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Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Gilt Groupe goes Gaga. Hailee Steinfeld fronts for Miu Miu. Anna Wintour speaks up for gay rights.

May 18, 2011 |  7:37 am

Anna Vogue's Anna Wintour is the latest New Yorker to participate in the Human Rights Campaign’s “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality” initiative, which supports gay marriage. “As far as I’m concerned, having the right to say ‘I do’ is as fundamental as the right to vote,” Wintour says in a clip now posted on the campaign's website.   The list of notables who've spoken out in support of the initiative includes Marc Jacobs, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Sean Avery, Julianna Margulies, Mario Batali, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Barbara Bush, Russell Simmons, Joan Rivers, Julianne Moore and Kenneth Cole. [WWD] [The Cut]

Members-only flash sale site Gilt Groupe has teamed with Lady Gaga for some special promotions in advance of the release of her "Born This Way" album Tuesday. Beginning at noon Friday, Gilt.com and GiltCity.com will offer a curated selection of men’s and women’s merchandise by Gaga’s stylist, Mugler fashion director Nicola Formichetti. There will also be tickets to the Mugler fall 2011 fashion show in Paris and VIP access to a Lady Gaga concert in New York City. [WWD]

Middle-aged (or older) women dressing "appropriately" for their ages is the trend of the moment, declares the Telegraph. Case in point: Carole Middleton at her daughter's royal wedding, who looked chic and un-frumpy at an event where "in general the women in their fifties and upwards far outshone the girls." [Telegraph]

Hailee Steinfeld, nominated for an Oscar for "True Grit" and lauded for her on-target fashion sense during all the hoopla that ensued, has landed her first major fashion campaign at age 14: she's to be a new face of Prada's sister brand, Miu Miu. [FabSugar]

Issey Miyake has appointed Yoshiyuki Miyamae as its new women's designer, starting with the spring-summer 2012 season. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Diana Ross' youngest daughter, Chudney, has opened a Santa Monica store, Books and Cookies, for kids and parents alike. While the children look through books and play, the adults can grab coffee and a bagel. [PopSugar LA]

This sounds like a really good idea: Mine for Nine is a new website that allows pregnant moms to rent maternity clothes. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

--Susan Denley

Photo: Anna Wintour at the American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala in New York on Monday. Credit: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

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