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Fashion News: Helen Mirren, David Beckham are 'Bodies of the Year'

August 1, 2011 |  8:26 am

Helen Mirren In a poll conducted by gym chain L.A. Fitness, 2,000 respondents said that Dame Helen Mirren is the "Body of the Year." At 66, Mirren beat out Jennifer Lopez, Pippa Middleton and Elle MacPherson, among others. Winning on the male side: soccer star (and model and budding clothing designer) David Beckham. [Washington Post] 

There was another royal-ish wedding over the weekend. Zara Phillips -- cousin to Britain's Prince William, daughter of Princess Royal Anne and granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II -- married rugby player Mike Tindall. The bride wore a full-skirted gown in silk faille and duchess satin with a chevron pleated corseted bodice, by couturier Stewart Parvin, and a fine tulle veil. [Telegraph]

Prince William's wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, kept things low-key at the wedding, careful not to upstage the bride. The Duchess wore a cream coat that she's been seen in before. As far back as Laura Parker Bowles' wedding in 2006, in fact. [People]

The price of gold reached an all-time high of $1,637.50 an ounce on Friday. This is a big reason we're seeing less gold, and more gemstones, in jewelry.  [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Biographer Lisa Chaney has a new book on Coco Chanel scheduled for release in November, and in it she claims to have evidence that the designer used drugs, embraced bisexuality and had an affair with a married Salvador Dalí. Oh, and that one of her lovers spied for the Nazis. I'm not sure how much of this is supposed to be surprising. [WWD]

Gucci has launched a fashion app for the iPhone and iPad. It's available in eight languages at the Apple App Store. [WWD]

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Photo: Dame Helen Mirren brings it on the red carpet in a gown that shows off those "Body of the Year" curves. Vince Bucci / Getty Images

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