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Category: Barneys New York/ Co-op

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Kate Walsh, Katy Perry and Beyonce make fragrance news. And the metrosexual gives way to the machosexual.

When is a derriere not a derriere? When a jeans company describes it in ads with a term that can't be used in a family newspaper (or website)....and with no bleeping! That's the latest trend in denim advertising, and companies such as Levi's say they are just using the same language their customer would use. Just one more sign of Armageddon. [Wall Street Journal] (Subscription required.) 

L'Oreal Paris is launching an anti-aging line called Youth Code that is said to include the first mass market skin care products that stimulate genes to reverse the effects of aging. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Celebrity deal of the day: Kate Walsh, aka Dr. Addison Montgomery on "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice," is entering the beauty business, with a new fragrance called Boyfriend. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Speaking of celebrity fragrances, Katy Perry is tricked out in a pink and blue Latex catsuit, playing with a giant ball of pink yarn, in her ads for her new fragrance, Purr. [WWD]  And Beyonce is following up her Heat fragrance with Heat Rush, a daytime scent to be released in February. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

We love food; we love fashion. And Barneys New York is bringing both together in holiday window displays that will be inspired by famous chefs, including Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Cat Cora, Ina Garten, Anne Burrell and Paula Deen. [StyleList]

Actress/singer Selena Gomez is auctioning off the Catherine Dean gown she wore in her "A Day without Rain" video to benefit UNICEF. [People] The dress is available through Nov. 10 on the online auction site Charitybuzz.

Can it be true? Reports from across the pond are that the recession is forcing men to abandon being metrosexuals to become moisturizer-less, hair-gel-eschewing machosexuals. [StyleList]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Kate Walsh. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Shipley & Halmos take to the road on a Barneys Co-op tour

S&H First there was Alice + Olivia styling southern belles out of a renovated Airstream. Next came Cynthia Rowley, who refashioned an old shipping truck into a mobile boutique (pulling into Fashion Island this weekend!)

Now designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos are hitting the road — touring Barneys Co-op locations around the country in search of "the quintessential Shipley & Halmos customer" on a sojourn they're calling the Fill in the Blank Photo Tour.

In each city, the former SoCal boys (who co-founded Trovata before parting ways with current owner John Whitledge in 2007) will meet with customers and snap their pictures in a photo booth set up to capture a range of personalities that the designers hope will eventually comprise a complex portrait of their customer base.

The pair plan to publish a book of the photos, available this fall at — you guessed it — Barneys Co-op.

While they won't be riding in a renovated armored truck or a refurbished VW van (they will be jetting and driving to the various locales), the designers will definitely be packing in plenty of stops.

Beginning at the Barneys Co-op on Madison Avenue in New York on Thursday, Shipley and Halmos will journey to Boston; Chevy Chase, Md.; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Austin, Texas; Houston; Dallas; Beverly Hills (Aug. 22 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.); Santa Monica (Aug. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.); Costa Mesa (Aug. 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.); San Diego; and, finally, Seattle on Aug. 26.

While on the road, the dapper duo will keep an online diary of their travels through their Facebook and Twitter pages.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: Jeff Halmos, left, and Sam Shipley of Shipley & Halmos. Credit: Shipley & Halmos


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