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Your morning fashion and beauty report: What did Barbra think? Plus Lancome's new miracle foundation and the latest in hats

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Stuart Vevers spent a few years designing fancy, tasseled "It" bags and transforming British label Mulberry into a hot contemporary brand. Now he is trying to transform Lowe, a Spanish leather-goods brand owned by LVMH Hennessy Louis Vuitton, into a maker of simple, chic bags more in keeping with a, well, simpler time. [Wall Street Journal]

I was just about to get around to buying a fedora, but is it too late? Could floppy hats like the one Chelsea Clinton wore around New York to hide from the nosy press during her pre-nup visit to Vera Wang be the thing to wear now? [WWD]

What did Barbra Streisand think of Jennifer Aniston playing her double in Harper's? She loved it. [Los Angeles Times]

Lancome is getting ready to launch Teint Miracle, a new foundation that claims to make skin look perfect. Sign me up! [WWD] (Subscription required)

How does Elle Macpherson look so good at the beach? Her bronze glow comes from a compact (no sun touches the face), and saltwater makes her hair do its thing. (But a hat keeps the sun away from the hair too.) [People]  

A thought from across the pond: The crowned heads of Europe, done-up for a royal event, put celebs on the red carpet to shame. OK, we looked at the pictures, and our only thought was: "Huh?" What do you think? [Telegraph] 

On Thursday, I was chatting with an associate and pooh-poohing this uber-trend toward celebrity fragrances. Now comes word that Mary J. Blige's scent has broken sales records on Home Shopping Network. Who knew? Oh, the marketers, that's who! [WWD] (Subscription required.)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Barbra Streisand. Credit: Barbra Streisand

 
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