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Fashion News: Selena Gomez crowd-sources new scent

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

Selena Gomez wants fans to help her develop her first signature scent. She will ask them to go online later this fall to vote on fragrances they like. Interesting gimmick, but I'm betting it still won't have the blockbuster success of her boyfriend Justin Bieber's new perfume, which broke sales records. [Us]

Country stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are being immortalized in the form of Barbie dolls. The doll versions of the couple will be available in September on barbiecollector.com for $69.95. [People]

Writer-actress and Jenny Craig celebrity spokeswoman Carrie Fisher went on the "Today" show Wednesday to say she is ready to shop again after losing 50 pounds. [People]

Patrick Schwarzenegger, 17-year-old son of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, stars with model Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, in video ads for Hudson jeans. The short videos can be found on Hudson's Facebook page. [WWD]  

Isaac Mizrahi plans to skip Fashion Week in New York next month. Instead he'll photograph models and send a look book around to fashion editors and buyers. It's more modern than a runway, he says. [Cut]

Vogue editor Anna Wintour, just named No. 69 on Forbes' list of most powerful women in the world, demurs. "I don't think of myself as a powerful person, you know, what does it mean? It means you get a better seat at a restaurant or tickets to a screening or whatever it may be," she says, "but it is a wonderful opportunity to be able to help others and for that I'm extremely grateful." [Telegraph] 

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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber in February at Vanity Fair's post-Oscars party. Credit: Rich Schmitt / AFP/Getty Images 

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Pundits wonder if Kate Middleton will wear a tiara on her wedding day.

Adiana This is the week of the much-anticipated royal wedding in Britain, and the drumbeat of speculation has reached a fever pitch. Besides all the rumors over the identify of the designer of the bridal gown, now there's talk of tiaras: Will Kate Middleton wear one or not? Will it be the Russian Fringe, the diamond tiara worn by the queen, the queen mother, Queen Mary and the Princess Royal? Will it be the Spencer family tiara worn by Princess Diana (above)? Or will the queen give Kate a tiara as a wedding gift, as she did her other daughters-in-law? I guess we'll just have to wait till the big day Friday to find out. [Telegraph]

No one knows yet who designed Kate's dress, but Isaac Mizrahi has advice for whomever it is. Having designed "millions of wedding dresses," he says he can empathize. "It's so stressful, because you always think something's going to fall off right in the middle of the most important day of [the bride's] life," he says. The solution? Tranquilizers. [Cut] 

Speaking of weddings, no one knows how to dress a bride like Vera Wang, so when she gives her 10 top tips for getting through the big day beautifully, I pay attention. Among them, always step into your gown. Do not -- repeat do not -- pull it on over your head. Why? By the time you are putting on the gown, your makeup has been done and you really can't risk a lipstick smear on your dress. [WWD]

For a wedding closer to home, "Grey's Anatomy" is planning one, to air May 5. Followers of the crew at Seattle Grace know that weddings on the show can be fraught with angst -- remember Burke leaving Cristina at the altar? Meredith and Derek's postponements? Izzie flatlining after marrying Karev?  This time, no matter how it turns out, we will at least get to see two wedding gowns, because the couple in question are Callie and Arizona. [BuzzSugar]   

The trend of lingerie this fall? Sweet, girly ruffles are back. [WWD]

Interior design firm Tony Duquette Inc. is suing J. Crew over the use of a leopard print. [WWD] (Subscription required)

Macy's is taking several steps toward being more eco-conscious this year, including rolling out hangers made of recycled material. [WWD] (Subscription required)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Prince Charles and Princess Diana, wearing her tiara, on their wedding day in 1981. Credit: Associated Press 

 

Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Oprah celebrates in Mizrahi, a look inside Siriano and Cutrone's closets and 'Dancing With the Stars' judge bares all!

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Isn't she lovely? Oprah wears a sequined lilac dress by Mizrahi for 10th anniversary cover of her eponymous mag. [People]

Take a peek inside Christian Siriano and Kelly Cutrone's closets. [People]

"Dancing With the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli takes it all off for charity. [StyleList]

Out of Print Clothing is combining fashion T-shirts with a love of books. [FabSugar]

In case you missed it: Would you pay $1,000 for designer sweats? [WSJ]

New for spring: the floral mini. [FabSugar]

Jonathan Antin talks about spring hairstyles and Wednesday's "Shear Genius" finale. [StyleList]

Whole Foods wants to educate you on eco-beauty. [BellaSugar]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Oprah Winfrey. Credit: Kevorek Djansezian / Associated Press

'Unzipped' and inspired


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A good friend of mine had never seen the 1995 documentary "Unzipped." Yesterday, we tracked down a copy at Amoeba Records, popped some Jiffy Pop kettle corn and sat down to watch the often grainy, black and white footage of Isaac Mizrahi‚Äôs Fall 1994 collection come together. 

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Will you watch 'The Fashion Show' tonight?

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"The Fashion Show," Bravo's replacement for our beloved "Project Runway" that has moved to Lifetime, airs at 10 p.m. tonight. Times television critic Robert Lloyd describes the new program, starring Isaac Mizrahi and Kelly Rowland, "as near a knockoff of 'Runway' as Bravo could dare without paying the lawyers again." To be fair, Lloyd is a self-professed die-hard 'Runway' viewer, ready to defend it to reality TV critics. What say you? Take our poll.


Photo credit: Barbara Nitke / Bravo


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