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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Taylor Momsen sings for Galliano. Snooki has a new 'do. Coco Chanel still fascinates in a new book.

September 14, 2010 |  8:57 am

Snooki The sellers of luxury goods -- high-priced clothes and accessories among them -- are having to make sure that aspirational customers, those mid-income folks who used to splurge on luxury goods, feel like they are getting value for their money. Otherwise the wallets don't open anymore. [Wall Street Journal]

Taylor Momsen performed Monday night at the Paris launch of Galliano's new fragrance, Parlez-Moi d'Amour. Made sense. She's the celebrity "face" of the perfume. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Actress Clemence Posey mixed it up with biker boots and a smashing gold statement jacket at the Toronto Film Festival. [FabSugar]

"Gossip Girl" returned for its fourth season Monday night, and as always provided a fashion feast. The hairstyles, clothes, hats and accessories were worth waiting for. [BellaSugar] 

It seems like we just can't get enough Coco. After being profiled in a made-for-television movie and two biopics in the last few years, Ms. Chanel is the subject of a just-released biography that delves specifically into her relationships with Brits and Americans. "Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life," by Justine Picardie, is published by Harper Collins. The book unearths details about, for instance, Chanel's foray into British society in the 1940s and 1950s, and her love affair with the dashing Duke of Westminster. [WWD] 

Snooki has de-poufed! That's right, she of "Jersey Shore" infamy has changed the hairstyle she says she's worn since age 16 in favor of eyebrow-grazing bangs. It's a more "mature" look, she says. [The Cut]

After a couple of "practice" runs with kids collections for Gap, Stella McCartney is planning to launch her own children's label. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Forever 21 has taken the lead over Wet Seal as having the lowest average prices among teen specialty stores. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, center, with her new 'do at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Credit: Chris Polk / Getty Images