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Marilyn Monroe nail salons, cafe in the works

Glamour room
In working on a story for Sunday's Image section about how Marilyn Monroe's brand continues to march on a half-century after her untimely death I ran across all kinds of licensed products and properties bearing her name and likeness, many of which appear in a companion piece running in the same issue.

Photo Gallery: Marilyn Monroe Merchandise

But two of the more ambitious are the separate projects underway to open both a chain of Marilyn Monroe cafes and Marilyn Monroe nail salon-day spas -- both of which are being done in cooperation with (and licensed through) the company that owns the bulk of the Marilyn Monroe estate.

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Fashion News: Meet Liberty Ross, 'other woman' in Kristen Stewart affair

Liberty Ross, Rupert Sanders
The celebrity couple scandal du jour involves not a love triangle but a love square, I guess. Kristen Stewart apologized to Robert Pattinson for cheating on him with Rupert Sanders, her director on "Snow White and the Huntsman, " and Sanders apologized for cheating on his wife, Liberty Ross. She is a successful fashion model and sometime actress, who isn't as well known as the other three, but Google searches for her name spiked to five times their normal rate. [The Cut]   

"Glee's" Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Darren Criss and Heather Morris were among the actors mixing with pro surfers at Billabong's annual Design for Humanity block party, music festival and swimwear fashion show Wednesday in Hollywood. [Society News LA] 

Naomi Campbell's reality show "The Face" will also feature models Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova as coaches for teams of aspiring models. The show is slated to debut on Oxygen in 2013, and for those who may have missed our earlier report, there is a casting call in Los Angeles on Saturday. [The Cut]  

Photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' documentary "About Face: The Supermodels, Then and Now” is scheduled to air on HBO on Monday night. Isabella Rosselini, Jerry Hall and Marisa Berenson are among the models who talk about their looks and lives, then and now. “Working off your looks makes you pretty much the opposite of self-confident,” Paulina Porizkova says. Carmen Dell’Orefice compares plastic surgery to upkeep on a home: “If you had the ceiling falling down in your living room, would you not go and have a repair?” [New York Times]

Lauren Conrad has signed on to host the second annual "Designs for the Cure" gala event with the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation in Los Angeles, event organizers announced in a news release. The gala is scheduled for Oct. 13. Last year's event raised more than $100,000 for the cause.

Southern California denim company Lucky Brand struck a licensing deal with the Parigi Group to manufacture and market Lucky Kid, which should hit department stores beginning in January. [WWD] (Subscription required.)


From Juicy Couture to Skaist Taylor

Frugal Fashion: Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi

Robert Pattinson moves out of house shared with Kristen Stewart

Fashion News, the Olympic edition, featuring McCartney, Branson


--Susan Denley

Photo: Model and actress Liberty Ross and director Rupert Sanders attend a "Snow White and the Huntsman" screening in May in Los Angeles. Credit:  Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Frugal Fashion: DeGeneres, De Rossi step out at Teen Choice Awards

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

What do you wear to an awards show where the average audience member is under the legal drinking age, the main attraction is the cast of the "Twilight" film series and the awards are rainbow surfboards? The correct answer is whatever you please.

Pint-sized stars flooded the pink carpet at the recent Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre in anything and everything from jeans and leather pants to cheeky cocktail dresses and skintight minis. Justin Bieber arrived in casual white pants and a camouflage tee, while girlfriend Selena Gomez sported a Dsquared² Resort 2013 flirty pink pleated mini. On the dressier side were "Choice Action Actress" Zoe Saldana in a matching patterned crop top and skirt by Jonathan Saunders and "Glee" star Lea Michele shining in a metallic Versace mini.

Power couple Ellen DeGeneres (who won the award for "Choice Comedian") and Portia de Rossi stood out as a fun, stylish pair who looked chic but didn't take themselves too seriously. DeGeneres chose a menswear-inspired look in a plain V-neck tee, black blazer, khaki pants and a Repp stripe tie belt. De Rossi appeared laid back but elegant in a black tunic tucked into shorts and strappy heels.


To get DeGeneres'  preppy menswear look, try the American Eagle Outfitters Boyfriend blazer in true black for $69.95 from, the Bennett chino from for $79.50, the navy-and-red Repp stripe tie belt from for $24.99, the DV Dolce Vita oxfords in clay from for $79 and a wardrobe must-have staple, the Hanes classic 3-pack V-neck tees for $24 from These V-neck tees are perfect to have on hand for any occasion.


For De Rossi's more feminine, dressier ensemble try the Michael Kors peasant tunic top from for $70.99, the Lands' End chino shorts for $15.99 from Lands' End Canvas and the Kenneth Cole Reaction rise guy slingback sandal from for $68.87.


Try Ellen's look for a backyard BBQ or go glam like Portia for your next party. Both looks are versatile enough to wear all summer long.

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.


Frugal Fashion: Naya Rivera a sartorial heroine at Comic-Con

Frugal Fashion: Gwen Stefani goes rocker glam in L.A.

Frugal Fashion: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' star Emma Stone

— Jenn Harris

Photo: TV personality Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi arrive at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.

Middle photos, from left: American Eagle Outfitters Boyfriend blazer, $69.95 /; Bennett chino, $79.50 /; Navy and red Repp stripe tie belt, $24.99 /; DV Dolce Vita oxfords, $79 /; Hanes classic 3-pack V-neck tees, $24 /

Bottom photos, from left: Michael Kors peasant tunic top, $70.99 /; Lands' End chino shorts, $15.99 / Lands' End Canvas; Kenneth Cole Reaction rise guy slingback sandal, $68.87 /

Fashion News: Katie Holmes' clothing line sales up, post-Cruise

Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes and stylist Jeanne Yang plan to present their Holmes & Yang women's ready-to-wear line at New York Fashion Week for the first time in September. Interestingly, reports say that sales of the clothes have increased since news came out about Holmes' divorce from Tom Cruise -- the couple is pictured here in happier times. [The Cut]

Naomi Campbell's new model-search reality television series, "The Face," has a casting call scheduled in L.A. on Saturday, according to a news release.  It's slated for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the W Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., in Hollywood.  Applicants need to be 18 years old or more and at least 5 feet, 7 inches tall. More information is available on the show's casting website.

You might have thought the days of dressing for success at work were over, given the encroachment of casual Friday into the rest of the week. But you'd be wrong. A new survey says co-workers will look down on you if you come to work in hoodies and flip-flops. Unless you're Mark Zuckerberg. [Los Angeles Times]

Rag & Bone debuted its first advertising campaign on Tuesday, starring Kate Moss photographed by Craig McDean. And Wednesday it opened its first European store, in London. [The Cut] 

Spanish swimwear designer Dolores Cortes has made a 10-month-old girl with Down syndrome the face of her 2013 kids collection. The tyke, Valentina Guerrero, walked the runway at Cortes' show during Miami Swim Week, and she's pictured on the catalog for the collection, called DC Kids. The designer told AdWeek, “People with Down syndrome are just as beautiful and deserve the same opportunities. I’m thrilled to have Valentina modeling for us.” [Styleite]

 L'Oreal Paris has launched a hair color consultation app. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

A gauzy white Louis Vuitton frock seems to be the most popular dress of this spring, appearing on at least nine magazine covers around the world and seen on red carpets worn by actresses Elle Fanning and Fan Bingbing. [Fashionista]


Teen Choice Awards brings out the Barbies

Juicy founders return with new line, new look

Sneak Peek: Nicole Richie debuts for Macy's Impulse

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise before their split. Holmes' fashion line with Jeanne Yang is reported to have become more popular since she filed for divorce. Credit: Gabriel Bouys /AFP/GettyImages

Fashion News: Stars turn out for HollyRod fundraiser

A galaxy of stars attended DesignCare 2012 on Saturday, the 14th annual fundraiser for the HollyRod Foundation, established by Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete to provide assistance to people with Parkinson's Disease and autism. Among the famous mingling at the event on a Malibu oceanfront estate were Paula Abdul, Arsenio Hall, NFL veteran Al Cowlings, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Brooke Burke, Spice Girl Melanie Brown, Jane Seymour, James Keach, Shaun Robinson and Shannon Tweed. [Society News LA]

Fashion designer Victoria Beckham confirmed she and the other Spice Girls are reuniting to perform at the closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in London. [Vogue UK]

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles announced via news release that it is extending its popular exhibit of photographs by Herb Ritts through Sept.2.  "Herb Ritts: L.A. Style" is organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and curated by Paul Martineau, associate curator of photographs. After its L.A. run, it is scheduled to go on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum from Oct. 6 to Dec. 30 and at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla.,  from March 1 to June 2, 2013.

In the latest phase of its reinvention, J.C. Penney is opening shop-in-shops for Arizona Jeans and I Jeans by Buffalo.  [WWD] (Subscription required)

MTVs "House of Style," a 1990s staple, is returning as a digital-first program. [NY Magazine]

The M.A.C. AIDS Fund Announced that sales of M.A.C.'s VivaGlam lipsticks have raised more than $250 million for people living with AIDS. [Elle]

Nars plans to start a new skin care line. [WWD] (Subscription required)


Teen Choice Awards brings out the Barbies

Juicy founders return with new line, new look

Sneak Peek: Nicole Richie debuts for Macy's Impulse

--Susan Denley

Photo: Enjoying the HollyRod fundraiser, from left, are Elise Neal of "Scream 2," Holly Robinson Peete, Yvette Nicole Brown of "Community" and celebrity stylist Elgin Charles.  Courtesy of  Elise Neal.

Fashion News: Lady Gaga's fragrance will be the first black perfume

Haus Laboratories has posted a short video clip on the making of Lady Gaga's soon-to-be-released fragrance, Fame. In it we learn that Fame is the first ever black perfume -- "Black like the soul of fame" -- and that it takes a lot of industrial equipment and some shirtless men to make it. [The Cut]

Nelson Mandela's fashion line -- you read that right -- made its North American debut in New York City on Wednesday, which was also International Nelson Mandela Day and his 94th birthday. The collection of women's clothing and accessories is called 466/64, for his prisoner number and year in which he was sent to prison in South Africa. The brand is meant to boost South Africa's economy. [Styleite]

Stella McCartney announced she will fund a scholarship for exceptional fashion students studying at Central St. Martin's. [Telegraph]

Opening Ceremony opened a pop-up shop in London's Covent Gardens on Thursday, just in time for the Summer Olympics. [The Cut]

And Max Factor makeup artist Caroline Barnes unveiled the "official beauty look" that is to be worn by female athletes and presenter escorts during Olympics awards ceremonies. [Stylist UK]

Barney's New York is making its warehouse sale (Aug. 23-Sept. 3) available online -- so even if you live in one of the other 49 states, you can shop. [Fashionista]


Photos: Starlet style at Comic-Con 2012

Nail art goes from Niche to mainstream

Kendall Jenner stars in Beverly Center Fashion's Night Out ads

--Susan Denley

Fashion News: 'Pretty Little Liars' for Bongo. 'Runway' celebrates 10.

Bongo is featuring “Pretty Little Liars” stars Lucy Hale and Ashley Benson in its multimedia marketing campaign for fall. Titled, “On Set,” the ads give fans a "behind-the-scenes look at Lucy and Ashley’s life on set by giving them a glance into their dressing rooms and trailers," according to a news release. Above is a behind-the-scenes look of the shoot. 

Meanwhile, Lanvin launched its fall campaign, using "real" people instead of celebrities or models. One is a stunning 82-year-old former dancer who is also one of Ari Seth Cohen's "Advanced Style" subjects. [Fashionista]  

Project Runway
"Project Runway" celebrated its 10th season Tuesday night with a party in NYC. The event included a life-sized interactive runway installed on the High Line. Attendees included former contestants such as Mondo Guerra, Austin Scarlett and Kenley Collins. Host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn hammed it up. [WWD]

A coffee table book dedicated to the work of model Kate Moss is due out from Rizzoli in November. Interestingly, it is edited by Moss' former boyfriend -- father of her daughter Lila -- Jefferson Hack. [Telegraph]

Jason Wu is partnering with Nordstrom on a diffusion line to be introduced in January. The first pieces from the Miss Wu line look as if they could have been inspired by Jane Birkin and Marianne from the 1960s, says The Cut's  Charlotte Cowles. [The Cut]

Shopkick and Macy's rolled out a phone app that gives customers rewards points just for walking into a Macy's store. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Louis Vuitton is appealing a judge's decision dismissing its lawsuit against Warner Bros. for using fake Vuitton luggage in "The Hangover II." [Styleite] 

Ever have a colleague, friend or companion who reeks? And I mean that in the most literal sense. A company called G.B. Proudfoot's Natural Body Care Products has come up with a solution allowing you to anonymously send a "Deodogram" with a somewhat tactful message and a stick of deodorant.  [The Cut]


Photos: Starlet style at Comic-Con 2012

Nail art goes from Niche to mainstream

Whitney Houston, "Sparkle" stir memories on "L.A. Hair" finale

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Tim Gunn and  Heidi Klum attend the "Project Runway" Life-Sized Interactive Runway installation on The High Line In New York on Tuesday. Credit:  Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Lifetime

Whitney Houston, 'Sparkle' stir memories on 'L.A. Hair' finale


Hairstylist Kim Kimble has had an exciting year, even by the standards of someone who is used to styling some of the most famous heads in Hollywood, including Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and Shakira.

Long a force behind the scenes -- styling Beyonce in "Dreamgirls" to name just one of her credits -- this year Kimble starred in her own reality series, "L.A. Hair," on WE TV.  And she was head hairstylist for the upcoming (and much anticipated) film "Sparkle," starring the late Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps and Cee Lo Green, among others.

The two worlds kind of come together in the season finale of "L.A. Hair, " airing at 9 p.m. Thursday, which features Kimble styling the hair of "Sparkle" cast member Brely Evans while the two reminisce about Houston. They shared a sneak peek with All the Rage.


Pink, blue, purple -- vibrant hair color breaks out

Whitney Houston shines in trailer for 'Sparkle'

-- Susan Denley

Fashion News: All sweetness and light at 'Dark Knight Rises' premiere

For the world premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" in New York City on Monday night,  leading ladies Marion Cotillard and Anne Hathaway were all sweetness and light, in white and cream dresses. [Los Angeles Times] 

Giorgio Armani created the bespoke suits Christian Bale wears in the film as Batman's alter ego, the wealthy  Bruce Wayne. And the suits have a customized label: "Giorgio Armani for Bruce Wayne." "In the lexicon of superheroes, it's an honor to be associated with such an intriguing character as Bruce Wayne," said Armani, who also provided clothes for 2008's "The Dark Knight." [Vogue UK] 

For how long have many U.S. clothing companies outsourced manufacturing to Asia? Why does it take the combination of a dual Olympics/presidential election year to draw Congress' attention to this fact? So now in the ongoing flap over the Ralph Lauren Olympic opening ceremony outfits for Team USA being made in China, a bipartisan group of 59 members of Congress has written to the U.S. Olympic Committee expressing outrage.  "American manufacturing is critical to the soul of the country," the group said. "The U.S. textile and apparel industry provides the backbone to many cities and towns." [WWD] (Subscription required.)

The annual Pirelli Calendar -- so exclusive it goes only to select VIPs around the world -- specializes in elegant nudes of A list models and celebrities. The 2013 version, shot by photographer Steve McCurry, could be called the "calendar of the soul," according to Vanity Fair Italy, for its showing of "women protagonists involved in the support of foundations, NGOs and humanitarian projects." (They include a pregnant Adriana Lima, marking the first time the calendar has featured a noticeably pregnant woman). [Vanity Fair Italy]

EBay is teaming up with designers including Billy Reid, Chris Benz, Fallon, Jonathan Adler, Ruffian, Steven Alan and Tibi to create items for this year's holiday season. [The Cut]

Milliner-to-royals Philip Treacy plans to stage a runway show Sept. 16 as part of London Fashion Week. [WWD]

Singer Lana Del Rey is the face (and voice) of H&M's fall ad campaign. [Fashionologie]


PHOTOS: Celebs bring casual chic to Comic-Con

Nail art goes from niche to mainstream

Summer beauty trends celebrate creativity

-- Susan Denley

Photo: From left, actors Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway and Christian Bale pose together at the world premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" on Monday in New York. Credit:  Evan Agostini / Invision/Associated Press

Frugal Fashion: Naya Rivera a sartorial heroine at Comic-Con

Naya Rivera at Comic-Con

Where can you find bloody zombies, the amazing Spider Man and a hobbit all in the same room? The annual Comic-Con comic book convention in San Diego brings together fans from all over the world -- many of whom dress up as their favorite characters. But over the years the convention, which wrapped up Sunday, has become a place to spot style trendsetters as well. The eclectic mix of fantasy and fashion is now a main attraction for the celebrity set, who attend to promote various projects.

The convention’s sartorial heroes ranged from pretty starlets Michelle Williams (in a  print dress from the Giulietta resort 2013 collection) and Emmy Rossum (in a pale blue suit jacket and vest by Ralph Lauren) to heroines in tougher, sexier garb. “Twilight” saga star Kristen Stewart rocked a cropped white Fluxus T-shirt, mini skirt and high-top sneakers, while Karen Gillan wore a graphic shirt and black mini.

PHOTOS: Starts are casual-chic at Comic-Con 2012

Striking just the right balance of sexy and tough, casual and red-carpet-ready,  was "Glee" star Naya Rivera. Rivera chose a grey Razan Alazzouni top, electric blue high waist pencil skirt from H&M and neon yellow pumps by Giuseppe Zanotti. She let her color combination steal the spotlight by keeping her accessories and makeup minimal. She chose a pair of studs, dark nail polish and a simple nude lip.


To get Rivera’s look, try the wrapped crop tee from for $32, the midi high-waisted millennium pencil skirt in cobalt blue from Charlotte Russe for $18.99 and the BCBGeneration "Cielo" pump in neon yellow from Nordstrom for $88.95.

FfnayamakeupFor a matte nude lipstick, try the Stila long wear lip color in “In the Nude,” available at for $20. Black nail polish is no longer reserved for adolescents going through a certain phase. Try a couple coats of the Milani high speed, fast dry nail lacquer in black swift 23 ($4.49 at to add a little edge to your ensemble.

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.


Frugal Fashion: Ines de la Fressange at Paris Fashion Week

Frugal Fashion: Gwen Stefani goes rocker glam in L.A.

Frugal Fashion: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' star Emma Stone

-- Jenn Harris

Top photo: Actress Naya Rivera attends the "Glee" Press Room during Comic-Con International 2012 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images.

Middle photos, from left: Wrapped crop tee, $32 /; midi high-waisted pencil skirt, $18.99 / Charlotte Russe; BCBGeneration "Cielo" pump, $88.95 / Nordstrom. 

Bottom photos, from left: Stila long wear lip color in “In the Nude,” $20 / Ulta; Milani nail polish, $4.49 /


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