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Colleen Atwood to design 'Snow White' inspired collection for HSN

HsncompCostume designer  Colleen Atwood ("Alice in Wonderland," "Chicago," "Mars Attacks") is making her first foray into fashion with the Atwood by Colleen Atwood collection for HSN, inspired by her work for the upcoming film "Snow White and the Huntsman."

The 12-piece collection will debut May 30 across all of HSN's platforms, including TV, mobile and the web, as part of a 24-hour shopping event tied to the film, a new take on the fairy tale that's opening June 1, starring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron.

"It's often said that costume designers are a faceless group of people," Atwood told me Wednesday. "But we can contribute to fashion in a way that might be new and different."

Read more about the collection and what it means for the intersection of fashion and costume design in my Fashion Diary column in Sunday's Image section.

--Booth Moore

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A look from the Atwood by Colleen Atwood collection. Credit: HSN

Iman adds Platinum Collection to growing list of brands

Iman and her Platinum Collection

When it comes to supermodels, the big ones tend to be remembered for specific attributes. Cindy Crawford for her beauty mark, Linda Evangelista for her chameleon-like qualities, and Giselle Bundchen for that body. But with Iman, who came to the U.S. from her home country of Somalia in 1975 to model, it's hard to pinpoint just one thing. It's not only her otherworldly physical attributes, long neck and statuesque figure, but her enterprising foray into beauty, home and fashion (she's just launched the Platinum Collection -– a line of outerwear Iman and her Platinum Collection: Ponyhair & Leather Carryall and accessories exclusive to HSN). And then there's her charity work with organizations including the Children's Defense Fund, Action Against Hunger, Raise Hope for Congo and Save the Children, for which she serves as an ambassador.

The 56-year-old stopped modeling in 1989 after 16 years in front of cameras, on runways and as a muse for designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Halston. Post-modeling, she turned her beauty know-how into big business with her Iman Cosmetics line in 1994. She began blending her own foundation while on photo shoots because there were no shades that suited her skin, thus giving her the idea to create a line of cosmetics for women of color.

"Three days after I arrived in the U.S. in 1975 to model, my first job was for American Vogue," Iman said recently over breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel, in town to be honored with a Rodeo Drive Walk of Style award. "I had never worn makeup or high heels. I did not know what foundation was. The makeup artist asked me, ‘Did you bring your own foundation?’ He had nothing for me."

Iman and her Platinum CollectionIman recalled the makeup artist mixing several colors together for her. She began doing the same, taking various shades of foundation she found in stores to make something that matched her skin tone. "For the 16 years that I modeled, I always carried my own blend. I was never unprepared. I mixed my own until I stopped modeling."

Her cosmetics line boasts a full range of products, but she said her foundations are still the "hero" product because of the array of shades available. But she stressed that the line is not designed for a specific ethnic group so much as it is for individual women.

"When you go into a shoe store, there are no sections," she said. “Why should there be sections for different ethnicities when it comes to makeup?"

Her successful beauty business paved the way for a collection of clothing called Global Chic, a line of under-$100 women's separates and accessories, which is sold exclusively on HSN. This fall, she's added a higher-end line of clothing, outerwear and bags, the Platinum Collection.

"My clothes are chic; they're classics reinvented," Iman said.  "I leave the trends to H&M and Zara because they do it so well." Iman and her Platinum Collection

The Platinum Collection is priced slightly higher than her Global Chic line -- for example, around $200 for wool coats and faux fur pieces and luggage items under $400. She has put an emphasis on practicality and versatility. For example, a wool coat that costs under $200 comes with several interchangeable faux fur collars that gives the wearer six ways to wear the piece. There are traditional silhouettes and wardrobe basics such as riding boots, trench coats, shearling vests and black leather skirts. Bags are done in punchier colors, such as green and red.

“When it comes to my clothes, I like color, but not in-your-face color,” she said. "I like to provide color as you need it. For instance, a red bag can lift everything up and is easier to wear than all red."

Though her fashion business has taken off, she said it's certainly not something she envisioned doing while modeling for some of the biggest names in the industry. She was adamant about not referring to herself as a "designer," but rather as someone who interprets trends and creates and curates a lifestyle line.

But her firsthand experience working directly with designers certainly has honed a keen, sophisticated sense of style.

"When I would walk in [to a fitting or photo shoot], the designer would ask me, 'How would you wear this, how would you put this together?'" she said about her modeling days. "You were a muse."

-- Melissa Magsaysay

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Photos: Top, left and bottom: Iman modeling looks from her Platinum Collection of clothing and accessories. Top right: A ponyhair and leather carryall from the Platinum Collection. Credit: Iman Platinum Collection

 

HSN takes shoppers to Brazil

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Shopping the world from the comfort of your couch -- isn't that the idea behind home shopping networks? Well, HSN is really making it happen with the launch of a new 24-hour "Destination Series," beginning Friday with a trip to Brazil.

The show features clothing and accessories inspired by Brazil and from Brazilian labels. Longtime HSN star Carlos Falchi helped curate the collection and designed several handbags inspired by his homeland, including a flap-style bag with a patchwork leather palm tree and bird design on the front ($449). HSN has collaborated with Havaianas on exclusive flip-slop styles ($22), and will offer jelly shoes from Mel, a diffusion line from Melissa, including a peep-toe with butterfly details ($40). And HSN's Stefani Greenfield is serving up colorful boho halter dresses and peasant tops in the spirit of Carnival.

The show also features the Project Amazon line of jewelry made by local artisans with natural materials found on the jungle floor, such as the 12-row morototo bead necklace ($119.95), as well as Brazilian churrasco knives, coffee and beauty products. It's a fun mix, though I wish there were some more cutting-edge items -- in other words, real fashion finds.

The show will be "part travelogue of the sights and sounds of Brazil, and part products and personalities," says HSN CEO Mindy Grossman. In September, HSN is planning to host the second installment of the series in Britain.

-- Booth Moore

Photos: Products available as part of HSN's new "Destination Brazil" series. Credit: HSN. 

Twiggy, Sean Combs, Gwen Stefani design tree ornaments to benefit St. Jude's

Gwen Stefani You could trim this year's Christmas pine with a box of drugstore-bought candy canes, or you could trick out your tree with ornaments designed by celebrities to benefit a good cause.

Shopping network HSN recently debuted its heART HSN 2010 Designer Ornament collection — a 70-plus piece collection of ornaments designed by notables including Sean Combs, Padma Lakshmi, Molly Sims, Tori Spelling, Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwen Stefani.

All profits from the collection — that's 30% of the purchase price — benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The designs range from the wacky (Emeril Lagasse's has a radish on it; Iman's bears a portrait of her dressed up like Mrs. Claus) to the eye-popping (Twiggy's features a glittering Union Jack graphic) to the sweetly chic — Sarah Jessica Parker's round bauble is swathed in printed fabrics and topped with a darling hot-pink bow.

SJP “Through the sale of these exclusive heART ornaments during the holidays, HSN will once again help St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases," said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude. "Everyone who buys one of these beautiful ornaments will be giving hope to the precious children who are fighting for their lives.”

Ornaments range in price from $19.90 to $49.90, with a single swanky ornament designed by fashion designer Naeem Khan and covered in Swarovski crystals ringing in at $299.

Since the ornament initiative began in 2005, HSN customers have raised approximately $3 million in support of St. Jude.

--Emili Vesilind

Photos, from top: Gwen Stefani's ornament, $19.90; Sarah Jessica Parker's ornament, $29.90. Credit: HSN

Your morning fashion and beauty report: 'Project Runway' judges make 'toughest decision' ever. Now you have to decide on a Halloween costume.

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"Project Runway" closed out its season Thursday night with judges making what host Heidi Klum called the "toughest decision in 'Project Runway' history." After much debate over the merits of the three remaining finalists -- Gretchen Jones, Mondo Guerra and Andy South -- judges named Jones as the top designer, saying the 28-year-old Oregonian's collection was the most "sellable" and the most on-trend. I'm pretty sure we'll be hearing more from all of them, though. [CBS] 

"What Not to Wear" returns Friday night for its eighth season on TLC. If you haven't seen it, it's worth a look. The basic philosophy, according to Los Angeles Times' television critic Robert Lloyd, is that there are no ugly women, only ugly clothes, and by changing your clothes you can change yourself. The episode begins at 9 p.m. PDT. [Los Angeles Times]

I love it when Halloween falls on a weekend. More time to get into the spirit; more opportunities to wear costumes. Some women I know plan to start Friday and change costumes daily (or maybe even twice a day) through Sunday. We know that one of this year's popular looks will be Snooki of "Jersey Shore." But what, you may be wondering, will Snooki wear? Reports are that it's -- drum roll -- a pickle costume. A short, tight, sexy pickle costume, of course, complete with a light-up, pickle-shaped scepter. [WWD]

Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres plans to start the weekend by going on-air Friday dressed as Snooki's trademark pouf -- that's right, she's going to be a big fluff of hair. [People]

If you're still looking for costume ideas, Heidi Klum has tons of them for couples and for kids. Some pretty creative stuff. She and husband Seal once decked themselves out as a snake-wrapped apple (Heidi) and blond-wigged Eve (Seal). [StyleList]   

For more Halloween inspiration, check out BellaSugar's 15 face-painting ideas.

Celeb designer of the day: Mariah Carey plans to launch her first "lifestyle" line on HSN Nov. 29. It will feature jewelry, footwear and fragrance. [WWD]

"Mad Men" costume designer Janie Bryant was guest of honor at a Maybelline-sponsored party in New York celebrating her new book, "The Fashion File: Advice, Tips and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of 'Mad Men.'" [StyleList]   

Big beauty retailer Sephora plans to open two stores in Mexico City, as well as one in Brazil. [WWD] (Subscription required.)  

-- Susan Denley

Photo: 'Project Runway' hosts Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum with this season's contestants. Credit: Lifetime

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Meghan McCain dishes on style, politics, Palin. Or forget politics, celebrate 90210 Day.

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Meghan McCain, daughter of presidential contender John, has a new memoir out about the campaign, "Dirty, Sexy Politics." Though there's not much dirt or sex (she says she swore off the latter for the duration), there are, All the Rage is happy to note, some style and beauty insights of a political nature. For instance, image consultants redid her "stripper"-blond hair and dulled down her wardrobe, then billed the campaign. During the convention, Meghan was turned away by a makeup artist busy with the Palin offspring, whom she was told would "get more air time."  She thought Sarah Palin was the most beautiful politician she'd ever seen but also that she seemed to be interested in her own ambitions more than McCain's. OK, maybe that is a little bit of dirt! [Washington Post]

It's 90210 Day. Really. (Sept. 2, 2010, if you're still one cup shy of your morning caffeine.)  And it's giving die-hard fans of the show set in the Beverly Hills Zip Code some giggles. Now, guys, if the girl in your life is hooked on the modern version of the show, you can find the perfect gift for her, thanks to the CW, which, like some other smart networks, is selling some of the characters' "looks." This morning, for instance, I found Adrianna's snake bracelet on sale for $95, Naomi's gray Bridgette purse for $599 and Silver's chain lariat necklace-and-earring set for $20. [The CW]

Brow expert Anastasia Soare, among red-carpet beauty experts featured in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, also is marking 9-02-2010 by appearing on HSN to sell her brow kits. She is scheduled to air at 10 a.m and 2 and 8 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time. [StyleList]

Looking forward to the holidays, fashion house Lanvin has announced a onetime collaboration with fast-fashion retailer H&M, due to hit stores in November. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Madame Tussaud's [updated 11:33 a.m. Sept.2] Washington museum just unveiled a wax figure of Rihanna, clad in a glamorous peekaboo black outfit with plenty of bling. They nailed her style! [FabSugar] 

A host of designers have won nominations for the British Fashion Awards, including Christopher Bailey of Burberry, Erdem Moralioglu and Victoria Beckham. [WWD]

French Vogue is putting out a plus-sized issue in October, marking it's 90th anniversary. Ad pages are up 100% over last October, and the hefty magazine will come bundled with archival photos on heavy stock as a little extra for buyers. [NY Observer]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Meghan McCain  Credit: Matt Sayles/Associated Press

A previous version of this post misspelled Madame Tussaud's name as Toussaud.

Patricia Field's new looks for HSN: Would Carrie approve? Yes

368568 You now own a corsage and know that Manolo is not a Spanish dessert.  Yes, "Sex and the City" designer Patricia Field taught you plenty about fashion and taking risks and spending way too much money. Now, her new line, "Destination Style," is finally available on368606 HSN. And guess what? It's kind of slutty, sort of cute and definitely not for everyone -- a lot like Field herself.
The fave? This scoop neck floral tiered ruffle dress, left, that works with ballet flats or pumps. I love the colors and the silhouette. Pair it with a black leather jacket or cropped cardigan, ($129.90)  There is a matching coat that should not be seen within a mile of this368119 dress. Pick one or the other.

Her skinny black jeans, upper right, which, blessedly, go up to a size 39, sell for $49.90 and would work well with an oversized men's oxford and pumps.

The yikes? This jumbo corsage dress at right  ($149.90) that screams, "I am Carrie! Get me a cosmo!" I wish that Field didn't repeat herself and resort to merchandising a look so associated with the TV show and movie. What I like about Field is that 369693she encourages women to try a new look or play with an accessory. The better bet is this corsage belt, ($29.90) -- which feels very Chanel -- and is more of a wink, rather than a full blown bow, to Carrie Bradshaw's inimitable style.


To read more about Patricia Field and her inspirations, check out this story in Image that takes a closer look at the woman behind the tutus.

-- Monica Corcoran


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