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Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Why Princess Beatrice wore that hat to the royal wedding.

May 4, 2011 |  8:56 am

Before Kate Middleton's walk down the aisle in her gorgeous Sarah Burton gown, the house of Alexander McQueen had made a handful of other wedding dresses. Among the brides dressed in McQueen were Vogue contributing editor Plum Sykes; stylist Katy England; public relations gal Amie Witton; Kate Winslet; Liv Tyler and Sarah Parker Bowles (daughter of Camilla.) And the late McQueen also dressed Burton, then his assistant, for her wedding in 2004. [Vogue]

Aprincess Perhaps the most talked about fashion oddity at the royal wedding was the fascinator worn by Princess Beatrice of York (at right in photo), daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. The hat looked like antlers stuck to her forehead, as one of my friends described it. But don't blame the princess, says hatmaker-to-the-royals Philip Treacy. Neither she nor her sister Princess Eugenie told him what they wanted. "They trusted me to make them. Gorgeous and beautiful can be open to interpretation. ... I thought they looked gorgeous and beautiful," he said. [Hollywood Life]

Some celebs really do have what it takes to succeed in the fragrance world. Halle Berry and Fergie will both be honored at the Fragrance Foundation's annual awards ceremony, scheduled May 25 in New York. Berry is to receive the Fragrance Celebrity of the Year award for her success in building her brand, which launched in 2009. Fergie will receive the New Fragrance Celebrity of the Year Award, in recognition of her debut scent, Outspoken. Meanwhile, John Paul Gaultier is slated to receive the group's 2011 FiFi Hall of Fame Award. [WWD] 

Natural skin care line California Baby -- which makes products for babies and moms --  has opened a shop/showroom in Culver City. It's open by appointment, and you can call (310) 815-8201 to make one. [Mondette]

Speaking of skin care, French sunscreen maker LaRoche-Posay has a free iPhone app called My UV Check, which uses location-based services to help you assess the strength of UVA and UVB rays -- the ones that cause skin to age and burn -- wherever you are. [BellaSugar]

You've heard that the devil wears Prada? Monsignor Domenico Mogavero, the bishop of Mazara del Vallo in Sicily, wore Armani for the inauguration of a new church on the tiny Mediterranean island of Pantelleria. Giorgio Armani has had a vacation home on the island for 40 years. The designer decorated the bishop's pale green robe with embroidered symbols of the island, including starfish and shells. [Telegraph]

Tommy Hilfiger's beach-cottage pop-up shop opened in New York, the first stop on a tour that will take it to Los Angeles, London, Madrid and Milan.  [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Hilfiger, by the way, received Philadelphia University's 2011 Spirit of Design Award over the weekend. The award was presented by reality TV's Carson Kressley. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Lanvin plans to roll out a children's line in June. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Jos. A. Bank -- the menswear chain notable -- in my mind, at least, -- because both Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and my spousal unit wear its suits -- is going global. The Maryland-based company is opening its website to international sales. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Princess Eugenie of York, left, and Princess Beatrice of York at the wedding of their cousin, Prince William, to Kate Middleton. Credit: EPA