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Fashion news: Armani, 'Great Gatsby' and Cannes Film Festival


Giorgio Armani contemplates his legacy in a profile in the upcoming WSJ magazine: Gabriella Forte, a consultant for Dolce & Gabbana and a former executive at Armani, tells writer Alessandra Galloni that "his brand isn't only about fashion; it's bigger than that." Galloni adds: "Armani, who turns 78 in July, looms so large over his company that it's hard to imagine a future without him." [WSJ]

In the meantime, Armani has seen its profits climb 23%. [WWD] (subscription required)

Lots of chatter about the release of a trailer for Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," and that includes lots of commentary about the clothes. New York magazine weighs in: "In typical Luhrmann fashion, they're far more fantastical, sparkly, and circuslike than, say, historically accurate for 1922. Gauging by the first trailer ... we can probably expect the wardrobe to look like some combination of the film's 1974 adaptation and a BeyoncĂ© concert in Vegas." [Cut]

Where are the best indie shops in Los Angeles? Racked has compiled a list of 38 stores, including "Eastside indie style mecca Mohawk General Store."

The Cannes Film Festival continues, as does the parade of starlets on various red carpets. Who's the fairest of them all? Naomi Watts, Kirsten Dunst and Diane Kruger, among others. [People]

Not to be outdone by his fashionista peers, Brad Pitt walked the red carpet in Cannes, sporting a pricey pair of shades. How pricey? The Sama Eyewear sunglasses are $1,250. [Us]

-- Alice Short


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Photo" A scene from "The Great Gatsby." Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Fashion news: Lady Gaga, Cameron Silver and dazzling Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger kicked off her gig as a Cannes Film Festival juror in a lace-up Versus mini dressLady Gaga, who, as we all know, really knows how to rock a meat dress, was forced to cancel shows in Indonesia. Why? Her sexy outfits were prompting security concerns. "According to the AP, a fringe group of Muslim extremists has criticized her sexy ensembles and promised to use physical force to prevent her from performing." [The Cut]

Decades owner Cameron Silver has started his own style blog. "What he's most known for are his spectacular suits in zany prints, colors and textures," says the Racked website. [Racked]

Here's a question for the ages: Do thin models make us want to shop? Do we look at their rail-like frames and suddenly feel inspired to race over to Bloomingdale's? Apparently not. "New research shows that women are actually much more willing to buy an item that's modeled by someone closer to their own size," according to The Cut. [The Cut]

Need more evidence that the anti-corset era is over? It's not enough that Spanx are hugely popular. The New York Times reports on the faja, which is increasing in popularity for those who dream of an hourglass figure. "It was imported from Columbia, one of the world's cosmetic surgery centers, where until recently it was used mostly for postoperative wear by recovering liposuction patients," the newspaper said. It seems to be especially popular among young Latinas. [NYT]

And, finally, the runway action has already started at the Cannes Film Festival. Yes, it's raison d'etre is film, but each year, our collective obsession with what the stars are wearing seems to grow. We'll start with a look at Diane Kruger, above, who kicked off her gig as a festival juror in noteworthy style -- in a lace-up Versus mini dress.


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-- Alice Short

Photo: Diane Kruger in Cannes: Loic Venance / AFP/Getty Images

Liya Kebede's one-gloved look at Cannes

Liya Model Liya Kebede made one of the most daring fashion statements at the Cannes Film Festival, wearing a single Lanvin glove, Michael Jackson-style, to the premiere of "Les Bien-Aimes" on Sunday.

Not sure if she was trying to channel the late one-gloved wonder or not, but it is a pretty cool look, with the embroidered crystal flower on the glove matching the embroidered crystal flower on the belt of her blue silk gazar Lanvin cocktail dress. I only wish that her gold minaudiere purse wasn't competing for attention.

What do you think? Would you wear a single glove?

-- Booth Moore

Photo: Liya Kebede at the "Les Bien-Aimes" premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. Credit: Ian Gavan / Getty Images

Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: At Cannes, Rachel McAdams does sultry while Tilda Swinton does subdued, and Kate Winslet is the new face of St. John


Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, the stylists behind the super-revealing, firecracker-red lace dress that Rachel McAdams donned in Cannes, talk about dressing celebs for the red carpet and the impact J Lo (another one of their A-list clients) has on fashion. WWD

The dress code at the Cannes Film Festival may be "less is more," but it's nice to see a star sport something a little more subdued and still look amazing. Tilda Swinton might be one of few actresses that can wear a silky button-down blouse at the skin, I mean, film fest. She looked great in a billowy white blouse tucked into the waistband of a simple black pencil skirt. The ensemble echoed the Jil Sander look she wore to this year's Golden Globes. StyleList

New moms such as Miranda Kerr and Penelope Cruz have shed their baby weight in what seems like no time at all. Cruz, who was pregnant while filming "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," talks about how she lost her post-baby weight, and of course, it seems just way too easy. Us Weekly

Kate Winslet is joining the likes of Angelina Jolie and Karen Elson as the new face of Orange County-based brand St. John for its fall 2011 ad campaign. Winslet is on a roll: She is currently the face of Lancome and an "ambassador of elegance" to Swiss watch label Longine. Telegraph

Emma Watson, who like Winslet is a British beauty and face of Lancome (Watson for its scent Tresor Midnight Rose), wants to add an eco-friendly cosmetic component to the brand. Can this Ivy League-educated ingenue get the almost-80-year-old cosmetic label to go green? Fashionista

Burberry had a bash to celebrate its new Convent Garden store, which attracted beauties and brand loyals such as Lily Donaldson and Julia Restoin Roitfeld. WWD

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: Rachel McAdams wearing a Marchesa gown at the Cannes Film Festival. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images



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