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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Cynthia Nixon's fashion secret. Anna Sui gets booked. Claudia Schiffer bares all. And Miss USA contestants flaunt it.


The career of Anna Sui, who made the baby doll dress an American staple, will be chronicled in a book by Andrew Bolton, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. A hefty 400 pages, it's due out in November. [People]

Miranda may have a flare for fashion on "Sex and the City," but in real life Cynthia Nixon gets her significant other to pick out her clothes. [StyleList]

Indoor salt rooms have been popping up with claims that the salt can soothe respiratory and skin problems. [Wall Street Journal]

Times have been tough for teen retailers, but not for the chief executive of Abercrombie & Fitch, whose annual compensation jumped to $36.3 million last year (up from $23.2 million a year earlier), more than double that of his peers at Aeropostale and American Eagle Outfitters. But he didn't get a bonus. [Wall Street Journal]

Spring's style books expect you to put in some effort. [Wall Street Journal]

Finally! Toms Shoes is offering its first really feminine women's shoe, an open-toe espadrille wedge. [Cool Hunting]

Calvin Klein's mixed message: Its new fragrance, Beauty, is supposed to aim at women over 40, but the face of the campaign is 31-year-old Diane Kruger and the editors of some magazines deemed key for the over-40 demographic weren't even invited to the launch party. Tsk, tsk. [wwd]

News we're catching up on: The German fragrance industry has honored Marc Jacobs' Lola and Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver with Duftstars Awards. [wwd, subscription required]

Trend alert: black and gold accessories that look just right. [FabSugar]

Beautiful and brave, Claudia Schiffer took the plunge: she's appearing nude and very, very, very, very pregnant on Vogue Germany's June cover. Very. [fashionologie]

Liberty of London is launching a men's line. [wwd, subscription required]

StyleList gets a peek at Payless ShoeSource's soon-to-come makeup line. [StyleList]

The Miss USA pageant has never felt quite as, well, wholesome as Miss America, and now it's making tongues wag and eyes pop with a lingerie shoot in Las Vegas. [StyleList]

This will send you running for the chemical peels and moisturizers: a new website that will "age" your photo to show what you'll look like in 20 years. [BellaSugar]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Cynthia Nixon as Miranda. Credit: James Devaney /

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Lena Horne dies. Dressing Michelle Obama. YSL's apartment for sale

Lena horn Singer and fashion icon Lena Horne dies. [Los Angeles Times]

A tribute to Horne's style. [Style Section L.A.]

The secrets of dressing Michelle Obama. [The Daily Beast]

The funny folks who do Fail Blog also have If Shoes Could Kill. [Huffington Post]

Fashion designer Anna Sui will have a book out this fall. [WWD]

Design students can't get jobs. [The Cut]

Lady Gaga accused of losing Rigby and Peller lingerie. [Daily Mail]

She also walked around Sweeden in her underwear. [Styleite]

My eight-year-old self is dying for these Louis Vuitton booties. [Nylon]

Victoria Beckham brings back her "pob" hairstyle. [FabSugar UK]

A look at Lindsay Lohan's "it" bag for 6126. [People StyleWatch]

Dissolving wedding dresses? Well, you are only supposed to wear it once. [Telegraph]

Harrods, London's enormous luxury department store, is sold for $2.2 billion. [Racked]

And BCBG joins the trend of U.S. stores crossing the pond. [WWD, subscription required]

Fashion designers + home decor = collaboration magic? [WSJ]

Late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent's Paris apartment is for sale. [Vogue UK]

How H&M keeps things cool. [WSJ, subscription required]

-- Whitney Friedlander

Photo: Lena Horne, shown in a 1946 promotional photo for the musical "Till the Clouds Roll By." Credit: Associated Press / WNET

Anna Sui for Target collection

Look_04 So long to "Sex and the City’s" reign as pop culture’s sartorial zeitgeist. Anna Sui’s new collection for Target poses the question: Are you a Blair, Jenny, Serena or Vanessa?

Inspired by the characters on "Gossip Girl," Sui’s line for the mega retailer infuses the on-screen style of each Upper East Side, prepster/party girl with Sui’s signature vintage aesthetic. The result: Some really cute, kicky dresses that look to be short, short, short. Perfect for a pair of knee socks.

Anna Sui for Target lands in Target stores on Sept. 13 -- the day before the season premiere of "Gossip Girl."

--Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: Looks from the Anna Sui for Target collection Credit: Target


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