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Your morning fashion and beauty report: The scoop on Willow Smith's hair, Katy Perry's nuptial nose ring and Maria Sharapova's engagement to Sasha Vujacic.

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In her much-buzzed-about video "Whip My Hair," 9-year-old Willow Smith sings, dances and shows off numerous hair styles, from braids to twists to a faux mohawk. Creating all of them was fun, says hairdresser Marcia Hamilton. Of course, Willow and mom Jada Pinkett-Smith had input. The most challenging was a faux 'hawk shaped like a heart sticking up from Willow's head. Kids, it's OK to try this at home! [People]  

Looks we love: Scarlett Johansson's short tousled bob. She can wear it messy or sleekly coiffed and it looks chic in a way longer hair just doesn't. [People]

And -- I guess hair is the topic that has All the Rage's attention right now -- Julianne Moore wore a style we're seeing a lot of when she attended a screening of "Let Me In" in Abu Dhabi this week: a soft topknot pulled to the crown of her head. It's easy to copy and will be a good look for holiday parties later this season. [InStyle]

When Katy Perry and Russell Brand arrived in Jaipur, where they are expected to wed this weekend, the bride-to-be was sporting a traditional Indian nuptial nose ring. By custom, the bride wears the ring throughout her wedding day until the groom removes it that night. We're hoping to tell you more next week about what the couple wears for the ceremony. The only problem: they've hinted (joked?) that it could be a clothing-optional event. I dunno. I can't quite see a fashion-forward girl like Katy not pulling out all the stops when it comes to wedding finery. [People] 

More pending nuptials: beautiful (and well-dressed) tennis star Maria Sharapova is engaged to the Lakers' Sasha Vujacic, who reportedly popped the question Tuesday night. [Yahoo Sports]

Tommy Hilfiger has opened its first U.S. Tommy Boutique, which is aimed at younger shoppers, in Manhattan. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

And Gucci has opened an 11,000-square-foot store in Crystals at CityCenter, the posh mall in Las Vegas. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Willow Smith. Credit: Frank Robichon / EPA

Your morning fashion and beauty report: 'Glee' girl Lea Michele is happy with her looks. PETA is anything but happy with Victoria Beckham.

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"Glee's" Lea Michele has resisted the Hollywood pressures to "perfect" her looks, and she is happy she never got a nose job. Honestly, we think she wouldn't look nearly as interesting if she had. [People]

Designer Zac Posen is losing a partner: his mother, Susan Posen, is stepping aside to pursue other interests. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Blake Lively, Halle Berry and Nikki Reed were among the stars who looked chic and lovely at this past weekend's Spike Scream Awards in L.A. despite the rainy weather. [FabSugar]

PETA is denying that it has plans to douse Victoria Beckham in blood to protest her new animal skin handbags. But the animal rights group says it has sent the former Spice Girl turned designer a video to educate her in the hopes she'll change her M.O. [Vogue] 

There's a white glass ceiling in retailing, and BRAG (the Black Retail Action Group) is fighting to break it. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

Rumor has it that Jennifer Lopez and her 2-year-old twins will be the faces of Gucci's ads for its kids line. [People]

Local gals Laura and Kate Mulleavy are racking up more honors for their label, Rodarte, this time at Monday night's Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards gala in New York. Chalk up two in one week: they received honors there last Thursday at the National Design Awards. [WWD]

Socks are a cute and inexpensive way to add a little flair to a casual look. [FabSugar]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Lea Michele. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Photos from the top 10 spring-summer 2011 runway collections

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Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore picks the top 10 runway collections of the spring-summer 2011 season. Check out a full gallery here.

Photo left: A look from the Fendi spring-summer 2011 runway collection. Photo right: A look from the Gucci spring-summer 2011 runway collection. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.

Milan Fashion Week: Gucci's subtle seduction

Gucci2jumpsuit Seductive, not in-your-face sexy. That was the message at Gucci, where designer Frida Giannini opened Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday with a tribal-tinged trek through Marrakech. The theme could easily have taken a turn into costume territory had Giannini not put such an emphasis on luxurious-looking tailoring and handcrafted leather details.

Giannini addressed fashion's cleaned-up mood by working with a lot of neutral shades (a sand-colored silk strapless jumpsuit was a winning look), with a dash of spice -- cinnamon, turquoise, purple and jade green.

There was more than one nod to the 1970s (and Yves Saint Laurent), but unlike in New York, there were no midi-length skirts.

Guccipants1 Instead, the focus was on pants: a high-waisted jade-green pair worn with a gold woven-leather obi belt and a cinnamon-colored jacket nipped in at the waist; fluid jodphurs paired with a soft safari jacket and tassel belt; and textured leather leggings with tops of suede crochet or swinging fringe. (The one lapse in judgment was a group of tuxedo one-pieces with harem pants. No matter how hard designers have tried, have harem pants ever really taken off?)

Gucci3harem Occassionally, the tribal feather, jewel and fringe details were a bit heavy-handed, particularly on the short finale dresses, which also seemed reminiscent of those shown on the Lanvin runway back in February.

But all in all, this was a strong collection, balancing function with fantasy. It was also refreshing to see a less aggressive stance from Giannini -- and not to spot a single Gucci logo. Instead, leather accessories had a more easygoing, natural feel -- cage leather booties and sandals on skinny heels, for example, and soft totes and clutches with basket-weave details.

-- Booth Moore in Milan

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

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Two Gossip Girls and one Fonda

Taylor Momsen -- Sears (that's right Sears) is pairing up with French Connection for a line of clothing called UK Style. [WWD] (subscription required).

-- Also in the decline of Western civilization category: Tim Gunn had a few choice words to say (to E! News) about Taylor Momsen. Among them? She is "pathetic" and a "diva." [The Cut]

-- Speaking of Gossip Girls, Christian Louboutin (no... wait, we know he's not a member of the cast!) has named a shoe after Blake Lively. [People]

Gucci, in the meantime, has made a deal with the Recording Academy (the folks who bring us the Grammys) to preserve "milestone" musical recordings. [WWD] (subscription required).

-- Models who participate in London Fashion Week now have access to employment contracts that establish minimum rates of pay and a minimum age (16) to participate. [Vogue UK]

-- And, finally, Jane Fonda is back in her leotard with two new fitness videos that will be released later this fall. Did we mention that she's 72? And that she's looking pretty darn great? Feel the burn. [NY Daily News]

-- Alice Short

Photo: Taylor Momsen. Credit: Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images

Gucci rolls out an online trailer for its own fragrance commercial


Viral videos go hand-in-hand with fragrance and fashion launches these days. But Gucci is trying a new promotional tack  -- building suspense for a full-length video commercial with, well, another video.

The Italian fashion house has just released an online "trailer" for its forthcoming mini-movie for Gucci Guilty, its newest fragrance, launching in September. The full-length video will debut during the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12.

Starring actors Evan Rachel Wood (the official face of the brand) and Chris Evans, the full-length film was directed by legendary comic book creator and movie director Frank Miller ("Sin City" and "The Spirit").

The trailer doesn't betray the video's plot line, but it definitely bears Miller's distinctive noir mark.

Images include a darkly glamorous Wood driving a race car spitting fire out of its back wheels, her strawberry-hued hair swirling around her like liquid; a patent leather fetish-style stiletto worn on a leg with a tattooed ankle, framed by the graphic shadow of horizontal window blinds; and a leather-clad Evans looking appropriately intense in a dark bar.

The smoldering visuals match the scent, which boasts a sensual blend of cloying notes -- mandarin, pink pepper, peach, lilac, geranium, amber and patchouli among them. It makes you want to put on a smoky eye and drive like the wind.

--Emili Vesilind

Movie: Gucci's Trailer for its Gucci Guilty film by Frank Miller. Credit: Gucci.

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Rachel Zoe to launch her own brand. Some stylish dads may offer cues for Father's Day gifts. Evan Rachel Wood teams with Gucci

Rachelzoe Tuesday marked the first day of the Royal Ascot horse races in England and besides 30 horse races spread over five days that can only mean one thing: hats, from the ridiculous to the sublime! [Huffington Post]

Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe is launching her own line. [Huffington Post]

Gucci taps actress Evan Rachel Wood as the face of its new fragrance. [WWD]

Jennifer Love Hewitt is urging young girls to love the way they look, to be healthy but not to obsess about weight. [People]

As Father's Day nears (it's Sunday), you might want to look at some stylish dads for gift inspiration. [FabSugar] 

If you're planning for your perfect wedding, remember the tradition of the "going away" dress. [Telegraph]

For the frugal bride, the Limited has added a line of wedding accessories priced under $100. [FabSugar]

For a fancy summer party, try a little white dress and kaleidoscope heels. Very pretty. [FabSugar] 

Is it just me, or have the presentations of designers' Resort 2011 collections been taking forever? For a nice roundup of all of them so far, take a look at Vogue.

Have we lost touch with the natural beauty of older women? Through July and August, a British exhibition, "Infinite Variety," will try to answer that question -- or at least to show what it looks like to age naturally. [BellaSugar] 

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Stylist Rachel Zoe. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Scarlett Johansson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jada Pinkett Smith look stunning on red carpet at Tonys, an iconic gown is sold at auction

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Teen specialty stores are struggling as 13- to 19-year-olds' tastes are shifting away from the long-loved Americana and surf looks. [WWD] (subscription required)

Meet Mickey Drexler, the "merchant prince" who improved the fortunes of Ann Taylor, Gap and now J. Crew. [Wall Street Journal]

Scarlett Johansson looked stunning in Elie Saab and Harry Winston when she picked up her Tony Sunday night. Hubby Ryan Reynolds played dapper supporting man in a Tom Ford tux. See these and other Tony red carpet looks (like Jada Pinkett Smith's flirty ruffles from Marchesa and Catherine Zeta-Jones' ice-blue gown from Atelier Versace. [People]

In a Photoshop era, the poetic sensibilities of fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh are worth another look. [Mondette]

Gladiator sandals are still all the rage, even across the pond. [Telegraph]

Also across the pond, an advertisement for Cadbury Flake chocolate is ruffling feathers at Gucci HQ because of its similarity to a Kate Moss hologram Alexander McQueen famously used in his 2006 show. [FabSugar UK]

Bill Nighy, one of our favorite British actors, leans toward wearing track suits and rugby shirts, but he got all dressed up in Ermenegildo Zegna for a fashion shoot. It looks very spot on, Mr. Nighy! [Telegraph]

French fashion house Sonia Rykiel takes aim at the U.S. market. [WWD] (subscription required)

Headband plus turban equals the turband, a fun new way to accessorize this summer. [FabSugar]

That iconic gown Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang "Diamond are a Girl's Best Friend" in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" sold at auction late last week, as did the Wicked Witch of the West's hat and Mary Poppins' endlessly deep carpet bag. Despite the recession, these star-touched items all fetched a pretty penny -- the gown alone sold for almost $314,000. [Telegraph] 

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-- Susan Denley

Top photo: Scarlett Johansson accepts her Tony Sunday night. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

Bottom photo: Marilyn Monroe wearing the dress that was auctioned last week. Credit: 20th Century Fox  

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Cool World Cup stuff. Zoe Saldana, Lea Michele and Nicole Ritchie are among the most 'Glamourous' of women. Lourdes Ciccone snags a mag cover.

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The hostess dilemma: What can you wear when you're darting in and out of the kitchen but still want to look festive? [Wall Street Journal]

Sometimes it's not what you wear, it's how you play the game. Polo Ralph Lauren breaks new ground by offering a tennis clinic online. [WWD] (Subscription required) 

The Styleblogger, Dan Trepanier, has been named Esquire's "Best Dressed Real Man in America," so listen and learn: He recommends five stylish gifts for Father's Day. [Huffington Post]

Chloe Sevigny and Opening Ceremony revealed the latest fruits of their collaboration Tuesday night: five dresses in five prints. [WWD]  (Subscription required.)

Rumor has it that designers Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone might have split up as lifemates ... but here at All the Rage we don't want the gossipy details (even though they are juicy). We're just wondering: Will it affect the clothes? [Huffington Post]

It was only a matter of time: Lourdes Ciccone (aka daughter of Madonna) snags her first magazine cover. [Fashion Copious] 

The folks at Cool Hunting have put together a pretty cool roundup of "creative projects" -- from products to events, from socks to a "Footbowl" shaped like a smushed soccer ball -- inspired by the World Cup. [Cool Hunting]  

Stars from music, film, TV, fashion and more were honored at the Glamour Awards. Among the honorees: "Avatar's" Zoe Saldana, "Glee's" Lea Michele, Lilly Allen, Nicole Richie (snagging "Entrepreneur of the Year" in the fashion category), Isabel Marant (Fashion Designer of the Year) and Glamour's woman of the year, Cheryl Cole. [Telegraph]

Gucci is launching a kids' line. [StyleList]

Diana dress The black taffeta dress that helped push a 19-year-old, newly engaged Lady Diana Spencer from school teacher to glamour queen sold at auction Tuesday for 192,000 British pounds ($276,426 American). [Telegraph]

Want a little beauty pick-me-up after endless hours of museum-browsing? London's Victoria and Albert has started commissioning fragrances to go with their exhibits and to sell in the museum's gift shop. [BellaSugar]

We've been telling you about the trend toward mass-market wedding dresses, but how are brides-to-be reacting? Well, the new J. Crew bridal boutique in NYC is already booked a month in advance for fittings. [The Cut]

-- Susan Denley

Photos: Top, Zoe Saldana, Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times;

Bottom: Designer Elizabeth Emanuel with the dress she designed for Lady Diana Spencer that sold at auction Tuesday. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

Gucci rolls out a line of luxe iPad carrying cases

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Last week we got an e-mail informing us about Gucci's swanky new iPad carrying case, apparently designed by Gucci's creative director Frida Giannini herself, but never got a chance to pass on the information.

We haven't had a chance to get our hands on one (or on an iPad either for that matter), but the press materials describe the cases as having details like a Velcro strap closure (to cut down on any pressure that might inadvertently be applied to the touch screen), and it's lined with suede (to help keep the screen pristine and scratch-free).

A black rubberized leather version with the familiar debossed GG "Guccissima" pattern, a neoprene version, and one in the GG plus patterned canvas ($290, $250 and $230, respectively) are available for pre-order now through Gucci's website, with a shipping date between July 1 and Aug. 1. As of June 15, they'll also be available at Gucci flagship stores in Rome, Milan, Paris, London and New York.

More styles are set to be released in October, including the familiar GG imprimé fabric in mauve and military green, with additional releases expected a bit later (think silver leather for the winter holidays and red patent leather for Valentine's Day).

And just in case you have a hard time keeping track of it all, yes, indeed, there is a Gucci app for that -- which doesn't cost anything at all.

-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: Gucci's new iPad cases, currently available for pre-order, include a beige/ebony GG plus style, left, $230, and black rubberized Guccissima leather, right, $290. Credit: Gucci

That new iPad calls for some seriously deep ipockets

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