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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Jerry Weintraub on fashion. Diane von Furstenberg honored. A look back with Carrie Bradshaw. And Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch and Megan Fox dish.

New York's Fashion Business Incubator provides a helping hand to emerging designers. [Wall Street Journal]

"If I wasn't a film producer, I would have probably gone into fashion," Jerry Weintraub avows on the eve of Tuesday night's soiree at Barneys New York's L.A. outpost celebrating his memoir, which is in its seventh printing. [Wall Street Journal]

Diane von Furstenberg receives the Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Savannah College of Art and Design. [wwd, subscription required]

Isabella Blow's wardrobe, including an archive of Alexander McQueen designs and hats by Philip Treacy, will be sold at auction in September. [wwd]

"Glee's" Matthew Morrison is surprised at all the fuss over his naturally curly coif. [People]

Meanwhile his costar Jane Lynch -- whose character Sue Sylvester torments him endlessly over his locks -- vows she won't be a Bridezilla when she weds. [People]

As we count down to "Sex and the City 2," take a look at 60 Carrie Bradshaw looks from the past. [FabSugar]

More gorgeous looks from Cannes. [FabSugar]

Megan Fox is lovely on the June cover of Allure magazine, but she says she was more of an ugly duckling growing up. [Stylelist]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Megan Fox. Credit: EPA

Weekend update: Prada opens at South Coast with an exclusive bag; donate an old dress at Diane von Furstenberg; William Rast and Faith Connexion sample sales


Milanese luxury brand Prada opens a 5,000-square-foot full-collection flagship boutique in South Coast Plaza on Saturday, which previously stocked only accessories there. Prada South Coast will carry exclusives such as three handbags in tropical floral prints ($710) along with the Prints capsule collection hitting stores this month.

3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (714) 338-2200. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.


Spring-clean your closet and help a woman hit the job market with confidence. On Thursday, L.A. Closet Design invites you to donate a gently worn dress or buy a new one at Diane von Furstenberg, with 10% of sale proceeds going to Dress for Success. Hors d'oeuvres and complimentary wine will be offered.

8407 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 951-1947. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Trunk shows

Stuart Weitzman kicks off its heels with fall 2010 preview trunk shows featuring the latest booties on Thursday and Friday at the Americana.

The Americana at Brand, 889 Americana Way, Glendale. (818) 502-9797. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Beginning Friday, Jami Lyn is having a backroom blowout with deals starting at $20 on Elizabeth & James, Catherine Malandrino, Diane von Furstenberg, Splendid and others.

227 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 657-5887. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Sample sales

On Friday, California Market Center hosts showroom sample sales from brands including William Rast and the Hundreds.

110 E. 9th St., Suite A525, Los Angeles. (213) 439-0001. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Also on Friday and Saturday, Faith Connexion has a sample sale on women’s and men’s fashion, accessories and jewelry in its Melrose Place showroom. Prices range from $10 to $80. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

8428 Melrose Place, West Hollywood. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-- Max Padilla

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Photo: Prada's South Coast Plaza-exclusive bag, $710. Credit: Prada

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Diane von Furstenberg to design rooms for Clairidge's. Christian Siriano returns to Bravo.

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Diane von Furstenberg collaborates with hotel chain Claridge's. [Vogue UK]

Sick of the same old shades? Test-drive OPI colors with their new iPhone app, or enter Illamasqua's contest to design the next hot nail color.  [BellaSugar and Allure]

Gossip on the Rachel Zoe-Taylor Jacobson split. [NY Post]

A mom injects her teen with Botox. [Daily Mail]

Jessica Simpson discusses John Mayer, Mom jeans on Oprah. [The Frisky]

Dave Navarro bares all, possibly gets Photoshopped for PETA. [Dlisted]

Rachel Roy and Estelle's affordable jewelry collection. [FabSugar]

Christian Siriano's new Bravo show starts April 5. [Just Jared]

Top 10 fashion rules for reigning on the red carpet [Telegraph UK]

Halston relaunches its menswear line. [WWD]

Fair trade clothes for babies and toddlers. [The Guardian]

-- Whitney Friedlander

Photo: Diane Von Furstenberg sits with her grandchildren Talita, center, and Tassilo, far right, along with their friend Kelsey Mecha, left, before the presentation of the designer's fall-winter 2009 collection at New York's Fashion Week. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

The Dream Foundation grants a wish to attend New York Fashion Week

Latoya_Oscar Who says the fashion industry is coldhearted? Latoya Headley, a 25-year-old battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, was granted her ultimate “wish” – to go to New York Fashion Week. And two of fashion’s biggest names, Diane Von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta, helped make the experience extra meaningful.
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New York Fashion Week: Diane von Furstenberg shows how to live like a man, but dress like a woman

Diane von Furstenberg may have had the best inspiration line ever in her show notes: "I always wanted to live a man's life in a woman's body."

What did it mean? A study in contrasts, masculine meets feminine, hard against soft -- a chiffon-rosette-embroidered bolero worn over a double-breasted heather-gray pantsuit, a black-felted wool blazer over a pleated school girl glitter-jacquard skirt, and a bronze-sequin jacket over a red-print chiffon dress.

It added up to lots of the versatile, wear-everywhere pieces that keep women coming back to DVF, including the perennial wrap dress, done for evening in black jersey with ruffled organza cap sleeves.

The designer also excelled at offering pieces with details that looked special for the money, such as a black-felted wool sheath dress and sweater jacket with artful metallic chain mail insets at the bottom, that have already made it onto at least one editor's fall shopping list.

-- Booth Moore in New York

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Photos: Diane von Furstenberg's fall 2010 show in New York. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times

New York Fashion Week: Diane Von Furstenberg's globe-trotting gypsy looks

Dvf shift dress Diane Von Furstenberg has a lock on the globe-trotting gypsy look, which she returned to in earnest for spring. "Queen of the Desert" was how she described the collection grounded, as always, in dresses. This time, they were largely sheaths in sunset-colored mosaic and palm tree prints.

There was a crafty feel to many pieces, including a chubby jacket in cream shredded chiffon that almost looked like feathers, a long, black macrame jacket, and a shift dress trimmed in gold coins. The mood was accentuated by woven bangles and rainbow metallic basket weave leather hobo bags.

But beneath the tribal drumbeat, there were lots of wearable pieces, including silk anoraks in brown or burnt orange, gently gathered at the back, that could represent the evolution of fall's boyfriend jacket: easy, chiffon jodhpur pants: and a gold spangled black chiffon vest that could update any old thing.

-- Booth Moore

Photos: Diane Von Furstenberg Spring / Summer 2010

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When black model Joy Bryant got run off the runway


The lack of black models and the prevalence of razor-thin models has long been the bane of the fashion industry. (At this season's N.Y. Fashion Week, jumpsuits are much more popular than multicultural catwalks, says Reuters.) For an entertaining and infuriating firsthand account of one black model's experience in the biz, check out actress and ex-mannequin Joy Bryant's essay on the Huffington Post. Here's a tidbit of her describing one casting call to get you hungry:

"I finally get to the room, where the VERY famous designer is sitting at a long table with a few associates. I say hello, hand my portfolio over, and proceed to "walk" (please reference "Top Model"). I do so and then the VERY famous designer says to me, with a smile of course, "Joy, you are soooo beautiful, but I'm not using black girls this season." (Insert sound of record scratching here). Yeah, he actually said that to my 'beautiful' face. He's lucky he didn't get a black eye."

You have to wonder why this designer would bother to see a black model if he had no intention of using one in his show? Reuters also reports that Diane von Furstenberg, Tracy Reese and DKNY used a high number of black models this season. Worth noting.

-- Monica Corcoran

photo of Joy Bryant: WireImage

NY Fashion Week: Skin is in

Wang049_2 Hurricane Hanna hit New York on Saturday, the rain came in sheets, and still the glossy editors wore their stiletto sandals and booties, God bless 'em. Me, I wore my Havaiana flip-flops and almost lost one when I stepped into a puddle up to my ankles trying to steal a cab ahead of the teetering flock on the corner of 21st and 10th Avenue.

Luckily, trucking around in the soggy weather was worth it. The shows have been good, and from the handful I have seen, it seems to be all about the body for spring. Maybe it’s the Olympics, or fashion's
never-ending love affair with the 1980s, but skin is in; skirts are short and tight.

Up-and-comer Alexander Wang has got the look down like nobody else. His show was in a garage-like space with concrete floors that his helpers sprinkled with water to create that hot and sweaty after-a-night-of-partying vibe. They needn’t have bothered. We could have all just shaken out our umbrellas.

Wang's collection was raunchy and fun -- an awesome mishmash of sportswear and the street, with a touch of "Miami Vice" in the form of neon pinks and aqua blues. Crockett and Tubbs ARE due for a fashion comeback. And I loved the quote he put in his show notes: “Anyone can get all dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress for their off days that is the most intriguing.”

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