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Fashion News: Whiskers, Nazis and nepotism

August 16, 2011 |  9:02 am

Fashion News Coco Chanel Abe Lincoln
-- Los Angeles was home to its first-ever beard and mustache competition over the weekend, with some 100 whiskered warriors from all over the country facing off for facial hair supremacy, and establishing the City of Angels as the undisputed home of the 'stache with panache. We've got the full results.[All The Rage]

-- In the coming weeks, a documentary titled “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel,” along with a coffee-table book, will be released, followed by a traveling exhibition that kicks off at the Fortuny Museum in Venice in March. [WWD, subscription required]

-- Was Coco Chanel a Nazi spy? According to "Sleeping With the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War" by Hal Vaughan, she was -- during the German occupation of France during World War II. [UK Telegraph]

-- Have you ever seen one of those TV infomercials for PajamaJeans -- aka the "Pajamas you live in, Jeans you sleep in" and wondered if anyone actually buys them? Apparently so -- according to the company, they're on track to sell their 2 millionth pair by year's end. Another nugget we found out? The PajamaJeans were invented in Vermont. [All The Rage]

-- From the sometimes-nepotism's-not-so-bad department: Stella McCartney will design costumes for Paul McCartney's first ballet music composition "Ocean's Kingdom." [Elle]

-- Adding a new twist to the idea of shopping for a cause, Nordstrom opens a new store for charity in Soho in New York City. The Seattle-based retailer, which does not have a Nordstrom store in Manhattan, hopes the project will shed light on the New York market. [WWD, subscription required]


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Left photo: Lincoln presenter and facial-hair competitor Robert Broski at the Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Championships. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Right photo: French fashion designer Coco in 1958. Credit: STF / AFP/Getty Images