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Fashion: Lady Gaga buys a McQueen dress at Daphne Guinness auction

 

Alexander McQueen gown
Lady Gaga was among the winning bidders in the Daphne Guinness auction at Christie's in London on Wednesday, benefitting the Isabella Blow Foundation. She paid a record amount for an Alexander McQueen dress -- $133,075 -- for an empire-style ivory tulle gown from Guinness' collection, shown here. The auction raised the equivalent of $742,000 -- way more than the $160,00 expected. (Lady G bid by phone, not in person, since she's in the midst of a tour.)  [WWD]

Music star Will.i.am reportedly is teaming with edgy Japanese menswear designer Masaomo Yamaji on a collaborative men's collection of jackets and blazers to be called Will.i.am X Rynshu (the name of Yamaji's main line), according to a press release.

Refinery29 named its "30 under 30" rising stars in L.A. -- creative, political and otherwise savvy folks to keep an eye on. They included model Atlanta de Cadanet Taylor, jewelry designer Karla Deras, designers Dakota Solt and Lisa Ziven of Crybaby Presents, Daily Beast fashion and art correspondent Isabel Wilkinson, fashion publicist Chase Weideman and photographer Matt Sayles. [Refinery29]

Speaking of Refinery29, the website has launched a shopping platform, R29 Shops, where readers can browse and buy from brands including Keds Apparel, Norma Kamali, Steven Alan, Dolce Vita and Rebecca Minkoff. [WWD]

Any comparison between his C. Wonder label and that of ex-wife Tory Burch is wrong, Chris Burch said in an interview with  Gayle King on "CBS This Morning" on Thursday. Her clothes are serious fashion, he said, and C. Wonder is more whimsical. [CBS News]

Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom has finally selected a site for its first full-on store in New York City. But it's not expected to open until 2018. [Fashionista]

At the Paris menswear shows, the Band of Outsiders lone model-in-a-box continues his vigil, with some timeouts for sleeping. [The Cut]

And meanwhile at the Y Project by Yohan Serfaty show, the models started out lying still on freshly made hospital beds before rousing themselves to head for the runway. [Fashionising]

Hairdressers finally have a shot at the Oscars, thanks to new rules adopted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [Los Angeles Times]

Taking a page from self-serve beauty emporiums like Sephora, Clinique has taken its products out of glass cases and developed an Experience Bar, where customers can try things out at their own pace. [WSJ]

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Photo: The Alexander McQeen gown purchased by Lady Gaga in the Daphne Guinness auction for the Isabella Blow Foundation.  Credit: EPA/Christie's Images Ltd.

 

 

 

Fashion News: Kate Middleton's rented hats bring big bucks in sale

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Kate Middleton hat
Two hats the Duchess of Cambridge wore before her marriage to Britain's Prince William were sold at auction for fairly substantial bucks: The one shown here, which she wore to a wedding in October 2010, went for the equivalent of $5,080 and the other one for $5,030. Interestingly, both were rented — it never occurred to me that one could rent a hat. [Telegraph]

Paris Men's Fashion Week got underway on Wednesday, and it included short-shorts, printed suits, and monochromatic looks. [The Cut]

Part of the week will be what Band of Outsiders is calling the "longest show ever."  The label's presentation involves a single model spending 60 hours sitting in a boxlike structure and visible through a window. He'll change outfits occasionally to show Band of Outsiders' Spring 2013 collection. [Los Angeles Times] 

Jennifer Hudson's mother advised her that if you want something done right, do it yourself — so the singer has designed her own wedding dress, she told WWD. [WWD]

Denim purveyor Lucky Brand plans to launch a new lifestyle brand this fall aimed at the plus-size customer. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Dolce & Gabbana is creating a couture collection for the first time, and will show it to a group of clients next month in Sicily. [Financial Times]

The Simone Handbag Museum, the first museum dedicated to bags, is scheduled to open in Seoul, South Korea on July 19. [Racked] [Bag Bunch]

Still another video Terry Richardson made of Kate Upton in a bikini went up on YouTube, was banned, and might or might not be posted again. [Yawn.] This one is outtakes and video from Upton's recent GQ shoot. [The Cut]

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Photo: Kate Middleton wearing one of the two hats she rented that were sold at auction. Credit: Indigo / Getty Image

Fashion News: Mary-Louise Parker, Blake Lively at 'Savages' [Updated]

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Mary-Louise Parker, left, Blake Lively and Salma Hayek were colorful at the Los Angeles premiere of "Savages" on Monday night. The film opens in theaters July 6. [Los Angeles Times]

Cher tweeted that a Broadway-bound musical is being written about her life, with three actresses playing her at different stages of her life. If it comes to pass -- it seems pretty speculative at this point -- it will be three times the fabulous fashion, I bet. [Los Angeles Times] 

New creative director Hedi Slimane's vision for re-creating the Yves Saint Laurent label reportedly includes a move of the design studio to Los Angeles. The late Saint Laurent's muse, model Betty Catroux, approves, telling WWD, "It is so clever of him to work in Los Angeles — in peace, away from everything, under the sun.” (Is L.A. that provincial?) [WWD]

Nyx Cosmetics named Charis Amber Lincoln of Alaska beauty "vlogger" of the year for her video blog, CharismaStar, which has grown to 30,000 subscribers. Lincoln and five other finalists in the Fine Artistry of Cosmetic Elites (FACE) Awards competed in a live runway show Sunday in Pasadena, Nyx announced in a news release. [Updated 1:15 p.m. June 29 to correct spelling of Charis.]

Versace plans to introduce a new atelier jewelry collection during its couture show in Paris on Sunday. The jewelry will be available by appointment only and will be custom made. [WWD]

Margherita Missoni tweeted that Giambattista Valli offered "couture counseling," but didn't design her wedding gown as was previously reported. "The dress was made by the women who saw me growing up, following my precise directions and with Giamba's 'couture counseling,'" she said. [The Cut]

It's not only royal granddaughter-in-law Kate Middleton whose clothing choices can spark a buying frenzy. Queen Elizabeth II carried three different Launer London handbags during her Diamond Jubilee festivities, sparking a buying frenzy that crashed the handbag maker's website. [Telegraph]

Fashionista vows to keep an eye on whether Vogue's health initiative aimed at insuring models aren't under age 16 and are treated humanely is effective. So far, it looks as if the global magazine empire has been using models of an appropriate age for some time, with the average age of those in the June issues being 24. [Fashionista]

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Photos: From left, actresses Mary-Louise Parker,  Blake Lively and Salma Hayek arrive at the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Savages" at Westwood Village on Monday in  Los Angeles. Credit: Mary-Louise Parker by  Michael Buckner/Getty Images; Blake Lively and Salma Hayek by  Kevin Winter/Getty Images

 

Fashion News: Venus Williams loses at Wimbledon, may win at fashion

Venus
Tennis legend Venus Williams lost  in the first round at Wimbledon on Monday, her game suffering from the effects of the autoimmune disease Sjogren's syndrome, which she announced at last year's U.S. Open that she had. If the disease doesn't allow her a comeback, perhaps she'll turn to fashion full time. She's also a trained fashion designer who has just reintroduced her EleVen sportswear line, shown here. [Los Angeles Times]

Two designers reportedly departed "Project Runway" on Friday after having emotional meltdowns during filming in New York City. Designer and judge Michael Kors reportedly was brought in to calm the remaining contestants. [NY Post]

American Eagle Outfitters launched its "back to school" campaign on Monday (in Southern California, most schools have been out for only about a week) using "real people" instead of professional models or celebrities. Fifteen people from different walks of life are included in the "Live Your Life" campaign -- including seven from California. [Los Angeles Times]

Rodarte, designed by Laura and Kate Mulleavy, is introducing footwear for fall and their clothing collection for the season has been inspired by Australia. [Racked]

Jean Paul Gaultier's third bottle design for Diet Coke has been released in Europe. It features a design that looks like a woman's tattooed torso. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

Poker champion Beth Shak is being sued by her ex-husband, who contends she hid her expensive collection of designer shoes and bags from him during their marriage and divorce proceedings. One can only wonder how well hidden it was since she runs a blog about the shoe collection -- she reportedly has at leat 700 pairs of Louboutins alone -- that's been featured on several television programs. [The Cut]

An Instagram picture of 11-year-old Willow Smith with a tongue stud had people cringing. But it wasn't real. The daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith had decked her tongue out with a jewel stuck on via a magnet. [Styleite]

Model Christie Brinkley and ex-husband Peter Cook settled their contentious child custody case. [The Cut]

 

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Photo: Looks from Venus Williams' EleVen by Venus Williams collection. That's Venus sitting in the front.  Credit: EleVen by Venus Williams

Fashion News: Milan Men's Fashion Week begins with 'Gossip' guys

Burberry Prorsum Spring-Summer 2013
Milan Men's Fashion Week, showing collections for spring-summer 2013, got underway on Saturday with some colorful designs, like those shown here by Burberry Prorsum. Elsewhere in Milan, the guys of the hit show "Gossip Girl" made a splash. Chace Crawford sat in the front row of the Versace show on Saturday — along with Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen among others -- and Ed Westwick modeled on the Philipp Plein catwalk that same night. [WWD]

 

Teri Hatcher
Teri Hatcher and voice coach Eric Vetro were among the VIP guests enjoying opening night at the Hollywood Bowl, during which Chaka Khan and Reba McIntyre were inducted into the bowl's Hall of Fame. [Society News LA]

Lily Aldridge, one of the Victoria's Secret models who walked in last year's annual runway show with a secret bun in the oven, gave birth last week to a son with husband Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon last week. [People]

Kate Upton is barely recognizable swathed in fur -- instead of a bikini -- in a feature in Vogue's July issue. [The Cut]

Margherita Missoni, daughter of Missoni creative director Angela Missoni, married Eugenio Amos in Brunello, Italy, on Saturday. And no, she didn't wear a Missoni, noted for their bright stripes. Instead Giambattista Valli designed her gown of silk and organza. [WWD]

Target, which turns 50 this year, has done much to distinguish itself from other big box retailers, including their series of notable designer collaborations. [Racked]

Nail news: Starting in July, M.A.C. plans to introduce 65 new shades of nail polish. [The Cut]

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Photos: From top, models display creations as part of Burberry Prorsum Spring-Summer 2013 Menswear collection on Saturday during the men's fashion week in Milan. Credit: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

Voice coach Eric Vetro and Teri Hatcher of “Desperate Housewives” enjoy dinner before the gala Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2012, which honored Reba McEntire and Chaka Khan. Credit: Ellen Olivier/Society News LA

Fashion News: Ferragamo opens Marilyn Monroe exhibit

Ferragamo opened an exhibit on Marilyn Monroe at its  Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence, Italy
Ferragamo opened an exhibit on Marilyn Monroe this week at its Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence, Italy. The retrospective on the screen star includes photographs, documents (such as a handwritten order she placed for Ferragamo shoes), film clips and costumes, including the iconic sundress from "The Seven Year Itch" and the pink gown from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." The exhibition is to be open until Jan. 28. [Fashionista]

British supermodel Agyness Deyn and actor Giovanni Ribisi, one of the stars of Seth McFarlane's film "Ted," quietly married in Los Angeles. It would have stayed a secret if not for an employee of the Crown City News who recognized Ribisi in line at the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder's office and struck up a conversation. [Huffington Post]

Nicole Richie plans to launch her first fragrance, Nicole, this fall. It's described as having notes of amber, lily of the valley, rose, sandalwood and cashmere wood, among others. [WWD]

And Gucci is set to launch Gucci Premiere, a fragrance described as having "old Hollywood charm." Blake Lively is its celebrity face. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Essie Weingarten, who founded the popular Essie nail polish line in 1981, has opened a nail salon. It's in NYC, but we can hope that eventually the concept will make it to the West Coast. [Vogue]

Milan men's fashion week, scheduled to start Saturday, could face disruptions caused by planned train and subway strikes coupled with flight cancellations. (Some flights have already been canceled due to fear that the strike will prevent airport employees from getting to work.) [WWD]

Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani has been named a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations. She's the first ambassador for the U.N's new "Fashion 4 Development" initiative, which aims to encourage fashion leaders to work on sustainable development. [Telegraph]

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Photo: Marilyn Monroe poses over the updraft of a New York subway grating while in character for the filming of "The Seven Year Itch" in Manhattan on Sept. 9, 1954. Credit: Matty Zimmerman / Associated Press

Fashion News: Emma Stone relies on black and white for 'Spider-Man'

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Emma Stone has been globe-hopping on behalf of "The Amazing Spider-Man," which is due to open in theaters July 3. Since June 12, she's been to Moscow, South Korea and Tokyo, and just this week alone to premieres in (from left in photos) Berlin (in an Alexander Gn dress and Louboutins), Paris ( a gown by Gucci) and London (pantsuit by Elie Saab). Sticking to a palette of black and white seems to be working for her. [The Cut]

Jennifer Hudson is creating a 14-piece clothing collection for QVC that will be designed "for any body type," she says. The line is made up of easy silhouettes and earth tones, with the most expensive item, a coat, selling for $170. The collection will go on sale on QVC Sept. 10. [People]

New creative director Hedi Slimane plans to change Yves Saint Laurent's name to Saint Laurent Paris, starting this fall. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Narciso Rodriguez's fall collection for Kohl's was inspired by Istanbul and includes knits in beet purples and other intense hues, some with colorblocking. Pieces will sell for $30 to $150.  [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Joie just opened its first California boutique, on Melrose in Los Angeles. [Racked]

The showings of resort collections for 2013 are coming to a close, and WWD notes the following trends: dresses worn over pants, peplums, denim-on-denim, print jackets and safari looks. [WWD via Racked]

Daniel Vosovic, who became a fan favorite on Season 2 of "Project Runway," launched his own line in 2010 and was accepted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Fashion Incubator program, which helps designers build their businesses, talks to the Cut about why he's not showing at New York Fashion Week (it's too expensive), his goals (to create a vision) and what it's like to manage both the creative and business sides of his company. [The Cut]  

Jonas Akerlund's director's cut of his short film (read: commercial) for Dior's Addict fragrance, starring model Daphne Groeneveld, will have you wanting to head for the nearest European beach town. Enjoy!

 

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Photos: From left,  Emma Stone arrives for the German premiere of the movie "The Amazing Spider-Man" in Berlin on Wednesday. Credit: Markus Schreiber / AP Photo; in Paris on Tuesday. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images; and in London on Sunday. Credit: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA.

Fashion News: Angelina Jolie's Maleficent could inspire a smoky makeup look

Maleficent
The first photo is out showing Angelina Jolie in the title role of the Disney film "Maleficent," and she does have that regal-yet-spooky dragon lady look. The film is in production and due for release in 2014. We can definitely see potential here for a makeup line of smoky looks. The film, directed by Robert Stromberg, stars Jolie, Elle Fanning, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson and Juno Temple. [MSN]

Ascot
Fashion police -- real fashion police -- were out in force Tuesday for the opening of the annual Royal Ascot races. Fashion cops like the one pictured here were enforcing the event's new dress code -- passing out pashminas to cover bare shoulders, fascinators for uncovered heads and ties and waistcoats for gentlemen who needed them. [Independent]

While we're thinking of the British Isles, the BBC has given its Amateur Scientist of the Year Award to a woman who proved that horizontal stripes make the wearer look fatter. Um, no kidding. [Telegraph]

Justin Bieber's first fragrance, Someday, was a blockbuster, with annual sales reaching $39 million. Now the crooner is back with Girlfriend, which he described as a "more mature" version of its predecessor, which was the No. 1 women's fragrance launch of 2011. Girlfriend went on sale at Macy's and other retailers on Monday. [WWD]

Film dinner
Debra Martin Chase -- producer of “The Princess Diaries,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “Lemonade Mouth,” “The Cheetah Girls” and the upcoming "Sparkle," due out this August and starring Mike Epps and the late Whitney Houston -- was the guest of honor Monday night at a dinner hosted by the Blackhouse Foundation in conjunction with the L.A. Film Festival. Blackhouse works with film festivals to increase opportunities for black filmmakers.  Among those attending were Epps, Vivica Fox, Shaun Robinson and Jesse Williams. [Society News LA]

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Photos: From top, Angelina Jolie in the title role of "Maleficent," the villain from the 1959 classic "Sleeping Beauty." The new film reveals the events that drove her to curse the baby Aurora. Credit: Greg Williams / Disney Enterprises Inc. / AP Photos

A worker at the Ascot Races serves as a fashion cop, carrying baskets filled with pashminas, fascinators and ties to pass out to those violating the dress code. Credit: Carl Court /AFP/Getty Images

Debra Martin Chase with Blackhouse chair Brickson Diamond, left, and board member Ryan Tarpley of CAA at the Blackhouse L.A. Film Festival Dinner. Credit: Alberto Rodriguez / Getty Images, courtesy of Blackhouse

Fashion News: Katy Perry has 'oops' moment at Much Music Awards

Katy Perry in butterfly costume
The sparkly butterfly costume Katy Perry wore to sing "Wide Awake" at Canada's Much Music Video Awards on Sunday was fine as long as she had the wings on. But when her name was called to receive the best international artist award, she ran onstage sans wings, and then had to hold the trophy against her backside to prevent viewers from seeing too much through the sheer fabric. [Huffington Post]

The red-carpet fashions failed to impress at the London premiere of "The Amazing Spider-Man" on Monday, although Emma Stone did wear a nice, sparkly Elie Saab jumpsuit. [Styleite]

Iris Apfel is 90, Tavi Gevinson 16, but both have been lauded for their individual senses of style. The two came together to talk about it on a panel organized as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" exhibit. It's all a matter of confidence and an appreciation for fantasy, they said. [Racked]

A New York federal judge dismissed Louis Vuitton's case against Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. for using counterfeit Louis Vuitton luggage in "The Hangover Part II." [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Meanwhile, French police busted an international crime ring dealing in fake Hermès bags and involving some employees and former employees. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

J.C.  Penney President Michael Francis is leaving the company after only eight months, and the retailer is resurrecting the word "sale" in its advertising and adding more "Best Price Friday" days to its annual calendar after poor customer response to its efforts to redefine the brand. [AP via Los Angeles Times]

Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton is to receive an Order of the British Empire for her service to the crown -- which came in the form of designing the gown Kate Middleton wore to marry Prince William. [Telegraph]

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Photo: Katy Perry performs during the 2012 Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday. Credit: Chris Young / Canadian Press / AP Photo

 

Fashion: Debbie Reynolds, Warren Beatty celebrate Beverly Hills Hotel

Debbie Reynolds
DreamWorks Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg called the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows "the center of the universe" as he welcomed guests to the hotel's 100th birthday on Saturday. Katzenberg co-hosted along with Warren Beatty and hotel manager Ed Mody, and Mary J. Blige performed after a champagne reception and dinner. The festivities were preceded by a comedy night on Friday. Guests stopping by all weekend included Debbie Reynolds, Frances Fisher, Donald Faison, Brad Garrett, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Karina Smirnoff, Mena Suvari and many more.  [Society News LA]

Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour, who last week hosted a $40,000 a plate fundraiser for President Obama's campaign at the home of Sarah Jessica Parker, is deeply concerned about the future of the country, interested in politics around the globe and possibly on her way to being a political power player, the New York Times reports. [NYT]

After shying from gold in recent years due to a spike in the price, jewelers are bringing yellow gold back as centerpieces in their collections. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

The reborn House of Schiaparelli has appointed Camilla Schiavone, formerly of L'Oreal, as its new chief executive officer. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

The July issue of W has two different covers, one featuring Joan Smalls and the other Karlie Kloss, calling them both "the new face of fashion." [The Cut]

Blogger Leandra Medine, a.k.a. the Man Repeller, got married last week, wearing an off-the-rack Marchesa gown and possibly some bedazzled platform sneakers. At least, she Instagrammed a picture of the sneakers and said she planned to wear them. [Racked]

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Photo: Debbie Reynolds strikes a pose for photographers at the 100th birthday celebration for the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows on Saturday. Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty Images for the Beverly Hills Hotel


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