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Sneak peek: Nicole Richie debuts for Macy's Impulse

Nicole Richey for Impulse
Nicole Richie's exclusive limited-edition collection for Macy's Impulse is slated to make its runway debut at this year's annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser, "Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama," but we have a sneak peek pictured here.

This is the 30th year for the fundraiser, which combines fashion, music, dance and technology in a theatrical show.  Over the years, the event -- which was co-chaired by the late actress and AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor --  has raised more than $30 million for HIV/AIDS organizations and research projects in Los Angeles and San Francisco, according to organizers.

Nicole Richie's collection includes 1970s-influenced silhouettes, prints and fabrications, with pieces priced from $49 to $149. Besides Richie's collection, other labels participating in Glamorama include Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Bar III.

The theme of the event is "British Invasion: The Music Then, the Fashion Now," with performances slated by Robin Thicke and Karmin. It's scheduled for 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway in Los Angeles. Tickets, starting at $75, are available for American Express cardholders now and go on sale to the public on Wednesday.

Glamorama  will be repeated at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 in San Francisco. 


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-- Susan Denley

Sketch credit: Macy's

Billabong to host 6th annual design for humanity charity event


Want to get a look at Billabong's new Spring 2013 collection? The popular skate and surf clothing brand will host its 6th annual "Designer for Humanity" event Wednesday with an exclusive sneak peek at the line's new tribal-influenced swimwear and one-of-a-kind custom pieces.

The event, which takes place at  Paramount Studios in Hollywood, is a mix of fashion, music and art. Festivities include a Billabong runway show featuring items from the new collection. Billabong collaborated with painter Hayuk on the line's swimwear. Some of the looks from the Billabong spring collection will be available for purchase at the event and Hayuk's pieces will be available for pre-sale starting that day. 

An art show titled Unlearn | Relearn with works from more than 25 artists, including Damion Silver and Chris Betting, will be on display. Three stages will be set up for performances by DJs and indie rock bands such as Walk the Moon and Imagine Dragons, and several organic food trucks are slated to make an appearance: Green Truck on the Go, the Gastrobus, the Patty Wagon and CoolHaus.

Tickets are $30 for general admission and $90 for VIP tickets, which allow access to the VIP area with free food and drinks. All ticket sales and a portion of the proceeds from an art auction and product collaboration sales will go to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, which supports people, organizations and institutions who work toward a sustainable future.The event is sponsored by Verizon, Sony Xperia and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit


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-- Jenn Harris

Image credit:  Billabong

No Mother's Day: Christy Turlington spotlights maternal mortality

Model Christy Turlington doesn't want you to celebrate Mother's Day. In fact, she's devoted an entire campaign to encouraging mothers to disappear on the holiday.

It's all part of her No Mother's Day campaign in collaboration with New York-based creative agency CHI&Partners and Every Mother Counts, meant to bring awareness to the hundreds of thousands of women who die each year from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. In the film shown above, produced by Turlington's husband Ed Burns, Turlington and friends, including Jennifer Connelly and Debra Messing, ask women to disappear on Mother's Day in an act of solidarity.

"Say no to gifts and phone calls, or no to gifts and yes to phone calls, or just go silent on social media -- it's your choice," said Turlington in a release. "Our primary hope is that you spend a few moments on May 13 to think about those unable to do the same."

Turlington made her directorial debut in 2010 with the film "No Woman, No Cry" where she chronicled the stories of at-risk pregnant women in Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala and a prenatal clinic in the U.S. The No Mother's Day campaign is another step in her ongoing efforts to bring about awareness.

Turlington measures the success of the campaign by the number of "actions" taken to reduce maternal mortality, with the goal being 5 million actions by 2015. These actions include ways to raise awareness and funds. The website details how to get involved, including signing a pledge to help reduce needless deaths, running or walking your own Every Mother Counts 5K and purchasing the official team shirts, giving a monetary donation or donating a phone.


Clarins unveils FEED 15 cosmetic pouch to fight world hunger

Hanks' lapel pin explained: Hollywood unveils 'Got Your Six' campaign

Kohl's launches sporty new collection to support breast cancer research

— Jenn Harris

Video: Christy Turlington's video to promote the No Mother's Day mobilization campaign.

Kohl's launches sporty new collection to support breast cancer research


Kohl's department stores have launched an exclusive Kohl's Cares FILA Sport collection of workout apparel and accessories to benefit breast cancer research.

The collection, in stores through July, includes shorts, tees, headbands, sports bras, arm bands and hats printed with hearts and ribbons in gray, pink and black. Ear buds, duffel bags, towels, sunglasses and socks round out the collection of accessories. Each item is available for either $5 or $10 and all net profits will be donated to support breast cancer research.

Over the past three years, Kohl's has donated to the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 


Clarins unveils FEED 15 cosmetic pouch to fight world hunger

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Photos: Mother's Day Gift Guide

— Jenn Harris

Photo: Items from the Kohl's Cares Fila Sport collection. From left, shirt ($10), headband 2 pack ($5), shorts ($10). 

Hanks' lapel pin explained: Hollywood unveils 'Got Your Six' campaign

Hanks and Six Pin
The full story behind Tom Hanks' quixotic Oscar night accessory -- a simple numeral 6 pin on his left lapel -- was finally revealed today to be an ambitious entertainment industry program aimed at helping U.S. military veterans.

The "Got Your Six" initiative, which takes its name from military jargon meaning "I've got your back, and you've got mine" (the six o'clock position designates the back of a military formation), launched at this morning at a star-studded news conference at the Wilshire Boulevard SAG-AFTRA offices in Los Angeles with the stated goal of creating "a wide array of opportunities for veterans to successfully convert their leadership and operational training into positive civilian roles in communities nationwide."

Organizers of the "Got Your Six" (abbreviated to the social media friendly "GY6") campaign have laid out six "pillars of reintegration" (jobs, education, health, housing, family and leadership), each paired with an existing nonprofit organization and a measurable goal (the jobs pillar, for example, involves the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hiring Our Heroes program embarking on a campaign to get businesses to hire 500,000 veterans and military spouses by December 2014).

The impressive list of industry partners includes the major Hollywood unions (SAG-AFTRA, Writers Guild of America West, Directors Guild of America), talent agencies (CAA, WME, ICM), networks (ABC,

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Farrah Fawcett poster image reissued for charity -- on a T-shirt [Updated]

Farrah Fawcett Tshirt for Charity
The famous Farrah Fawcett photo -- the one taken by Bruce McBroom of the actress in a red bathing suit posed in front of a striped blanket that would go on to sell more than 12 million posters -- is back in circulation -- on an Urban Outfitters T-shirt.

In a deal put together by the Farrah Fawcett Foundation and Culver City-based branding agency Brand Sense Partners, the $24 men's T-shirt is being sold at the retailer's bricks-and-mortar stores and online, with a portion of proceeds going to fund the foundation's alternative cancer research efforts.

According to the Foundation, several months before Fawcett passed away in 2009, the actress had finally obtained legal rights to the red bathing suit photograph*, which had long the subject of legal wrangling. "She'd wanted to do this for a long time," said the organization's president Alana Stewart.

Stewart said that now that Fawcett's estate owns the rights to that iconic image, it can be used on a variety of products, with a portion of proceeds helping fund the foundation that bears her name (which Stewart, who was a close friend of Fawcett's for more than 30 years, says is in accordance with the wishes of the late actress).

The Urban Outfitters T-shirt is the first of the licensed products bearing the image to hit the market since the actress' passing nearly three years ago (although, in 2011, Mattel did release a collectible Farrah Barbie doll based on the image -- posed in a red bathing suit against a striped blanket --with a portion of proceeds going to the foundation), and Stewart hints that it won't be the last.

"There are some things in the works," she said, "but what's really important to me is that it needs to be exclusive and classy -- something that Farrah would have approved of."

Although Stewart declined to say what percentage of the proceeds from the sale of each $24 shirt will go to the Farrah Fawcett Foundation's cancer awareness and research efforts or estimate how much the T-shirt deal might ultimately be worth, she pointed out that sales have already been surprisingly brisk.

"I don't think she could have imagined that all these young kids would be going into Urban Outfitters and buying a a T-shirt with her picture on it," Stewart said of her late friend. "I bet she'd think that was pretty cool."


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-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: Left, the now-iconic 1976 photo of Farrah Fawcett, shot by freelance photographer Bruce McBroom, which went on to sell more than 12 million posters. At right, a new T-shirt bearing the artwork, which is being sold at Urban Outfitters for $24, a portion of which will fund research into alternative cancer cures. Credit:The Farrah Fawcett Foundation

[*UPDATED 5/2/2012, 4:37 p.m.: An earlier draft of this post misstated when Fawcett obtained legal rights to the use of the photograph. According to a spokesperson for the Foundation, the issue was settled several months prior to her 2009 passing, not afterward, as originally indicated.]

Time to vote for the Vans that move you

Winning shoe design

Votes may now be cast -- through May 3 -- in the Vans Custom Culture high school arts competition that had students around the country put their best artistic foot forward by customizing one of the skate brand's signature silhouettes.

The 10 finalists from each region -- California, Northwest, Southwest, Northeast and Southeast -- can be viewed at the competition's website, where members of the general public can vote for one school's entry per region.

After voting closes May 3, the school receiving the most votes in each region will be flown to Southern California for a final event at the Long Beach Museum of Art. The grand prize winner will earn a $50,000 donation to their school's art program and the opportunity to see one of their designs hit retail, with each runner up receiving a $4,000 donation to their school program.

New this year is a partnership with shoe retailer Journeys, which will award a separate $5,000 prize for the pair of shoes that best embodies the theme of "local flavor," with $1,000 to each of the four runners up in that category.

It's the third year of the program for the VF Corp.-owned action sports brand, which awarded top honors to Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, N.Y., in 2011 and Rio Rancho High School of Rio Rancho, N.M., in 2010. 


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 -- Adam Tschorn

Photo: A shoe design by 2011 winner Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, N.Y. Credit: Vans

Charity Surf & Skate Auction kicks off Venice Art Walk on Friday

The 34th annual Venice Art Walk & Auctions kicks off Friday with a free community event that includes an exhibition and silent auction of custom skate decks and surfboards embellished by local tattoo artists.

Presented by Quiksilver’s new 585 Boardriders concept store, the second annual Surf & Skate Auction event will include live music, refreshments and meet-and-greets with various artists.

Attendees will also have the chance to bid on one-of-a-kind creations designed from used, recycled and re-created skate decks and custom-shaped and “tatted” surfboards by more than 70 artists, including surfboard shapers Jeffrey Sudzin, Dan Cobley and Jose Barahona; surfboard tattoo artists (we honestly didn't know this even existed) Charly Reynoso, Big Boy, Juan "Ente" Gollaz, Show, Justin Jakus and Tyoni Aragon; Quiksilver surfboard artist Kristi McKnight; DC Shoes skate designer Mark Winn and DC Shoes photographer and video producer Tobin Yelland. 

 And don't feel bad opening your wallet for that one-of-a-kind skate or tatted board, the event raises funds for the Venice Family Clinic (as the Venice Art Walk has done for more than three decades), which provides free medical care to approximately 25,000 low-income men, women, children, teens, and seniors who lack private health insurance.

Venice Art Walk & Auctions' kickoff Surf & Skate Auction to benefit the Venice Family Clinic, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at 2525 Michigan Ave., Bldg. C1, Santa Monica.


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-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: Attendees at last year's inaugural Surf & Skate Auction browse a display of custom-decorated skate decks. Proceeds from the event, which kicks off the annual Venice Art Walk, will fund the Venice Family Clinic. Credit: Surf & Skate Auction

Clarins unveils FEED 15 cosmetic pouch to fight world hunger


Clarins has unveiled a chic new cosmetic beauty pouch in the brand's signature red, for a good cause. 

The Clarins FEED 15 pouch was launched as part of a partnership with Lauren Bush's FEED Projects to fight world hunger. The FEED organization benefits the United Nations World Food Program's School Feeding program that provides meals for children in third-world countries. Clarins partnered with FEED last summer with a goal of funding $1 million in meals in two years.

The new FEED 15 pouch is a cosmetics bag containing three of Clarins' most popular beauty products, including the UV Plus HP Day Screen SPF 40, the Moisture-Rich Body Lotion and the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector.  Each pouch sold will provide 15 nutritious meals through the United Nations World Food Program.

The pouches are now on sale exclusively at Nordstrom stores for $32.50.


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-- Jenn Harris

Photo: Clarins Feed 15 pouch. Credit: Clarins

It's so money: Melillo installs ATM exclusively at Barneys

ATM Collage
There's a new ATM at Barneys New York, but it's not the cash-dispensing kind.

ATM by Anthony Thomas Melillo is the name of a new line of über-luxe men's and women's T-shirts -- and just T-shirts -- by designer Tony Melillo, that launched exclusivley in Barneys New York and Barneys Co-op stores in February. To mark the occasion, two of Hollywood's brothers Huvane -- Stephen (the publicist) and Kevin (the agent) -- hosted a party and charity shopping event at the Beverly Hills store on Thursday for Melillo (whom they've known for decades), with 10% of all proceeds from ATM sales going to amfAR.

Launching a label with a single high-end T-shirt might have sounded ridiculous if James Perse hadn't done exactly that, and the designer explained that the hyper-focus on trying to perfect a single basic garment like the T-shirt was a welcome change of pace from some of his other projects, the most high-profile of which is serving as creative director of Selena Gomez's exclusive-to-K-Mart apparel line. (In 2009, Melillo, whose CV includes launching sportswear label Nova USA and a stint at Generra, co-founded licensing company Cynosure Holdings to focus specifically on mass market celebrity clothing lines.)

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