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Fashion News: Andre Leon Talley curates fashion exhibit

October 28, 2011 |  8:00 am

Longtime Vogue contributing editor (and current judge on "America's Next Top Model") André Leon Talley has just assembled the first exhibit at the gallery named after him in the Savannah College of Art and Design's new museum. The display includes garments designed by recipients of the ALT Lifetime Achievement awards — including Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg and Miuccia Prada — which the college presents every year. He plans to add designer fragrances, too. [NYT] 

Talley shows up as a character (though not by name) in a new children's book by former Vogue staffer Kelly Florio Kasouf about a little girl who sneaks into a publishing office. "The Super Adventures of Sophie and the City: All in a Day’s Work" is being sold at Barney's. [WWD]

Duchess of CambridgeThe Duchess of Cambridge looked stunning in a pale blue gown at her first official solo engagement, a charity function at Clarence House this week. Something about her hairstyle set off some speculation that she might be using hair extensions -- like many a celeb -- but not so, says the palace. [Fashionista]

Lauren Conrad is planning to write a beauty book, and on her website, she is soliciting input from fans on what questions to answer. Oh, and she also plans to launch a beauty line. Think there is a connection? And there's more: she just published a new novel, "The Fame Game." [People]

Shoppers are complaining about dim lighting in Hollister, the retail sibling of Abercrombie & Fitch. While the atmosphere seems to be meant to add to a cool vibe,  Facebook groups have sprung up called "Hi welcome to Hollister, would you like a flashlight?" and "Hollister. You're a store, not a maze. Turn the lights on."  [Telegraph]

The latest fashion coffee-table tome comes to us from Christian Dior. It was put together by photographer Patrick Demarchelier and features the likes of Gisele Bündchen and Charlize Theron in creations from Dior Haute Couture. Pieces date from the first collection by Dior himself in 1947, through designs from Yves Saint Laurent's stewardship in the 1950s to John Galliano's recent tenure. "Dior Couture," published by Rizzoli, will be available in the U.S. in December, priced at $115. [Telegraph]

British designer Alice Temperley has signed on for a new collaboration, but it's not quite what you'd expect. Instead of linking up with Target, Macy's or H&M, she's working with Filofax. You know, to design those organizers popular in the 1980s, before we all had iPhones and Blackberries. [Racked]


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Photo: The Duchess of Cambridge chats with guests at a charity function at Clarence House on Wednesday.  Paul Burns / Associated Press / Clarence House