Fashion News: Nicki and Ricky for MAC. Rihanna headed to court.
Kate Middleton's bridal gown was "a real feat of engineering," designer Sarah Burton says. Burton's comment comes in a film that is part of the Buckingham Palace display of the dress, shoes and earrings that Middleton -- now duchess of Cambridge -- wore when she married Britain's Prince William in April. Burton explains that the gown has a hidden bustle and weighted panels to ensure it "didn't collapse" when the duchess walked the aisle of Westminster Abbey. [Telegraph]
Nicki Minaj, left, and Ricky Martin will be the new faces of MAC's 2012 VIVA GLAM campaign, the cosmetics company announced. Proceeds from MAC's VIVA GLAM products benefit the MAC AIDS Fund, which has reportedly raised $224 million to date with help from former celeb spokespeople such as Lady Gaga, Boy George, Elton John and Chloë Sevigny. [StyleList]
French beauty brand Clarins is teaming with Lauren Bush, co-founder of the FEED Projects, on a fundraiser that channels money from your beauty buys into meals for undernourished children around the world. Clarins and FEED collaborated on the “FEED 15″ pouch, a bag of three Clarins products available at Nordstrom for $30. Proceeds from the sale of each bag will provide 15 meals through the United Nations World Food Program. The plan is to sell enough to feed 1 million children in two years. [People]
Twenty-five California designers -- and we mean transplants as well as native Californians -- tell Vogue why they like it here. Reasons include geographic inspirations such as Big Sur, local artisans, Hollywood's costume archives and even the freeways! [Vogue]
Photographer David LaChappelle is suing Rihanna because scenes in her "S&M" video resemble some of his images. A court date has been set for August. [Cut]
Ralph Esmerian, one-time chairman of luxury jeweler Fred Leighton, was sentenced to six years in federal prison for fraud. Esmerian, who counted many celebrities among his clients, pleaded guilty to fraud charges in April. [WWD] (Subscription required)
Michael Kors' new jewelry collection hits stores in August, with gold cuffs, bangles, earrings, neckpieces and more that blend chain details, hardware and leather. The collection includes drop earrings for $65 and multichain necklaces for $350. Prices top out at $500. [Cut].
Pamela Anderson is getting back into the lingerie business after a seven-year hiatus. [WWD] (Subscription required.)
Plans are for Alexa Chung to host a new fashion show on the Lifetime channel. Working title: "24-hour Catwalk." [Telegraph]
-- Susan Denley
Photo: Nicki Minaj at this year's Billboard Music Awards. Credit: Glenn Pinkerton / European Pressphoto Agency