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Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Paula Abdul and Cheryl Cole's 'X-Factor' competition.

Paula Abdul has been named as a judge on "The X Factor USA," and already the media and online commentators are expecting a fashion duel between Abdul and Cheryl Cole, who will continue on the U.S. version after appearing on the British original. When the two met up for a photo op, fashion observers seemed to feel Abdul had a bit of an edge, even though her purple silk Yves Saint Laurent dress caught a wind gust when she stepped out of her car (leading to an embarrassing moment). Cole was clad in an orange ruffled blouse, turquoise belt and purple pants that, although on trend in terms of this spring's bright colors, were way too long and completely covered her feet. [Daily Mail]

Agisele The economic recovery has been good for the world's top-earning models, says Forbes, which has come out with its list of the top 10 highest earners. Together, they made $112 million in the 12-month period that ended in May -- up 30% from a year ago. They range from the $3 million earned by Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel, at  No. 10, to $45 million for Gisele Bundchen, at the top of the pack.  Heidi Klum ($20 million) and Kate Moss ($13.5 million) also did quite well, since they, like Bundchen, have turned themselves into multifaceted business moguls. [Forbes]

Model Karen Elson has teamed with Nine West for a capsule accessories collection that will be available in the U.S. in September. The collaboration is part of Nine West's Vintage America collection, and it draws on inspirations including burlesque dancers and the 1930s Dust Bowl. [Telegraph]

Emili Vesilind wrote in the Los Angeles Times Image section Sunday about the opening of Vivier and Bentley, and you can see more photos of what handbag maker Clare Vivier and jeweler Kathryn Bentley have come up at their Silver Lake store and workshop at Mondette.

Clare Waight Keller, who resigned from Pringle of Scotland in March, has been named creative director at Chloé, replacing Hannah MacGibbon. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

At the AccesoriesTheShow trade show in New York last week, it looked as if friendship bracelets jazzed up in leather and crystals would be all the rage this fall. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

Reese Witherspoon wore a strapless Zac Posen cocktail dress to the New York opening of "Water for Elephants." [The Cut] 

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Model Gisele Bundchen's business savvy put her at No. 1 on Forbes' list of top-earning models. Credit: Mauricio Lima / AFP/Getty Images 

Paris Fashion Week: Chloe in need of a remix

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The Chloe label's heyday was the 1970s, so it's understandable that designer Hannah MacGibbon keeps going back there.

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Except this season, she didn't add anything new to the look. Snakeskin print shirtdresses, trousers and tie-front blouses were handsome enough. But like the colorful patchwork poncho and chunky heeled sandals, they seemed as if they could have come straight from a Melrose Avenue vintage shop.

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Not even the bucket bags looked new. They were almost identical to the ones Coach did in the 1980s.

-- Booth Moore in Paris

Photos: Looks from the Chloe fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times

Paris Fashion Week: At Celine, Stella and Chloe, the mothers of modern minimalism

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One look at the sea of black- and camel-clad fashion editors at the shows this season, and it's clear that a new minimalist aesthetic is taking root.

Celineblog1 The female designers at the helm of the Celine, Stella McCartney and Chloe brands have all espoused a streamlined look, although Celine designer Pheobe Philo's monumental fall collection was certainly the game changer.

Which is why everyone was so eager to see how she would follow it up for spring. Smartly, Philo continued in the same vein, while adding a bit of color and craftsy detail.

CelineblogbothFirst, the basics: an impeccable white cotton square-neck tunic, a beautifully-cut jacket with cape sleeves, trousers that hang on the hips just so, and a khaki skirt that wraps in back.   

  Adding texture were slick leather tops, nubby blue linen trousers, and marled knits resembling indigenous craft.

Some trousers came with a narrow band of color at the waistband, which was a chic touch. But the vivid stripes and tiny geometric patterns splashed across boxy silk tops and pants were more of a puzzle. Still, this collection was solid enough to keep the cult of Celine going.

Celine spring-summer 2011 runway collection photo gallery

Stella McCartney's collection, on the other hand, was a bit wobbly. She borrowed her best pieces from the boys and offered them in pastel colors, including straight-line, shawl- collar blazers (one sleeveless with a racerback), paired with cropped flat-front trousers and knit polo shirts.

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But when she dabbled in denim, things went awry. An oversized denim tunic dress with dropped shoulders, chambray culottes and a boxy denim jacket lacked designer polish. As did the citrus print on split-front skirts and dresses, which brought to mind vintage dish towels.

Still, the wicker bags and low-heeled cork sandals that had half the front row swooning are proof plenty of McCartney's down-to-earth appeal.

Stella McCartney spring-summer 2011 runway collection photo gallery

Chloeblog1 Hannah MacGibbon's Chloe collection may actually have been the strongest of the three. She looked to ballet for inspiration, pairing open-back leotards and long pleated chiffon or tulle skirts in pale makeup shades, with soft-sole ballet shoes. (Come spring, it looks like we won't be raiding the Army Navy store for inexpensive fashion finds any more, but we might be hitting Capezio.)

The graceful mood continued with draped silk jersey dresses, white cotton poplin shirtdresses with bow-tied sashes, and a white daisy-dotted dress.

Chloeblog3 Meanwhile, precision-cut tailored crepe coats and dresses were complemented by slick metal accents, such as a silver bow belt, and sandals with thick leather ankle straps and gold block-heels.

It was MacGibbon's best Chloe collection yet. And together, these three female designers are on their way to changing the way women dress.

Chloe spring-summer 2011 runway collection photo gallery

-- Booth Moore in Paris

Photo top, from left to right: Looks from the spring-summer 2011 Celine, Stella McCartney and Chloe runway collections. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson & Peter Stigter / For The Times. Photo left and right: looks from Celine. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson & Peter Stigter / For The Times. Photo middle: Looks from the Stella McCartney runway show. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson & Peter Stigter / For The Times. Photo bottom left and right: Looks from the Chloe runway show. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson & Peter Stigter / For The Times.

Your Stylist: Investing in your first grown-up handbag

Resident Image stylist and market editor Melissa Magsaysay soothes your sartorial woes in the weekly Your Stylist blog column.

Hi Your Stylist-

I recently turned 30 and realized it’s probably time I ditched the worn out H&M or Aldo bags and got myself   a grown-up bag with a real designer. My friend at work recently bought a used Louis Vuitton Speedy off EBay. While I like the size of her purse and that there’s a “green” factor that helps both the environment and my pocketbook, I don’t want the same thing. I also know this is weird, but I have a strong phobia of snakes, and even snake-skin bags and shoes kind of weird me out. I’m somewhat flexible on price if it means I’ll have the purse for years. Keeping these stipulations in mind, do you have any suggestions? KW, Los Angeles Ysldowntown1395

There’s nothing quite like the first grown-up bag that will hang from Chloe1895 your arm making you feel polished, put-together and confident: Your new best friend that comes with the price tag of about $1,000.

But because you’re ready to take the plunge and replace all of those disposable bags with something that you will keep and use for years to come, there are several designer styles to consider.

Your friend’s Speedy bag is a classic shape, and of course, you can’t really go wrong with the brown-and-beige LV logo leather. If you like that shape, take a look at the Bayswater bag from Mulberry. It’s a solid rectangle with a top flap and turn closure. It’s a Bayswaterbrown950 classic and truly grown-up bag, but not something all your friends already have.

The Downtown bag from YSL is another iconic style that will serve you well for years to come. I love the angular shape of this one and the zippers and hardware add some edge. For something that looks more vintage and down to earth, the Paraty bag from Chloe is another style that will transcend several seasons. The cognac-colored leather will work in both the summer and a California fall, and the long and short straps give you options to hand-carry or throw it on your shoulder.

One of my favorite new bag lines is Jerome Dreyfuss -- especially if you want a bag that not everyone is going to be toting around.  The Parisian designer makes buttery leather bags in interesting and vivid colors as well as several  Novelladreyfuss neutral shades such as this luggage leather hobo.

If the eco-friendly aspect still intrigues you, a Southern California-based label called Novella Royale makes high-end bags from recycled leather jackets. The styles here are trendier, with studs, fringe and smaller sizes, but the Clover and Van bags are on the more classic side. Plus you have the peace of mind about carrying re-purposed leather.

Whichever bag you choose, congratulations on making this important step in stocking your closet with big-girl bags. Each one is an investment, but remember that a beautiful bag can transform the simplest outfit into something really special.

Send your style queries to melissa.magsaysay@latimes.com

-- Melissa Magsaysay

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Photos: Top left: Yves Saint Laurent Downtown bag, $1395/www.ysl.com. Top right: Chloe Paraty bag, $1895/www.netaporter.com. Middle left: Mulberry Bayswater, $950/Mulberry. Bottom left: Novella Royale Clover bag, $644/Novella Royale. Bottom right: Jerome Dreyfuss Bob bag, $995/Jerome Dreyfuss.

Paris Fashion Week: Chloe's drab line of 1970s-era canyon chic

Chloe Chloe's Hannah MacGibbon didn't fully capitalize on the momentum of her last spring collection of crepe blazers and shorts with softly scalloped edges, which became a kind of uniform for young Hollywood this summer.

For her new spring collection, the impulse toward rustic chic was a timely one. And there was undoubtedly a whiff of those stylish, 1970s-era ladies of the canyon in cream gauze wrap dresses, tiered, pleated chiffon gowns, oatmeal-colored blanket capes, stirrup pants and buttoned-up shirts, worn with flat brown sandals.

But many of these clothes crossed the line from utilitarian to dull. And the suffocating heat in the venue didn't help people stay awake.

-- Booth Moore

Photos: Chloe's Spring-Summer 2010 runway

All the Rage: More from Paris Fashion Week

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Photo: On the runway at Chloe's Spring-Summer 2010 show. Credit: Peter Stigter & Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times

Designer sale at Resurrection this Saturday

 


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A slew of L.A.’s best designers, includingGregory Parkinson, Magda Berliner, Katy Rodriguez and   Wren’s Melissa Coker, are selling their goods at a super discount (50-70% off) this Saturday.
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GetprevWPlus, vintage pieces from Balenciaga, Prada, Comme des Garcons, Ann Demeulemeester, Chloe and Rick Owens.

Happy shopping!

Resurrection, 8006 Melrose Ave., L.A., CA 90046 Saturday, May 2, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.


--Melissa Magsaysay









Top: A look from Katy Rodriguez, photo by Katy Rodriguez; Left: A runway look from Wren, photo by Lori Shepler / L.A. Times; Right: A runway look from Gregory Parkinson, photo by Spencer Weiner / L.A. Times


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