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[Updated July 7, 1:41 p.m.] Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Duchess Kate's shoes, Sarah Jessica Parker's wallet and Hugh Laurie's face make news

July 6, 2011 |  8:07 am

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Akashoes Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is offering up lessons in what one can and can't do in heels on her visit to Canada. In Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, on Tuesday, she gamely wielded a shovel to plant a shrub, despite being dressed in heels and a Malene Birger cream linen dress. But she drew the line a bit later, when invited to take some shots during a street hockey game. Not while wearing heels, she reportedly told some of the players, although she did throw out the soft ball that was used in place of a puck, above. But husband William gamely took a few shots -- one of which hit a cameraman. [People]

At left, you can see just how high Kate's heels were. Too high for hockey, too high for walking, or fashionably de rigeur? You tell us.

Meanwhile, as the Paris couture shows go on in Paris this week, observers are noting fashion editors and celebrity attendees such as Katie Holmes and Cate Blanchett reportedly are dressing like Duchess Catherine, whose every style move has been watched since her engagement and wedding. Bookmakers are even laying odds on which designer Kate will wear to the star-studded BAFTA dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday, with Victoria Beckham the 3-to-1 favorite ahead of Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen (who designed Kate's wedding gown) 4 to 1. [Telegraph]

Sarah Jessica Parker not only got to wear great clothes and shoes during her "Sex and the City" run, but the series also is making her rich. According to Forbes, She tied Angelina Jolie for top-earning actress in Hollywood due in large part to royalties as well as to her beauty endorsements, bringing in $30 million from May 2010 to May 2011. Just behind Jolie and Parker were Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, each at $28 million. [Forbes]

Ahugh Ok, this just seems wrong: crotchety Dr. House as the new "face" of beauty? Actor Hugh Laurie, who embodies the television character, was just named celebrity face of L'Oreal's men's Expert line of products. "At first I thought it was a mistake," says the modest Laurie. [StyleList]  

The mini-trend toward using plus-size models is, ahem, increasing. The somewhat greater demand has prompted Models1, the London-based agency that launched Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Yasmin Le Bon as supermodels has joined forces with plus-size-model agency Excel because more clients are requesting models who can show larger sizes. [Telegraph] 

When it's time to shop for fall, many of us turn to the all-important September issues of fashion magazines to get a clue. But there's a new game in town, thanks to the digital world. An increasing number of fashion brands are using their own websites and iPad apps to show customers their looks for fall. [WWD]

-- Susan Denley

Photos, from top: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, throws out the ball in a street hockey game Tuesday. (Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images); Kate's platform stilettos were OK for planting shrubs but a bit too high for taking hockey shots. (Charlie Reidel / Associated Press); actor Hugh Laurie, who has been named as celebrity face of L'Oreal's men's Expert line. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

[Updated to add new related link, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon won't be on call for Prince William after all]

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