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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Sylvester Stallone to create menswear, Kendall Jenner models for prom and Dov Charney is sued again

Asly Sylvester Stallone, best known for characters who wear camouflage gear or T-shirts and sweats, has set up a company called Sly Inc. as a precursor to launching a men's clothing line. The company is owned by Stallone, veteran beauty and retail executive Michael Henry and other unidentified financial backers. Expect to see a little Rambo, a little Rocky. [WWD] 

Carine Roitfeld, editor of Vogue Paris for a decade before departing a couple of months ago, is teaming with Barney's New York to serve as guest stylist and editor for the retail giant's fall advertising campaign. [Telegraph]

Oscar winner Melissa Leo wore a midnight blue Marc Bouwer velvet dress paired with dance flats to the premiere of HBO's "Mildred Pierce" miniseries (which airs beginning Sunday). Flats? High heels are foot-ruiners, she says, adding: "I think they look vile. I think they make women look like they're about to fall over." Three cheers for an actress who puts function before form. [StyleList]  

Kendall Jenner, 15, doesn't make headlines the way big sisters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian do -- yet. But her modeling career seems to be going fine, and she's starring in a campaign for prom dress designer Sherri Hill. [Daily Mail] 

Costume designer Chris Hargadon relied on meticulous research to re-create Jaqueline Kennedy's wardrobe for the upcoming miniseries "The Kennedys." In the series, Katie Holmes is a ringer for the first lady and the clothes are spot-on too. The series debuts on the Reelz channel on April 3, and in an interview posted on the channel's website Hargadon says he pored over old photographs and shopped vintage fabrics to copy Jackie Kennedy's famous styles. [StyleList] 

Elizabeth Taylor, who died Wednesday, was among the most successful stars to dabble in the beauty business. Her White Diamonds fragrance has been around for 20 years, and her latest fragrance, Violet Eyes, launched just last year. A biographer says Taylor once tried to teach a parrot to say "White Diamonds" for a promotion. It didn't work. [BellaSugar] 

American Apparel founder Dov Charney is being sued -- again -- for allegedly forcing sex on another former employee. It's the second sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him in the last month. [The Cut] Earlier this month, a judge temporarily halted the previous suit, saying it should go to arbitration instead of court. [Los Angeles Times] 

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Sylvester Stallone, shown here as Rambo, will create a clothing line. Credit: Lionsgate

 
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