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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Cynthia Rowley diapers. Madge on Lola's fashion. Heidi Klum's new TV show

Madonna macys juniors line Baby, you've got style: Cynthia Rowley designs diapers for Pampers. [Luxist]

Madonna on Lourdes' -- er, Lola's -- fashion sense. [People StyleWatch]

Heidi Klum gets another TV show -- this time the focus is more on kids than clothing. Drat. [Variety]

West Hollywood store Church says Lindsay Lohan has an $16,880.83 tab -- which includes purchases of Ron Donovan exotic skin shoes and several Mortimer vintage T-shirts. [WWD]

Prada's e-commerce site launches Thursday. [Fashionista]

The first Alexander McQueen dresses up for auction since his February death failed to sell. [WWD]

J. Crew collaborates with denim brand Imogene + Willi. [WWD, subscription required]

Gap's back with even more Perfect T's. [InStyle]

Those seemingly nonsensical "Be Stupid" Diesel ads? They're banned in Britain. [StyleList]

Coco Rocha is now a Victoria's Secret model. [Huffington Post]

Miss Delaware discusses her alopecia. [Allure]

Why hipster fashion will never die. [Flavorwire, via BlackBook]

-- Whitney Friedlander

Photo: A sketch from the Material Girl juniors line at Macy's. Credit: Macy's

Your morning fashion and beauty report: World Cup style. American Apparel controversy

Shakira world cup Fergie, Shakira and Alicia Keys look hot, kick off the World Cup in South Africa. [InStyle]

Don't care about soccer/football? Then pay attention to the styles of the players' WAGs. [Shop It To Me]

Carly Fiorina's style is more Pelosi than Palin. [Financial Times]

The winners of this year's NEWGEN fashion awards. [Vogue UK]

Are you a "Twilight" fan? Here are the details on Bella's engagement ring. [InStyle]

Most popular? Best dressed? Here's Hollywood's class of 2010. [N.Y. Daily News]

American Apparel apparently doesn't want to hire unattractive employees. [BlackBook]

Veteran models still rule fall campaigns. [The Cut]

Video: Victoria's Secret's first fashion show. [Huffington Post]

Plus-size model Kate Dillon is pregnant. [People]

WSJ on J. Crew chief executive/retail wunderkind Mickey Drexler. [WSJ]

Thom Browne on why he loves short shorts. [WSJ]

Uma Thurman is the face of this year's Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure breast cancer awareness campaign. [InStyle]

How to make your makeup hi-res friendly for video chatting on the new iPhone. [Allure]

-- Whitney Friedlander

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Photo: Shakira at the FIFA World Cup kickoff concert in Johannesburg, South Africa. Credit: Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images

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.

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

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Russell Simmons goes from Phat to preppy. Michelle Obama, Katie Couric look lovely in red. Taylor Swift signs on with 'Cover Girl'


We told you preppy was back! Now even rap mogul Russell Simmons, whose Phat Farm label made a fortune with baggy jeans and sweat shirts, is reaching for the skinny in his closet. [Wall Street Journal]

The color of the evening was red for this past weekend's White House Correspondents' Assn. Dinner, with First Lady Michelle Obama leading the way in a gown by Prabal Gurung. Also wearing red: Katie Couric, Kathie Lee Gifford, Mariska Hargitay and Gayle King. [Huffington Post]

Hermes patriarch Jean-Louis Dumas dies in Paris at age 72. [Wall Street Journal]

Get a preview of who will be wearing what at the glitzy Met gala. [Vogue]

Style expert Charla Krupp shares fashion tricks that can make you look thinner. [InStyle]

Zandra Rhodes talks about how fashion's role models are failing our children. [Telegraph]

Taylor Swift has signed on to be Cover Girl's latest cover girl. [wwd, subscription required]

Britney Spears tweets that she's designed a capsule collection for Candie's. [Twitter]

J. Crew shows off its spring line against the tropical paradise of the Turks and Caicos. [FabSugar]

Keep your sense of humor with 10 things to know when you're planning a wedding -- or not! [Guardian]

See how the "Glee" girls styles compare in character and in person. [BellaSugar]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Taylor Swift. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times

J. Crew X Warehouse denim, by the numbers

Denim junkies, J. Crew has your number -- and apparently it's 484.  As in Lot 484, the name given to a five-pocket selvage men's jean the retailer is launching mid-May, in collaboration with the Japanese denim brand Warehouse.

The Lot 484 jean by Warehouse for J.Crew is apparently named after the street address of the J. Crew men’s-only shop at 484 Broadway in Manhattan --  one of just two brick-and-mortar stores that will be stocking the style (which will also be sold online).

Though the number won't mean much to those who aren't hard-core denim nuts, we're told the jeans are made using Warehouse's Japanese-loomed 1,000xx 14-ounce selvage denim and based on the Warehouse 800 model (but with a slightly dropped front rise and different color stitching).

Here's another number for you: 34 -- as in a 34-inch inseam, the only size in which the jeans will be available. The J. Crew crew will alter the length free of charge -- which could take as long as five days, since (here comes another number for you) they're being done on a rare, vintage Union Special 43200 chain-stitch sewing machine, which we have faith will craft an appropriately authentic and covet-worthy hem -- since hemming denim was the reason the Union Special 43200 was created in the first place.

One final number of note is 300 -- which you'll find on the price tag. Dropping $300 on a pair of jeans might sound expensive, but my guess is, to true jean junkies, the numbers add up just about right.

-- Adam Tschorn

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Photo: Lot 484, a denim collaboration between J. Crew and Japanese denim label Warehouse, hits the shelves at just two New York City brick-and-mortar stores (at 484 Broadway and 235 W. Broadway ) and online at -- in mid-May, and will retail for $300. Credit: J. Crew.

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Zac Posen, his mom expand the brand. Agyness Deyn's shorn hair.

How Zac Posen -- whose Target line is out April 25 -- works with his mother to expand his brand. [WSJ]

And Target partners with Temple St. Clair and Gaby Basora [WWD, subscription required]

The cheapest-looking designer items. [Refinery 29]

Tea party fashions: What to wear to an anti-Obama protest. [The Daily Beast]

Dana Lorenz creates "a mash-up" of her Fenton and Fallon collections for J. Crew. [Fashionologie]

Just for fun: 10 silly beauty signs. [BellaSugar]

Agyness Deyn's buzzed new 'do appears on Twitter. [Vogue UK]

Best vintage stores in America. [GQ]

First look: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's Elizabeth and James collection. [InStyle]

-- Whitney Friedlander

Photo: Zac Posen for Target Ruffle 2-For Dress in Black, $79.99 Zac Posen for Target Tank Dress in Tie Dye, $29.99. Credit: Target

Lisa Birnbach's 'True Prep': 30 years after the 'Preppy Handbook,' what will Bink and Bootsy wear?

In January, Prada’s fall/winter 2010 men’s runway show in Milan included a model in a navy blue blazer and khaki-colored trousers; an unmistakable signal that the preppy aesthetic was surging back into fashion.

April brings word that Lisa Birnbach, co-author and editor of “The Official Preppy Handbook,” is working on a follow-up to her madras-print-covered bible for the boarding school set with "True Prep," which is due to hit shelves a month short of the original's 30th anniversary.

In full disclosure, the first book, published in 1980, occupies a special place in my heart, since it was hitting shelves just as I was hitting campus for my first year at a New England prep school.  It served not only as my early sartorial inspiration, but also as a field guide that helped me quickly learn to navigate a world that, as a rural Vermonter, was strange and different. (Though I never earned a proper preppy sobriquet a la Biff, Skip, or Chip myself, my unrequited boarding school crush was dubbed “Cuffy” as a direct result of finding it in the book, and the nickname has lasted for decades.)

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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Karl Lagerfeld and Coca-Cola Light. Selena Gomez and Kmart. iPad fashion apps.


Coco Rocha, Baptiste Giacobini model in Karl Lagerfeld's French Coca-Cola Light campaign. [WWD]

Miriam Haskell and J. Crew to launch bridal jewelry collection. [WWD]

Hermes will also dabble in -- most likely more expensive -- jewelry. [WWD, subscription required]

Photos: Selena Gomez's Dream Out Loud collection for Kmart. [Nitrolicious]

Fast fashion cuts into Japan's department stores. [WSJ]

Designers' dressy gym togs: stylish or silly? [WSJ]

Top five iPad fashion apps. [Huffington Post]

Can clogs fly in the boardroom? [Financial Times]

The new owner of 1980s footwear favorite Caressa hopes to relaunch the brand. [WWD, subscription required]

A brief history on Easter fashion. [The Washington Post]

-- Whitney Friedlander

Photo: Karl Lagerfeld. Credit: Mike Lawrie / Getty Images

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Alexa Chung's second act: Madewell designer

AC photo by Thomas Giddings

Alexa Chung shows that when one door closes another opens (hello, Conan O' Brien). MTV’s “It’s On With Alexa Chung” went off the air in December (Chung is reportedly still under contract with MTV), but she came back on the fashion radar with Mulberry's Alexa satchel-style handbag out this month (available online for $950 to $1,595). And now, the British-born TV presenter is partnering with J.Crew's younger sister Madewell for an exclusive Alexa Chung for Madewell collection debuting this fall. Shockingly, erstwhile style icon Chung had never collaborated for any other label.

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J. Crew Books compiles a hilarious list of missed gifts and mis-gifts

It's the last day of 2009, and I'm sitting here in the Image section cubicle farm laughing to myself, thanks to the book "What I Didn't Get for Christmas."

It's the second title to come out of apparel retailer J. Crew's  foray into the field of publishing, and it ended up on my desk after I called the company to find out more information about its first book -- a hilarious (though unfortunately not currently available) tome titled "What a Man Should Know" by Max Blagg.

By Partners & Spade (a team that includes Andy Spade, founder of the Jack Spade line of men's utility Rage_Xmas bags and accessories), it sounds like an odd, and slightly depressing idea for a book -- anecdotes about memorable holiday presents that never were (or horribly ill-received gifts that were under the tree), by random people you've mostly never heard of before.

There's one missed gift/mis-gift per page, and none are more than a few paragraphs long. Each is accompanied by a crudely drawn Hugo Guinness illustration on the facing page. Some of the laugh-out-loud recollections involved a balance beam (clad in her gymnastic shoes, Amanda Brooks took the wraps off a ... grand piano), a G.I. Joe Mobile Support Vehicle, and the gift of wrong jeans ("to say what kind they were would damn them unfairly," writes Jeff Kling).

It might be kind of a downer to find in your stocking on Christmas morning, but since it's currently on sale at J. Crew's website for $9.99 (down from $20), it's worth salting away to throw out on the coffee table next year. With any luck,it will serve as a conversation starter for your own friends' tales of Christmas gifting gone awry.

-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: The second title from J. Crew Books, "What I Didn't Get for Christmas," by Partners & Spade's Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti, is a funny and touching recollection of missed gifts and mis-gifts of holidays gone by. Photo credit: J. Crew

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