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Fashion News: Meghan McCain poses for Playboy

March 19, 2012 |  8:57 am

Meghan McCain tells what it was like campaigning for father John in the last presidential campaign, but also strays into some racier territory in an interview in April's Playboy magazine

Meghan McCain, 27, tells what it was like campaigning for father John in the last presidential campaign, but also strays into some racier territory in an interview in April's Playboy magazine. She kept her clothes on for the photo accompanying the interview and is dressed in a patriotic red sequined dress with blue heels. [New York Daily News]

Simon Spurr, nominated by the Council of Fashion Designers of America for its Menswear Designer of the Year award just last week, mysteriously left his eponymous label on Friday, with no comment on why. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Most models start working between ages 13 and 16; the parents of those 18 or younger rarely accompany them to castings and jobs; 76.5% have been exposed to alcohol or drugs on the job; and close to 30% have experienced sexual harassment, according to a survey by the Model Alliance

Ann Magnuson, emceeing the annual REDCAT Gala in Los Angeles on Saturday night, nailed all the reasons to love a gala. It's an excuse, she said, "to take your furs out of storage, your diamonds out of the safe deposit box ... get your hair done ... and pick out a gown from your favorite atelier." [Society News LA]

Demi Moore, who was hospitalized in January following her split with husband Ashton Kutcher, looks to be the picture of health in photos from her latest ad campaign for Helena Rubenstein. [Metro]

Rihanna's jeans collaboration with Armani may be just the beginning. Ultimately, she said, she wants to be a fashion designer herself. [Elle]

Meanwhile, tennis great Venus Williams is getting back into fashion design with the relaunch of EleVen by Venus Williams. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

The Ecology Center, a nonprofit organization based in Michigan, tested 99 pieces of jewelry from stores including Claire's, H&M, Forever 21, Wal-Mart, Hot Topic and Target for lead, cadmium, chromium, nickel, brominated flame retardants, chlorine, mercury and arsenic. The results showed more than half the items contained high levels of hazardous chemicals. [The Cut]

The Duchess of Cambridge made her first official speech Monday, and surprised the fashion world by wearing a blue dress from Reiss' fall 2008 collection that her mother Carole wore two years ago. [Fashionista]

And with spring just a day away, note that bird prints are popping up on all kinds of garments for this season. [Wall Street Journal]

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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Meghan McCain and father John McCain on the campaign trail in 2008. Credit: Keith Srakocic / Associated Press

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