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Fashion News: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen win CFDA Award

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
The leap from child actresses to fashion designers has paid off in many ways for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Monday night they were recognized with the coveted womenswear designer of the year award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. It was the first time the 25-year-old sisters have been nominated, and they had fierce competition: Marc Jacobs, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler were the other nominees. Other winners were Billy Reid for menswear and Reed Krakoff for accessories. Winners of Swarovski Awards for Emerging Talent were Joseph Altuzarra, Phillip Lim and Tabitha Simmons; lifetime achievement went to Tommy Hilfiger. [Styleite]

Mary-Kate Olsen surprised everyone by showing off newly dark locks at the event. [People]

Diamond Jubilee concert

Baby, she's a rock star. England's Queen Elizabeth II took to the stage at the end of her Diamond Jubilee concert Monday night at Buckingham Palace, wearing a shimmery gold dress, pearls and her characteristic handbag but surprisingly no tiara or hat. She joined her equally flashy knights, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John, both looking a little sparkly themselves. [Telegraph]

New York Knicks captain Amare Stoudemire proposed to his longtime girlfriend Alexis Welch in Paris on Saturday — reportedly with a $1-million engagement ring that features an 8.5-carat diamond. [People]

Glenn Beck went on a 10-minute radio rant against Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and her support for President Obama. She is the devil and there was a movie about it, he said, referring to "The Devil Wears Prada." [Styleite]

The Italian press has been speculating that Giorgio Armani intends to turn his company over to a foundation, but a spokesman says there is no such plan. [WWD]

French designer Sophie Theallet is partnering with the Limited to be its "exclusive guest designer," with a capsule collection planned to debut for the holiday season. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Valentino Garavani is designing costumes for three performances that will be part of the New York City Ballet's Fall Gala in September. [Styleite]

Joanna Sykes, design director of Aquascutum since May 2010, is leaving at the end of the month in a "mutual decision," the brand's new chief executive says. [WWD]

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— Susan Denley

Photos: From top, Mary-Kate Olsen, left, and Ashley Olsen receive womenswear designer of the year award on stage at the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall on Monday in New York City. Credit: Theo Wargo / Getty Images

Royals take to the stage at the end of the Diamond Jubilee concert Monday at Buckingham Palace in London. Queen Elizabeth II, in gold, is shown with daughter-in-law the Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Paul McCartney in blue, son Prince Charles at the microphone and Sir Elton John in pink. Credit: David Parker / WPA Pool / Getty Images

 
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