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Fashion: Giles Deacon out at Ungaro. Kendall Jenner's runway debut.

Creative Director Giles Deacon is leaving Emanuel Ungaro after two seasons, becoming the sixth designer to leave the French fashion house in as many years. The others include Giambattista Valli, Vincent Darré, Peter Dundas, Esteban Cortazar and Estrella Archs, who worked alongside short-term artistic advisor Lindsay Lohan for one season. Deacon's departure was a mutual decision, Ungaro chief executive Jeffry M. Aronsson says. [Telegraph]

Former "Toddlers & Tiaras" star Eden Wood hit the runway at the Cicciabella children's fashion show  on Thursday, making her New York Fashion Week debut. Did we mention that she's 6? [People]

Kendall Jenner 
Oh, and Kardashian sibling Kendall Jenner made her runway debut, too, walking for dress designer Sherri Hill on Wednesday, just two days after younger sister Kylie Jenner modeled in Avril Levigne's Abby Dawn show. [People] 

As New York Fashion Week ends, London Fashion Week is revving up, starting with some celebrity spiked parties. Rimmel threw one in honor of its 10-year association with Kate Moss (who has a new lipstick line coming out for the brand). Guests included Solange Knowles and Georgia May Jagger. [WWD]

Los Angeles-based  Romeo & Juliet Couture is partnering with Warner Bros. on a "Gossip Girl" collection. It's about time someone did, with all the attention given to the style of the show's stars. [WWD]

Gap, which has been struggling for awhile now and which let chief designer Patrick Robinson go this spring, is working on a new prototype store, trying to improve customer service and will hire a replacement for Robinson "soon." [WWD] (Subscription required.)

If you love to knit, you might want to mark Sept. 23-25 on your calendar and head for L.A. for Vogue Knitting Live, a kind of convention for knitters. It'll have classes, yarn vendors and "celebrity knitters," such as "Inside Edition's" Deborah Norville. [PopSugar LA] 

An exhibition featuring photos Irving Penn shot of designer Issey Miyake's fashion opened Friday in Tokyo. "Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue" is scheduled to run through April 8. [WWD]


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--Susan Denley

Photo: Kendall Jenner, younger sister of those Kardashian girls, walks Sherri Hill's runway at New York Fashion Week. Credit: Jeff Schear / Getty Images

Paris Fashion Week: Giles Deacon resurrects the house of Emanuel Ungaro


It had to be a hard decision to take on the house of Emanuel Ungaro, and all the baggage left by troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan, who was briefly the brand's creative advisor.

But Giles Deacon, the good-natured British designer, is up for the challenge. His first collection, shown in a presentation with a blooming garden setting, was full of the kind of lacey, feather-flocked party dresses that Hollywood loves.

And there was a sense of fun to a pink feather pouf bag, cartoonish flower appliques and prints that is unmistakably Deacon.

A modest start, but a good one.

--Booth Moore in Paris

Emanuel Ungaro spring-summer 2011 runway collection photo gallery

Photos: Looks from the Emanuel Ungaro spring-summer 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson & Peter Stigter / For The Times.

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Alexander McQueen for auction, Pucci without prints?

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We've talked before about Pucci's resurgence on the red carpet, sans the mod tank dresses for which the label is probably best remembered. But can it still be Pucci without wild prints? [WSJ]

Two dresses from Alexander McQueen's Fall 2007 collection will be up for auction. [Vogue UK]

Will Michelle Obama be on the cover of Vogue again? [Fashion Week Daily]

The ugliest summer fashion trends. [The Daily Beast]

Also ugly, but apparently life savers: Boy's Croc shoes save him after electric shock. [Telegraph]

Is Karl Lagerfeld's photo of Claudia Schiffer in dark makeup and an afro on the cover of Germany's Stern Fotografie offensive? [Huffington Post]

Also causing waves: Urban Outfitters' Eat Less T-shirt. [Jezebel]

Can Giles Deacon save Ungaro? [Guardian]

Catherine Malandrino is not joining Lacoste. [Fashionologie]

Three CFDA winners create designs for Gap. [WWD, subscription required]

Courtney Prince's vintage and affordable jewelry. [Style Section LA]

-- Whitney Friedlander

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Photo: Eva Longoria Parker wears Pucci at Cannes. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Alexander McQueen -- the next chapter and other designers on the move

Burton A flurry of hirings and firings in the fashion industry this week, most notably at Alexander McQueen, where Sarah Burton has been appointed creative director. Burton is a longtime colleague of McQueen's, who began working with him in 1996. She has been the head of women's wear design since 2000. 

Jonathan Akeroyd, president and CEO of Alexander McQueen, said in a statement: “We are delighted that Sarah has agreed to take on the role of creative director. Having worked alongside Lee McQueen for more than 14 years, she has a deep understanding of his vision, which will allow the company to stay true to its core values. Sarah is extremely talented and under her creative leadership we are ready to enter a new phase in the brands history.“

Robert Polet, president and CEO of Gucci Group, added: “As a business we remain absolutely
committed to the Alexander McQueen company, which has proven to have strong customer loyalty
and has shown to be a resilient brand in the aftermath of the tragic loss of its founder. Sarah has real talent, a close understanding of the brand, and the vision necessary to take it forward. We will be giving full support to Sarah and the team in the coming years"

Burton was born in Manchester and educated at Central Saint Martins. Gucci Group has a substantial commitment to the McQueen brand, which has five stand-alone boutiques around the world and hundreds of retail accounts, so there was no chance that it was going to be shut down. Several names were bandied about as possible replacements for McQueen, including Gareth Pugh, who has a similar dark vision to the late designer's. But replacing one big personality with another was probably not the right thing to do straight off. While no one will be able to approach McQueen's genius, Burton seems like the logical person to try. 

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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Queen Latifah's effortless glam. Ungaro hires Giles Deacon. See what the stars wore to 'Sex and the City' premiere in NYC


Queen Latifah has evolved from rap royalty to beloved movie star to arrive at a look of seemingly effortless glamor and grace. [InStyle]

Emanuel Ungaro taps British designer Giles Deacon as its new creative director. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Sarah Jessica Parker wore Valentino, and Cynthia Nixon was in Carolina Herrera at Monday night's New York City Premiere of "Sex and the City 2." But what on Earth was SJP thinking when she changed for the after-party? [New York Post]

Designers turned out in force Monday night to honor nominees for the CFDA Fashion Awards. In the crowd were Jason Wu, Donna Karan, Elie Tahari, Nicole Miller, Thom Browne and more. [WWD]

Talbot's is planning upgrades and outlets. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

How to pick a pair of sunglasses that look just smashing! [FabSugar]

The latest word in premium denim is the "banana cut," introduced by designer Domenico Vacca with styles named after some of his celeb clients, such as The Jeremy (Piven) and The Mickey (Rourke). [StyleList]

In case you missed it: See Marc Jacobs show you exactly how sexy his new men's fragrance, Bang, is as he bares all in ad campaign. Oh, my! [StyleList]  

Consumer Reports rates the best sunscreens. [StyleList]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Queen Latifah. Credit: Donald Miralle / Getty Images

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Emanuel Ungaro news. Who is the American woman? The richest people in fashion.

Lots of Emanuel Ungaro news: Giles Deacon tells British Vogue that he's not Ungaro's new creative director, but Jason Campbell's JC Report Tweets that the designer is in. Oh, and the fashion house is out a menswear designer. [Vogue UK, JC Report and WWD, subscription required]

Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art pay tribute to the American woman. But, who is she? [Financial Times]

That's a lot of rompers and ironic T-shirts: Urban Outfitters' chief executive made $29.9 million in 2009. [Fashionista]

Still, Topshop's Sir Philip Green and his wife are the richest people in fashion. [Sunday Times]

Matthew Williamson + pink grapefruit Belvedere Vodka = limited edition "vibrant pink" kaftan. [WWD]

Avon + Carlos Falchi = Mark Rio Beauty & Fashion Collection. [StyleList]

YSL, Donna Karan and Prada are just some of the fashion houses embracing video. [WSJ]

Stefano Gabbana tweets that Madonna is the Dolce & Gabbana campaign girl again. [Vogue UK]

Rumors swirl that Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone are kaput. [N.Y. Post]

Kylie Minogue's Elle UK cover is a bit out of focus. [The Frisky]

Rebecca Taylor is doing legwear. [WWD, subscription required]

Model Ashley Graham, star of supposedly banned Lane Bryant lingerie commercial, calls Fox and ABC prejudiced. [Huffington Post]

Aesthetician Alexandra Wagner opens new skin care clinic in Venice. [DailyCandy]

-- Whitney Friedlander

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Photo: From left, Tina Green, Sir Philip Green and Chloe Green. Credit: Ian Gavan / Getty Images for Burberry

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Estrella Archs leaves Emanuel Ungaro. Vera Wang does David's Bridal. Madonna maybe does Dolce & Gabbana.

Estrella archs lindsay lohan ungaro Vera Wang launches wedding gown partnership with David's Bridal. [WWD, subscription required]

Remember when Nordstrom did that "Twilight"-themed collection for "New Moon"? They'll do it again when "Eclipse" comes out this summer. [WWD]

Penelope Cruz is guest editor of French Vogue -- and she brings her A-list friends with her. [People StyleWatch]

Chanel Iman, Alexander Wang and Agyness Deyn were some of the famous fashion faces at Coachella. [Fashionologie]

Estrella Archs -- the fashion designer who famously worked with Lindsay Lohan at Emanuel Ungaro -- leaves the French design house. [Vogue UK]

Is Madonna Dolce & Gabbana's campaign girl again? [Vogue UK]

Sorry, Kate Hudson: Apparently breast implants are totally passe. [N.Y. Post]

Grace Jones yawns -- not fawns -- over Lady Gaga. [N.Y. Post]

Are retailers making clothes bigger so customers feel better? [Huffington Post]

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Photo: Estrella Archs and Lindsay Lohan at the end of the Emanuel Ungaro spring/summer 2010 runway show. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Tom Ford's growing empire; small women for Stella McCartney; Proenza Schouler for Theory?

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Big day for Tom Ford: He recruits women's ready-to-wear designer Caroline Tixier, from Givenchy, accessories designer Pablo Coppola from Alexander McQueen and dives into the lipstick category. [WWD, WWD, subscription required for both]

Petite women also clamoring for Stella McCartney's second GapKids collection. [Elle]

Jean Paul Gaultier to receive an AmfAR Inspiration Award. [Vogue UK]

Did Victoria Beckham steal another designer's ideas? [Vogue UK]

Is Theory thinking about buying Proenza Schouler? [Fashionista]

Nope, Ungaro is not for sale. [WWD, subscription required]

Happy birthday, "Pretty Woman." The film turns 20. [InStyle]

Clothes for premature babies. [Daily Mail]

Will the tanning tax be the tea partyers' next target? [Gawker]

Alberta Ferretti offers free style advice online. [FabSugar]

Alicia Keys performs in shapewear tank. [StyleList]

Kate Gosselin and Lady Gaga have at least this in common: a birthday. [StyleList]

Seven spring style essentials for guys. [Esquire]

Drugstores try to sell glamour. [WSJ]

-- Whitney Friedlander

Photo: Tom Ford. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Paris Fashion Week: At Ungaro, Lindsay Lohan is a no-show


After her disastrous debut as artistic advisor at Emanuel Ungaro last season, with a collection that put models in glittery heart pasties, Lindsay Lohan was a no-show at the fall runway show for the French brand Monday.

(Lohan has been making the rounds at other Paris fashion shows, however, including Viktor & Rolf and John Galliano.)

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Celebs as artistic advisors? We think not.

LohanIt's been well-reported that the executive who put troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan in the "artistic advisor" seat at fashion house Ungaro-- former brand President Mounir Moufarrige -- was asked to hand in his resignation this month. And, shockingly, Lohan gets to stay on -- despite a roundly frowned-upon initial collection for the label for Spring 2010.

Lohan, who's not exactly taken seriously in Hollywood or fashion, was an unlikely pick for the position for two reasons: She's a tabloid staple with a shaky rep and no real experience in fashion and European fashion houses -- even ones foundering in financial woes, like Ungaro -- aren't usually keen to hire untested (not to mention all-around questionable) talent. Still, Lohan perseveres.

Which got us wondering if there were any theoretical designer brand-celebrity match-ups that would be advantageous for a fashion house (conversely, mass brands and celebs, a la Kate Moss and Top Shop, go together like eggs and bacon).

Take edgy songstress Lily Allen, who's a current face for Chanel. As stylish as she is, it's absurd to think of her advising Karl Lagerfeld on a formal basis. Ditto on Marion Cotillard for the John Galliano-designed Christian Dior label, for which she has been an ambassador in the past.

The only reasonable pairing that came to mind (though still unnecessary-feeling) is Madonna for Dolce & Gabbana. The parties have a long history of collaboration, and they both exist on a similar aesthetic plane. A runner-up might be Gwyneth Paltrow for Tod's, a house that's known for its conservative designs -- Paltrow's been the face of the brand in the past, but the company is now looking to its lofty heritage, and not celebs, to sell bags.

Granted, the house of Ungaro doesn't have a resident genius -- unknown designer Estrella Archs stepped in for Spring 2010 -- and therefore clearly needs all the hype help it can get. But contracting any celebrity to consult on a designer fashion brand, let alone the queen of tabloid chatter, may prove to be disastrous in the end.

Can you think of any high-fashion/celeb pairings that might make the grade? Tell us in the comments section below.

-- Emili Vesilind


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Photo: Estrella Archs and Lindsay Lohan at the end of the Emanuel Ungaro Spring-Summer 2010 runway show. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times


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