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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Westminster Abbey turned into English country garden for royal wedding. New creative director named at Balmain.


Westminster Abbey is being turned into an indoor garden -- complete with a canopy of eight 20-foot-tall trees -- for Friday's royal wedding. Kate Middleton is working with garden artistic director Shane Connolly to re-create the feel of an English country garden. Eco-minded, she insisted that the trees be seasonal and replantable. [Daily Mail]

I don't know if this is spooky or sweet or just a coincidence: Middleton has taken to carrying Tod's "D Bag" -- named for the late Princess Diana who, had she lived, would have been Middleton's mother-in-law. [Telegraph]

Olivier Rousteing is taking over as creative director at Balmain, which announced just three weeks ago that it was parting ways with Christophe Decarnin. Rousteing joined the atelier in 2009 and had been in charge of the women's wear studio. [Telegraph] 

Ralph Lauren has mounted an exhibition of his vintage car collection at Paris' Les Arts D√©coratifs. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

A/X Armani Exchange marks its 20th year with a capsule collection, AXX. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

Tali Lennox, the 18-year-old daughter of singer Annie Lennox, has been nominated for Scottish Model of the Year. [Telegraph] 

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen had another of their many dreams come true last week when First Lady Michelle Obama wore one of their pieces -- a skirt from The Row, which she donned for an appearance on "The View." [StyleList] 


Interactive: Your guide to the royal wedding

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Westminster Abbey, which is being turned into an indoor English country garden for the royal wedding. Credit: Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times 

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