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Milan Fashion Week: Armani's blue calm

Armaniskirt Closing out Milan Fashion Week, Giorgio Armani's spring collection titled "La Femme Bleue" was an oasis of calm after the multicolor storm on the runways here.

Inspired by the traditional indigo robes of the nomadic Tuareg people of Saharan North Africa, the collection explored the power of nuance through a single color -- blue -- albeit in a dozen different shades.

The result was a reminder of what makes Armani such a giant. It was everything that women expect from him and more -- restraint, elegance and discipline -- an uncomplicated but uncompromisingly luxurious approach to dressing rooted in meticulous details.

Armanitunic He did nod to the season's longer lengths. Fitted, ankle-skimming skirts and tapered trousers were the foundations for the layered look. On top,  the focus was on magnificent jackets. One came cropped and fitted, woven from glossy satin strips; another was a snug bandleader style with covered buttons; and a third, fitted through the waist, came in a matte silk.

Pants were just as interesting -- simply pleated and tapered; subtly draped at the top like jodhpurs, or transparent. Organza leggings, perhaps?

There was also a playfulness in the way Armani put things together on the runway -- a tunic top hanging below a cropped jacket over slim pants, for example, and a matte-colored miniskirt worn with a twist-front, sheer sleeveless top and the aforementioned organza leggings.

Armanigown Gowns were also smashing because they didn't try too hard; they were classically beautiful forever pieces. One had rippling blue satin waves across the bodice, while another was sculpted into a calla lily-like flourish at one shoulder.

When the last models came out -- a man and a woman playing the parts of nomads, with images of rippling sand dunes projected behind them -- it was clear to everyone that this season, Armani had gone the distance.

--Booth Moore in Milan

Armani spring-summer 2011 runway collection photo gallery

Photos: Looks from the Giorgio Armani spring-summer 2011 runway collection shown during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson & Peter Stigter

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Katy Perry spoofs 'Sesame Street' flap. Lady Gaga good for Armani. Miranda Kerr dazzles at Milan Fashion Week.



Katy Perry was on "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend, singing, of course, but also spoofing the tempest in a teapot over the low-cut top she wore on a "Sesame Street" taping that got her segment cut from that show after it showed up in advance on YouTube and led to parental complaints.  This time she wore a really low-cut Elmo T-shirt and played a children's library volunteer in trouble over her revealing clothing. She didn't say much; instead, she just let her tee and her costars do the talking. [Entertainment Weekly] 

Topshop, that British shrine to fast fashion, is moving west, with plans to open its second U.S. store (the first is in New York) on Chicago's Michigan Avenue in late spring. Can L.A. be far behind, we wonder? [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Target, our favorite big box store, is thinking outside the box with a new box: the retail giant plans to open 10 much, much smaller "urban footprint" stores, with one of the first to be near Seattle's Pike Place Market. [Boston Globe] 

Celebrity clothing line of the day: Model Claudia Schiffer says she will launch a line for fall 2011. [WWD] 

Giorgio Armani's partnership with Lady Gaga (costumes for the "Alejandro" video, the crystal-encrusted, orbiting hoops dress she wore to the Grammys, etc.) is breathing a new creative spirit into the design firm. [Wall Street Journal]  

Model Miranda Kerr, accompanied by husband Orlando Bloom, partied at Milan Fashion Week in a stunning fringed LBD, so short it gave new meaning to the word "mini" and cut to the waist in the back. She proved that being five months pregnant doesn't mean you have to stop wearing glamorous, sexy styles. [FabSugar]

Calvin Klein is building on the success of its CK One fragrance and plans to turn it into a "lifestyle" brand offeing jeans, underwear and swimwear designed to appeal to a younger crowd. [Vogue UK]

Catherine Walker, who designed more than 1,000 outfits for Britain's Princess Diana, including the black dress in which she was buried, has passed away at age 65 of breast cancer. [Catwalk Queen]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Katy Perry and Elmo in the scene that was cut by "Sesame Street." Credit: Sesame Workshop

Lady Gaga fans: dressed in their Gaga best

Lady gaga fans She’s worn plastic bubbles on her bod, red lace over her face and 10-inch Alexander McQueen armadillo clodhoppers on her feet. It seems Lady Gaga will wear anything. And so will her fans, who, on Wednesday, dressed in their Gaga best for the first of the Queen of Pop’s two shows at Staples Center.

The rifle-shooting bra, the can curl hairstyle, the poker face mirror mask. In just two years, the performer has become a fashion force with enough iconic looks to costume the entire cast of the TV show “Glee.” Inspired by David Bowie, Madonna, Grace Jones, Elton John and Freddy Mercury, she has brought individual style back to the music stage, and become a champion of nonconformity.

Many of Gaga’s outrageous looks can be attributed to her creative team, known as Haus of Gaga and compared to the artists in Andy Warhol’s Factory. But, following the success of her collaboration with Giorgio Armani on the Space Age Grammy dress, constructed of glittery rings that seemed to orbit around her, she tapped the designer to make some of the stage outfits for this tour.

On Wednesday, her fans, who seemed to range in age from 9 to about 70, showed up in hairstyles in every color of the rainbow--wigs and dye jobs in neon pink, neon yellow and platinum blond. There were Vegas showgirl-style headdresses, and all manner of customized sunglasses with crystals, cigarette butts, crossed pistols etc.

Lightning-bolt makeup was a trend, as were American flag outfits inspired by the "Telephone" video. The hair bow was a major theme--the bow made out of hair, that is. And so were spidery ripped leggings, bejeweled bustiers and the requisite claw-hand pose.

It was like Halloween in West Hollywood at midnight--in the best possible way. Click here for a photo gallery of more of Gaga's fans.

--Booth Moore

Photo: Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times


Your morning fashion and beauty report: Sephora launches Smartphone app; Jennifer Aniston channels Barbra Streisand for Harper's cover; Lindsay Lohan stars in Marc Ecko campaign

 Jennifer Aniston looks classic and cool in Harper's Bazaar in September, done up as Barbra Streisand circa 1960-something in a photo spread wearing things such as a Derek Lam jersey dress, Harry Winston drop earrings and a short sleek 'do (above). The photos feature Aniston recreating classic Streisand looks from the past. Jen, this blogger (for one) likes the look way better than those seminude perfume ads you were shooting recently. On the cover (at bottom), the modern-day Aniston keeps us in touch with today's look. [Harper's Bazaar] 


Sephora launches SephoraMobile, a Smartphone-enabled Web app Wednesday, Aug. 4, to allow customers on the go to shop, view their buying histories and more. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

The sultry Megan Fox is the new face of Giorgio Armani Cosmetics. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Lindsay Lohan may be in rehab, but she is starring in designer Marc Ekco's interactive campaign for his Cut & Sew line. She is in a series of video skits, shot before her recent incarceration, that will be on later this month. Ecko says he cast Lohan because the public is fascinated with her. [People]  

Parisian shop girls know how to take American denim, pair it with just the right top and accessories and end up looking ooh-la-la. [WWD]

Kim Kardashian is joining with Loren Jewels' creator Loren Ridinger to design an upscale line of luxury earrings. This isn't your average bling, with prices starting at $10,000. [People]

Newish women's boutique Sara Marco offers on-trend, well-priced merchandise for L.A. shoppers. [Mondette] 

A splash of watercolor print -- in a dress, scarf, blouse or skirt -- looks feminine and cool for summer. [FabSugar]

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--Susan Denley

Photos: Jennifer Aniston, top, channels Barbra Streisand. Bottom: Aniston on the Harper' Bazaar cover. Credit: Mark Seliger for Harper's Bazaar





Armani teams up with Reebok for dual sport collections

Reebok x Armani collection, Reebox X EA7
Designer brand Giorgio Armani has always boasted a clean, sporty vibe. Think of tan, toned Jennifer Aniston walking countless red carpets in those sinewy sheaths created by the Italian house.

Now, Armani's lower-priced collection, Emporio Armani, is getting downright athletic — by teaming up with Reebok, one of the most iconic sportswear brands in existence.

The Reebok x Armani collaboration, which launches in August in Emporio Armani stores and on, includes two collections: Reebok x Emporio Armani — four futuristic athletic-shoe styles ranging from $275 to $450 — and Reebox X EA7, which is made up of two footwear styles and a range of spiffy, fashion-forward active wear (shoes are priced from $150 to $165; apparel from $65 to $195).

The dual-gender collections fuse Reebok's athletic technology with Emporio Armani's chic, oft-minimalist aesthetics.

The resulting pieces are super stylish and slightly futuristic-feeling; these are workout clothes for discerning dressers. Standout pieces include a kimono-wrapped gray hoodie jacket, pegged "sweatpants" that drape harem-style around the calves and spacey black trainers featuring exposed "shocks" at the heels and subtle tone-on-tone embossing.

"Today sportswear and active wear have become really important parts of our wardrobes," said Giorgio Armani in a news release.

"My new alliance with Reebok is a natural consequence of this philosophy." That much is clear.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: Pieces from the forthcoming Reebok x Armani collaboration. Credit: Emporio Armani

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Happy birthday, WWD! Russell Brand gives Katy Perry styling advice. Jason Wu branches out even further

Women's Wear Daily celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, with a large special issue this fall to commemorate the occasion. But, like fashion itself, the industry bible has changed over the years, and WWD has posted a retrospective of how it's looked over the last century. [WWD] 

What happens when Russell Brand gives fiancee Katy Perry fashion advice? She looks more grownup ... at least he thinks so. [Vogue UK] Brand's look? "Nice bondage," he says.

Jason Wu, who launched an eyewear collection in March, is going to add leather goods to the mix. [Vogue UK]

Now Isabella Rossellini has her own bag. She designed it for Bulgari. [Vogue]

Attention brides-to-be: Do copious tulle, intricate lace or silk taffeta tickle your fancy? Take a look at J. Crew's wedding collection for fall. [FabSugar]

Celebrities including Blake Lively and Jennifer Hudson are wearing Victoria Beckham's new line. [Telegraph]

Avon is buying Silpada Designs, which specializes in direct sales of sterling silver jewelry. [Wall Street Journal] 

High-fashion woes: Armani is in a sales slump ... except in China. [Wall Street Journal]

And Prada has negotiated a three-year, $445-million loan agreement to refinance longstanding debt. [WWD]

But Burberry sales are up and the company is planning to open 20 stores. [WWD] (subscription required)

The size wars show no sign of ending: For its first foray into designing dresses, lingerie company Ultimo has cast 14 "real" women as models, none of them with modelesque physiques. [Huffington Post]

Are you in Forever 21 and looking for a size 10 jeans? You'll just have to head to Faith, the plus-size section. [The Frisky]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Katy Perry and Russell Brand. Credit: Thibault Camus / Associated Press

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Scarlett Johansson on her looks. Armani teams with Alicia Keys. Versace wins a counterfeiting case. Givenchy casts a transsexual model. And more Mother's Day gift ideas.

The stories clothes tell: With her mother slipping away to Alzheimer's, author/photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron held onto the memories by creating a fashion diary. Just published,  "My Mother's Clothes" (Welcome Books) is a transporting read. [Wall Street Journal]

Not to be outdone by its rival across the river, the Brooklyn Museum on Friday launches its own sartorial exhibit, "American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection." [wwd, subscription required]

To illustrate the "masculine-feminine dichotomy," Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci has cast a transsexual model in the line's fall/winter photo campaign. [Huffington Post]

How important is good grooming? She has loads of talent, but Scarlett Johansson credits hair and makeup with making her a movie star. [People]

Padmajewels This could be a sweet gift for that special mom in your life: Top Chef host and new mother Padma Lakshmi has designed a limited-edition pair of gold and garnet earrings, on sale for $350 at Neiman Marcus, and 20% of the  proceeds will go to benefit the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Lakshmi co-founded the organization to raise awareness about the condition. [People]

Need more Mother's Day inspiration? Find out what Zac Posen, Vera Wang, Gisele Bundchen and 17 other designers and models would like to give and get. [Vogue]

Giorgio Armani is dressing Alicia Keys for her current European tour. [Telegraph]

Shoe designer Elisa Ferare, a Northern California native whose footwear was sold at Neiman Marcus, Maxfield and others, has died. [wwd]

Double whammy for Elizabeth Arden: The company is reporting third-quarter losses AND reportedly once employed the Times' Square bombing suspect. [wwd and wwd]

Check out Forever 21's beauty and the beach collection. [FabSugar]

Versace wins $20 million in Los Angeles counterfeiting case [British Vogue]

Ann Taylor's oh-so-cute vintage floral sheath dress sells out in two days, and is now going on EBay for $200 more than retail. [Stylelist]

-- Susan Denley

Photos, from top: Scarlett Johansson. Credit: Marvel Entertainment. Padma Lakshmi's limited edition earrings. Credit: Neiman Marcus

Your morning fashion and beauty report: 1990s grunge fashion returns. Giorgio Armani and Lady Gaga. Betty White and Donatella Versace

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Grab your flannel and meet me at Starbucks: The 1990s are back. [The Daily Beast]

Somewhat apropos, Jean Paul Gaultier -- who created Madonna's cone bra -- is delving into home furnishings. [WWD, subscription required]

Decades' Cameron Silver to launch denim label. [WWD, subscription required]

The average woman spends three years of her life shopping. [New York Post]

The best of spring's new style books. [WSJ]

HiStyley! checks out L.A. street style. [Mondette]

Giorgio Armani on dressing Lady Gaga. [Vogue UK]

Video: Dolce & Gabbana male models wrestle and dance. [The Frisky]

She really is having a moment: Betty White and Donatella Versace are now friends? [Huffington Post]

An old Parisian law banning women from wearing pants may finally be lifted. [Telegraph]

No, Roberto Cavalli is not firing his wife/creative director. [Styleite]

Can Patrick Robinson save Gap? [Fashionista]

Seven spring fashion essentials from Pucci's Peter Dundas. [Marie Claire]

Simon Fuller's Fashionair website to shutter. [Fashionista]

What are the most popular brands in L.A.? [Shop It To Me]

The 10 wildest looks from Australian Fashion Week. [FabSugar]

-- Whitney Friedlander

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Photo: Jean Paul Gaultier's Spring / Summer 2010 runway show. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times

Armani suit meets 'Armani suite' at Dubai hotel


When fashion designer Giorgio Armani picked up a pair of scissors in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, it wasn't to cut a pattern for a suit jacket -- it was to cut the ribbon at a ceremony marking the opening of the world's first luxury hotel to bear his brand name -- the Armani Hotel Dubai.

The hotel consists of 160 rooms and suites on the fifth through eighth floors and the 38th and 39th floor of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, with levels nine to 16 home to 144 additional one- and two-bedroom private luxury apartments (dubbed "Armani residences"), all of which were designed by Armani himself and appointed in furnishings from his Armani/Casa collection.

Judging just from the above photos of the lobby, the place -- five years in the making -- has got to be a full-on temple to the maestro's minimalist luxury aesthetic, with the media materials waxing on about the "eramosa stone" floors (as near as we can determine, that term refers to a type of veined, brown limestone from Canada), zebra wood paneling, fabric-covered walls and an in-hotel Armani/SPA.

Of course there's abundant "shoportunity" at hand: In addition to eight restaurants, we're told there's a haute couture boutique showcasing the Armani Prive collection and fashion accessories (Armani/Galleria),  a confectionary serving up enough sweet treats to keep you from fitting into any of that Armani Prive (Armani/Dolci) and a flower shop where you can grab a Giorgio Armani-designed vase to go with that bouquet of flowers designed by Mother Nature (Armani/Fiori). 

All we need to do now is persuade our editors to send us to Dubai Fashion Week.

-- Adam Tschorn

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Photos: The lobby of the Armani Hotel Dubai, which opened on Tuesday. Credit: Giorgio Armani

Top fashion designers donate merch and 'dream' experiences to Earth Day auction

Bottega Veneta handbag, an auction site specializing in philanthropic campaigns, is hosting an auction that includes merchandise and experiences courtesy of some of the fashion industry's most illustrious players.

The auction, which kicked off on Thursday and ends May 6, is a companion event to biggie art auctioneer Christie's "Earth Day -- Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth."

The collection of more than 200 items, many of which are "dream" experiences, includes a personal fitting for "his and hers" bespoke suits made of sustainable fabric by eco-friendly designer Stella McCartney; a chance to dine with Vera Wang and a $10,000 credit at her flagship store; two front-row tickets to a Missoni fashion show, plus lunch and a fitting with designer Angela Missoni; and -- perhaps the mother of all fashion offers -- an outfit chosen and styled personally by Giorgio Armani to attend the Vanity Fair Oscar After-Party in 2011.

The auction also includes experiences and merchandise from Nina Ricci, Gucci, Ermenegildo Zegna, Marni, Proenza Schouler, Harry Winston, Irene Neuwirth and Sharon Khazzam.

The funds raised will benefit the campaign’s partners: Oceana, Natural Resources Defense Council, Central Park Conservancy and Conservation International.

-- Emili Vesilind

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Photo: A customized Bottega Veneta handbag, up for auction as part of the Earth Day lot on (estimated value: $20,000). Credit:


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