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Milan Fashion Week: D&G fools around with foulards

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The collection sent down the runway for Dolce & Gabbana's secondary D&G menswear line  Monday was as light and breezy an afterthought as Saturday's net-themed social media spectacle was thought-provoking.

The entire collection made use of foulards, some pieces  made nearly entirely of the printed silken scarves -- including blousy bomber jackets, billowy blazers, and light-as-air T-shirts and trousers.

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Others were mixed-fabrication pieces that paired the lightweight fabric with sturdy denim in shorts and shirts. Even moccasins were fashioned from foulard-pattern-printed suede, and some looks were even topped off with foulard-wrapped raffia hats.

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At moments it felt as if the designers ducked into the closets, rifled through their silk scarf collections and decided, almost on a whim, to see how many different garments could be fashioned on the fly from the foulards.

Which kind of seems like a fitting level of effort, given that this is widely expected to be the last stand-alone men's runway show for the lower-priced label, which will soon be folded into the main Dolce & Gabbana collection. 

-- Adam Tschorn, reporting from Milan, Italy

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Photos: Looks from the D&G spring/summer 2011 runway collection shown during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: D&G.

Milan Fashion Week: Nothin' but net for Dolce & Gabbana

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Dolce & Gabbana's spring and summer collection drew inspiration from nets -- the kind found on fishing trawlers and soccer fields and that other Net, with its sticky, narcissistic web of social media that amplifies while it also distorts.

The first manifested itself in the fabrication, with micro-perforated belts and leather jackets with holes as fine as a kitchen colander, loose, loopy sweaters and shirts with holes big enough to poke three fingers through.

Some laser-cut leather pieces, particularly jackets and shoes, were as sharp as graph paper. Others seemed woven into a loose grid in a simple over-under fashion out of cord the diameter of clothesline. Still other pieces -- accessories including belts and bags -- were characterized by a  tighter, lattice-like weave.

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Transparent, mesh-like netting was used as the outer layer of long-sleeve shirts and trousers, lined with washed cotton poplin T-shirts and shorts, and different styles of netting were paired together on the same model -- and occasionally  in the same mixed-fabrication garment.

In the best pieces, the fabric and net-like construction brought out the best in the design -- allowing leather bomber jackets to hang as lightly on the body as diaphanous silk, for example.

In a few manifestations, the idea was taken too far -- most memorably in a gray sweater with licorice-stick-sized loose ends standing at attention on the shoulders and yoke (like Pinhead from "Hellraiser" might wear). 

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Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Cindy Crawford and friends shoot Duran Duran video. Emma Watson covers Vogue.

Duran Duran, supermodels Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Eva Herzigova and Yasmin Le Bon and designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana gathered in London for a "secret" shoot -- which of course has been "leaking" out, thanks to Twitter, among other things. The shoot reportedly was for a Duran Duran video and a Harper's Bazaar spread. [Fashionista]

Afrances Catherine Zeta-Jones looked every inch the star when she appeared as a presenter during Sunday's Tony Awards. It doesn't get much more glamorous than that sparkling red gown with long sleeves and low-cut back. Not so glam: Best actress in a play winner Frances McDormand. What was she thinking, I wondered, in that granny dress and denim jacket? [People]

American Rag in L.A. has come up with the best dressing-room innovation since mirrors: a camera that lets you see your rear view, with no stretching, straining or twisting around. [Mondette]  

Since taking time off from Brown University, Emma Watson has been busy, busy. She's the celebrity face of Lancome's Tresor Midnight Rose fragrance, of course, and now she's on July's Vogue cover, looking uber-glamorous as photographed by Mario Testino. Inside, she models sophisticated creations by designers Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Calvin Klein and Dolce & Gabbana. [Telegraph]

The first images are out of Angelina Jolie's photo shoot for Louis Vuitton's "Core Values" ad campaign. Jolie is pictured semi-reclined, barefoot and smoky-eyed, on a wooden boat in Cambodia -- the country she fell in love with, and adopted her son Maddox from, after filming of "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" there in 2000. [Telegraph] 

Lily Allen wed Sam Cooper in Gloucestershire, Britain, on Saturday dressed in a gown with long lace sleeves and a fishtail skirt by French designer Delphine Manivet. The vintage-inspired dress had a little extra room around the middle for a reason: The couple announced that they are expecting. [People]

Dakota Fanning appears as the celebrity "face" of Marc Jacobs' Oh, Lola fragrance in its new ad campaigns. "I knew she could be this contemporary Lolita," Jacobs said, "seductive yet sweet."   [People] 

Skechers has inked a deal for an upcoming fitness apparel line. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Frances McDormand accepts her Tony Award. Credit: Jeff Christensen / Associated Press

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Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Dolce & Gabbana appreciate Justin Bieber's style. Christian Louboutin doen't appreciate YSL's red soles.

Bieber handshake Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce were gushing over 17-year-old singing sensation Justin Bieber's sense of style at the party they threw for him at their restaurant, Gold, after his concert in Milan on Saturday night. "It might be slightly premature to talk about a style icon, but it's impossible to deny that he's a model for his peers," Dolce said. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Bieber often wears Dolce & Gabbana (at this year's Academy Awards and Golden Globes, for instance). [Telegraph]

Christian Louboutin filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in Manhattan federal court last week against Yves Saint Laurent America Inc., accusing YSL of stepping on its toes, so to speak, by selling shoes with red soles -- the hallmark of a pricey Louboutin heel. The suit seeks to stop the sales and more than $1 million in damages. [Telegraph]

Laura Ashley plans to launch its first intimates collection. [WWD] (Subscription required.)    

There are certain beauty decisions you should always think through carefully instead of plunging right in. Tattoos and piercings, of course. But also hair color, brow shape and perfume, among others. [BellaSugar] 

Oscar de la Renta has rethought his original namesake fragrance, rejuvenating it for the modern woman. Esprit d'Oscar is a blend of Sicilian lemon, bergamot, citron, Egyptian jasmine, orange flower, tuberose, musk, heliotrope, tonka bean and vetiver. But it is less "powdery" -- powder evoking the scent of a grandma! [StyleList] 

Ashley Avignone, former styling assistant with "The Rachel Zoe" project, gives PopSugar the rundown n her favorite L.A. boutiques, including Vanessa Bruno, Church and Jenni Kayne. [PopSugar LA]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Justin Bieber at the Dolce & Gabbana party April 9, 2011. Domenico Dolce is at left. Credit: Giuseppe Aresu/Associated Press

Your morning fashion and beauty report: New 'Twilight' book shows what Bella might wear for her wedding, Daphne Guinness shows how to dress for Met gala

Bella's getting married! And Stephanie Meyer’s new book, "The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide," gives some illustrations of what the bride-to-be might look like on her wedding day, which is coming up in the movie "Twilight: Breaking Dawn." The first installment of the two-part film is due in theaters Nov. 18. But Twihards can satisfy their "Twilight" cravings with Meyer's new guidebook, which hits shelves Tuesday. [People]

Adaphne I'm totally intrigued by this: Artist and socialite Daphne Guinness plans to dress for the Met's Costume Institute Gala in the window at Barney's New York Madison Avenue flagship. It's part of a six-week collaboration between the retailer and the style maven that starts May 2 and will unveil a series of looks from Guinness’ fashion archives, including a selection of pieces from the wardrobe of the late editor and fashion icon Isabella Blow (famously purchased by Guinness last year to keep it from being split up at auction). [The Window] 

Model Agyness Deyn, known for her cropped blond hair and work on major fashion ads, editorial campaigns and runways,  has kept a low profile the last couple of years, but she's back now with a spread in the May issue of British Vogue. [Telegraph]

If you're heading for Coachella for the music festival at the end of next week, FabSugar has some ideas about what to pack. Floaty little sun dress? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Sunscreen? Double check. [FabSugar] And check in (get it?) with us here at Image later this weekend to find out about fabulous shopping in the area and to meet some of Coachella's most stylish female performers.  

Eva Longoria's wardrobe malfunction on David Letterman's show this week could have been prevented -- if she'd just worn a shirt and buttoned her tuxedo jacket more securely. [Huffington Post]

Dolce & Gabbana is throwing a party for Justin Bieber this weekend, following the teen star's concert in Milan on Saturday night. [Vogue UK]

The folks behind the blog whatcourtneyworetoday.com — Courtney Love's personal style blog — have put some of her clothing up for auction on eBay in a store called Courtney Love Couture. [The Cut]

Saoirse Ronan wore a Byzantine-inspired, embellished Chanel dress to the New York premiere of her just-released film "Hanna." It was a fairly bold choice for the young actress. [StyleList]

 --Susan Denley

Photo: Daphne Guinness, artist and socialite, who will dress for Met gala in Barney's window. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

[Updated] Frugal Fashion: 'The Green Lantern's' Blake Lively goes all white at CinemaCon

BlakeThe term fashion faux pas seems to be completely unknown to "Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively. Whether she's sitting front row at a runway show, splashed across the cover of a magazine or making a red carpet appearance, Lively never ceases to impress the most discerning fashion palettes. This will be Lively's hat trick edition of Frugal Fashion, proving the 23-year-old has a serious knack for dolling up on the red carpet and that maybe there is a little something to Anna Wintour's fascination with the young starlet.

Lively stars in the latest DC Comic-turned-film venture "The Green Lantern," out June 17, as the feisty siren Carol Ferris opposite Ryan Reynolds. When she hit the red carpet for CinemaCon in Las Vegas -- the annual gathering of cinema owners and operators (formerly called ShoWest) -- was she attempting to hide her future as the film's star sapphire villain under her all-white, angelic disguise? Or did Lively's wardrobe choice have a little something to do with the weather? The comic fan in me votes for the first option, but feel free to decide for yourself.

Lively looked ready for summer in an all-white lace uber-mini and sheer top ensemble by Dolce & Gabbana, white blazer with black trim and cream colored suede booties with cleavage.

For a lace mini that will show off some sun-kissed leg get the Lace patch pocket skirt from Forever 21 for $13.50, Lush lace skirt from Piperlime.com for $34, or the Jack by BB Dakota Charles lace skirt from Piperlime.com for $59.

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Get Lively's all white look with a sheer top like the Swell Erika shirt from Swell.com for $36.50, Sparkle and Fade linen chiffon band oversized top from Urbanoutfitters.com for $14.99, or the silk Georgette blouse from Forever 21 for $24.80.

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A white, fitted blazer can be a lasting, year-round investment. Bloomingdales carries the Aqua three-quarter sleeve linen blazer for $88, Anthropologie has the Late seating blazer for $98, or if you want to go for Lively's look with the black trim, try the Steve Madden V-neck three-quarter sleeve double breasted button piped fitted blazer from Macy's for $40.99.

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If showing too much leg or a low-cut blouse makes you feel uncomfortable maybe a little peek-a-boo shoe cleavage is something fun you can play with, even with a longer skirt. Lively's suede booties have an extra low dip. Get the same effect with the MRKT Sophie boot from DSW for $79.95 or the Civico 10 Milan bootie also from DSW for $59.95.

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Happy shopping!

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

-- Jenn Harris

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Photo: Actress Blake Lively, a cast member in the upcoming Warner Bros. film "Green Lantern," poses at CinemaCon 2011 in Las Vegas. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press.

Skirt photo from left: Lace patch pocket skirt. Credit: Forever21.com; Lush lace skirt. Credit: Piperlime.com; Jack by BB Dakota Charles lace skirt. Credit: Piperlime.com.

Shirt photo from left: Swell Erika skirt. Credit: Swell.com; Sparkle and Fade linen chiffon band oversized top. Credit: Urbanoutfitters.com; Silk Georgette blouse. Credit: Forever21.com.

Blazer photo from left: Aqua three-quarter sleeve linen blazer. Credit: Bloomingdales.com; Late seating blazer. Credit: Anthropologie.com; Steve Madden V-neck double breasted button piped blazer. Credit: Macys.com.

Shoe photo from left: MRKT Sophie boot. Credit: DSW.com; Civico 10 Milan bootie. Credit: DSW.com.

[UPDATED 9:30 AM 04/6/2011: The Green Lantern is a DC Comic, not a Marvel comic.]

Your morning fashion and beauty report: MAC plus Mac equals April Fool!

-- It's April Fool's Day and kind of hard to sort out what's really news from what isn't. Eau de Mutt perfume being a bestseller? That's being reported Friday, but I'm just not believing it. [Telegraph] But I wish I could believe this one: MAC cosmetics and Apple collaborating on a lipstick and eyeshadow collection for geek girls. Hats off to BellaSugar for coming up with this one! 

Amad -- "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner has signed an agreement with AMC and Lionsgate that clears the way for the Emmy-winning show to return next year, as reported on The Times' Showtracker blog.  Of course, that has us wondering if the series that's been so influential in bringing an early '60s flavor to current fashion is in for a style change as it hits the peace, love and flower power of the latter part of the decade, an idea writer Vincent Boucher explored here recently. 

-- Good news for designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana: They won't have to stand trial for alleged tax evasion, an Italian judge has ruled after finding flaws in the prosecutor's case. [WWD] (subscription required)

-- Singer Michael Bublé married Argentine actress Luisana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre in Buenos Aires on Thursday in a civil ceremony (which is expected to be followed by a larger celebration this weekend). The bride looked fresh and adorable in a short frothy lavender cocktail dress. (Bublé was in a gray suit.) [PopSugar] 

-- Get your credit cards ready: Italian luxury line Miu Miu plans to launch an e-commerce site next Wednesday. [Telegraph]

-- SeenOn.com has obtained costumes from "The Kennedys" miniseries, which premieres Sunday on Reelz, and has recreated some of Jackie Kennedy's most notable outfits for a sale that runs through Wednesday. [StyleSection L.A.]

-- Model Inès de la Fressange, 53, is the newest age-appropriate spokeswoman for L'Oréal. [BellaSugar] 

-- Hermes is looking to sell its 45% stake in the Jean-Paul Gaultier label. [Reuters]    

-- Designer Cynthia Vincent opened a flagship store in New York City this week with a rock 'n' roll party. [WWD]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: In past seasons, the women of "Mad Men" such as Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks), left, Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) and Faye Miller (Cara Buono) have dressed in full-skirted dresses, prim sheaths and tailored suits. But will that change? Credit: AMC 

 

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Lady Gaga starts a column for V, Britney Spears wears Dolce & Gabbana and Dior holds off on replacing Galliano

Agaga Lady Gaga, columnist: Starting with the issue that hits newsstands May 12, she's to write a regular column for V magazine. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

British "It" girl Alexa Chung is modeling for Italian footwear brand Superga, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. She styled the shoot, too. [Telegraph]

Dolce & Gabbana is on a roll with pop stars. Britney Spears wears several items by the designers in publicity photos for her new album, including a sweet polka dot body suit. Last week, Kylie Minogue saw them for a fitting. [Telegraph]

I've been on the edge of my seat waiting to see who will replace John Galliano as creative director at Dior. But for a number of reasons -- legal difficulties dissolving the disgraced designer's contract, parent company LVMH's takeover of Bulgari, concerns about maintaining the viability of the latest Galliano-designed collection -- a choice is unlikely before fall, sources tell Elle

A big oops for Levi's. The jeans purveyor has agreed to pay more than $1 million in back wages to 596 employees for wage and hour violations. [WWD] (Subscription required.)  

Michelle Kessler Sanders has been tapped to be the first creative director for the burgeoning Vera Wang Group. Like the designer herself, Sanders has had experience both in retail (Donna Karan, Juicy Couture) and editorial (Vogue and most recently the New York Times' T magazine.) [Cut]

Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison quit their design jobs at their shoe brand, Sigerson Morrison, on March 15, 20 years after thay founded it. The label's parent company, Marc Fisher Footwear, is planning an overhaul of the business. [Cut]

Longchamp's opened its biggest store in Asia with a celebrity-studded party in Hong Kong. [WWD]

 -- Susan Denley

Photo: Lady Gaga, singer and ... columnist? Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

 

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Sell it like Beckham -- or Katy Perry -- for Adidas

Japanese Fashion Week, which was to take place next week, has been cancelled. For obvious reasons. [WWD] (suscription required)

Adavid On Wednesday, Adidas will launch the biggest marketing campaign in its history: a TV and movie theater commercial featuring a range of celebrities from sports, fashion and entertainment. They include soccer great David Beckham (of our own Galaxy), NBA star Derrick Rose and pop singer Katy Perry. [WWD]

Meanwhile, Beckham and wife, former-Spice-Girl-now-designer Victoria, announced their new child will be a girl ... joining three brothers. [People]

Emmanuelle Alt's first Vogue Paris cover features Giselle Bundchen looking beautifully Giselle-y. The only catch? The Dolce & Gabbana dress she's wearing has showed up on Spanish and German Vogue this season, too. [Telegraph] 

Supermodel Naomi Campbell, in conjunction with London shopping center Westfield, is opening a pop-up shop that will sell outfits from her Fashion for Relief shows and will include a Vivienne Westwood evening dress once worn by Campbell herself, along with a Tom Ford suit worn by comedian David Walliams. Profits will go to the Prince's Trust, benefitting 14-to-30-year-olds who need help to turn their lives around. [Telegraph]

Vineyard Vines, a brand that has been somewhat nautical, is creating a Kentucky Derby collection. [WWD]

The Phoenix Art Museum has acquired a couture collection once owned by Ann Bonfoey Taylor, who died in 2007 at age 96 and who spent a lifetime amassing Balenciaga, Charles James, Madame Grès and Givenchy, among others. About 200 pieces, including 60 ensembles, will be on display during the exhibit Fashion Independent, which runs through May 29. The bulk of the pieces date from the '50s to the '70s. [WWD]

Jenny from the block (JLo, of course) adds Spain-based jewelry label Tous to her growing endorsement roster. [StyleList]

Johnny Depp has been named the Hat Person of the Year by the Headwear Assn., whose mission is "to promote hat wearing and the headwear industry throughout the world and foster goodwill and fellowship among those engaged in the headwear industry." My only question: Have they met our hat-wearing scribe Adam Tschorn? [Cut]

I admit it: I am completely fascinated by Vogue creative director Grace Coddington. Even before she upstaged Anna Wintour in "The September Issue," her breathtaking work made us know she was a force among forces. She talks about what's inspiring her right now -- the structured menswear silhouettes at Dries Van Noten, punk-tinged touches at Balenciaga, the colorful looks at Miu Miu and Prada. [Vogue] 

-- Susan Denley

Photo: The Galaxy's David Beckham is among celebrities in Adidas' new ad campaign. Credit: Kent Horner / Getty Images 

Milan Fashion Week: Boy meets girl on the Dolce & Gabbana runway

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The fall Dolce & Gabbana collection was a retro 1980s riff on the boy-meets-girl theme. The problem is that there wasn't anything surprising about the boys' bankers-stripe suits with skinny short pants, or the jackets with cut-off sleeves, the glittery brogues and the pork-pie hats tipped backward, Annie Lennox-style.

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The "girls" were in dresses, either billowy silk chiffon star and music-note prints, or tight-fitting and shiny like disco balls.

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From the last few seasons, it seemed like the Dolce & Gabbana collection was going in a more upscale, sophisticated direction. (With a huge emphasis on surface texture, natch, which is a major trend we're seeing now for fall.)  But this cute-bordering-on-camp collection was more in tune with the designers' younger-minded secondary label, D&G. (Heels with piano-key designs, plastic star earrings, etc.)

Let's put it this way, there was a photo of '80s Madonna tacked to the inspiration board backstage, but I can't imagine the pop diva wearing any of this now.

-- Booth Moore in Milan, Italy

PHOTOS: Dolce & Gabbana fall-winter 2011 runway collection photo gallery

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


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