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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Mardi Gras' over-the-top looks, Michael Kors' 30th-anniversary bash and Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' talons

March 8, 2011 |  9:08 am


It's Mardi Gras (or Carnival, depending on your corner of the world), and for some folks that means it's a day for over-the-top makeup, costumes and looks seen on no other day of the year. If some of the looks are too extreme, at least you can throw on a string of Mardi Gras beads. Let the good times roll! [BellaSugar]

Mary J. Blige performed at Michael Kors' star-studded 30th-anniversary bash Monday night at the American ambassador's residence in Paris -- singing Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," of all things. Our fashion critic Booth Moore was in the house -- make that embassy -- and shares the details. [All The Rage]

Earlier in the day, Kors opened his first store in France. At 7,000 square feet, the two-story flagship on Rue Saint-Honor√© is the largest in Kors' 175-shop global chain. [Telegraph] 

Amid all the frenzy of Paris Fashion Week, singer Lily Allen was spotted patiently waiting for Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel to fit her wedding dress. Allen was signed up by Lagerfeld in 2009 to star as the "face" of Chanel's Coco Cocoon handbag line, and she performed live at Chanel's spring-summer 2010 show, so picking a Chanel gown for her wedding to Sam Cooper seems like a natural. [Telegraph]   

Just when the rest of the world is going with short, squared-off nails, Lady Gaga sports long, pointed talons in her "Born This Way" video. "We call this shape the 'sexy Gaga shape.' Gaga wanted a very pointy, sexy-shaped nail, so I created this shape based on her request," said her manicurist for the video, Aya Fukuda. [BellaSugar]

Are clothes going to be getting more expensive? Probably, as industry executives worry about increases in the costs of raw materials and labor. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Nowadays there always seems to be something new in the world of shopping. Today's example: Designer Alexander Wang has teamed up with American Express to host a private shopping event at the brand's flagship store in New York's SoHo on March 24. The event is open to AmEx platinum and gold card members only. Tickets, priced at $50, went on sale Monday at Attendees will be able to shop Wang's spring-summer 2011 collection, sip cocktails, munch hors d'oeuvres and mingle with the designer himself. The $50 ticket price will be credited toward any purchase of $200 or more. [WWD]

The only free-standing Barbie store in the world -- in Shanghai, China -- has closed its doors after two years. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

--Susan Denley

Photo: At last year's Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, a duke in the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club displays a gold coconut. Credit: Patrick Semanksy / AFP/Getty Images