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Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Dukan diet might be helping Kate Middleton lose weight before the big day and Miranda Kerr is already back in bikini shape

April 19, 2011 |  8:52 am

Akate -- The Dukan diet, popular in France and with celebrities reportedly including Gisele Bundchen, Jennifer Lopez and, possibly, Kate Middleton (OK, the latter is just speculation on some people's parts because her mother is on it, but it seems as plausible as a lot of other wedding speculation), is due to hit the U.S. with the publication next week of "The Dukan Diet," by Dr. Pierre Dukan, a French physician. How does it work? Kind of similar to Atkins, heavy on protein, restrictive with carbs. But hey, this is a French diet, so it does allow a little wine. Sign me up. (But I think Kate looks perfectly fine without dieting.) [FitSugar] [The Star]

-- Some things just aren't fair: Model Miranda Kerr had a baby in January (with husband Orlando Bloom), and this week she was snapped posing in a bikini in Malibu for a Victoria's Secret campaign. [StyleList]

-- Taking a different tack, curvaceous TV chef Nigella Lawson hit the beach in Sydney, Australia, wearing a burkini ... kind of a hooded jumpsuit made for swimming and usually worn by Islamic women to protect their modesty. Lawson wore it to protect her creamy complexion. But I have to say it would be useful for any celebrity trying to avoid paparazzi bikini shots. [Telegraph] 

-- Work by renowned fashion illustrator Rene Gruau, who died in 2004, is going up for auction at Christie's in London. [Telegraph]

-- Chloe Malle, the 25-year-old daughter of Candice Bergen and the late director Louis Malle, has been named social editor at Vogue. [WWD]

-- "Hussein Chalayan by Hussein Chalayan," a book that delves into the work of the experimental British fashion designer, is due to be published in July by Rizzoli. Chalayan's work has made a splash in the worlds of fashion and art and has been the subject exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world, including five solo shows in London, the Netherlands, Tokyo, Istanbul and Paris. He has been named British Designer of the Year twice. And he is only 46. [Telegraph] 

-- Cynthia Steffe is expanding its new Seamline Cynthia Steffe collection of contemporary dresses for fall. Seamline is priced below the main Steffe line. [WWD] (subscription required)

Wedding roundup:

-- Vera Wang has unveiled her new bridesmaids' line for David's Bridal, which will ship to stores in late June. [WWD] (subscription required)

-- Priscilla of Boston is adding a new line by Marchesa, Eterna by Marchesa, starting this fall. [WWD] (subscription required) 

-- Los Angeles has some gorgeous places to take wedding photos, and PopSugar suggests several including the Disney Concert Hall, the Venice Canals, Echo Park Lake and others. [PopSugar L.A.]

-- Susan Denley

 Photo: Kate Middleton, whose mum is on the Dukan diet. Is she? Credit: Indigo / Getty Images 

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