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Fashion News: Elizabeth Berkley, Greg Lauren expecting first baby

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Artist/actor/occasional fashion designer Greg Lauren (nephew of Ralph Lauren) and wife actress Elizabeth Berkley (who starred in "Saved by the Bell") are expecting their first child. The couple married in 2003. [People]

Also expecting: Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey. [Us Weekly]

Rapper Kanye West showed his second women's collection in Paris, after debuting his first last year to what might kindly be called tepid reviews. To quote Luke Leitch writing in the Telegraph about this year's show, "He may be utterly unqualified to show as a designer in Paris, but he certainly has chutzpah." And he drew a hip crowd, including Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz and Sean Combs. [Telegraph]

Besides West and Chanel's crystal cave, which Fashion News mentioned previously, other attention-getters at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday included Alexander McQueen's floral dresses and Valentino's leather and intricately beaded dresses. [Cut]

Sarah Burton, McQueen's creative director, says the looks she sent down the runway were inspired by fungi. And she meant that in a good way. [Telegraph]

The maker of the popular Brazilian Blowout hair-smoothing treatment has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit for about $4.5 million. That comes out to about $35 per treatment (to a maximum of three) for each customer who says she was harmed by the product, plus $75 per bottle purchased for each stylist. Earlier the manufacturer reached a settlement with the California attorney general's office to warn stylists and consumers that the products contain formaldehyde, which can cause respiratory problems and is a known carcinogen. [NYT]

Recent Cosmopolitan cover girls Freida Pinto and Dakota Fanning were among the attendees at Cosmo's Fun and Fearless Awards on Monday night in Manhattan, where Paul Rudd won a Fun and Fearless Male Award. [Cut]

It's official: Hedi Slimane takes over as creative director for Yves Saint Laurent following the departure of Stefano Pilati, who showed his final collection for the label in Paris on Monday. [WWD] (subscription required)

Alexander Wang denies allegations made by a former employee in a lawsuit that its factory in New York's Chinatown is a sweatshop. [WWD] (subscription required)

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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Guests at rapper Kanye West's runway show at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday included, from left, Alicia Keys, her husband, Swizz Beatz, Cassie Ventura, Sean Combs and Azealia Banks. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

New York Fashion Week fall 2012: Alexander Wang

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For fall, Alexander Wang seemed to be out to prove that he has grown-up and can be the man to outfit women from desk to dawn, not just nightcrawling twentysomethings.

He stayed true to one of his favorite inspirations -- hybrids -- and played with the contrast between hard and soft, naughty and nice. But these were undoubtedly more grown-up clothes, albeit with a twist. Tweed coats and boxy jackets came vinyl-coated, and chunky handknit cardigans and crewnecks were lacquered stiff. Slouchy crepe trousers with leather panels on the front of the legs were a new take on the ubiquitous leather pant, while wool turtlenecks were rendered in naughty fishnet, and hooded puffer vests in black leather.

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There was a mix of materials on dresses and skirts, a draped jersey and paneled leather T-shirt dress for example, and a white long-sleeve dress with embroidered thread trapped inside layers of tulle.  

Despite the dramatic ending to the show, which had Gisele and other top models marching out onto the stage, taking their places in front of mirrors on the runway, and ripping their fishnet masks off in unison, this collection was more about subtle details than any Wang has done before. Which is why it was a shame that the poor lighting in the venue made it so difficult to see them.

Another thing I missed this season was Wang's sense of humor. No cheeky piercings or mud flap details to be found in these clothes. Boo-hoo. Please Alex, just don't grow up too much!

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-- Booth Moore, from New York

Photos, from top: Alexander Wang's fall 2012 collection. Credits, from left: Charles Sykes/Associated Press; Stephen Chernin/AP; Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images.

Bottom photos: Stephen Chernin/AP; Stephen Chernin/AP; Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images.

Alexander Wang, the toast of New York Fashion Week

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There's been talk of young red-hot designer Alexander Wang taking over for John Galliano at Christian Dior. Far more likely the post would go to the more experienced Marc Jacobs (currently the rumor mill's leading contender), even though Wang has a bevy of notable fans, including Lea Michele, Alicia Keyes and Courtney Love.

But just who is Wang, this 27-year-old San Francisco native who is the toast of New York Fashion Week?

Fashion critic Booth Moore visited his New York headquarters to talk with the designer about his sexy-with-a-wink, youthful aesthetic and to get some insight into what inspires him. Her piece is in Sunday's Image section.

"He gets his time and his contemporaries," Diane von Furstenberg, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, told Moore. And after reading Moore's piece, we get him.

-- Susan Denley 

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Photo: Fashion designer Alexander Wang takes his bow at his September show at Fashion week in New York. Credit: Carolyn Cole /Los Angeles Times

Fashion News: Alex Wang the frat boy, celebs abound in New York

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New York Fashion week is in full force and Booth Moore is reporting on all the most drool-worthy designer shows. Case in point: Alexander Wang sent out a sporty spring/summer 2012 collection that Sirianoklumss2012 referenced BMX and NASCAR. Models wore graphics print, body con ensembles, some even carrying motorcycle helmets done in a floral motif [Los Angeles Times] 

Alexander Wang continued his sporty theme with one of his famous after parties, turning Pier 40 in New York into a raucous frat party. The event attracted Tyler the Creator (who performed) and Bryan Greenberg, who plays a designer in the HBO show "How to Make it in America." Guests enjoyed table tennis, Astroturf and Budweiser. Oh, and the party was sponsored by PlayStation, natch [WWD]

Rumors are swirling about who will replace John Galliano as artistic director at Dior. The latest front-runner seems to be Marc Jacobs, who is reportedly asking for about $10 million to make the big move to the French house [Fashionista] Dellorussoroitfeld   

Heidi Klum and Christian Sirano reunite, Swizz Beats and Alicia Keyes step out and the male hunks from Gossip Girl, Twilight and the New York Jets make an appearance at Tommy Hilfiger. There doesn't seem to be any slowing of the celebrity quotient at New York Fashion Week [People Style Watch]

They may give off an air of mystery for photographers, but Anna Dello Russo, editor-at-large at Vogue Japan, and Carine Roitfeld cut a rug and grabbed the mic, singing karaoke at a party to celebrate Barneys New York's fall campaign collab with Roitfeld [Stylelist]

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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos, from top: A piece from the Alexander Wang spring 2012 collection; Christian Siriano and Heidi Klum backstage at Siriano's spring show; Anna Dello Russo and Carine Roitfeld sing onstage at the Barneys New York party. Credits: Mary Altaffer / Associated Press; Michael Loccisano / Getty Images; Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

New York Fashion Week: Alexander Wang

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There have been a lot of sports references in the first few days of runway shows here. But Alexander Wang is a designer who is hardly new to the game. He's always been fascinated by athleticism and speed, referencing football, baseball and fencing uniforms in past collections.

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This season, he turned his attention to the worlds of BMX and NASCAR, most literally with sleek, color-blocked intarsia knit bodysuits, leggings sweaters that transformed gangly models into action heroines, some of them with floral print helmets in hand.

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But picking apart the collection, there was a lot to wear, even for those who want to take life a bit slower, including a black-and-white botanical print nylon peplum jacket and Bermuda shorts, black taffeta mesh windbreakers and pants with mesh pockets, and white leather polo shirts with laser cut floral details.

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A scuba-like black mesh bustier worn over black-and-white botanical print pants was sexy and fun, as were the perforated leather bandannas worn at the neck or on the head.

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And those tribal-looking graphic patterns on sheer burnout mini dresses and sports jerseys were actually inspired by stadium seating charts, Wang said backstage.

Rounding out the collection were leather rucksacks as big as the models carrying them. Can't wait to see all the cool girls trying to tote those around next season.

-- Booth Moore, reporting from New York

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Photos: Looks from the Alexander Wang spring 2012 runway collection shown during New York Fashion Week. Credit: Mary Altaffer / Associated Press; Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images.

Your Stylist: Loafers are fall’s hot shoe

 Resident Image stylist and market editor Melissa Magsaysay soothes your sartorial woes in the weekly Your Stylist blog column:

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Sure, loafers have a traditionally preppy appeal synonymous with private school uniforms or country club get-ups, but the style is getting a considerably sexy twist for fall, coming with treacherous heels, wedges and luxe leather materials. 109bass       

350bellebysmzappos1500898-p-DETAILED Take a look at versions that turned up on the YSL and Alexander Wang runways. Wang did them as super-high stilettos with disco ball-esque metallic leathers and YSL has a thick wedge on their kilty detailed, patent-leather loafers.

This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the Bass Weejun (arguably the loafer of all loafers) and the company is releasing a limited edition collection of classic Weejun styles, plus a few fun pairs in metallic leather and with tassel details. 350bellesmsaks0469637602108R_247x329

For something less traditional,  but still with same preppy polish, Belle by Sigerson Morrison is doing a couple of loafer-esque shoes with high and chunky heels and a comfortable, squishy crepe sole.

1055PSchoulersaks0441933549431R_247x329 Proenza Schouler is going a more masculine route, with a flat ankle boot that has a subtle tassel detail.

Since the style has a strong preppy vibe (even if done with a stiletto heel or in a funky color), stick with clean and classic lines and solid or simple patterns when pairing them with your clothing. Basically, anything flowy, boho-esque or too soft and romantic looking won’t work with the season’s loafers.

Try pieces such as a traditional tan trench, cropped ankle-length trousers, a sexy pencil skirt and sophisticated knee-length shift dresses when wearing fall’s big shoe trend.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

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Photos at top from left: Alexander Wang metallic leather loafers/Gianni Pucci, gorunway.com. YSL patent leather wedge loafers/Gianni Pucci, gorunway.com.

Middle, from left: Belle by Sigerson Morrison kilty loafer heels, $350 at www.zappos.com. Belle by Sigerson Morrison, Bass Weejun 75th anniversary edition, $109 at www.bassshoes.com/Bass.

Bottom, from left: Proenza Schouler tassle ankle boots/Proenza Schouler, $1,055 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Belle by Sigerson Morrison patent leather kilty loafer heels, $350 at Saks Fifth Avenue/Belle by Sigerson Morrison.

New York Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2011: Alexander Wang's chic night crawlers

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With Kanye West and Alicia Keys front row at his show, and a cheering section in  back, there's no doubt that Alexander Wang is New York Fashion Week's reigning rock star.

On the runway, Wang's love affair with the masculine/feminine look played out in a more mature and dressed-up way than ever before, using the poncho (of all things) as a starting point.

Wang showed nearly a dozen different ponchos, from a tough-looking black leather and taffeta version (a kind of hybrid poncho-parka), to a soft, touchable style in blush angora and satin (part poncho, part dressing gown). And each one was more covetable than the next.

The ginormous fur coat was remade as an oversized mink boyfriend jacket, worn with sunglasses with a matching mink goggle strap (pimpin' in a good way), and black silk track pants with satin cummerbund.

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In Wang's hands, Yves Saint Laurent's classic le smoking style went glam rock, the tux reimagined as a billowy, sheer black poncho shirt with pleated bib, worn with merino trousers; or a black angora sweater cape with amazing-looking blue glitter drainpipe jeans. To finish the look? Sky-high tassel pumps in mirrored metallic leather.

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But the sex kitten was also prowling, in a pink crepe satin bias-cut streamer tank dress, worn over wool pants, and stilettos covered in fur and outfitted with mud flaps.

Wang is a very clever guy, and he can take that to the bank. He opens his first boutique this week in New York (at Grand and Mercer in SoHo), and I'm sure there will be many more to come.

-- Booth Moore in New York

Alexander Wang Fall-Winter 2011 runway collection photo gallery

Photos: Looks from the Alexander Wang Fall-Winter 2011 runway collection shown during New York Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.

Paris Fashion Week: At Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu, Paris Fashion Week boogies out

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The spring-summer 2011 runway season ended in Paris on Wednesday with the same color and optimism that started nearly four weeks ago in New York.

Marc Jacobs' Louis Vuitton show was Shanghai grand, perhaps because China is the luxury brand's newest retail frontier.

In electric brights, the clothes walked the line beautifully between classy and campy, with silk mandarin-collar suits and slender heels swinging tassels, and evening gowns shimmying with a rainbow of beaded fringe.

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The collection was a jewel box of cheongsam-style dresses in popsicle stripes or orchid prints, some worn with low slung sequined obi belts. There were tiger stripes in this year of the tiger too, abstracted into disco prints. China's beloved giant panda even made an appearance, silhouetted on a sequin T-shirt.

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Compared with the glitz of the clothes, the bags were understated. Long clutches and compact flap bags came color-blocked or covered in the all-important (to new luxury markets at least) LV logos.

Louis Vuitton spring-summer 2011 runway collection photo gallery

The party continued at Miu Miu, where Miuccia Prada's rock 'n' roll wannabes looked like they stepped off the bus in Hollywood and into a vintage store full of leather jackets by the famed 1960s-era East West Musical Instruments Co.

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Flashing metallic flower and star cutouts, leather jackets were the headliners, paired with pleated school girl skirts or satin dresses, and neon sandal booties. 

Miu Miu spring-summer 2011 runway collection photo gallery

Snippets of audition tapes played on the soundtrack while Rihanna sat front row. In the words of Joni Mitchell, Prada was "stoking the starmaker machinery of the popular song."

-- Booth Moore in Paris

Photos, top and middle: Looks from the Louis Vuitton spring-summer 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Photos, bottom: Looks from the Miu Miu spring-summer 2011 runway collection. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson & Peter Stigter / For The Times

 

New York Fashion Week: Alexander Wang's dreamy white-out

Wang A new generation of designers has turned the page in New York, and Alexander Wang is the leader of the pack. His runway show on Saturday had all the energy and anticipation of a Marc Jacobs show. Except that Wang (who more than almost any other designer working here today) really designs for the way young people dress today in that he has a point of view, but more than that -- it's about picking out the pieces and making them your own.

His knockout spring show was about rebirth. If his fall collection was all about deconstruction, with Wall Street banker suits ripped apart at the seams, this one was about reconstruction, with all the requisite carpenter pants, drafting doodles and paint splatter-like prints that go with it.

Is it any wonder that his set piece was a bizarre sculpture that resembled an overgrown larvae?

The look was about white-on-white multi-textural layering -- a sheer scribble print organza button-down shirt under a carpenter vest with a silver foil strip reminiscent of Duct tape down the side; and parachute pants with knit boy shorts peeking out. (We're lucky that's all that was peeking out, if Wang has spent any time with construction workers!)

A paneled vest with a foiled lapel was expertly constructed and worn over sheer pajama pants and a terry sweater. Wang had lots of new ideas -- an easy-fitting, doodle-print washed silk shirt dress in a fresh, ankle-grazing length; loose Carpenter pants cropped just below the knee and worn with knit leggings peeking out of the bottom. (Could this finally be the end of skinny pants?)

And yet, each piece was special enough to stand on its own, including a "knitted rubber" raffia jacket so extraordinary looking, it could have been couture.

Wang ended with several riffs on the trench coat in light-as-air white silk viscose, the best with extended wing flaps that made you wonder whether the model could have taken flight.

It was a triumphant moment for the designer, and one that felt particularly poignant on this date in New York City, Sept. 11.

-- Booth Moore

Photo: A creation from Alexander Wang's spring-summer 2011 collection. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For the Times.

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Taylor-Burton love affair still lighting up fashion covers. Kim Cattrall changes her hairdo. Saint Laurent, Alexander Wang show resort collections

Elizabeth Get a sneak peek at the resort 2011 collection Yves Saint Laurent will show in New York on Thursday. [WWD]

And you can see what Alexander Wang has to offer too. [WWD]

Shorts are coming on strong, retailers say as they report double-digit increases in sales. I kind of hope it doesn't mean a return to 1970s-style hot pants. [WWD] (Subscription required)

Dame Elizabeth Taylor, one of the great beauties of all time, graces the cover of Vanity Fair's July issue in a swimsuit shot that must hail from sometime in the 1960s and a headline declaring "Greatest Romance of the Century." In the accompanying interview, she shares some excerpts from Richard Burton's love letters. [People]

Stars like Halle Berry, Megan Fox, Brian Austin Greene and Audrina Partridge are hitting the beach. See what they are wearing, if you need some inspiration of your own. [People]

All these "Sex and the City 2" premieres are getting pretty ho-hum. But there was breaking news at the Tokyo red-carpet event Tuesday: Kim Cattrell was wearing a bob. Gasp! [Huffington Post] 

How many pairs of shoes are too many? It's a question men and women have been, um, debating for years. Even celebrity couples, apparently. Orlando Bloom is caught fussing at his gorgeous girlfriend Miranda Kerr after a too-long day of shopping at Bergdorf Goodman's. [New York Post]

If you're still disappointed over not finding her limited-edition shoes at Target this spring, turn your attention to summer clothes: Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent is offering a range of warm-weather styles in cool candy colors. [FabSugar] 

Bridal and eveningwear designer Angel Sanchez is launching a new contemporary line, Sanchez. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Can one bar of soap really do it all, even if it is named the Wonderbar? [StyleList]

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L.A.-based Rodarte teams with Knoll Deluxe to design drapery fabric. [Racked NY] 

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor in "Cleopatra."


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