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Fashion News: Camila Alves is new face of Macy's I.N.C.

Camila Alves (a.k.a. Mrs. Matthew McConaughey) will be starring in Macy's I.N.C. International Concepts ads this fall. [The Cut]

The Paris men's ready to wear shows last week yielded luxurious fabrics and athletic influences that added up to polished sportswear in the collections for spring 2013. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

The Paris couture shows started, leading us to wonder -- with the European and American economies in bad shape, who is buying couture? The fashion houses aren't worried: They're looking to Asia. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Prada Chief Executive Patrizio Bertelli, who is also head of the Italian racing syndicate the Luna Rossa Challenge, was inducted into the Herreshoff Marine Museum's America's Cup Hall of Fame at a gala dinner in Newport,  R.I., on Saturday, according to a news release.

Taylor Swift plans to introduce a second fragrance, Wonderstruck Enchanted, in September. [The Cut]

Banana Republic plans a capsule collection in October pegged to the new film "Anna Karenina," scheduled to be released in theaters in November. The collection is designed by the film's costume designer Jacqueline Durran. [Racked]

Kate Moss' 9-year-old daughter was flower girl at the weekend wedding of Jade Jagger (daughter of Mick and Bianca) to DJ Adrian Fillery. The fashion world was well represented with Moss, model Georgia May Jagger and Christian Louboutin among the attendees. [Styleite]


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---Susan Denley

Photo: Actor Matthew McConaughey and model Camila Alves at the "Mud" premiere during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 26 in Cannes, France. Credit: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images



Change of seasons: Bogner outfits German team for Summer Olympics

German Opening Ceremony Bogner

For the 2012 London Olympics, it looks like Bogner is marching in from the cold.

That's because, after kitting out the German athletes for 17 consecutive Winter Olympic Games, the Munich-based clothing label will be dressing the team for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Games that get underway in London on July 27.

The parade outfits consist of zippered jackets -- bright pink weatherproof shells for the ladies and the same in baby blue for the men -- paired with white chinos and white shirts and accessorized with a lightweight pink or blue plaid scarf. (The shoes are by German footwear brand Sioux).

Bogner Opening MWWith the bright colors and bold zipper accents (dark blue on the men's jackets, white on the women's), the only thing that keeps these clothes from looking like they just schussed off the slopes and into the wrong season are the summery white hipster fedoras that complete the look, each boasting a hatband in the black, red and yellow stripes of the German flag.

As with past Olympic collections, Bogner's design team has created a unique emblem that melds design elements from the home country and the host city. For the London Olympics it's heraldry-inspired embroidery consisting of a shield design flanked by a stylized dragon (a nod to London's heraldic critter) Bogner Mens Reversibleand a stylized eagle (appropriated from the German flag). The design appears on the left breast jacket pocket of the men's jackets, and on the left sleeve pocket of the women's version. 

But there's a trick up Bogner's sleeve, which would be another sleeve, since the jackets are designed to be reversible, with the brightly colored nylon shells converting into navy blue blazers (complete with buttons) for evenings and more formal situations. "It is also important," the company explains in its press materials, "that athletes maintain a distinguished appearance, as they will be meeting a host of international diplomats and world class athletes and celebrities."  

The apparel brand's first presence at a Summer Olympics comes as the company celebrates its 80th anniversary. Founded in 1932 by German ski champion Willy Bogner Sr. and his wife Maria, the company got its start when he started importing skis and knit skiwear from Norway, and really got a boost after the 1948 debut of Maria's invention -- which just so happened to be elastic stretch pants.

The German athletes' competition wear and casual wear will be provided, as it has been in the past, by another German company with a long Olympic history: Adidas.


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-- Adam Tschorn

Photos, from top: German athletes debut their Bogner-designed opening ceremony outfits, which include pink (for women) and baby blue (for men) weatherproof jackets and white chinos; the men's and women's jackets, with heraldry-inspired embroidery; a model wears the reversible jacket with the navy blue "formal" side out. Credit: Bogner

Pirelli puts a new spin on rubber with PZero motorcycle boots

Pirellibiker boots_stillItalian tire maker Pirelli is putting a different kind of rubber to the road with a new biker boot from its 10-year-old fashion brand, PZero.

Inspired by the company's performance tires and designed in collaboration with high-end shoe designer Diego Dolcini, the reimagined classic motorcycle boot contrasts matte and shiny surfaces into a slender, high-heeled slip-on.

Available in black, burgundy, blue, green or white, the boot's sole and heel are both rubber, as are the buckles. The borders and straps are patent leather. The classic Pirelli logo appears in relief on the ankle.

The biker boot is merely the latest fashion offering from Pirelli, which, in 2002, began capitalizing on the brand's sex appeal with its PZero sub brand, making raincoats, boat shoes, jackets, T-shirts and bags.

While the new PZero biker boot represents "extreme femininity for the concrete jungle," according to PZero news materials, they probably shouldn't be worn on an actual motorcycle. They are mostly made of rubber, after all, and could easily melt on a hot exhaust pipe.


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-- Susan Carpenter

Photo: Pirelli PZero biker boots. Credit: Pirelli PZero


Ricki Lake and her costumes get smaller on 'DWTS'

Photo: Ricki Lake and Derek Hough on "Dancing With the Stars." Credit: Adam Taylor /ABC Nancy Grace's breasts have been getting all the attention today with her possible wardrobe malfunction on "Dancing With the Stars," but it's Ricki Lake who won the night.

Lake was fully contained in a hot-pink costume loaded with fringe and a pink feather in her hair. She has admitted her getup was small -- but, she says, she's getting smaller. Lake says she's lost 12 inches in three weeks.

"I’ll be wearing less and less clothing," the talk show host says in a post at InsideTV. "The smaller I get, the less will be covered." Lake says dancing partner Derek Hough just wanted her costume "to move." And it did.

Did Nancy Grace suffer an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction? Some say the dress slipped, revealing a bit too much of the well-endowed legal analyst. Grace admits to some "movement" but insists no malfunction occurred.

Lake was lighting up Twitter on Tuesday with comments about "Dancing With the Stars" and thanking her friends: "I felt the love!" 

There's another dress on the 43-year-old Lake's mind: The one she'll wear for her upcoming marriage to  Christian Evans. She's putting off shopping for a wedding dress while involved in this competition. Who knows how many more inches will fall away?  And as she told People: "Muscles I didn't know I had" are appearing. Not a bad way to get in shape for your wedding.


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-- Amy Hubbard

Photo: Ricki Lake and Derek Hough on "Dancing With the Stars." Credit: Adam Taylor /ABC

Tonsorial trade-in: The Art of Shaving and Bloomingdale's want you to swap out that can of cream

If you've ever thought about using something other than a metal spray can full of blue goo to prepare your face for the morning shave ritual, the folks at the Art of Shaving and Bloomingdale's are teaming up for a one-day "shave swap" this Saturday that might help motivate you.

On Saturday, anyone who takes the tube, tub or cake of shaving cream they're currently using into a participating Bloomingdale's (including the five local stores listed at the end of this post) can trade it in for a 2.5-ounce travel-size tube of shaving cream -- which usually retails for around $14. (If you end up pleased with the results, be sure to try some of the scented versions -- my personal favorite is the lavender.)

For anyone looking for a total reboot of the morning shave routine, the deal gets a bit better -- the trade-in earns a $25 discount certificate toward the $100, four-piece starter kit that, in addition to the cream includes a pre-shave oil, a post-shave balm and, most importantly, a shaving brush (although it can be lathered on using just the fingers, using a brush much more effective for the task).

Participating Bloomingdale's include Beverly Center, Century City Shopping Center, Santa Monica Place, Sherman Oaks Fashion Square and Newport Beach's Fashion Island.

This weekend you'd be hard pressed to find a cheaper way to put your best face forward.

-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: On Saturday, customers who bring their shaving cream to local Bloomingdale's can trade it in for a 2.5-ounce tube from the Art of Shaving (left) or a $25 discount off a shaving kit (right). Credit: The Art of Shaving.

Weekend Shopping: Them Atelier launches a collection; Paul & Shark trunk show; Nordstrom beauty event


A few notable happenings for a more stylish weekend:


Them Atelier: Echo Park-based arts collective, custom jeans maker and quarterly magazine publisher Them Atelier expands its mini-empire to include a ready-to-wear collection of souped-up basics for men and women (think louche sweaters, tank-tops and jeans), all for under $100.

Them Atelier, 1160 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 413-6666. Call for studio hours.


Nordstrom Cosmetics Trend Show Saturday: Test-drive the newest makeup, skin-care and fragrance releases from major cosmetics companies at this daylong beauty event. Tickets are $15 and are redeemable toward a cosmetics purchase Saturday. Buy a ticket at any Nordstrom cosmetics counter.

Nordstrom Topanga, 21725 Victory Blvd., Canoga Park. (818) 884-7900. Show starts at 8:30 a.m.

Paul & Shark trunk show Saturday: Men's fashion boutique Gary's at Fashion Island hosts a trunk show for Italian yachting and sportswear label Paul & Shark.

401 Newport Center Dr., Suite 1065, Newport Beach. (949) 759-1622. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ZenSei designer personal appearance Saturday: Daniel Levin, designer for Asian-inspired lounge and fitness wear collection ZenSei, greets his O.C. customers at Neiman Marcus at Fashion Island.

601 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, Intimates Department. For time of event, call 949-721-1900.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: A look from Them Atelier's new ready-to-wear collection. Credit: Them Atelier 

Weekend Shopping: Your last-minute FNO updater

MadleySee Adam Tschorn's mega-list of events for Fashion's Night Out here — then take note of a few more happenings worth hitting up Friday from 6 to 10 p.m.:

Moods of Norway: Drink beer and eat barbecue at this den of Norwegian fashion. 113 South Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. 

Zainab: Sip cocktails while checking out master African drummer Aziz Faye from 8 to 10 p.m. 7021 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.

Trina Turk:  From 7 to 9 p.m. get a free massage or manicure, champagne and sweet treats. 8008 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles.

Coco de Mer: See burlesque Hula-Hoooping every 30 minutes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 8618 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.

Alpha: Check out live "voguers" from the esteemed House of Xtravaganza striking a pose in the windows. Music by DJ Vinnie Vin; door prizes throughout the night. 8625 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.

Abbot Kinney: Ten of the most influential shops on Venice's main drag have banded together to make the trek west worthwhile tonight. Grab a VIP card at any of the participating shops that gives you 10% off purchases at all 10 stores.

The breakdown:

**A+R will exclusively launch the Margiela Home Paris and Hay Denmark collections, and preview its Fall 2010 pieces alongside L.A. designers Tanya Aguiñiga (felted furnishings), Joseph Brooks (curated music) and Cast of Vices (multimedia installations). 1121-1 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

**Pamela Barish will debut her Fall 2010 “Reading Faulkner” dresses, inspired by the Great American Novel, with a live jam by the roots-rock outfit The Americans. And (get this) actresses Anjelica Huston and Susan Traylor and screenwriter Callie Khouri will play shopgirls. 1327 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

**Strange Invisible Perfumes will debut a limited-edition fragrance, Bazaar. 1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd.,Venice.

**Preview pieces from LFrank's 2010 “Night Owl” collection from jeweler Liseanne Frankfurt, as well as select looks from CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist Gregory Parkinson. 1116 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

**A. Kinney Court founder Garrett Leight will host his father, Oliver Peoples creator Larry Leight, to toast the launch of his in-house collection of fashion eye-wear, as well as an exclusive FNO Venice sweat shirt on sale that night. The event will also include local eye-wear designer Mathieu Schreyer's unveiling of his fall 2010 line. 1423 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

**Guild will host up-and-coming designers including accessories designer Dafne Balatsos (repurposed leather and canvas bags) and edgy jewelry designer Annie Costello Brown. 1335 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

**Gold rush! Trade unwanted gold jewelry and coins for merch at Heist, 1104 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

**Swizzle cocktails mixed with Waialua natural soda at shoe Mecca Mona Moore. 1112 Abbot Kinney Blvd.,Venice.

**Meet accessories designer Kendall Conrad at her new eponymous shop. The designer will be presenting her new limited-edition collection of leopard-printed accessories. Receive a free gift with purchases of $500 or more. 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

**And, finally, grab a cupcake at one-of-a-kind jewelry shop Madley. 1225 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

--Emili Vesilind

Photo: "Lady of the Canyon" necklace by Madley. Credit: Madley

Weekend Shopping: A. Kinney Courtyard sale and session, J Brand experts at the new Santa Monica Bloomies

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A. Kinney Court in Venice is holding a Courtyard Session sale on Friday and Sept. 3. Eyewear will be marked down as much as 70% off retail, including makes by Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Mosley Tribes, Thierry Lasry, Mykita, KBL and Rare Vinatge. Session music will be provided by DJs Mathieu Schreyer and Osamu, and complimentary wine and beer will be served to over 21s with ID.

1423 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 392-3400. 6 to 10 p.m.

Jenny Dayco is having an end-of-summer sale Friday and Saturday  featuring her eponymous jewelry collection at 60% to 70% below retail, with prices starting at $10.

7428 Hollywood Blvd., #305, Los Angeles. (310) 621-0680. Noon to 7 p.m. 

Sample Sales

L.A. designers Kristinit and Anita Arze host a one-day sample sale Sunday at Being in L.A. Spa, with a percentage of sale proceeds donated to Oceana, an oceans advocacy nonprofit. Locally manufactured brand Kristinit was picked as a women’s collection to watch by Lucky Magazine. Choose from the designers’ tops, sweaters, dresses and jumpsuits, priced from $50 to $95 (regular prices $225-$450). Perfumer Sanae Barber will be selling her custom scents, while Being in L.A. is offering spa services such as facials and massages. RSVP to

2016 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles. (323) 428-3221. 2 to 8 p.m.


On Saturday,  J Brand, Vogue editor Anna Wintour's favorite blues,  is having a fall fashion preview at the new Santa Monica Place Bloomingdales, Meet Jeff Rudes, the JBrand CEO, who is bringing a denim team to help shoppers find the perfect jean. Buy a J Brand pair and receive a gift with purchase. A drawing will be held for a $1,000 JBrand fashion wardrobe (no purchase necessary to enter).

315 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica. 2 to 4 p.m.

Also on Saturday, Happy LA   is having a third anniversary sale and trunk show featuring brand Paige Premium Denim, Christy’s of London and Bordeaux. Buy three items at the anniversary sale and receive 30% off.

542 1/1 Palisades Dr., Pacific Palisades. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


On Sunday: Frederic Fekkai  wants you to have the red carpet experience if you’re attending the Emmys on Sunday or not. Book three signature services -- blow-out, polish change and makeup – for $75 ($170 value). Clients also get complimentary glasses of champagne.

8457 Melrose Place, Los Angeles. (323) 655-7800. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

-- Max Padilla

Photo: A. Kinney Court interior. Courtesy of A. Kinney Court

Toms goes barefoot on the beach to mark One Day Without Shoes


Toms Shoes, the company that donates one pair of shoes to needy children around the globe for every pair of shoes they sell, asked friends to go barefoot on the beach to raise awareness for the cause.

On Thursday, Toms founder Blake Mycoskie left his slip-ons at home to mark the third year of One Day Without Shoes and asked friends, including actresses Olivia Wilde ("House") and Julia Jones ("The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"), to shed their heels at Axe restaurant and walk down Abbot Kinney to his sister Paige's Aviator Nation boutique. The point is to drive home the message of what it would be like to spend a day barefoot as many people around the world do when they lack the means to purchase a pair. 

According to Toms' website, more than a quarter of a million people participated in 1,600 One Day Without Shoes events around the world, including the one here.

Mycoskie had biked to the office that morning wearing no shoes and had cut his foot within the first 45 minutes. "One Day without Shoes is to realize the importance of going without," he said.

"It feels great to go without shoes, but it's only for a day," said Wilde, who's about to start shooting "Cowboys and Aliens" with Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. "It's a brilliant way to raise awareness of children in developing countries and put yourself in someone's shoes for a few hours."

-- Max Padilla

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Photo: From left, Julia Jones, Blake Mycoskie and Olivia Wilde. Credit: Max Padilla

Linus Bikes, the most stylish way to get around town


Last weekend when the weather was amazing and the sun and sky couldn’t be more brilliant, I took a stroll down Abbott Kinney Boulevard in Venice and stumbled upon an adorable shop with bikes so chic they make a car-loving, accident-prone scaredy cat like me want to ride one all over L.A.

Linus Bikes is the brainchild of Adam McDermott and Chad Kushner, who started creating the sleek and elegant cycles as a practical and no-nonsense alternative to the clunky and teched-out models on the market. The result is simple, classic bikes that look right out of a '50s French film. Fashion retailers like Steven Alan have caught on, selling the bikes in store and online. They make an undeniably smart-looking accessory (and of course, sturdy mode of transport).

McDermott and Kushner have also started designing canvas bags that saddle the back of the bike and store belongings while zipping around. Now if I could just find a helmet that was just as stylish…

Melissa Magsaysay

Linus Bikes, 1413 1/2 Abott Kinney Blvd., Venice CA

Photos: Left, bikes line the front of the Abbot Kinney store front of Linus bikes. Right, Linus Bikes co-owner Adam McDermott at his store in Venice. Photo Credit: Dalia Burde.


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