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Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Elle Fanning meets Paris Haute Couture. Emma Watson dazzles on eve of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.'

Aelle 
"Super 8's" Elle Fanning attended her first-ever fashion show Tuesday and it was a doozy: Chanel's Haute Couture show in Paris. The 13-year-old younger sister of Dakota Fanning joined Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson in the front row at the Grand Palais, and she got to meet creative director Karl Lagerfeld. Not a bad introduction to the world of high style. [People]

The Paris Haute Couture shows closed Wednesday with an elegant ball at retired fashion designer Valentino Garavani's spectacular French castle in Crespieres, about 30 minutes from Paris. The White Fairy Tale Love Ball was held to support Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova's children's charity, The Naked Heart Foundation, and attracted socialites, designers, models and Hollywood celebs, including Daphne Guinness, Anne Hathaway, Olivia Palermo, former French Vogue editor Corine Roitfeld, W editor Stefano Tonchi, Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci, Tommy Hilfiger and Stella Tennant. [Telegraph]

Earlier in the day, French President Nicholas Sarkozy awarded the Legion d’Honneur award of merit to none other than Vogue U.S. editor Anna Wintour. Yes, the French do take fashion seriously. Wintour wore a blue Chanel couture suit that had been shown on the runway the day before. [WWD]

For photos from the haute couture shows, check out our All the Rage photo gallery.

Aemma With "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" upon us,  Emma Watson is starting her final round of formal appearances on behalf of the long-running franchise. And at 21, she doesn't have to try too hard to show she has come a long way since she created the role of Hermione Granger a decade ago. As we've been documenting for some time now, she has become quite a fashion favorite. At a photo call on Wednesday, she looked coolly elegant in a black lace dress with a shimmering, gold underlay, complete with a ruffled, tiered skirt, left.   Watson is on the cover of this month's Vogue and August's Harper's Bazaar. The film premieres in the U.K. on Thursday, opens worldwide Wednesday and reaches California July 15.  [Telegraph] 

Jessica Simpson's latest -- and supposedly last -- entry in her Fancy Collection fragrance line is I Fancy You, a scent designed to bring up reminiscences of first love. It's described as redolent of velvety floral musk with notes of juicy pear, savory Fuji apple and bergamot orange. [People]

Giorgio Armani has been pretty outspoken lately. First he opined recently that labels like Dolce & Gabbana and Prada make men look ridiculous on the runways. (Ya think? Um, let's see: there were loud florals at Prada this spring and a lot of netting at Dolce & Gabbana.) And he swiped at Prada for going public with a stock offering to pay off its debts. After criticism of his remarks, he has written a letter to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, saying, “I don’t need alliances, complicity, or need to surround myself with international jetsetters.... I have too much respect for myself, for the public, and for the people that work both with me and the fashion industry to renounce any sort of intellectual honesty that influences and orients my life, even at the expense of attractive economic opportunities.... I don’t need any of the money from the stock exchange — not for growth, not for globalization, not to aggregate my brand.” OK. [The Cut]

--Susan Denley

Photos, from top: Elle Fanning, third from left, is on the edge of her chair at her first-ever fashion show, Chanel's Haute Couture showing in Paris on Tuesday. More relaxed: fashion veteran Diane Kruger, third from right, with a smiling Joshua Jackson (Credit: Thibault Camus /Associated Press); Emma Watson at a photo call for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" on Wednesday (Dave Hogan / Getty Images).

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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Emma Watson turns 21, John Galliano is fired -- again, and Kate Middleton gets a fashion nod

Aemma -- It's Emma Watson's 21st birthday, and it's a good time to marvel at how far she's come since hanging up her Hogwarts' robe. Yes, there is one more movie to open, finishing up the Harry Potter series, but Emma has already become as wel- known in the fashion world as she was as Hermione. [FabSugar] 

-- Kate Middleton seems to be gaining more fashion cred, at least in some quarters. A month ago, designer Matt Williamson told the Telegraph, "Kate isn't a fashion bunny. I don't know why everyone in fashion is waiting to see what she wears. I'm, like, thinking: 'Get over it.' " This week, in New York for the launch of his capsule collection for Macy's, he maintained he only said that because at the time he was tired of being asked about her. "I'm a big fan" he said. "I think she's great for British fashion -- she's clearly going to become an ambassador for British fashion." [Telegraph]

-- John Galliano, fired as creative director at Christian Dior after being accused of making anti-Semitic remarks, has now been fired from his John Galliano label as well. Dior has a 91% stake in the latter, which is likely to remain in business even without Galliano at the helm. [WWD] (subscription required)

-- Elvis' granddaughter is in the house. By which I mean the fashion house. Riley Keough, daughter of Lisa Marie Presley, has embarked on a modeling career and can be seen now in ads for Lee jeans. She's also walked the catwalk for Dolce & Gabbana and fronted for Miss Dior Cherie fragrance for a while. Acting is next: She has two movies slated to come out this year. [Telegraph]

-- YouTube founder Chad Hurley is turning his attention to his fashion line, Hlaska. [WWD] (subscription required)  

-- The California case seeking a preliminary injunction against the maker of the Brazilian Blowout keratin smoothing treatment for hair -- which we told you about here -- is being moved to Los Angeles County. [WWD] (subscription required) 

-- Cosmetics company Carol's Daughter has launched a multiethnic ad campaign featuring Solange Knowles, Selita Ebanks and Cassie to show the diversity of beauty. [WWD] (subscription required)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: At 21, Emma Watson is a fashion influence to watch. Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images 


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