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Dior replaces John Galliano with Raf Simons

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More than a year after it fired John Galliano as creative director, Dior has reportedly selected Raf Simons to replace him, the New York Times reports.

Simons, 44,  previously led Jil Sander for six years, leaving in February when Sander returned to the brand. Unlike the flamboyant Galliano, who ended each runway show with a flourish of theatricality, Simons is temperamentally more restrained -- although he did have tears in his eyes when he presented his last show for Sander in Milan in February.

During its year-plus of searching for a replacement, Dior had considered a galaxy of star designers, including Marc Jacobs of Louis Vuitton and Alber Elbaz of Lanvin. Meanwhile, the label's studio chief  Bill Gaytten kept things humming along at Dior.  

Galliano was fired after evidence that he erupted in anti-Semitic rants on a couple of occasions in a bar in Paris. He later was convicted and fined by a court -- anti-Semitic comments are a crime in France. He also reportedly sought treatment for substance abuse, but the episode also shone a light on the stress designers are under to stay creative in the almost nonstop cycle of fashion seasons.

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Photo: Designer Raf Simons, formerly of Jil Sander, has been selected to replace John Galliano as creative director at Dior. Credit: Giuseppe Aresul / Associated Press  

Fashion News: Alicia Keys, Sean Combs and Kanye West at Givenchy

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Maxime Simoens, 27, is the most recent designer to leave his post (a four-month stint designing for French fashion house Leonard) following a string of others including Stefano Pilati and Raf Simons. He's also the most recent talent rumored to be filling the Dior post. Could the young designer finally be the one everyone's been waiting for? WWD (subscription required), Fashionista Maximesimoens

Alber Elbaz celebrated 10 years at Lanvin with a party in Paris. Guests included Pharrell Williams and the always striking Tilda Swinton. Style.com

Speaking of celebrities seen at Paris Fashion Week, Sean Combs, Alicia Keys and Kanye West, a budding designer himself, sat front row at the Givenchy show on Sunday. Style.com

A study done in Britain shows that eating disorders can be linked to social and cultural influences, suggesting to some that advertisements and images featuring too-thin models should be banned by the government. Fashion Etc

L.A.-based label Equipment, maker of the beloved silk button-down shirts that fashion editors and insiders can't get enough of, is launching sweaters for fall. It presented a line of three basic silhouettes last week in Paris and will also expand on dresses and tweak its signature silk shirts into even more pared-down crew-neck tops. Elle

KanyeGivenchyActress and current face of Dior Mila Kunis has no doubt that she'll try face-filling injectables some day. People Style Watch

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Photos, from top: Alicia Keys attends the Givenchy ready-to-wear fall/winter show at Paris Fashion Week; French designer Maxime Simoens appears on the catwalk after presenting the Leonard collection; Kanye West at the Givenchy show. Credits: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images; Francois Mori / Associated Press; Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Oscars 2012: Natalie Portman’s '50s-inspired beauty

Natalie Portman at the 2012 Oscars
Clad in a polka-dot-red vintage Haute Couture Christian Dior gown from 1954, Natalie Portman is channeling a classic Grace Kelly on the Oscars red carpet.

Makeup artist Eileen Kastner-Delago (who works with the actress on her film projects as well as her Dior beauty and perfume campaign) was inspired to give Portman a look reminiscent of Kelly and Elizabeth Natalie Portman at the 2012 OscarsTaylor.

Focusing on the eyes and mouth, Kastner-Delago created a subtle cat eye with Dior waterproof eyeliner. She used a black liner close to the lash line and a purple liner on top to soften the result while still maintaining a strong, sharp look.

Kastner-Delago also used two different mascaras to get the actress’ lashes dramatic but not heavy. First, she swiped a few layers of Dior Show mascara to build volume, then Dior Iconic mascara to separate the lashes. On her bottom lashes, the makeup artist used a couple of coats of purple mascara to define them without creating heaviness.

Portman’s lips were given a light red stain, which Kastner-Delago built with a few shades of red lipstick, also by Dior.  “It’s a mix of reds, very 1950s, but not too strong,” says the makeup artist, who massaged the color into Portman's lips, blotted, then reapplied to really build layers of color that would look more natural and also last throughout the entire evening.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

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Photo: Natalie Portman in classic red at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday. Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images.

Fashion News: Victoria's Secret fashion show models strut

The annual Victoria's Secret fashion show hit the airwaves on CBS Tuesday night

The annual Victoria's Secret fashion show hit the airwaves on CBS Tuesday nightThe annual Victoria's Secret fashion show hit the airwaves on CBS Tuesday night, with Miranda Kerr showing off the $2.5-million fantasy bra (above), Jay-Z making an appearance and 37 other models walking the runway in lingerie. Most of us will never look as good in as few clothes as Miranda and Doutzen Kroes, who is posing at right. But you can at least copy their hair and makeup, with tips from the show's makeup artist, Tom Pecheux. [Us Weekly] [Beauty High]

Because the show was actually taped a couple of weeks ago, Kerr and the fantasy bra were able to make an appearance on Tuesday at the Victoria's Secret at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. [Orange County Register]

The dress Amy Winehouse wore on her "Back to Black" album cover sold at auction in Britain on Tuesday for four times more than had been expected. The dress fetched the equivalent of about $63,000, which is to go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity that aids young people. The buyer was Fundacion Museo De La Moda, a fashion museum in Chile. [Telegraph] 

H&M's collaboration with Trish Summerville, the costume designer on the soon-to-be-released "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," is scheduled to go on sale Dec. 14. Computer-hacker clothes befitting title character Lisbeth Salander are a big change of pace from H&M's recent Versace collection. [The Cut]

Meanwhile, H&M announced Tuesday that it will team with Italian design label Marni on a 260-piece collection for men and women, scheduled to go on sale in March. [Los Angeles Times]

The "Hunger Games" nail polish we blogged about recently looks like a non-starter. It seems that as soon as word of the collaboration started to spread, polish company China Glaze and film studio Lionsgate got into a dispute and are heading to court after China Glaze's parent company filed a breach-of-contract suit against Lionsgate. [Racked] 

Shoplifting is reportedly up 10% over last year, and it seems as though the thieves may be as interested in looking good as they are in getting something for nothing. A list AdWeek put together of the top 10 items most in danger of being lifted includes Axe body wash and deodorant, shaving products, clothes from Polo by Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, perfume and athletic shoes. [AdWeek]

Dior marked two firsts this week: It opened its first pop-up shop and unveiled its first artist collaboration. The pop-up will be open for about 13 days in the heart of Miami, Florida's Fashion District. And it contains the fruits of the collaboration, stocked full of accessories by German artist Anselm Reyle. [WWD]

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Upper photo:  Miranda Kerr models the $2.5-million Victoria's Secret fantasy bra. Credit: Brad Barket / Associated Press

Lower photo: Doutzen Kroes strikes a pose at the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show. Credit: Brad Barket /Associated Press

Fashion News: Alex Wang the frat boy, celebs abound in New York

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New York Fashion week is in full force and Booth Moore is reporting on all the most drool-worthy designer shows. Case in point: Alexander Wang sent out a sporty spring/summer 2012 collection that Sirianoklumss2012 referenced BMX and NASCAR. Models wore graphics print, body con ensembles, some even carrying motorcycle helmets done in a floral motif [Los Angeles Times] 

Alexander Wang continued his sporty theme with one of his famous after parties, turning Pier 40 in New York into a raucous frat party. The event attracted Tyler the Creator (who performed) and Bryan Greenberg, who plays a designer in the HBO show "How to Make it in America." Guests enjoyed table tennis, Astroturf and Budweiser. Oh, and the party was sponsored by PlayStation, natch [WWD]

Rumors are swirling about who will replace John Galliano as artistic director at Dior. The latest front-runner seems to be Marc Jacobs, who is reportedly asking for about $10 million to make the big move to the French house [Fashionista] Dellorussoroitfeld   

Heidi Klum and Christian Sirano reunite, Swizz Beats and Alicia Keyes step out and the male hunks from Gossip Girl, Twilight and the New York Jets make an appearance at Tommy Hilfiger. There doesn't seem to be any slowing of the celebrity quotient at New York Fashion Week [People Style Watch]

They may give off an air of mystery for photographers, but Anna Dello Russo, editor-at-large at Vogue Japan, and Carine Roitfeld cut a rug and grabbed the mic, singing karaoke at a party to celebrate Barneys New York's fall campaign collab with Roitfeld [Stylelist]

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Photos, from top: A piece from the Alexander Wang spring 2012 collection; Christian Siriano and Heidi Klum backstage at Siriano's spring show; Anna Dello Russo and Carine Roitfeld sing onstage at the Barneys New York party. Credits: Mary Altaffer / Associated Press; Michael Loccisano / Getty Images; Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

Kids' clothes: Dress them up or dress them 'green'

There's been a boom in eco clothing for kids

It's not always easy to dress the little darlings who keep you up at night and drool on your jacket before you walk out the door to run errands or go to work.

If you are a "green" parent, for example, the landscape of "environmentally friendly" clothing was, until recently, grim -- think hemp fabrics and muddy colors. Today, however, there's quite an array of kids' clothing whose manufacturers boast of eco street cred. Which is fine, but what does the word "organic" guarantee, anyway? What about labor practices? And water use? Where were the goods manufactured?

Heather John surveys eco offerings for kids and details the lengths manufacturers will go to in order to maintain their green status.

If chic is your thing, you're in luck. Many parents are buying designer wear for their kids, much to the delight, no doubt, of luxury houses that have expanded to include tiny sizes.

In fact, many houses (think Fendi, Missoni, Prada, Armani, Gucci, Dior, Burberry, Marc Jacobs and Phillip Lim) now have a children’s division. Some of the designers churn out mini versions of their men’s and women’s ready-wear lines or logo-heavy accessories; others merely riff on the aesthetic of their already established brand. Melissa Magsaysay reports on kiddie couture. Maybe bringing up baby isn't so tough, after all.

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Photo: Ashley wears a Kate Quinn yellow dress; John, a Kate Quinn button-down top and jeans. Photo: Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times

Dior does a tribute to red with Vernis nail polish colors

Diorredinspiration Gruau-837 If red nails are a significant part of your mani-pedi routine, then you’ll be pleased to know that Dior has come out with a tribute collection that's all about the warm and seductive shade.

Each of the three shades is inspired by red elements of the house’s history. 

Trafalgar is an orange-y poppy color that pays homage to the red dresses Christian Dior would send out during the middle of runway shows for dramatic effect.

Trafalgar-747 Gruau is a color based on the work on fashion illustrator and longtime Dior collaborator Icone-862 Rene Gruau, specifically the Dior Ispahan dress from the fall-winter 1947 collection.

And Icone is an iridescent reddish-brown inspired by the Atout Couer dress from Dior’s spring-summer 1955 collection.
 
Nails are a convenient and inexpensive place to incorporate red accents -- a hot trend for fall -- into your look.

Dior Vernis red collection, $22 each at Dior counters.

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Photos: Dior Gruau nail polish, top left; Dior Beauty inspirations for red nail polish collection, top right; Dior Trafalgar nail polish, left; Dior Icone nail polish, right. Credit: Dior Beauty

Fashion News: Kim Kardashian wed. Marc Jacobs to Dior?

Kim Kardashian indeed wore Vera Wang when she married Kris Humphries over the weekend at a private estate in Montecito. Wang herself was among the guests, as was Avril Levigne (who is dating Kim's stepbrother Brody Jenner), Ryan Seacrest, Julianne Hough, Demi Lovato and Eva Longoria.  [Los Angeles Times] [People]

It's time to pay attention to rumors that Marc Jacobs is likely to replace the fired John Galliano at Dior. Sources tell Women's Wear Daily that Bernard Arnault, head of Dior's parent company LVMH, and Jacobs are in deep discussion, and both are described as "excited." [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Tory Burch and Kanye West The tuxedo Kanye West wore to the Costume Institute Gala in May was the first Tory Burch ever designed. (The pair are shown at the gala at left). Now she plans to debut a collection of tuxes for women at her flagship store in New York in September. [Harper's Bazaar] 

Retailers are filling their shoe shelves with Manolo Blahniks for fall. The designer's single-sole, elegant shoes are a match for what one calls the season's "ladylike chic." [WWD]

Also for fall, long, parted hair will be in, along with sleek buns, bright nails and bold lips, says "The View" stylist/makeup artist Lavette Slater. [Bella Sugar] 

Vogue Italia is drawing flak for a website feature on large gold hoop earrings that it labeled "slave earrings." Bloggers all over the world took offense, accusing the magazine of trying to "glamorize slavery." "There is absolutely nothing fashionable about the history of enslaved Africans," one wrote. [Telegraph] 

Photo: Designer Tory Burch and Kanye West, wearing the tuxedo she designed, at this year's Costume Institute Gala. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

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Dior does feline-inspired makeup for fall

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At this point, leopard print can be considered a neutral rather than a trend (just ask the Kardashian  Diorpurple sisters, who swath themselves in it from head to toe on a regular basis). And for fall, Dior is releasing a  Diornude makeup collection that appeals to lovers of all things leopard print called the Mitzah Collection, inspired  by longtime Dior muse and creative advisor Mitzah Bricard.

The Parisian style icon was known for over the top accessories and layers and layers of leopard print clothing that she seemed to pull off without looking like a fashion victim.

The Dior line inspired by Bricard includes a collector’s palette stamped with a bold leopard print, two shades of nail polish in camel and ebony, five-color eye shadow palette and Dior Show mascara in a shimmery brown color.

Both the dark and light nail polishes seem like a hit and would work well with understated autumnal ensembles as well as more over-the-top leopard get-ups.

The Dior Mitzah Collection is at www.sephora.com in August and on beauty counters in September.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

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Photos: Dior Mitzah collection collector's palette and nail polish/Dior

Haider Ackermann hints at a move

Haiderportrait During Paris' wild and wacky fashion week in March, when John Galliano was dismissed from Dior, and a reshuffling of the designer decks seemed imminent, one name that kept coming up was Haider Ackermann. 

The Colombian-born, Belgian-educated designer's fall runway collection was superb -- a riveting piece of theater set to Leonard Cohen's poem "A Thousand Kisses," with painterly colors and sensually draped silks that seemed almost to drip off the body. After seeing it, the fashion world seemed convinced that he would be a natural choice to lead Dior, Givenchy, or any other major fashion house for that matter.

No announcement has come yet, but Ackermann, who is visiting Los Angeles for the first time this week for a special event with Saks Fifth Avenue, hinted that he is ready for a new challenge. "It would excite me," he said over green tea in the garden at the Chateau Marmont. "Sometimes you're drawing a collection, and something doesn't fit. I have more things to say and another house might help me with this."

We shared a glance at a long table of proper-looking ladies Champagne brunching under the porch, with their elegant handbags close at hand. Haider

"I might dream of a woman more elegant and pure," Ackermann said. "Like those women over there?" I asked. He laughed. "Different, but yes."

Haider Ackermann special appearance and fall trunk show, Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.

-- Booth Moore

Photos, from top: Haider Ackermann poses during a party for the launch of Karl Lagerfeld's limited edition Diet Coke bottles in Paris on April 7. Credit: Francois Mori/Associated Press.

A look from the Haider Ackermann's Ready to Wear autumn/winter 2011/2012 show during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.


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