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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Bryce Dallas Howard, face of Kate Spade. Tamara Mellon, face of Jimmy Choo fragrance. Remembering Anne Francis.

January 3, 2011 |  8:28 am

Bryce Dallas Howard We are sorry to note the death of actress Anne Francis, one of our favorite TV babes of, oh, half a century or so ago. Her signature character, Honey West, brought high style to a medium that had been more comfortable focusing on the demure Donna Reed, Barbara Billingsley and Harriet Nelson, whose style encompassed circle skirts and strands of pearls. As my colleague Dennis McClellan remembers in his obituary,  the glamorous Honey was "outfitted in an eye-catching wardrobe that included a black snakeskin trench coat, a white beaded gown trimmed in sable and a tiger-skin bathing suit with matching cape." Oh, and her favorite accessory was a pet ocelot. [LAT]

For the first time in it's 18-year history, Kate Spade plans to use a celeb in its advertising. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard, left, will be the label's new face. [WWD]

And Jimmy Choo is introducing its first fragrance this month with ads featuring label co-founder Tamara Mellon. [StyleList]

Queen Elizabeth II released her annual New Year's honors list last week, and the world of fashion wasn't forgotten. The annual roster of high achievers in various fields included veteran fashion designer and outspoken advocate for Fair Trade cotton Katharine Hamnett and Ray Kelvin, founder of Ted Baker, both set to receive a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Footwear designer Beatrix Ong and fashion designer Alice Temperley will each receive an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire), while Wendy Dagworthy, the head of London’s Royal College of Art fashion program, and Tanya Sarne, founder of the label Ghost, will each collect an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire). The honors will be bestowed in ceremonies later this year. [WWD]

In 1982, Nancy Brinker fulfilled a promise to her sister Susan Komen by starting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, which has gone on to raise $1.5 billion to fight breast cancer. A pioneer in cause-related marketing, the foundation is now sponsoring its own fragrance, Promise Me. The fragrance, a floral oriental, will launch in April and be sold in department stores and drugstores and on television shopping networks. [WWD] 

For spring, MAC will introduce its Jeanius collection, makeup and nail polishes in a palette inspired by denim. [British Beauty Blogger]

Will a burst of fragrance from your phone replace a ringtone to identify a caller? Researchers at Keio University in Japan are working on it. [Trends Updates]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Actress Bryce Dallas Howard, chosen as the new face of Kate Spade, at the premiere of the film "Hereafter," in which she costars. Credit: Jemal Countess / Getty Images