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Category: Future of Fashion

Pinterest getting lots of interest

Pinterest is the latest fad to sweep social media. It lets you build bulletin boards to show your friends the things that interest you -- or to keep track yourself.

Say you're planning a wedding. On Pinterest you can organize pictures of gowns you like, table settings, floral arrangements, bridesmaids dresses....and get your friends' opinions.

It's rapidly become one of the more popular social media.  Writer Whitney Friedlander looks at the phenomenon in Sunday's Image section.

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-- Susan Denley

Illustration: Pinterest and sites like it are part of a trend in social media to an image-oriented landscape. Credit: Jose J. Santos / Los Angles Times 

Fashion Diary: TV shows cashing in on their characters' cachet

Telemundo jewelry collection Gossip, first impressions, trends in the making, celebrities and style setters

Rather than merely being paid to insert products into their shows, TV networks are moving into the clothing business themselves.

Bravo tested the waters last year, partnering with Kooba to introduce four exclusive handbags worn by the lead characters on the show "NYC Prep" and sold at the same time through Now, networks are taking it a step further, getting involved on the front end in designing product to be incorporated into story lines and selling it at the same time it appears on-air.

Spanish-language network Telemundo has launched its own jewelry line, in hopes that viewers will want to buy baubles worn by their favorite telenovela heroines. Priced from $50 to $200, the line is sold only online now at but will be introduced in stores with a retail partner in the fall.

"We started doing product integration for our [advertising] clients, then we figured: Why not do it for ourselves?" said Susan Solano Vila, senior vice president of marketing for Telemundo. "If the story says there's a locket that a mother left to her daughter, we think about how to design one that looks contemporary and relevant."

Designed by Udi Behr, the Telemundo jewelry collection includes an exotic-looking turquoise cuff and gold bead necklace worn by the young heroine Jade in the series "El Clon," which focuses on star-crossed lovers and a clash of cultures, and the chunky pearl stretch bracelet and matching cocktail ring worn by the trophy wife Cecilia in "Donde Esta Elisa," which centers around the disappearance of her beautiful 17-year-old niece.

"We see Telemundo becoming a lifestyle brand," said Joni Camacho, marketing director for the NBC Universal TV Consumer Products Group. (NBC Universal owns Telemundo.) "We're going from jewelry to other personal accessories and home décor."
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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Style tribute to Rue McClanahan. Urban Outfitters adds makeup. On Obama's footwear faux pas

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Fashion tribute to Rue McClanahan. [Slaves to Fashion]

Urban Outfitters gets into the beauty business. [The Frisky]

How to do a Minx manicure at home. [BellaSugar]

Why President Obama messed up when he didn't wear shrimp boots in Louisiana. [The Daily Beast]

Anna Wintour seen in London-based designer Erdem. [Vogue UK]

Vivienne Westwood designs expensive tablecloths for a good cause. [Vogue UK]

Gilt Groupe's stiff competition. [BlackBook]

Ashley Greene is the new face of Avon's Mark Beauty. [InStyle]

Photos from the London College of Fashion show. [Huffington Post]

The 411 on the future of retail. [The Trim]

Movie-inspired fashion. [Shop It To Me]

David Granger says Scarlett Johansson was the first choice for Esquire's "Women We Love" cover, but they had to settle for Christina Hendricks. [PopEater]

Celebrity fragrance showdown: Comparing and contrasting J.Lo's and Halle Berry's new perfumes. [The Cut]

Celebrated '60s photographer Brian Duffy dies. [Telegraph]

-- Whitney Friedlander

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Photo: Rue McClanahan. Credit: Mark Mainz / 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

Fashion Diary: Fifth-grade fashion designer Cecilia Cassini

Cecilia cassini Her idol is Coco Chanel. She has a taste for vintage fabrics. She has her sights set on the runways of Paris. And she's 10.

While other children were reading "Cinderella" and watching "Dora the Explorer," Cecilia Cassini was polishing her reading skills by flipping through Lucky and Vogue, and preparing a third-grade book report on "The Devil Wears Prada." And now, what started with a birthday gift of a sewing machine has blossomed into a fledgling fashion business with the help of manager Pilar DeMann, the woman who plotted the Kardashians' path from C-level obscurity to branding juggernaut.

Cecilia, a spunky fifth-grader from Encino, is selling her collection of one-of-a-kind girls' dresses at Lifesize at Fred Segal Santa Monica, where she will have a trunk show Saturday.

Her look is homespun but sassy, with simple dresses constructed from a skirt in one fabric and a bodice — strapless or tank-style — in another. The pieces are quirky cute with sequin, fabric rosette or bow details.

Billed as "the youngest fashion designer in the country," she has already been a guest at New York Fashion Week (trailed by a German TV crew), launched a slick e-commerce site and garnered corporate sponsors and interest from several TV producers.
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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Founding Fathers' facelifts. The plight of the fashion blogger

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In honor of the new $100 bill, a look at our Founding Fathers' airbrushing through the years. [Newsweek, via Allure]

This fall's Fashion's Night Out will have the largest runway in New York history. [Huffington Post]

Apparently it is cheaper to shop online. [Daily Mail]

Online fashion critics might have changed the industry, but what's going to happen now that they're getting so much free stuff? [The Daily Beast]

Seven For All Mankind partners with Jonathan Adler. [WWD]

Will men get their own New York Fashion Week? [WWD, subscription required]

Anthropologie launches limited-edition artists line. [StyleList]

L'Oreal buys Essie. [Fashionista]

New Christian Louboutin campaign retails classic fairy tales with shoes. [The Frisky]

Sarah Jessica Parker gives Halston her due diligence, reads the designer's biography. [New York Post]

Will the all-natural celebrity trend ever end? [Huffington Post]

Alessandra Ambrosio is Moschino's girl for fall 2010. [Vogue UK]

-- Whitney Friedlander

Photo: New design of the $100 bill. Credit: Treasury Department

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Jane Fonda and Kelly Cutrone; Matthew Williamson and 'Gossip Girl'; Richemont and Net-A-Porter.

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Jane Fonda has Kelly Cutrone for dinner, calls the publicist a "fierce character." [N.Y. Post]

Richemont will most likely bag Net-A-Porter. [Telegraph]

Check for Matthew Williamson's hidden messages in the window displays when Blair visits his Meatpacking District store in Monday's "Gossip Girl." [Vogue UK]

Belgium set to be first European country to ban burka wearing in public. [StyleList]

Lady Gaga is not designing for Alexander McQueen. [The Cut]

Is it possible to stop the "globalization" of beauty? [Jezebel]

Elizabeth & James adds fine jewelry. [Fashionista]

Nicole Richie's House of Harlow to do handbags. [WWD]

Sartorialist iPad app launches Saturday. [Fashionista]

"Glee's" Sue Sylvester's signature style. [EW]

Wow, Karl Lagerfeld has a lot of luggage. [Daily Mail]

And Donatella Versace sure splurges on sunglasses. [N.Y. Post]

How donating to charity pays off for Toms Shoes, others. [WSJ]

Changes at W magazine. [WWD]

This is an April Fool's joke right? Socks with sandals as a spring fashion trend. [Telegraph]

-- Whitney Friedlander

Photo: A previous episode of "Gossip Girl." Credit: Patrick Harbron / CW

Are you a fan of 'fashionable' Facebook fan pages?

FacebookAs Times fashion critic Booth Moore stated back in September, the fashion industry continues to ramp up its Internet and social networking strategies to woo buyers. Now comes the Facebook 50 from Slate's The Big Money, their "ranking of the brands that are currently making the best use of Facebook."

Who has made the list? Many retailers -- including labels that are probably in your closet (Zara, Gap, H&M ...) -- are listed for their large fan Roledex and loads of customer feedback left on their walls. Vans and The Art of Travel by Louis Vuitton also get props for their video marketing strategies.

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EXCLUSIVE: Bravo to announce 'Real Housewives' apparel line

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NEW YORK -- All the Rage has learned exclusively that television merchandising juggernaut Bravo Media, which has already moved into the apparel and accessories business with high-end handbags ("NYC Prep") and designer clothes ("The Fashion Show") -- which the Image section discussed in this article on the future of fashion on TV -- is set to announce its latest apparel adventure later today: a line of clothing and accessories inspired by the fashion and style of "The Real Housewives" reality franchise.

Bravo has struck a licensing deal with a company called Royal Plush to develop a co-branded the Real Housewives-Royal Plush line, which will consist of premium denim, loungewear, activewear, handbags and accessories.

Bravo is also expected to announce the start of production on the third season of  "The Real Housewives of New York City," with Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Alex McCord, Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin (a few of whom have been spotted at New York Fashion Week, which wraps up here today). 

You can bet we'll share photos as soon as we can get our hands on them. Frankly, we can't wait to see what Royal Plush does with this bit of accidental inspiration from Dina Manzo (of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey"): 'I'm not sure if she wants to skin me and wear me like last year's Versace."

Thankfully we (and you) won't have to wait: We're told the line will be on sale nationwide in major  department stores and specialty boutiques this fall.

-- Adam Tschorn

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Photo: "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" are, from left, Jacqueline Laurita, Teresa Giudice, Danielle Staub, Dina Manzo and Caroline Manzo. Credit: Virginia Sherwood / Bravo

Fashion Diary: Simon Fuller plotting fashion domination

Gossip, first impressions, trends in the making, celebrities and style setters. A regular feature by fashion critic Booth Moore.

Fuller_rage "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller is partnering with Net-a-porter vet Sojin Lee on a new online fashion venture called Fashionair launching in September. And if anyone can take the fashion experience to the next level on the Web, it's these two.

"I want to be a pioneer in the way content and retail can co-exist on the internet," Fuller wrote to me in an e-mail. "Television will no doubt have a part to play in Fashionair’s expansion, but for now we are focused on the web."

The site will be a hybrid of entertainment and e-commerce, featuring video programming taped around the world and edited at Fuller's 19 Entertainment Ltd. studios in London. Like "American Idol" -- and unlike most glossy magazines -- the site aims to be inclusive. "We are going at this from a consumer perspective," Lee said by phone from London. "We want to tell stories and have solutions for fashion dilemmas."

Don't expect an intimidating, perfectly coiffed editor-in-chief dictating trends and annointing new designers. At Fashionair, the users will be the voice. "We are living in the YouTube generation," Lee said. "Every individual has been given a means of expression, and you get inspiration from your neighbor, from someone living in Hong Kong, from so many places."

Fashionair is more about discovering style than discovering fashion.

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