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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Meghan McCain dishes on style, politics, Palin. Or forget politics, celebrate 90210 Day.

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Meghan McCain, daughter of presidential contender John, has a new memoir out about the campaign, "Dirty, Sexy Politics." Though there's not much dirt or sex (she says she swore off the latter for the duration), there are, All the Rage is happy to note, some style and beauty insights of a political nature. For instance, image consultants redid her "stripper"-blond hair and dulled down her wardrobe, then billed the campaign. During the convention, Meghan was turned away by a makeup artist busy with the Palin offspring, whom she was told would "get more air time."  She thought Sarah Palin was the most beautiful politician she'd ever seen but also that she seemed to be interested in her own ambitions more than McCain's. OK, maybe that is a little bit of dirt! [Washington Post]

It's 90210 Day. Really. (Sept. 2, 2010, if you're still one cup shy of your morning caffeine.)  And it's giving die-hard fans of the show set in the Beverly Hills Zip Code some giggles. Now, guys, if the girl in your life is hooked on the modern version of the show, you can find the perfect gift for her, thanks to the CW, which, like some other smart networks, is selling some of the characters' "looks." This morning, for instance, I found Adrianna's snake bracelet on sale for $95, Naomi's gray Bridgette purse for $599 and Silver's chain lariat necklace-and-earring set for $20. [The CW]

Brow expert Anastasia Soare, among red-carpet beauty experts featured in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, also is marking 9-02-2010 by appearing on HSN to sell her brow kits. She is scheduled to air at 10 a.m and 2 and 8 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time. [StyleList]

Looking forward to the holidays, fashion house Lanvin has announced a onetime collaboration with fast-fashion retailer H&M, due to hit stores in November. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Madame Tussaud's [updated 11:33 a.m. Sept.2] Washington museum just unveiled a wax figure of Rihanna, clad in a glamorous peekaboo black outfit with plenty of bling. They nailed her style! [FabSugar] 

A host of designers have won nominations for the British Fashion Awards, including Christopher Bailey of Burberry, Erdem Moralioglu and Victoria Beckham. [WWD]

French Vogue is putting out a plus-sized issue in October, marking it's 90th anniversary. Ad pages are up 100% over last October, and the hefty magazine will come bundled with archival photos on heavy stock as a little extra for buyers. [NY Observer]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Meghan McCain  Credit: Matt Sayles/Associated Press

A previous version of this post misspelled Madame Tussaud's name as Toussaud.

 
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