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Fashion News: What to wear on the first day of spring

March 20, 2012 |  8:24 am

"Dancing With the Stars" host Brook Burke thinks being over 40 is an advantage in the competition.
"Dancing With the Stars" returned Monday, and Prevention magazine notes that several of the female contestants -- Gladys Knight, Sherri Shepherd, Melissa Gilbert, Martina Navratilova -- are over 40. The magazine asked host Brooke Burke if she thinks this gives them an advantage. Yes, said Burke, who turned 40 herself last September. "In general, I think women are more comfortable in their skin as they get to know themselves better and become more confident. They have more life experience, which certainly comes into play in this competition." [Prevention]

It's the first day of spring and maybe you're wondering what to wear. Our Melissa Magsaysay has recommended bright, patterned jeans, some 1950s inspiration and coral lipstick as elements that will bring a breath of fresh air to your wardrobe. And she says there is more than a touch of Southern California sporty surf style to be found in spring fashion too. [Los Angeles Times]

Former Victoria's Secret model Selita Ebanks is to debut her new line of swimwear, Sass by Selita, Wednesday night on BET's "Rip the Runway." [New York Daily News]

Australian police arrested swimsuit model Simone Farrow (she's starred in Ed Hardy ads) in Queensland for skipping bail in connection with a Los Angeles drug case. The model, a.k.a. Simone Starr,is accused of running a global drug ring out of her Hollywood apartment. [The Cut] 

Estee Lauder has signed 23-year-old Arizona Muse as one of its spokesmodels. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld and former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld have enlisted 100 actresses, artists, rock stars and other celebrities to pose wearing a simple Chanel black jacket for a coffee-table book to be published this fall. In a "behind the scenes" video, see Sarah Jessica Parker wear her jacket on her head with a tiara, one woman fall off a pair of sky-high platform shoes and Roitfeld dress like the inimitable Coco Chanel herself. The jacket, said Roitfeld, is "like a jean jacket, only elegant."



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Photo: "Dancing With the Stars'" Brooke Burke at the 63rd Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards Show in September 2011. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times