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Fashion News: Meghan McCain poses for Playboy

Meghan McCain tells what it was like campaigning for father John in the last presidential campaign, but also strays into some racier territory in an interview in April's Playboy magazine

Meghan McCain, 27, tells what it was like campaigning for father John in the last presidential campaign, but also strays into some racier territory in an interview in April's Playboy magazine. She kept her clothes on for the photo accompanying the interview and is dressed in a patriotic red sequined dress with blue heels. [New York Daily News]

Simon Spurr, nominated by the Council of Fashion Designers of America for its Menswear Designer of the Year award just last week, mysteriously left his eponymous label on Friday, with no comment on why. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Most models start working between ages 13 and 16; the parents of those 18 or younger rarely accompany them to castings and jobs; 76.5% have been exposed to alcohol or drugs on the job; and close to 30% have experienced sexual harassment, according to a survey by the Model Alliance

Ann Magnuson, emceeing the annual REDCAT Gala in Los Angeles on Saturday night, nailed all the reasons to love a gala. It's an excuse, she said, "to take your furs out of storage, your diamonds out of the safe deposit box ... get your hair done ... and pick out a gown from your favorite atelier." [Society News LA]

Demi Moore, who was hospitalized in January following her split with husband Ashton Kutcher, looks to be the picture of health in photos from her latest ad campaign for Helena Rubenstein. [Metro]

Rihanna's jeans collaboration with Armani may be just the beginning. Ultimately, she said, she wants to be a fashion designer herself. [Elle]

Meanwhile, tennis great Venus Williams is getting back into fashion design with the relaunch of EleVen by Venus Williams. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

The Ecology Center, a nonprofit organization based in Michigan, tested 99 pieces of jewelry from stores including Claire's, H&M, Forever 21, Wal-Mart, Hot Topic and Target for lead, cadmium, chromium, nickel, brominated flame retardants, chlorine, mercury and arsenic. The results showed more than half the items contained high levels of hazardous chemicals. [The Cut]

The Duchess of Cambridge made her first official speech Monday, and surprised the fashion world by wearing a blue dress from Reiss' fall 2008 collection that her mother Carole wore two years ago. [Fashionista]

And with spring just a day away, note that bird prints are popping up on all kinds of garments for this season. [Wall Street Journal]


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Meghan McCain and father John McCain on the campaign trail in 2008. Credit: Keith Srakocic / Associated Press

Fashion News: Rooney Mara, Emma Stone and a streaker

Emma Stone, Rooney Mara

There were some vague threats that Occupy Wall Street protesters might try to shut down Calvin Klein's New York Fashion Week Show on Thursday ... but they didn't. Rooney Mara and Emma Stone, above, were among the attendees. [Cut]

Julia Wiedeman, a comedian with an Upright Citizens Brigade Theater stage show called "Naked People," streaked Lioncoln Center, home of many fashion week activities, wearing only red sneakers and pink panties. [Cut]

Famed New York Times street style photographer Bill Cunningham was hit by an SUV at fashion week, but apparently wasn't seriously injured -- and he kept on shooting. [Fashionista]

The fall collection Helmut Lang showed this week in New York was inspired by "Game of Thrones," and includes lot of boots, leggings and leather (as one might expect). [Los Angeles Times]

New York Fashion Week officially ended Thursday and you can see more Los Angeles Times' coverage of it on our All the Rage blog. Now London Fashion Week begins. [Telegraph]

Moving on to news unrelated to fashion weeks, the Duchess of Cambridge has commissioned Emina Hadzic of the British label  La Luna London to design some dresses for her wardrobe. [Telegraph]

Nicole Richie is branching out, with a new fashion collection set to debut on QVC's "The Buzz on the Red Carpet -- Live from L.A" show on Feb. 24. [WWD] (subscription required)

American Apparel has rolled out a line of hoodies for dogs made from scraps left over from the clothes they make for people. [Racked LA]

Cindy Crawford isn't sure  daughter Kaia Gerber will continue modeling. The 10-year-old appeared in ads for Young Versace, but told her mother she might really want to be a baby nurse. [Daily]


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Emma Stone, left, and Rooney Mara at Calvin Klein's show. Credit: Rabbani and Solimene Photography / Getty Images

Fashion News: Olivier Martinez gives Halle Berry a ring

Kate Middleton and Pippa Middleton; wedding dress by Alexander McQueen's creative director Sarah Burton

The lovely wedding dress Alexander McQueen's creative director Sarah Burton designed for the Duchess of Cambridge has been nominated for a prestigious British design award. It is one of two McQueen nominations in the London Design Museum's Designs of the Year competition. "Savage Beauty," the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art's retrospective on the late McQueen's work, is also in contention. [Telegraph]

French actor Olivier Martinez and Halle Berry have become engaged, which means two things to us here at All the Rage: We can drool over the one-of-a-kind emerald and diamond engagement ring, and we can dream about the wedding to come. [Us Weekly]

Whitney Port will have her first New York Fashion Week solo runway show this season. Her line, Whitney Eve, is scheduled to show Feb. 15. [The Cut]

Lindsay Lohan has been busy (and we hope staying out of legal trouble since she stands a chance of being off probation by next month, as we previously reported). She modeled for German label Philipp Plein's spring ad campaign and the ads debuted this week. She's also on the January cover of Maxim and, of course, the February cover of Playboy, as we've also reported. [The Cut]

When "The Hunger Games" hits the big screen in March, be sure to pay attention to the hair colors. Lead colorist Cherry Petenbrink had to come up with fanciful colors for the cast, including 500 extras. There are blue ponytails and pink curls and other rainbow hues. She predicts we'll see a trend. I predict she's right. [Beauty High]

This week, the Calvin Klein Collection and the Peggy Siegal Co. threw a party in New York for "Glee" star Darren Criss, in town to replace Daniel Radcliffe in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" for a few weeks. [WWD]

Speaking of Calvin, Calvin Klein Underwear has teamed up with celebrity stylist Annabel Tollman to create three videos for its Naked Glamour collection, showing how she creates the right look for different scenarios. [WWD]


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Kate Middleton with sister Pippa on her wedding day, wearing the Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown. Credit: Alastair Grant / Associated Press

Fashion News: Beyonce baby Blue Ivy born

Jay-Z and Beyonce

Beyonce and Jay-Z welcomed new baby Blue Ivy on Saturday night, and some folks are figuring that Beyonce will be back in good enough shape to perform at the Grammys (she is nominated for two) Feb 12. [Huffington Post]

Dear me. British TV drama "Downton Abbey" seems to be using used costumes. Or maybe we should say reycled costumes. For instance, a costume worn by Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) in one scene was previously worn by Emma Thompson in the 1992 film "Howard's End." [Telegraph]

Duke and Duchess of CambridgeThe duchess of Cambridge wore a floor-length lacy black gown to the London premiere of "War Horse" over the weekend. The most notable accessory was a plastic umbrella wielded by her husband to keep his lady dry in the damp weather. [Cut]

Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton will be the subjects of an exhibition opening in March at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs at the Louvre in Paris. The exhibit is to cover two floors of the museum, one dedicated to Vuitton, one to Jacobs, who is in creative director of the atelier Vuitton established. [Telegraph]

Lady Gaga has been writing a column for V magazine, but in the latest issue she turned over her space for notes in which designers including Giorgio Armani and Karl Lagerfeld talk about her style. [Cut]

Nicole Richie confesses that she doesn't know how to put on makeup. Why should she? She's one of the lucky ones who can have someone else do it whenever necessary. [InStyle]

Nicki Minaj reportedly is in talks with Vogue for a cover. [Fashionista]


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Photos, from top: Jay-Z and Beyonce, shown at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in September, welcomed baby Blue Ivy on Saturday; the duke and duchess of Cambridge at the "War Horse" London premiere. Credits: Al Bello / Getty Images; Ian Gavan / AFP/Getty Images


Fashion News: PETA hates on Janet Jackson, Kim Kardashian

PETA has named Janet Jackson Grinch of the Year for wearing fur, saying in a statement: "When Janet Jackson had her infamous wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl, at least the flesh that popped into view was her own -- unlike the stolen animal skins she drapes herself with, which are as dead as her taste in fashion." The organization also came down on Kim Kardashian for wearing fur and on filmmaker Cameron Crowe for using animal actors in "We Bought a Zoo." [PETA Files]

Rumor du jour: Kanye West reportedly will move to London to pursue his fashion career -- despite his first collection being cooly received in Paris this year. [Fashionista]

Alessandra Ambrosio, two months pregnantHard to believe, but when model Alessandra Ambrosio walked, scantily clad, in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show last month (at left) she was two months pregnant. [Fashionista]

One more way the Duchess of Cambridge has rocked the world: Reiss, one of her favorite stores, reported a near-doubling of its profits this year. Of course, company officials point to other factors, such as tighter cost controls. But after the duchess -- then Kate Middleton -- wore a white Reiss dress for her official engagement portrait in January, the company's website crashed amid an onslaught of orders. [Telegraph]

A poll by British chain Superdrug found that Kate and sister Pippa Middleton ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively as beauty icons of the year. [Daily Mail]

Brad Goreski, formerly Rachel Zoe's assistant, has been named brand stylist for Kate Spade New York. And his new show, "It's a Brad, Brad World," is slated to debut Monday on Bravo. [WWD]

Sephora plans to open about a dozen stores in Latin America in the next year to take advantage of the region's growing beauty market. [WWD] (subscription required)

A study by a Queensland University of Technology professor showed that shoppers who are touched, even lightly, by others in the crowd spend less time in stores and develop negative feelings about the brands. So my question is: then why is Black Friday so popular? The prices may draw people in, but the crowds will drive them away. [Atlantic]  

Blushington, the new makeup bar, is all booked up for New Year's Eve. [Racked]


Top fashion moments of 2011

Fashion News: Kate Middleton gets bling

Photos: Worst-dressed man of the year Jared Leto

-- Susan Denley

Photo: A two-months-pregnant Alessandra Ambrosio in last month's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Credit: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images

Fashion News: Camila Alves gets McConaughey; Kate Middleton bling

Matthew McConaughey finally proposed to Camila Alves. We're glad -- and not just because they already have two children. No, we here at All the Rage like starting the new year with the prospect of more weddings and all the attendant frippery. [Los Angeles Times]

And there's news of another one coming up too: John Legend proposed to model Chrissy Teigen. [SF Luxe]

Duchess of CambridgeThe duchess of Cambridge -- who as Kate Middleton was the focus of 2011's wedding of the year -- was spotted on Christmas Day wearing some blingy earrings on her way to church. A gift from Prince William, perhaps? The 18-karat gold and diamond drop earrings were made by jeweler Kiki McDonough and are reportedly worth $3,000. [ABC News]

If a cashmere sweater was among the loot under your Christmas tree, I hope it was a good one. Not to be a Scrooge, but if you've noticed a lot of the cashmere in stores the last couple of years has been selling for under $100, and that might be why you got the sweater. And there's a reason prices have gone down. Some cashmere is made using shortcuts and won't hold up as well as the best cashmere. The Wall Street Journal explains how to tell the difference, which is handy if you're inspired to run out and trade that Christmas cashmere in for a long-lasting, luxe version. [WSJ]

Louis Vuitton has sued Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., saying the studio knowingly used fake Louis Vuitton bags in "The Hangover II." [WWD] (Subscription required.)

When looking back at 2011 you really want to remember what the top 10 nail trends were. Right? Of course you do! Among them: pointy shapes, stick-ons, gels, crackle effects and celebrity collaborations.  Lest we forget,  OPI collaborated with Katy Perry, Miss Piggy and Nicki Minaj, Deborah Lippmann with Lady Gaga, and China Glaze took on a whole movie with "The Hunger Games." [Racked]


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: The duchess of Cambridge, on her way to church on Christmas Day, sporting some bling. Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images

Fashion: Walters' fascinating people include Kim Kardashian, Pippa Middleton

Kim KardashianKim Kardashian and Pippa Middleton -- who often make fashion news -- also made Barbara Walters' list of the most fascinating people of 2011. Kardashian, who won the honor along with the whole Kardashian clan, made the list despite Walters' pointing out in her ABC special on the topic Wednesday that the reality star and product-promoter has no apparent talent. Middleton rather surprisingly made the list while sister Catherine (the presumed future Queen of England) did not. At the top was Steve Jobs, Walters' first-ever posthumous pick. []

But the former Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, was a runner-up in Time magazine's Person of the Year (who ended up being a type, not an individual: The Protester occupied the magazine's top spot). [Time]

Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian did display one of her abilities this week -- acquiring bling. She attended the second day of Christie's record-breaking auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry, art and clothing and paid $64,900 for three jade and diamond Lorraine Schwartz bangles. [The Cut]

Reebok plans to bring back its toning shoes, unfazed by having to pay a $25 million judgment earlier this year when the company lost a case the Federal Trade Commission brought over its claims about the shoes' effectiveness. The shoes apparently will have some new features (though I don't know if that will make them more effective at helping women tone up or if Reebok will simply tone down its advertising campaign). [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Abercrombie & Fitch has asked a judge to throw out the Situation's trademark infringement lawsuit -- you know, the one in which he contends that A&F ripped off his patented phrases and plastered them on T-shirts. But the retailer says the "Jersey Shores" star doesn't have trademarks on the phrases -- he has only applied for them. [TMZ]

Designer Donna Karan has done a lot of charity work in Haiti, but she is being criticized in some quarters for her spring/summer 2012 advertising campaign, which was shot there. The campaign features glamorous Brazilian model Adrian Lima, and one photo includes a couple of Haitians in the shadows  -- or "minorities in the background," as one offended observer put it. Others are defending the campaign, saying it shines a light on poverty in the island nation. [Styleite] [Telegraph]


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--Susan Denley

Photo: Kim Kardashian, shot earlier this year. Credit: Ali Haider / EPA

Fashion News: The bunny lends an ear on Lindsay Lohan Playboy cover

Somebody leaked a copy of Playboy's Lindsay Lohan cover, and on it she seems to be wearing nothing but a chair -- a chair shaped like the bunny logo, whose ears help cover what needs to be covered for newsstand sales. [Los Angeles Times]  

Kate Middleton in ZaraIs the Duchess of Cambridge getting too predictable? Maybe so, says the Telegraph. The former Kate Middleton wore a dress by Zara (sold for about $110 at today's exchange rates) to a concert at Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday night. It looked somewhat similar to (though somewhat shorter than) an expensive designer dress by Erdem that she wore on her summer trip to Canada and California. Could she be in a rut? [Telegraph]

More than $60 million worth of diamonds were used in WSJ magazine's shoot for its feature, "Portrait of a Lady," in the December issue. The piece features four notable women, all over 55, showing off their senses of style -- and the diamonds. (Pretty formidably, too.  They include Joan Juliet Buck, 62, former editor of French Vogue, and famed art dealer and curator Clarissa Dalrymple, 70.) All of that bling required 16 security guards for protection. [WSJ]

A photo from model Karlie Kloss' nude Vogue Italia shoot, the one in which she was dubbed the new "body" (replacing Elle MacPherson), is popping up on pro-anorexia websites. [Fashionista]

Rooney Mara, star of the upcoming "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," has helped design a necklace for Kora, the company that specializes in jewelry made from items found in and crafted by people in developing communities in Africa. (Think of things like cow bone polished into beautiful bracelets.) Kora is the enterprise of the L.A. design duo of Amy Walker and Maxandra Short, whom our Melissa Magsaysay wrote about over the summer. [People]

Speaking of "The Girl," a first look at costume designer Trish Summerville's capsule collection for H&M inspired by the title character came out Wednesday. We posted video, in case you missed it.

Stella McCartney celebrated the opening of her first store in Rome on Tuesday. [WWD] (subscription required) 

Oscar de la Renta is developing his first in-house children's collection. [WWD] (subscription required)

Lauren Scruggs, the model and fashion blogger severely injured when she accidentally walked into a plane propeller on Saturday, is able to walk and talk again, but faces a long recovery. [People]


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: The Duchess of Cambridge in her Zara dress Tuesday night. Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images

Fashion News: Andre Leon Talley curates fashion exhibit

Longtime Vogue contributing editor (and current judge on "America's Next Top Model") André Leon Talley has just assembled the first exhibit at the gallery named after him in the Savannah College of Art and Design's new museum. The display includes garments designed by recipients of the ALT Lifetime Achievement awards — including Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg and Miuccia Prada — which the college presents every year. He plans to add designer fragrances, too. [NYT] 

Talley shows up as a character (though not by name) in a new children's book by former Vogue staffer Kelly Florio Kasouf about a little girl who sneaks into a publishing office. "The Super Adventures of Sophie and the City: All in a Day’s Work" is being sold at Barney's. [WWD]

Duchess of CambridgeThe Duchess of Cambridge looked stunning in a pale blue gown at her first official solo engagement, a charity function at Clarence House this week. Something about her hairstyle set off some speculation that she might be using hair extensions -- like many a celeb -- but not so, says the palace. [Fashionista]

Lauren Conrad is planning to write a beauty book, and on her website, she is soliciting input from fans on what questions to answer. Oh, and she also plans to launch a beauty line. Think there is a connection? And there's more: she just published a new novel, "The Fame Game." [People]

Shoppers are complaining about dim lighting in Hollister, the retail sibling of Abercrombie & Fitch. While the atmosphere seems to be meant to add to a cool vibe,  Facebook groups have sprung up called "Hi welcome to Hollister, would you like a flashlight?" and "Hollister. You're a store, not a maze. Turn the lights on."  [Telegraph]

The latest fashion coffee-table tome comes to us from Christian Dior. It was put together by photographer Patrick Demarchelier and features the likes of Gisele Bündchen and Charlize Theron in creations from Dior Haute Couture. Pieces date from the first collection by Dior himself in 1947, through designs from Yves Saint Laurent's stewardship in the 1950s to John Galliano's recent tenure. "Dior Couture," published by Rizzoli, will be available in the U.S. in December, priced at $115. [Telegraph]

British designer Alice Temperley has signed on for a new collaboration, but it's not quite what you'd expect. Instead of linking up with Target, Macy's or H&M, she's working with Filofax. You know, to design those organizers popular in the 1980s, before we all had iPhones and Blackberries. [Racked]


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: The Duchess of Cambridge chats with guests at a charity function at Clarence House on Wednesday.  Paul Burns / Associated Press / Clarence House

Fashion News: Julianne Hough in Rachel Zoe at 'Footloose' screening

Jullianne HoughJulianne Hough attended the Cinema Society's screening of "Footloose" in a black tuxedo-style dress designed by Rachel Zoe -- a nice blend of two of today's hot talents. [Huffington Post]

What was up with Ron Paul's droopy right eyebrow during the Republican debate Tuesday at Dartmouth College? Those obsessed with looks over rhetoric wondered if it was a fake, applied ineptly -- the glue a victim to the hot lights. The idea is "stupid" and "insulting," says a campaign spokesman, who blamed seasonal allergies for the look. [NYT]

Aerosmith frontman and "American Idol" judge Steven Tyler is scheduled to appear along with daughters Chelsea and Mia in the windows at Macy's Herald Square in New York City on Friday evening to promote the new rocker-chic sportswear line Andrew Charles. The line, for men, women and children, is exclusive to Macy's. [WWD] 

The Duke and Duchesss of Cambridge hosted a dinner at St. James's Palace on Thursday to raise about $1 million for charity. The duchess looked stunning in a long, V-neck red gown, with a bow at the waist and modest long sleeves. [People] 

Liz Claiborne, sold at JCPenney, has sold itself to the retailer for a reported $328 million. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Oscar de la Renta, launching his new fragrance, "Live in Love," at Lord & Taylor in New York City on Wednesday, said what I've been thinking for a long time. DON'T buy a scent because it has a celebrity name on it. "Fragrance is not about the moment; it’s about the life. Fragrance is not about, 'Oh my goodness, I’m going to wear this fragrance because Jennifer Lopez had it on.'"   [The Cut] 

--Susan Denley

Photo: Julianne Hough, wearing Rachel Zoe's tuxedo dress. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images


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