Your morning fashion and beauty report: Start planning for Black Friday now. Plus new fragrances coming from Justin Bieber, Jimmy Choo.
It's three weeks till Black Friday, the traditional day-after-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy. Retailers are preparing to launch their ad campaigns, with everyone trying to one-up the others with deals, merchandise selection and crazy store opening times. Last year you could hardly digest the T-Day turkey before you had to push away from the table, grab the car keys and head for the mall for the midnight openings. But you can plan early with websites such as BlackFridayGottaDeal.com that are already offering coupons and sneek peaks at the deals. [Salt Lake Tribune]
Madonna made a surprise appearance Wednesday night at the Fashion Delivers gala at the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC. Jaws dropped when the singer (and now celeb designer) stepped from behind a velvet curtain to give Neil Cole, chairman of the Iconix Brand Group, an award for his charitable endeavors. [WWD]
Pop-ups seem to be a trend that keeps on truckin'. It's one thing when Sephora opens at JCPenny, but L'Oreal Paris at Bed, Bath and Beyond? Excuse me? I really don't get it, but they are testing the concept in New York. [WWD] (Subscription required.)
It's tough being beautiful (so beautiful women say) and Jessica Alba tells Elle magazine she doesn't like being the center of attention. It's a little hard to compute, though, since there she is looking fetching on the December cover in a mega-attention-getting low-cut, off-the-shoulder top and tight short-shorts. Note: Tight, revealing summery clothes on a December issue! [People]
It's tough being beautiful, part 2: It was bound to happen sooner or later. Kim Kardashian broke her toe in a mishap wearing a Christian Louboutin heel. Were the shoes at fault? Not according to Louboutin. "Maybe it's just a clumsy family," he reportedly says. [Racked]
Everyone seems to be doing everything these days, so no surprise that shoe company Jimmy Choo has a new fragrance, which is scheduled to hit stores in January. [WWD] (Subscription required.)
And along those lines, singer Justin Bieber, who two weeks ago announced he's in a deal for unisex scented dogtags and wristbands with Etoile Nation Beauty, now has a deal for a women's fragrance in partnership with Give Back Brands Inc., a new company intent on using celebrity-branded products to raise money for charity. [WWD]
But when it comes to fragrance, the one I'd bet on is Portrait of a Lady, no celebs involved. It's a soon-to-debut scent from French master perfumer Frederic Malle, made in collaboration with "nose" Dominique Ropion for the Malle perfumery's 10th anniversary. It's described as a lush, heady mix including Turkish rose, raspberries, cassis, cinamon, patchouli and musk. It will sell for $280 a bottle starting next month at Barneys New York. [T Magazine]
We knew Kate Moss and Philp Green's TopShop collaborations couldn't really be over, despite the debut of what was called her "last official" collection for the British retailer. Vogue UK reports that the two are already planning their next joint endeavor, possibly a line of lingerie.
-- Susan Denley
Photo: Shoppers start the frenzy during Black Friday 2009. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times.