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Fashion: A diamond ring? Are Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus engaged?

Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus
A sparkling diamond spotted on Miley Cyrus' left ring finger Saturday night started tongues wagging about whether she and beau Liam Hemsworth of "The Hunger Games" are engaged. A source described as "close to the couple," who have been dating since 2009, said they aren't. Time will tell. But it always triggers rumors for a single celeb to put a diamond on that finger. Cyrus and Hemsworth were attending Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XIII in Phoenix. [People]

A Night at Sardi's
A galaxy of actors and comedians (and a few singers, too) belted out showtunes at last week's "A Night at Sardi's" 20th annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Assn. Among those taking the stage were Kristen Bell of “House of Lies;” Zachary Levi of “Chuck”; Melora Hardin of “The Office”; Josh Radnor of “How I Met Your Mother”; Marilu Henner of “Unforgettable”; Jon Lovitz of “Saturday Night Live”; Wayne Brady of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”; and Lamorne Morris of “New Girl.”  An appropriately costumed cast of "The Big Bang Theory" sang "Let the Sunshine In" and "Aquarius" from "Hair." [Society News LA]

A new fashion app for the iPhone launches Monday and will allow users to post and share photos of clothing along with purchase information. The app, called Trendabl, is described as similar to Twitter but "tailored to fashion." Individuals can share info with friends, and celebrities, bloggers and fashion labels can use the app to promote themselves. Reportedly among those already signed on are Whitney Port, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Nicky Hilton, Barney's New York, Diane von Furstenberg, Brad Goreski, Michael Kors and Current/Elliott. [WWD]

Bethenny Frankle has introduced a new product line, Skinnygirl Beauty, encompassing creams, lotions, scrubs, cleansers and a little makeup. It's available at Wal-Mart and there are already plans to add more products later this spring. [People]

Kim Kardshian says she plans to beef up security after last week's "flour-bombing" incident, and after thinking about it, may press charges against her attacker. Initially she had said she wouldn't bring charges, but she has realized it would be not good for people to think they can get away with such things. [Styleite]

Fashion retailer Bebe has launched a bridal line. [WWD] (Subscription required.)


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 --Susan Denley

Photos: From top, Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus backstage Saturday during Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XIII, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for CFN

The cast of the "Big Bang Theory," including Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch, Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons in a "Hair" medley. Credit: Jason Merritt/ Getty Images for the Alzheimer's Assn.

Frugal Fashion: Rihanna pre-'S&M' at the Billboard Music Awards

Rihanna The fashion at music events can be transfixing -- more compelling, at times, than the Oscars. The attendees seem a little less stuffy; the dresses and personalities sometimes border on outrageous; and there never seems to be a shortage of moments where I find myself thinking, "What was she thinking?"

Last Sunday's Billboard Music Awards were no exception. Model Nayer draped herself in mens' neck ties, Sinbad attempted to rock a bejeweled pirate blouse, and Fergie went dominatrix in a Hervé Léger by Max Azria Atelier mini. On stage shades of pure white popped up in the form of a military trench for Mary J. Blige, a Michael Jackson-ish suit for Far East Movement frontman Kev Nish and a futuristic Tron-inspired number for Nicki Minaj.

Fire-haired songstress Rihanna, who took home awards for radio artist of the year and best female artist, stole the show in white leather lingerie for a steamy performance of "S&M."

But before Rihanna saddled up for some hip thrusting, pole dancing and a pillow fight with Britney Spears, viewers got to see a very different, much sleeker side of the artist when she walked the red carpet in a tailored men's Max Azria white suit, super-low V-cut blouse, a gold tassel necklace and nude Christian Louboutin heels.

Rihanna's menswear look is sexy and sophisticated, making her all-white attire perfect for your upcoming summer soirees. For a similar style jacket try the Linen boyfriend blazer by Armani Exchange for $130, linen blend blazer from for $27.80, or the Epaulet blazer by Calvin Klein for $99.


For the trousers, you'll want a pair that is high-waisted for more of a feminine touch. Armani Exchange makes a great pair of trousers called the 20th pleated trouser for $88 or try the Nic + Zoe cotton side zip pants for $88.20 on This look would also work with a pair of wide-leg trousers like the Bebe sailor pant for $54.99.


Rihanna's shirt features an extremely low V-cut. This may be appropriate for an awards show but for your next outing you can go as low or as high as you want with these frugal finds: The Sheer pocket shirt from the Gap for $59.95, Bellatrix pleated blouse from for $78, or the Sparkle & Fade Dolman blouse from for $29.99.


Tassels have come back in a big way this season, adding a fun and frilly touch of '70s art deco. For a silver option wear the Twisted dropped-chain necklace from Charlotte Russe for $7.50 or for gold, the mesh loop tassel necklace from for $30.


Happy shopping!

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

-- Jenn Harris


Frugal Fashion: 'Fringe's' Anna Torv on the blue carpet at Fox upfront

Frugal Fashion: "Scream 4's" Lucy Hale goes Tribal at a Nylon magazine bash

Frugal Fashion: Pippa Middleton post royal wedding

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Photo: Recording artist Rihanna arrives at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 22 in Las Vegas. Credit: Isaac Brekken / Getty Images.

Blazer photo: From left, Linen boyfriend blazer from Armani Exchange. Credit: Armani Exchange; linen blend blazer from Forever 21. Credit:; epaulet blazer by Calvin Klein. Credit: Calvin Klein.  

Pants photo: From left, 20th pleated trouser by Armani Exchange. Credit: Armani Exchange; Nic + Zoe cotton pants. Credit:; Bebe sailor pant; Credit: Bebe.

Blouse photo: From left, Sheer pocket shirt from the Gap. Credit: The Gap; Bellatrix pleated blouse from Nordstrom. Credit:; Sparkle & Fade Dolman blouse. Credit:  

Necklace photo: From left, Twister dropped-chain necklace from Charlotte Russe. Credit:; Mesh loop tassel necklace. Credit:

Frugal Fashion: 'Scream 4's' Lucy Hale goes tribal at a Nylon magazine bash

LucyhaleLucy Hale's portrayal of the resident high school freak turned chic Aria Montgomery on ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" has people outside the tween audience bracket taking notice. Nylon magazine featured the young star as someone to watch in their May "hot young Hollywood" issue and she appears in the new "Scream 4" film, giving her vocal chords a workout.

The 21-year-old Southern belle (Hale is from Memphis) may be queen of teen melodrama hits like "Pretty Little Liars," "Privileged" and the "OC," but she shows here she can rule on the red carpet as well.  

At a Nylon Hollywood bash, the red-carpet newcomer appeared to be more of an old pro when she arrived in a weightless super low V-neck white blouse strategically tucked into a skintight BCBG tribal print skirt, a chunky woven black belt and vertiginously high black booties.

Tribal print skirts, swimsuits, dresses and even leggings are all the rage for summer with patterns that are at times raw and a little '80s. Hale's skirt print has pretty pops of neon yellow, giving her black and white print some gusto. 

This is technically a frugal column but it doesn't mean we can't splurge once in a while, especially when that splurge is so readily available: Hale's  BCBG skirt is for sale at Bloomingdales for $178. For an even bolder color and print -- and at a truly frugal price -- get the red tribal print skirt from Forever 21 for just $17.80. If you like the black and white look, Urban Outfitters carries a black and white print skirt for $39 in a body-hugging longer length.


Hale's lightweight white blouse creates the perfect contrast to her body-con skirt. For a similar look get the Shelly top by Guess for $39, Verlain tank by Twenty8Twelve by S. Miller for $30 from, or the Sangu Draped beaded Rachel top by Rachel Roy at Macy's for $79. 


Hale's woven belt is a great way to tie the flowy blouse and tight mini together. Any chunky black belt you might already own would look great with this look but if you're in the market to buy a belt, here are some fab finds: 2b woven accent belt from for $9.95, basket weave belt from Forever 21 for $6.80, or the Fashion Focus black woven belt from for $22.99.


Hale's shoes add a lot of edginess and character to her party outfit and go beyond the average black pair of booties. Her shoes feature a high ankle and an extra high heel. You could pull off this look with some straightforward booties but why not expirement a little? The following shoes will give some height and edge: The Amaze strapy bootie from Ninewest for $59.40, Envy women's throttle peep-toe ankle bootie for $62.40 from, Chinese Laundry hide and seek bootie from for $59.99, or the Kelsey Dagger shoes, Innis wedge booties from Macy's for $62.50.


Happy shopping!

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

-- Jenn Harris


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Photo: Actress Lucy Hale arrives at Nylon Magazine's May Young Hollywood Issue Celebration at Bardot on May 4, 2011 in Hollywood. Credit: Angela Weiss / Getty Images

Skirt photos: (From left) BCBG tribal print skirt. Credit:; Tribal print skirt. Credit:; Black and white print skirt. Credit:

Blouse photos: (From left) Shelly top. Credit: Guess; Verlain tank. Credit:; Sangu Draped beaded top. Credit:

Belt photos: (From left) 2b woven accent belt. Credit:; Basket weave belt. Credit:; Fashion Focus black woven belt. Credit:

Shoe photos: (From left) Amaze bootie. Credit:; Envy peep-toe bootie. Credit:; Chinese Laundry hide and seek bootie. Credit:; Kelsey Dagger shoe. Credit: 

Bebe and Beverly Hills 90210 team up for a new clothing line

There's a new TV/clothing collab on the horizon (Glee and Gossip Girl jumped on that bandwagon long ago, and our own Booth Moore reported on the significant surge in TV/clothing collaborations). Bebe, the retailer who also has produced a line designed by the Kardashian sisters, has teamed up with CBS Consumer Products for a line called "Bebe for 90210" based on the CW show.


With a cast full of hot female leads, 90210 seems like a perfect fit for fashion branding. And the synergy is kicking into full gear by next week when fans of the show will get a sneak peak of a few of the outfits. On Jan. 31, Jessica Stroup, AnnaLynne McCord and Jessica Lowndes will be wearing pieces from the collection on the episode titled, "It's Getting Hot in Here" and again on the Feb. 7 episode.

The show's producers, wardrobe team and the Bebe creative team all have contributed to the look of the collection and plan to roll out the line of suiting, blouses, dresses and jumpsuits four times a year. 

I only wish this had been done with the original cast of 90210, because who didn't want everything out of Donna Martin's closet?

The Bebe for 90210 collection will be available in Bebe stores and at on Feb. 10 and ranges from $59 to $159.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: Looks from the Bebe for 90210 clothing collection on (from left) Jessica Lowndes, AnnaLynne McCord and Jessica Stroup. Credit: Scott Humbert/The CW


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