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Fashion News: Karl Lagerfeld advised Diane Kruger on 'Queen' role

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One of the first people actress Diane Kruger called when she won the role of Marie Antoinette in "Farewell, My Queen" was Karl Lagerfeld, she tells the Wall Street Journal. "I've known him since I was 16 years old and today he's both a friend and a neighbor," she said. "He is obsessed with Versailles and Marie Antoinette. When I got the part of the queen he was one of the first people I called, and I walked over to his home and picked his brain for inspiration." The Journal also says that much of the actress' fashion "ascent" can be credited to Lagerfeld. [WSJ]

In the ad campaign for Lady Gaga's soon-to-be-released new fragrance, tiny little men climb all over the nude star as she reclines, propped up on one elbow holding the egg-shaped bottle of the scent, called Fame. The photo was shot by Steven Klein, but it may be a bit too risque for major retailers to display. [Fashionista]

After the dust-up last week over Ralph Lauren making the opening ceremony uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team in China, Lauren has pledged to make the uniforms for the 2014 Olympics in the U.S. of A. [Los Angeles Times]

Speaking of Olympians, champion figure skater Evan Lysacek, 27, is the new roommate of fashion designer Vera Wang, 63, who just last week announced her separation from husband Arthur Becker after 23 years of marriage. It's unclear whether they are platonic or romantic roomies, though. [The Cut]

Models Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Lily Cole and Georgia May Jagger  "will strut the catwalk to David Bowie songs 'Fashion' and 'Rebel Rebel'," during the London Summer Olympics closing ceremonies, according to several British newspapers. But it is unclear whether any Olympic officals have confirmed the reports. [The Cut] 

Finalists have been named for this year's Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund competition (won last year by Joseph Altuzarra). They are Andrea Lieberman of A.L.C.; Greg Armas, Assembly New York; Sofia Sizzi, Giulietta; Justin Salguero, Daniel Silberman, and Alina Silberman, Illesteva; Jennifer Fisher, Jennifer Fisher Jewelry; Jennifer Meyer Maguire, Jennifer Meyer; Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty, Suno; Tabitha Simmons, Tabitha Simmons; Greg Chait, the Elder Statesman and Wes Gordon, Wes Gordon. Contenders will go through several challenges — including staging full-fledged runway shows at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles — before a winner and runners-up are named in November. At stake are cash awards and mentorships. [Vogue]

Eileen Fisher's fall ad campaign will include a graphic element to indicate items that are sustainably produced. An ampersand will signal that there is more information available on the brand's website about the sustainable practices used in a garment's manufacture. About 25% of the line's offerings at present reportedly are sustainable. [WWD] 

Costume designer Jacqueline Durran's "Anna Karenina" collection for Banana Republic, due out along with the film's release around the holidays this year, interprets the clothing of the 19th century Russian aristocracy into modern-day dresses, military-inspired outerwear, fur accessories and elegant baubles. [Styleite]

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Photo: Actress Diane Kruger listens attentively to designer Karl Lagerfeld during the 2012 amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS event during the Cannes Film Festival in May. Kruger turned to Lagerfeld for advice about playing Marie Antoinette in "Farewell, My Queen."  Credit: Andreas Rentz / Getty Images

Fashion News: Thom Browne among designers honored by Michelle Obama

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First Lady Michelle Obama invited winners of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards to the White House on Friday. Designers from many different fields were honored, including Thom Browne for fashion. The photo shows some of the work he displayed during the showing of his spring-summer 2013 menswear collection in Paris earlier this month.  [WWD]

Actress Blake Lively has been a celebrity brand ambassador for Chanel, but now she has a deal to front for Gucci's Premiere fragrance, making some wonder if the relationship with Chanel is on the rocks. But sources say all is well. [NY Post]

Banana Republic designed new uniforms for Virgin America crews. [Fashionista]

Shu Uemura is offering a 24-karat gold-plated eyelash curler, which sells for $24. Not super-expensive but still perhaps a bit much for something so utilitarian. [Racked]

Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier inked a licensing deal to go into home textiles. [WWD]

Macy's won a preliminary injunction in its lawsuit against Martha Stewart Omnimedia Inc. for selling at J.C. Penney, which Macy's says violates its contract with the group. The case is now expected to go to trial in November. [WWD] (Subscription required)

Thanks to "Mad Men" and Elizabeth Taylor, the cat-eye is back. [Los Angeles Times]

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Photo: A visitor captures a cellphone photo of a model presenting U.S. designer Thom Browne's creations during the men's spring-summer 2013 fashion collection show on July 1. Credit: Francois Guillot /AFP/GettyImages.

Fashion News: Katy Perry's costumes can be dangerous

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Katy Perry's over-the-top costumes have gotten the attention of her liability insurance company, which reportedly has ordered her to stop wearing spinning objects on her bosom after her hair got caught in a pair of twirling peppermints on an outfit similar to this one. [Styleite]

The Telegraph reports that medical experts say there's been an upswing in the number of injuries to men caused by wearing too-tight jeans. [Telegraph]

The house of Valentino has been purchased by the royal family of Qatar. [Styleite]

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"The Exorcist " is plenty spooky stuff, as anyone who has read the book by William Peter Blatty or seen the 1973 William Friedkin film knows (that's the one where Linda Blair's head spins around, in case you forgot -- as unlikely as that is). But no one looked at all scared on Wednesday night at an afterparty celebrating the opening night performance of the new stage version, directed by John Doyle at L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse. Stars Richard Chamberlain and Brooke Shields were all aglow, as was novelist Blatty, playwright John Pielmeier and magician Teller. Yes, Teller. He served as a creative consultant, teaching how to make a body levitate from a bed. [Society News LA]

Nikki Reed of "Twilight" fame -- she plays Rosalie Hale -- is collaborating on a capsule jewelry collection with Glamhouse.com, which specializes in jewelry designed by artists, celebrities and what they call "style icons." The collection was announced in a news release on Thursday and will be called Mattlin Era. It's to go on sale this fall.

Steven Tyler is leaving "American Idol," to return full-time to his own singing career with Aerosmith. We'll miss his wild hair and hair ornaments, along with everything else. [Los Angeles Times]

The uniforms Ralph Lauren designed for the U.S. Olympic team to wear at the opening ceremonies of the London Summer Games are made in China, which provoked outrage on Capitol Hill. [Los Angeles Times]

Nordstrom plans to open departments offering clothes from British retailer Topshop in 14 U.S. stores in September. And lucky for us Southern Californians -- two of them reportedly will be here. One will be at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and the other at the Irvine Spectrum in Irvine. Plans are still underway for a full-on Topshop store at the Grove in Los Angeles in 2013. [Racked]  

And in a rather strange collaboration, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the New York Mets -- which both turn 50 this year -- are teaming up to offer designer fan apparel created by the likes of Billy Reid and Yigal Azrouël. [WWD]  

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Photos from top: Katy Perry performs at the Pepsi/Billboard Summer Beats special live performance for her film "Katy Perry: Part of Me"  at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood in June. Credit: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Posing after "The Exorcist's" opening night are cast members, from left, Tom Nelis, Roslyn Ruff, Richard Chamberlain, Brooke Shields, Harry Groener, Emily Yetter, David Wilson Barnes, creative consultant Teller, Stephen Bogardus and Manoel Felciano. Credit: Jordan Strauss / Invision for the Geffen Playhouse/ AP Images

Ebay's Brad Goreski-hosted pop-up hits Westside Pavilion* [Updated]

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Ebay has enlisted celebrity stylist, reality TV star and man-about fashion-week Brad Goreski to help draw attention to the fact that the online auction site has rejiggered (the company uses the word "simplified") the way users list items for sale.

To that end, Goreski, stylist Danielle Nachmani and a handful of eBay fashion sellers (dubbed the Chic Squad) are hosting pop-up kiosk events across the country that explain the new process by helping individuals list an actual item they've brought in such as a handbag, pair of sunglasses, shoes or a dress.

The peripatetic pop-up, which started in New York City last month, has already rolled through Dallas and is slated to hit Los Angeles July 13 and 14 before heading to San Francisco. Goreski & Co. are scheduled to staff the Ebay Selling Style Studio at the Westside Pavilion, 10800 West Pico Blvd.* (directly in front of Nordstrom) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (we're told his old Brad self will be on hand Friday, June 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., with the Chic Squad holding down the kiosk the rest of the time).

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Photos: At left, Brad Goreski mans the Ebay Selling Style Studio, at right, the pop-up's first stop in New York City on June 8 and 9. Credit: Ebay

*[UPDATED 12:32 p.m. 7/12/2012: An earlier version of this post incorrectly listed the location of the Ebay pop-up. It will take place at the Westside Pavilion -- not Westfield Century City -- on July 13 and 14.

Fashion News: Kim Kardashian talks about her fashion evolution

 

Kim Kardashian talked about how her fashion sense has evolved -- from Juicy sweats to Celine, Lanvin and Givenchy -- on Wednesday on the inaugural episode of "The Look," a new show on YouTube’s Hello Style channel from Harper's Bazaar. The show is hosted and produced by  Laura Brown, Harper's Bazaar features/special projects director, who will interview celebrities on style and pop culture on the program.  Kardashian ended her interview by giving Brown a makeup lesson. [Harper's Bazaar]

To promote the show, Brown gave an interview to The Cut and explained her own style, which involves jeans, well-cut trousers, heels, Alexander Wang and Victoria Beckham. No skirts, no leather pants, no peplums. "I’m not that big on trends," she said. "I think the more that you work in the industry, the less you’re swayed by it. You appreciate it but you don’t fetishize it as much." [The Cut]

"Every girl should have a cupcake bra." So says Katy Perry's stylist Johnny Wujek in an interview with Refinery29. Wujek's next gig will be as creative director on "America's Next Top Model," starting in August. [Refinery29]

Marvin S. Traub, former president and chief executive of Bloomingdale's who is credited with transforming the store into a style trendsetter, has died at age 87 of bladder cancer. [NYT] 

The berets that are part of the uniforms U.S. athletes will wear to the Summer Olympics opening ceremonies and that were unveiled Tuesday stirred up a lot of talk on Fox TV's "Fox & Friends," in which host Steve Doocy and company commented they seemed to be too French, and suggested baseball caps instead. But thanks in part to viewer emails they stopped mocking when they were reminded berets have been part of American military uniforms for, well, more than half a century. [Media Matters]  

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Fashion News: 'Modern Family's' Sofia Vergara gets a ring, might be engaged

-- Susan Denley

Fashion News: 'Modern Family's' Sofia Vergara gets a ring

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Nick Loeb gave "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara -- shown here at this year's Golden Globe Awards -- a new ring for her birthday over the weekend, two months after rumor had it they were splitting up and setting off much speculation that they are engaged. That's because, unlike other accessories, a ring is never believed to be just a ring. [Los Angeles Times]

The Ralph Lauren uniforms the U.S. Olympic team will wear in the opening ceremonies at the London Summer Olympics were unveiled on Tuesday. [Los Angeles Times]

Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) talked to Fashionlologie about the exhibit she's planning for next year called "Queer Style: From the Closet to the Catwalk," focusing on gay designers. "Everybody knows that there's lots of gay people in fashion," she said. "But nobody's ever really thought consciously to put the gayness back into fashion history and say, 'Why are there so many gay people in fashion?' and 'Is there a gay aesthetic?' and 'What have been the influences of having so many gay people in fashion?' " [Fashionologie]

Casting calls have been scheduled in New York and Los Angeles for Naomi Campbell's upcoming modeling reality show "The Face." [Styleite]

Designer Vera Wang, famous for her bridal gowns, and her husband Arthur Becker, who helped her build her business,  have separated after 23 years. [WWD]

Old Navy plans to open a store in Japan, on the island of Odaiba, on Thursday, marking its first foray outside North America. [WWD] (subscription required.)

Toe art might become the next big thing in nails, since why should you stop with decorating 10 digits when you have 20? [Fashionista]

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Photo: Sofia Vergara, who might have gotten engaged over the weekend, at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Frugal Fashion: Ines de la Fressange at Paris Fashion Week

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When you think of someone who embodies French chic, it's no surprise that Ines de la Fressange comes to mind. The former model and designer has been a force in the fashion world for decades. Last year Fressange wrote a book called "Parisian Chic: A Style Guide," in which she divulged her secrets to dressing, eating and acting like a Parisian. 

When she's not giving away her style pointers, gleaned from years in the fashion industry as the face of Chanel and brand identity consultant for Roger Vivier (among other things), De la Fressange can still be seen on the runways in Paris. In 2009, she modeled two dresses in the Jean Paul Gaultier spring-summer haute-couture collection and also made an appearance on the runway for Karl Lagerfeld at the Chanel spring 2011 show.

De la Fressange is also a fixture off the runway, spotted in the front row at shows during Paris Fashion Week this month. She attended the Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture fall-winter 2013 presentation in a white blouse with sky blue blazer and dark capri denim. She added flats with a sparkly buckle and classic accessories in the form of a red bag, coral-colored bracelets and a long beaded necklace. It was signature de la Fressange: simple, understated elegance.

De la Fressange's outfit is a combination of affordable basics and well-curated accessories. For a similar look get a versatile, plain white blouse, cropped denim pants and a blue blazer. Try the  Robbi and Nikki jersey contrast top from Couturecandy.com for $58, the Black Orchid denim capris from Yoox.com for $79 and the Pale blue boyfriend blazer from Topshop for $70.

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For a patterned pair of flats with a buckle, get the Via Spiga Odessa snake embossed buckle flat Lastcall.com for $118. Accessorize with the 31 Bits Designs Waverly necklace from Pinkmascara.com for $34, the Kenneth Cole New York "modern Riviera" coral bracelet from Endless.com for $48  and toss your cellphone, wallet and keys into the Banana Republic leather market tote from Piperlime.com for $89.99.

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Mix and match these basics with existing items in your closet to give your wardrobe a budget-friendly lift for any occasion.

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.

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Photo: Ines de La Fressange attends the Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week fall-winter 2013 on July 4 in Paris. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Middle photo: Robbie and Nikki top, $58 / Couturecandy.com; Black Orchid denim capris, $79 / Yoox.com; Pale blue boyfriend blaer, $70 / Topshop.com.

Bottom photo: Via Spiga Odessa snake embossed buckle flat, $118 / Last Call by Neiman Marcus; 31 Bits Designs Waverly necklace, $34 / Pinkmascara.com; Kenneth Cole New York "modern Riviera" coral bracelet, $48 / Endless.com; Banana Republic leather market tote, $89.99 / Piperlime.com.

Fashion News: Justin Bieber attracts attention in Tokyo

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Justin Bieber arrived at Narita International Airport outside Tokyo on Monday, in town for some promotional appearances. He looks like he was certainly, um, comfortable on the plane ride. But my question: Is he an haute mess or a hot mess? [The Cut]

Colin Firth's wife, Livia, has been ardent about wearing sustainable fashion on red carpets the world over, launching the Green Carpet Challenge to encourage celebrities to do the same. Now she's launching a capsule collection of her own, Livia Firth Designs. The inaugural collection has just five pieces, and she plans to add a maximum of four each season. [Telegraph] 

 Sophie Theallet is the U.S. regional winner of the International Woolmark Prize, which goes to emerging designers for their interpretations of Merino wool. The prize comes with $100,000 and the chance to compete for another $100,000 in global competition. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is unhappy with model Alessandra Ambrosio, who dyed her little white dog pink and purple. [NYDN]

A representative for Jessica Simpson says reports that she plans to design a wedding gown collection were incorrect. (Or at least premature.) [The Cut]

Neiman Marcus and Target are teaming up for the holidays on a collection to be created by 24 fashion labels including Diane von Furstenburg, Rag & Bone, Jason Wu, Tom Ford, Rodarte and Skaist-Levy. The clothes will be available at the luxury retailer and the big box discounter. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Actress Chloe Grace Moretz has been named Aeropostale's first brand ambassador. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

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Photo: Justin Bieber arriving at Narita international Airport outside Tokyo on Monday. Credit: Kazuhiro Nogikazuhiro /AFP/GettyImages

Fashion News: Victoria Beckham joins Middleton girls at Wimbledon

Fashion designer Victoria Beckham and her soccer star husband, David, shared the royal box with the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister, Pippa Middleton, among others, at the Wimbledon men's tennis final
Fashion designer Victoria Beckham and her soccer star husband, David, shared the royal box with the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister, Pippa Middleton, among others, at the Wimbledon men's tennis final on Sunday. [People]

Jessica Simpson, who is engaged to former NFL-er Eric Johnson, plans to add a wedding dress line to her fashion enterprises. [New York Daily News]

Sewing machine sales are booming as young women turn to DIY fashion as a means of self-expression. [New York Times]

A wax figure of Australian model Miranda Kerr has been added to the collection at Madame Tussauds in Sydney. [Telegraph]

Designer Tom Ford plans to open his first standalone store in London. [Telegraph]

Choupette Lagerfeld -- that's designer Karl Lagerfeld's pet cat -- will make her modeling debut, posing alongside Laetitia Casta on the cover of V. [Fashionista]

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Photo: David and Victoria Beckham in the royal box at Wimbledon on Sunday. Credit: Leon Neal / AFP/Getty Images

Fashion News: Baby bikini onesie is one step too far for parents

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The bikini had its 66th birthday this week -- and it's still stirring up trouble. First, the trouble:

Parents in Southaven, Miss., are complaining about a baby onesie on sale at a local department store that's printed to look like a woman's figure wearing a bikini. "It gives people the wrong idea too quickly," one father said. To think only a couple of years ago, all we had to worry about was tweens' clothing being overly sexualized, not babies. [Huffington Post] 

Now the birthday: The bikini was introduced to the world by designer Louis Réard in Paris on July 5,  1946, changing the look of women's swimwear forever. An engineer who also helped run his mother's clothing boutique, he marketed the garment as being "smaller than the world's smallest bathing suit." The only woman who would model his prototype was Micheline Bernardini,  a 19-year-old nude dancer at the Casino de Paris. How times have changed. Fashionista looks back through the years at famous bikinis (like Princess Leia's slave ensemble and Marilyn Monroe's suit  in "Something's Got to Give.")  [Fashionista]

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The fall couture shows in Paris wrapped up with models wearing beaded face masks at Maison Martin Margiela, textured gowns at Valentino and fantasy one-of-a-kind clothes at Jean Paul Gaultier, shown here[The Cut] 

Bette Midler and her daughter Sophie were front and center among viewers of the Gaultier show. [Society News LA]

Hedi Slimane's first two collections as creative director for Yves Saint Laurent were shown only to customers, no media allowed, but word is leaking out that the resort collection he showed in Paris this week hearkened back to the label's founder with cigarette pants, tuxedo shirts, skinny suits and little silk dresses. [The Cut]

In its August issue, Seventeen magazine plans to run an editor's letter pledging to use only "real girls and models who are healthy" (i.e., not underweight) and not to digitally alter photos to change a model's face or body shape. To prove they are sticking to what they are calling the "body peace treaty,"  the staff will post behind-the-scenes images from photo shoots on its Tumblr blog. [New York Times]

Christian Louboutin on Wednesday unveiled the slipper he's created in honor of  Disney's planned "Cinderella" Diamond Edition release on Blu-ray this fall. The mini-platform heels are made of white lace and Swarovski crystals -- glass would have been kind of dangerous -- with Louboutin's signature red sole. These shoes won't be available for purchase. Instead, 20 pairs are to be given away. Details about the giveaway are to be announced in August. [USA Today]

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Photos, from top: Tthe bikini has become ubiquitous after a scandalous introduction 66 years ago. The one shown here is from  Vix by Paula Hermanny's collection in 2010. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.

Designer Jean Paul Gaultier and a model acknowledge the applause of the audience after the  Gaultier haute couture show at Paris Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2012-13 on Wednesday. Credit:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images.


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