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Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Ivanka Trump launches eco-friendly wedding jewelry

June 7, 2011 |  8:47 am

There's more to the Venice International Art Biennale than, well, art. Think fashion, for instance. Prada, Missoni and Hogan are among the brands hosting cocktail parties and other events for the festival, which runs until Nov. 27. [Telegraph]

Flowy dresses and summer hats abounded at last weekend's Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Governors Island in New York City. Celebs including Naomi Watts, Isla Fisher and Nicky Hilton dressed the part, while the fashion world was represented by luminaries including Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan. International polo star Nacho Figueras -- the "face" of Ralph Lauren's World of Polo fragrances -- was there too, of course. That's Nacho above tipping his hat at a previous match. [FabSugar]   

A former employee has filed suit in federal court in Manhattan against Gucci seeking $5 million in damages and contending that she was fired after complaining of racism in the workplace. Josephine Robinson, who describes herself as a "dark-skinned, West Indian Latina," had worked as a tax attorney for Gucci and says in the lawsuit that she faced "an unrelenting barrage of racist comments and jokes at her expense."  Robinson also says that she was instructed to "tax the hell out of" Rihanna when she was working on the company's contract with the pop star, who appeared in Gucci's Tattoo Heart ad campaign. A company spokesman calls the lawsuit "baseless."  [New York Post]

A flash sale site for the environmentally conscious debuted Monday, making it just that much easier to be green and stylish at the same time. The members' only site, LovingEco, carries established  brands such as Stewart and Brown, Cri de Couer and Clary Sage Organics, as well as fair-trade items from countries like Kenya. The e-tailer plans to donate 3% of net proceeds to various charities. [FabSugar]  

Cacharel has named Ling Liu and Dawei Sun, the designers behind the Belle Ninon label, as artistic directors. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

For brides who want to be eco-friendly, Ivanka Trump has a new line of rings that will help. Her just-launched green bridal line is made entirely from sustainable diamonds and recycled platinum and gold. Prices range from $7,000 to $130,000 -- the latter for a whopping nine-carat diamond. [FabSugar] 

Bored with the same-old-same-old at the beach? Consider accessorizing that bikini or coverup with jewelry. Jewelry that's hardy enough to withstand sand, sun and sea, of course. Like plastic bangles, for instance. For tips on wearing jewelry at the beach, check out Vogue. 


At the Venice Biennale, national artists know no boundaries.

Ralph Lauren model is all about polo, on and off the field.

Insider tips for online shopping.

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Nacho Figueras and teammate salute crowd of polo fans. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images