now on in sharply tailored, designer suits, he says. It's said that clothes make the man -- but let's hope his behavior becomes as impeccable as his garb. [Huffington Post]  

It's a new look for Scarlett Johansson in her new ad campaign for Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics: leather lace-up shorts, dark lips, eyes and nails. Quite the vamp! [Huffington Post]

"America's Next Top Model" will have some new designer judges when it goes to Milan in the coming season: Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen and Robeto Cavalli among them. [StyleList]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Kanye West won't be sporting casual denim like this in public anymore, he says. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

 
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