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They (Emmy Rossum, Sharon Stone, Kristin Davis, Calista Flockhart) came to shop for the arts

Emmy Rossum 
With 225 designer handbags -– all stuffed with Dior beauty products -- for sale in a silent auction at Tuesday's annual P.S. Arts Bag Lunch, guests didn’t just arrive on time. They came early to Heather Thomas Brittenham’s Santa Monica home to plan their bidding strategy.    

“This is such madness,” said Emmy Rossum of “Shameless.” “You would think they were giving the bags away for free.”

Sharon Stone said she was considering a classic orange purse, which she called “chic” and “old-school,” while Kristin Davis of “Sex and the City” said she was waiting for the frenzy to die down before making her choices. An event host, Davis explained that funds would go toward restoring arts education in public schools. “I was a good student in school, but the arts were what I felt most connected to. It’s so sad that, that’s what getting cut.”

Also among those surveying the merchandise were Sophia Bush, Calista Flockhart, Shiva Rose, Kaley Cuoco, Lisa Rinna, Perrey Reeves, Abigail Spencer and Melissa Rivers, plus event organizers George Kotsiopoulos of “Fashion Police,” Elizabeth Stewart, Diane Vavra, Maria Bell, Julia Sorkin, Jen Rade, Kelly Fisher Katz, Allison Olesky, Marilyn Heston, Carla Sands and Jill Chayet. With more than 200 guests shopping, sipping Champagne and dining on paper-bag lunches, the day's tally topped $150,000.


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-- Ellen Olivier

Photo: Emmy Rossum Credit: Donato Sardella / WireImage

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Rumors that Riccardo Tisci will replace John Galliano at Dior, American Apparel's new troubles


Worry is growing in the fashion industry that the pressures are driving executives and creative talent to the brink. (Could Exhibit A be chief designer John Galliano's meltdown and firing from Dior?) [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Speaking of the Galliano scandal, a tweet Tuesday night from editor and Harper's Bazaar writer Derek Blasberg that "Riccardo Tisci is CONFIRMED at Dior" has the Twitterverse in an uproar of rumors that Givenchy's Tisci will be Galliano's replacement. But there is also new speculation that it will be Alber Elbaz of Lanvin.  Time will tell. [The Cut]   

Troubles keep coming for Los Angeles-based American Apparel, which has been struggling to stay afloat amid slumping sales and financial woes. My colleague Andrea Chang reports that chairman and chief executive Dov Charney is the subject of a lawsuit filed by a former sales employee who accuses him of holding her captive and forcing her to perform sexual acts starting soon after she turned 18 years old. The lawsuit, filed in New York, seeks $250 million in damages. It accuses Charney of sexual harassment, retaliation, gender discrimination and creating a hostile workplace. Company spokesmen deny the claim, but also say they had started "confidential binding arbitration" with her before the lawsuit was filed. [Los Angeles Times] 

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer unveiled her first apparel line during Paris Fashion Week, and says her days of strutting the runway are over for good. Vogue UK describes the clothes as a "sumptuous array" of gray, black, navy and oat-colored sweaters and cashmere dresses.  [Vogue UK]

Kanye West has made the rounds of more fall-winter runway shows this season than many a supermodel. This amid rumors that he may plan to study fashion. [Telegraph]

Amy Winehouse released her second collection for sports brand Fred Perry. [Telegraph]

Topshop and David's Bridal join a growing number of retailers who are expanding into Canada. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

Tennis champion Rafael Nadal has a new ad out for Armani jeans and Emporio Armani underwear, and, like the others he's done, it is as smoking hot as a grand-slam serve. [Los Angeles Times]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: John Galliano, center, shown shortly before he checked into rehab after issuing an apology for anti-Semitic comments that got him fired from Dior.  Credit: Ian Langsdon / Getty Images 

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Galliano to go to trial, Britney Spears in new fashion spread and Justin Bieber's hair makes money

Britney Spears is the cover girl on the issue of V magazine hitting newsstands Thursday. Inside she is featured in a fashion spread, the first she's done in a while. [People]

A week into the John Galliano scandal, Parisian officials have decided to bring him to trial on charges of violating French anti-Semitism laws when he allegedly hurled comments at a couple in a bar last week. The trial would take place sometime later this year, and Galliano, 50, could face up to six months in prison and $31,000 in fines if convicted, the prosecutor's office said. [Los Angeles Times]

As our Adam Tschorn reported Wednesday, Galliano had issued an apology over the incident, though he said in a statement that he had been provoked. The statement did not address two other alleged incidents of anti-Semitism by the designer -- fired as creative director at Dior due to the allegations -- but said he was seeking help for his personal problems. [Los Angeles Times] 

The whole affair set of a chorus of celebrity Tweets, from puzzled socialite Daphne Guinness saying "what little I know of John he is not racist, sensitive and has been having a struggle” to Jaime King urging her followers to eschew all Galliano clothing. Perhaps the funniest? Steve Martin who Tweeted: Charlie Sheen and John Galliano to date. [Mel] Gibson irked.” [WWD]

Nivea has signed a deal for Rihanna to front for the company during the skin care brand's 100th anniversary campaign. [People]

Justin Bieber's recent haircut has proven to be lucrative. Bieber presented Ellen DeGeneres with a lock from his shorn head, which she put it up for bid on EBay and sold -- for $48,668. The money is being donated to the Gentle Barn Foundation, an animal rescue organization in Santa Clarita. [StyleList]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Britney Spears. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press 

Your morning fashion and beauty report: John Galliano apologizes, reportedly enters rehab, Christina Hendricks touts Vivienne Westwood jewelry, Joan Collins' Oscar gown scare

Ajohng As Paris Fashion Week starts, the style world is still dissecting John Galliano's fall from grace after his dismissal by Dior on Tuesday following alleged anti-Semitic comments, as our Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore report ("Galliano's alleged anti-Semitic remarks unleash a storm"). Reactions include the dismay of supporters who say they've never witnessed any such behavior from the designer, suspicion about the motives of the complainants and condemnation of Galliano.  Karl Lagerfeld lays it on the line: "I’m furious, if you want to know. I’m furious that it could happen, because the question is no longer even whether he really said it. The image has gone around the world. It’s a horrible image for fashion," Lagerfeld says in Women's Wear Daily. “The thing is, we are a business world where, especially today, with the Internet, one has to be more careful than ever, especially if you are a publicly known person,” he continued. “I’m furious with him." [WWD]    

And Wednesday reports are that Galliano has apologized [Reuters] and left France to seek treatment for alcohol rehabilitation. [New York Times]

The Telegraph speculates on who will replace Galliano as Dior's creative director, and they seem to be stretching a bit by throwing some very established folks who are doing just fine with their own labels into the mix, such as Tom Ford  and Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy. The reasoning? In the former case, Ford "has everything Dior could want" and might be attracted by the prestige. In the latter, Vogue's Anna Wintour once compared the sisters with Galliano. [Telegraph]

"Mad Men's" Christina Hendricks is the celebrity "face" of Vivienne Westwood’s new "Get a Life" Palladium Jewelry Collection. The collection is made up of environmentally conscious pieces made entirely of the lightweight precious metal and featuring "symbols of hope," including trees, acorns and hearts. [People]

Kelly Cutrone, formerly of Bravo's "Kell on Earth" and now a correspondent for "Dr. Phil," has teamed up with Robyn Berkley and Chris Burch to launch the Electric Love Army sportswear label. The line plans to play up pop-culture references to appeal to women ages 15 to 32. [WWD] 

Bare Escentuals comes out this month with a new Bare Minerals skincare line that purportedly uses the power of minerals found in soil to replenish skin and increase cell turnover. The brand claims the antioxidant punch of its new formula outperforms both blueberries and pomegranates -- both often cited for their super antioxidant powers. [StyleList]

New York's runways during the recent fashion week were among the whitest in years, stunning in one of the world's most racially diverse cities. [Jezebel]

A little-known hazard of Oscar dressing has come to light: Joan Collins was taken to the hospital when she began to feel faint during Sunday's Academy Awards. Doctors examined her and determined the problem: a too-tight dress, leading to what Collins now calls a "Victorian swoon." [Express]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Designer John Galliano. Credit: Horacio Villalobos / EPA 

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Oscars recap, John Galliano's troubles mount, and Kirsten Dunst semi-nude in sultry perfume ad

If you're still on an Oscar high, recap with All the Rage! The fashions were understated and gorgeous, as Melissa Magsaysay reported, meaning our best-and-worst gallery is really best-and-pretty-darn-good. See it here.

And our Adam Tschorn took a look at what the men were wearing. The males don't get the same kind of attention as the females at these big awards shows unless they do something, well, weird. No one did Sunday night, and there were some smart looks striding confidently along the red carpet, Tschorn reported

Ahathaway Part of the fun of being an Oscar host? Anne Hathaway got to wear eight different outfits, from the red Valentino ruffled gown she wore on the red carpet to the Atalier Versace she donned for the Governor's Ball after the ceremony. In between she was decked out in (among others) Givenchy's haute couture crystal-embellished chiffon; a Lanvin tux; an Oscar de la Renta 1920s-inspired one-shoulder with beaded tassle embroidery; a tight, shiny purple-sapphire gown from Girogio Armani Prive; and a long-sleeved, high-neck embellished lace dress from Tom Ford. [Telegraph]

And of course she changed her hair right along with her outfits, thanks to hairdresser Adir Abergel of Frederic Fekkai. [StyleList]

Not to be overlooked, some of the wives of stars were worthy of fashion attention, including Matthew McConaughey's spouse, Camila Alves, and Mark Wahlberg's wife, Rhea Durham. [StyleBistro]

Meanwhile, as we gear up for Paris Fashion Week, John Galliano's troubles are mounting. After he was briefly arrested on charges related to an altercation Thursday night and suspended as creative director of Dior on Friday, a video surfaced over the weekend of him making anti-Semitic comments in an unrelated incident [People] A second complaint of making anti-Semitic statements was filed against him Saturday. [WWD] Police have ordered him to meet with all the complainants -- including an Asian man he allegedly also insulted in Thursday's incident -- on Monday. [The Cut] 

The fashion world has a growing enthusiasm for live-streaming, Twitter and other technology to reach a larger audience. [WWD] 

Kirsten Dunst's first ad for Bulgari's Mon Jasmir Noir fragrance has surfaced, featuring a lion and the actress posing semi-nude and holding an over-sized perfume bottle. [Huffington Post]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Anne Hathaway on the Oscars red carpet Sunday night, wearing the first of the night's eight outfits. Credit: Mike Nelson / EPA 

John Galliano fights back

John Galliano In case you're wondering about John Galliano's state of mind these last 36 hours, wonder no more.

After Christian Dior suspended the designer for allegedly making racist and anti-Semitic remarks at a Parisian bar on Thursday, Galliano has come back swinging, denying the allegations and filing a claim of defamation against the couple who made the allegations. His lawyer told WWD that the designer provided police with statements from three witnesses denying that he made any such comments.

Galliano was hired at Dior 15 years ago, and the suspension has occurred just before the start of Paris Fashion Week. What will the controversy mean for the upcoming Dior show March 4? It's unclear if Galliano will be able to take his traditional bow, but we'll remind you that last October, when Galliano showed his spring-summer 2011 collection, our Booth Moore pronounced it a "knockout."  

-- Alice Short

Photo: John Galliano. Credit: Benoit Tessier/Reuters



Your morning fashion and beauty report: John Galliano's arrest and suspension by Dior rock fashion industry

Agalliano -- Just before Paris Fashion Week is due to start, Dior has suspended creative director John Galliano, left, pending an investigation into his arrest Thursday night after an incident in a Parisian bar. Galliano allegedly had been drinking and is accused of hurling anti-Semitic comments during a disagreement with a nearby couple. Police detained the designer briefly. On Friday morning, the fashion industry is all aTwitter. This one calls for multiple links, folks.  [Reuters] [Telegraph] [ElleUK]

-- Meanwhile, back at Milan Fashion Week, Katie Holmes -- the latest recipient of Max Mara’s 2011 Women in Film Face of the Future award -- sat front-row with her mom at the Max Mara show. [WWD] 

-- Lady Gaga has an ethereal video promoting her MAC Viva Glam collaboration. Wearing screen-siren waves, Gaga is surrounded by crystal-encrusted skulls and a martini glass with a goldfish swimming inside. At the end she applies her eponymous nude-hued lipstick. It's for a good cause: 100% of profits go directly to fight AIDS. [People]

-- You can't ignore it when Justin Bieber's name is attached to nail polish -- his Nicole by OPI One Less Lonely Girl collection sold out at Wal-Marts in December. Now his second batch is set to launch, with eight new colors, selling at Target, Ulta and others. [BellaSugar]

-- Cosmopolitan plans to launch an Armenian edition in March with -- who else? -- Kim Kardashian on the cover. [NY Observer]

-- Six of the tutus Natalie Portman wore in "Black Swan" are part of the "Rodarte: States of Matter" exhibit at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. [The Cut]

-- The Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 trio of men’s fragrances, inspired by the iconic polo shirts, just launched in France. [WWD] (subscription required) 

-- Estee Lauder is reformulating two lipsticks and adding a new range of nail polishes. [WWD] And Dior is relaunching its Dior Addict lip colors. [WWD] (subscription required)

--Susan Denley

Photo: Designer John Galliano, whose arrest and subsequent suspension by Dior is making news this morning. Credit: Julien M. Hekimian / Getty Images 



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