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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Christina Applegate designs a pendant. Diane von Furstenberg is the toast of Milan Fashion Week.

September 28, 2010 |  8:39 am


First off, it's been hot in Southern California. And I mean record-breaking, thermometer-breaking, triple-digits-where-I-live-by-the-coast hot. So of course the important question is what to wear? The old advice is still the best: dress light, dress in layers you can (modestly) peel off as necessary, and carry a shawl or sweater if you're going to work in, say, an over-air-conditioned icebox of an office. (Ahem, as I am myself.)  

Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, breast cancer survivor Christina Applegate has teamed with designer Alex Woo to create a pendant whose sales will go to help her foundation, Right Action for Women, which helps at-risk women get screened for the disease. The pendant is a graceful tree within a circle, available in silver ($198) or gold ($998.) [People]

Donna Karan is relaunching her e-commerce site, joining a number of designers (like Marc Jacobs) and mass retailers (like Nordstrom) who've either launched or relaunched recently. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

We've noticed that Diane von Furstenberg seems to be everywhere these days, and if she isn't hosting some wonderful party, she is the toast of one. Earlier this week, in Italy for Milan Fashion Week, she was the guest of honor at a soiree and "visual homage" to her work and life thrown by Lapa Elkann and Franca Sozzani at Elkann's Italia Independent HQs. [WWD]

Sarah Burton says she will bring a new lightness to the house of Alexander McQueen in the women's wear collection she'll debut Oct. 5. Burton was named creative director after McQueen's death in February. She worked with the cutting-edge designer for years as his right-hand assistant, but says she won't try to copy his trademark theatrical style in her own shows. [Vogue UK]

If the 150-model public fashion show in New York a couple of weeks ago seemed extravagant, consider this: French department store Galleries Lafayette is organizing a synchronized multiple-city show to take place during Paris Fashion Week that they hope will involve 10,000 "models" -- actually, real people wearing their own real clothes. More than 50 cities in France, plus Berlin,  are supposed to participate. Hey, mes amis, I don't think this is quite the same as gathering 150 supermodels together in the same place to show designer clothes.  [StyleList] 

Macy's Herald Square flagship and Bloomingdale's in NYC are the latest retailers in that city to be hit by bedbugs, the scourge that's been spreading for several months now to the alarm of store managers and shoppers alike. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Christina Applegate at a women's cancer fund event earlier this year. Credit: John Shearer / Wireimage