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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Kim Kardashian + Elizabeth Taylor on diamonds and more


Harpers This makes me dizzy. Kim Kardashian interviews Elizabeth Taylor in Harper's Bazaar and does a photo shoot dressed as Cleopatra, as portrayed memorably by Taylor in the 1963 film. The interview seems to focus a lot on the divine Liz's divine diamonds -- but trust me, the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond and the 69.42-carat Taylor-Burton diamond are worth talking about. They chat about other stuff too. The magazine hits newsstands Feb. 22.

Vera Wang launches White for David's Bridal on Feb. 11, and the gowns are everything you could want in a wedding confection. The prices -- $600 to $1,400 -- aren't bad either. [FabSugar]

Despite Internet rumors to the contrary, designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham says she will not pose nude -- and pregnant -- for Vogue. [Telegraph]

Patti LaBelle, Dita Von Teese and Suzanne Somers were among the women modeling at Wednesday's Heart Truth Collection Red Dress Show. [StyleList]

Pantone has identified the top colors designers will be showing in their fall runway shows, previewed here Wednesday. The winners? Teal in the women's collections, cedar (kind of a greenish khaki) in the men's. [WWD]

Coco de Mer, home of erotic lingerie and toys, is closing its boutique on Melrose in Los Angeles, meaning there are sales just in time for Valentine's Day. [Mondette]   

Is the reign of boxers over? There's something new in men's underwear. Men are spending more on long-legged briefs. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

-- Susan Denley

Photos: Kim Kardashian, channeling La Liz as Cleopatra and as herself on the cover of Harper's Bazaar. Credit: Terry Richardson for Harper's Bazaar


Your morning fashion and beauty report: Katy Perry on Elle's March cover, Crystal Renn on weight and health and Urban Outfitters' new take on bridal

When it comes to fashion and beauty, we often waste time wishing we had something we don't -- or that we didn't have something that we do. Even Katy Perry, who is on the March cover of Elle,  spent a long time wishing for a smaller chest. But she's learned to love the curves she has. [People]

For some time now, Crystal Renn has been at the center of the ongoing conversation about models and weight. She's gone from anorexia (88 pounds), to plus size (14 and up)  and now to walking runways at a size 8. She credits exercise for her most recent weight loss and seems tired of the pressure of outside expectations about her weight and health in an interview on the Ford Models blog[Telegraph] [People]

Ralph Lauren launches a luxury denim line, to take the American classic to the next level. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

Donna Karan plans to offer a virtual trunk show of her fall line. Her runway collection will be shown live online on the “what’s new” tab on the company’s Facebook page on Monday at 2 p.m. Then starting Feb. 22, customers can order Karan's top recommendations from the collection on The clothes will ship around mid-August. [WWD]

The custom Swarovski red dress and heart-themed necklace that Julianne Hough is to model in Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection Fashion Show on Wednesday is quite a showstopper. It reportedly took 150 hours to make, and the necklace has 10,000 crystals. [People]

The toll of unemployment and its effects on retailers could last a generation. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Urban Outfitters jumps into the off-the-rack bridal business with its new Bhldn collection. Yes, you read that right. Bhldn collection. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Actress Elizabeth Olsen --- younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley, whose clothing line Elizabeth and James is named for her and their older brother, (James) Trent Olsen -- has her own style and a way with layering and accessories. [FabSugar]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Katy Perry at January's People's Choice Awards. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Nicole Richie teams with Gilt, David Tutera teams with Sears and YSL's ad is banned

-- Celebrity wedding planner David Tutera, host of "My Fair Wedding," is launching a line of wedding and engagement rings exclusively at Sears. (And the announcement comes on the eve of National Wedding Ring Day!) [WWD] (subscription required)

Anicole -- The very busy Nicole Richie, right, has teamed with Gilt Groupe for a full-price sale event Thursday featuring Richie's  House of Harlow 1960 and Winter Kate spring collections. [WWD] (subscription required) Gilt Groupe is busy too, having just launched the celebrity designer series our Melissa Magsaysay wrote about last week. [Los Angeles Times]

-- Did you wonder if that J. Crew wedding collection had legs? It seems so. Tori Spelling wore J. Crew last weekend when she was a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding. [People]

-- Young Scottish fashion designer Christopher Kane has won the British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund prize, a monetary award given -- along with mentoring from the more experienced -- to help talented newcomers. [Telegraph]

-- Los Angeles based Band of Outsiders has opened its first New York showroom. [WWD] (subscription required)

-- A television ad for Yves Saint Laurent's Belle d'Opium fragrance has been banned in the U.K. for simulating -- or at least implying -- drug use. [Telegraph]  

-- Got a bad haircut? Don't despair; there are some steps you can take to fix it -- like going back to the salon or trying clip in extensions till it grows out. [BellaSugar]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Nicole Richie.  Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

New online resources for the stylish bride-to-be [Updated]

Shopbopbridal Have about 10 or so taffeta bridesmaids gowns been collecting dust in the garage? Or are you a youthful and super stylish bride-to-be who has been perusing bridal dress websites online and just can’t find anything but the usual strapless, poufy and generic looking gown with accessories that are a total snooze fest or too reminiscent of 1994?

A couple of popular online retail sites are adding bridal components to their offerings, increasing the options for less traditional brides and for bridesmaids who don’t feel like dumping a fortune on a dress she’ll never wear again.

Rent the Runway launched their bridesmaid dress component Tuesday. Now Brides-to-be can select a style from the site and her maids can merely rent and return the dresses after the big day is done. Designers such as Nicole Miller and Robert Rodriguez have designed dresses exclusively for Rent the Runway. And some non-exclusive styles will also be available from Shoshanna and Calypso St. Barth’s. Accessories fit for a wedding are available from designers such as Miriam Haskell and Badgley Mischka. Wedding accessory rentals start at $10.

Shopbop, the go-to site for contemporary and some edgier designer wares, will also be adding bridal to the website starting in March. [Updated 1:25 p.m. Wednesday: An earlier version of this article said the bridal component to the website would be added in February.] The bridal gowns on shopbop’s Bridal Boutique will include pieces from smaller, lesser known New York designers as well as more established brands such as Halston Heritage, Thread Social, Rachel Pally, Lela Rose, Notte by Marchesa, Temperley London and Calvin Klein.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo:’s Bridal Boutique is launching in February. Credit: Shopbop

Tiaras top 2011 bridal trends

Hautebridetiara2 After a couple of recession-inspired years that saw brides-to-be paring back, not only on their "I Do" arrangements but with gowns that were more streamlined than princess-like, glamour is back in bridal.

And with it, the tiara.

"Tiaras are a good way to finish your overall wedding-day look, and to do something different and express your personal style," said Ellen Heisler, senior associate fashion editor for Brides magazine in New York, which has flagged tiaras as a trend.

"They don't have the stigma they used to have of being a little too proper or serious," she added.

Just as tiaras are making a comeback in fashion, with Natalie Portman and other stars wearing them on the red carpet, they are beginning to show up in bridal, which is increasingly influenced by celebrity attire. The upcoming nuptials of Kate Middleton and Prince William of Wales is likely to add to the trend.

Erincoletiara1In bridal, Heisler said, tiaras falls in two camps. There's "the simple, more delicate smaller piece that is tucked into the hair and looks really elegant and beautiful and effortless," said Heisler, referencing the San Francisco line Haute Bride.

The other side is more elaborate -- "the cool girl tiara," as she calls it, such as those from Erin Cole Design in Costa Mesa. "They're a little bit bolder, heavily encrusted with little crystals, or they have these chunkier crystals in them that feel different and fresh. They're not fussy or too stiff. They're fun and playful."

-- Susan Carpenter

Photo credits: Haute Bride, Erin Cole Design


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