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Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: John Galliano trial starts. Michelle Obama wears Narciso Rodriguez. Cameron Diaz wears Chanel, and more.

John Galliano, fired as creative director at Christian Dior in March after he was accused of making anti-Semitic and racist remarks in several Paris bar incidents, goes on trial there on Wednesday on charges connected to two of the altercations. French law prohibits incitement of racial discrimination, hatred or violence based on ethnicity, race or religion, and Galliano faces up to six months in prison and a fine equivalent to about $32,000 if convicted. He has reportedly entered a substance abuse rehab program in the U.S. since his firing but is expected to attend the trial. [Los Angeles Times] 


Michelle Obama wore a coral silk skirt suit by Narciso Rodriguez for her South Africa meeting with Nelson Mandela and his wife, Graca Machel, on Tuesday. She accessorized with blue flats and turquoise earrings by Nava Zahavi. Later in the day she switched to pants topped by a yellow Rachel Roy trench coat. she's shown here with South African First Lady Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma. [Cut]

Acameron Promoting a new movie is hard work, from a fashion perspective. In New York for some television appearances and the Manhattan premiere of her new movie, "Bad Teacher," Cameron Diaz went through five wardrobe changes involving a monochrome jacket and pants outfit, a vibrant blue dress, a cute denim jacket, an Elizabeth & James blazer and a Chanel minidress, shown at left. [Telegraph]

Teen fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson racked up her first post for Jane Pratt's new website this week. It's a youthful take on the "what's in my makeup bag or purse" feature common to fashion mags and blogs (including this one) for which she cleaned out her school locker. In it she found tap shoes, a turquoise wig, containers of Play-Doh, a veil, a French dictionary and a plastic bag full of some unidentifiable mush. "Maybe I am as interesting as I wish I was!" says the 15-year-old. Um, or maybe not. [xoJane]

The TV Guide Network's new reality show "Nail Files," set in The Painted Nail salon in Los Angeles, debuted Tuesday night. Owner Katie Cazorla sat down and talked about nail trends, salon safety, celebrity clients and more before the premiere. [StyleList] 

A new study shows that Botox competitor Dysport is more effective at smoothing crow's-feet and some other wrinkles. But the difference was seen only when the study's subjects contracted their muscles, not when their faces were at rest. [Time]


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-- Susan Denley

Photos, from top: Michelle Obama, wearing a Narciso Rodriguez skirt suit, with South African First Lady  Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma; Cameron Diaz at a post-"Bad-Teacher" premiere party in New York. Credits: . European Pressphoto Agency; Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images


Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Princess Beatrice sells her hat. Donald Trump explains his hair.


Britain's Princess Beatrice of York is putting the hat she wore to the royal wedding up for auction on EBay Thursday, hoping to raise several thousand dollars for charity. The Philip Treacy headpiece, which matched her blush ensemble, was probably the most chattered about of the day. And we don't mean that in a good way. But the 22-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson knows the attention the hat received could translate into some funds for UNICEF and Children in Crisis. Hats off to that! [Telegraph]

Finally revealed: the secret of how Donald Trump styles the famous hair. "OK, what I do is, wash it with Head and Shoulders. I don't dry it, though. I let it dry by itself. It takes about an hour. Then I read papers and things," he told Rolling Stone. "I also watch TV. I love Fox, I like "Morning Joe," I like that the "Today" show did a beautiful piece on me yesterday -- I mean, relatively speaking. OK, so I've done all that. I then comb my hair. ... I get a lot of credit for comb-overs. But it's not really a comb-over. It's sort of a little bit forward and back. I've combed it the same way for years. Same thing, every time." [Rolling Stone]  

Supermodel Naomi Campbell will stage her Fashion For Relief charity catwalk event at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday to raise money for disaster relief for Japan. Campbell founded Fashion For Relief in 2005 as a means of uniting the fashion community to respond to humanitarian crises. The charity's inaugural raised about $1 million for Hurricane Katrina relief, and subsequent events have been held around the globe in times of need. [Telegraph]

French conglomerate PPR is launching a cash tender offer for California action brand Volcom. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Designer John Galliano's trial on charges associated with the anti-Semitic outbursts that got him fired from Dior has been set for June 22. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

"There are no fashion rules." So says Lady Gaga in V magazine.  "I'm mostly inspired by shapes, and using the body to create iconography," she told the interviewer, who happened to be Elton John -- part of the trend right now of celebrities interviewing celebrities. [People]

For her last makeover show, airing Thursday, Oprah Winfrey has Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenburg and Tory Burch dressing four female Chicago police officers. Bobbi Brown is doing the makeup and Orlando Pita the hair. [The Cut]

Hussein Chalayan is the subject of a book, "Hussein Chalayan," to be published by Rizzoli with contributions from fashion writers Judith Clark, Sarah Mower and Susannah Frankel. The book will include 250 color illustrations and will follow his career from his student days in Turkey and London to his rise as a major figure in the fashion world. It's due out in September. [WWD]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Princess Beatrice of York, right, and sister Princess Eugenie at the royal wedding of their cousin, Prince William, to Kate Middleton. Credit: EPA

John Galliano fires lawyer amid embezzlement and defamation claims

Galliano John Galliano's troubles get murkier and murkier. The designer, fired in March as creative director for Christian Dior after alleged racist rants in a Paris bar and on a video, has fired the lawyer who was set to defend him in the anti-Semitism case stemming from the imbroglio.

According to the Daily Mail, Galliano has also filed suit against the lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, and accused him of illegally withdrawing money from the designer's bank account to the tune of 2.8 million euros (about $4.1 million at today's exchange rate).

Zerbib has denied the allegation and says he plans to file a defamation suit against Galliano.

A vigorous defense by Zerbib, who is Jewish himself and is prominent in Paris legal circles, was considered to be a plus for Galliano, who faces up to six months in prison and a fine equivalent to around $30,000 over two allegedly drunken rants in a bar close to his Paris flat.  A trial date is scheduled to be set next week on the charges of making  "public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity," which is illegal in France.

As they say, it's like watching a train wreck.

-- Susan Denley


Without John Galliano, the Dior show goes on

Photos: The fashions of Galliano for Dior

John Galliano collection shown without its designer

John Galliano issues apology

Photo: John Galliano. Credit: Michael Euler / Associated Press

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Emma Watson turns 21, John Galliano is fired -- again, and Kate Middleton gets a fashion nod

Aemma -- It's Emma Watson's 21st birthday, and it's a good time to marvel at how far she's come since hanging up her Hogwarts' robe. Yes, there is one more movie to open, finishing up the Harry Potter series, but Emma has already become as wel- known in the fashion world as she was as Hermione. [FabSugar] 

-- Kate Middleton seems to be gaining more fashion cred, at least in some quarters. A month ago, designer Matt Williamson told the Telegraph, "Kate isn't a fashion bunny. I don't know why everyone in fashion is waiting to see what she wears. I'm, like, thinking: 'Get over it.' " This week, in New York for the launch of his capsule collection for Macy's, he maintained he only said that because at the time he was tired of being asked about her. "I'm a big fan" he said. "I think she's great for British fashion -- she's clearly going to become an ambassador for British fashion." [Telegraph]

-- John Galliano, fired as creative director at Christian Dior after being accused of making anti-Semitic remarks, has now been fired from his John Galliano label as well. Dior has a 91% stake in the latter, which is likely to remain in business even without Galliano at the helm. [WWD] (subscription required)

-- Elvis' granddaughter is in the house. By which I mean the fashion house. Riley Keough, daughter of Lisa Marie Presley, has embarked on a modeling career and can be seen now in ads for Lee jeans. She's also walked the catwalk for Dolce & Gabbana and fronted for Miss Dior Cherie fragrance for a while. Acting is next: She has two movies slated to come out this year. [Telegraph]

-- YouTube founder Chad Hurley is turning his attention to his fashion line, Hlaska. [WWD] (subscription required)  

-- The California case seeking a preliminary injunction against the maker of the Brazilian Blowout keratin smoothing treatment for hair -- which we told you about here -- is being moved to Los Angeles County. [WWD] (subscription required) 

-- Cosmetics company Carol's Daughter has launched a multiethnic ad campaign featuring Solange Knowles, Selita Ebanks and Cassie to show the diversity of beauty. [WWD] (subscription required)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: At 21, Emma Watson is a fashion influence to watch. Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images 

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Fergie's fragrance breaks records. John Galliano at LAX. Justin Bieber and the Old Spice guy nominated for Webbys.

Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie's first fragrance launch for Avon did better than pretty well.  "Outspoken has been our most successful fragrance launch in the history of Avon," Chief Executive Andrea Jung said at a news conference in New York, although she didn't give specific sales numbers. The next Fergie-fragrance, Outspoken Intense, a fruity floral, is due out in July. [StyleList] 

Justin Bieber and Old Spice guy Isaiah Mustafa are among the nominees for this year's Webbys -- the "Oscars of the Web." A full list of nominees is available on the Webby website, and the results will be announced May 3. [People] 

Christian Louboutin is seeing red. A week after filing a trademark infringement lawsuit against Yves Saint Laurent, Louboutin is now going after Carmen Steffens of Brazil for the same thing: using red soles on their shoes. Louboutin has been soling its shoes in red since 1992 and had the practice trademarked in 2008. In a statement, Steffens says it has been using red since 1998 and finds it "surprising that another brand is trying to reserve the rights to any color." [Telegraph]

Kate Middleton dressed very conservatively Monday when she visited Darwen Aldridge Community Academy in Lancashire on the couple's last official state visit before she marries Prince William on April 29. Her navy shift and hook-and-eye jacket by designer Amanda Wakeley was elegant but safe, worn with nude stockings and pumps. Her outfit blended in with the prince's navy suit, in fact. [Telegraph]

The latest trend in bridal wear? Sleeves. It was probably only a matter of time because in recent seasons strapless gowns have been ubiquitous. [WWD] (Subscription required)

The idea for Ralph Lauren's dog tags benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research -- which we told you about last week -- had a serendipitous beginning. Fox's wife, Tracy Pollan, and son were strolling through East Hampton and popped into the Ralph Lauren store to look at its collection of dog tags from World Wars I and II. There they ran into Ralph's brother Jerry, got to talking and the rest, as they say, is history. [WWD]     

If you're a modern bride planning a wedding, FabSugar has picked 10 simple gowns with a modern sensibility that are worth a look. [FabSugar]   

John Galliano has reportedly been in rehab in Arizona since he was fired by Dior on the eve of Paris Fashion Week, but he was spotted at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, and hassled by a photographer, according to reports. [Fashionologie]

Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet welcomed a new daughter last week, the second for Bendet and her husband, Eric Eisner. [People] 

--Susan Denley

Photo: Fergie sings. She also sells perfume, producing record-breaking sales for Avon. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times 


Your morning fashion and beauty report: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen plan an online shopping site, LeBron James nails a watch deal

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at age 24 already have four fashion labels -- The Row, Elizabeth and James, Textile Elizabeth and James, and Olsenboye. Now they are going digital, with plans to launch online shopping site in July. Users will sign up, complete a "style profile," and for a monthly fee of around $30, receive a curated choice of items to purchase. This is similar to Kate Bosworth and [Updated: 6:37 a.m. April 11] Cher Coulter's, which sends subscribers one piece of jewelry each month. [Telegraph] [Updated to correct misspelling of Cher Coulter's first name as Chris.]  

Miami Heat star LeBron James is in a deal with Audemars Piguet. James will be a celebrity representative for the watchmaker, while the company will support the basketball player's charities.  [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Designer Roland Mouret and model Claudia Schiffer will be among the judges for "Fashion Fringe," the British competition that nurtures young designers who compete for a cash prize and mentoring from established pros. The pair replace John Galliano, late of Dior, who was honorary chairman last year. "Fashion Fringe" is taking applications through May 4, and three finalists will produce collections to show at London Fashion Week in September. Past prize winners include Erdem and Eun Jeong. [Telegraph] [Catwalk Queen]  

Alexander McQueen is releasing a limited edition skull-print scarf to coincide with the opening of the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" exhibition at the Met in NYC. The scarves will sell for $495 and be in the brand's stores in May. [Harper's Bazaar]

E-tailers will participate for the first time in Fashion's Night Out, the annual global shopping/entertainment extravaganza spearheaded by Vogue, whose third installment is scheduled this fall. In the U.S., the date to save is Sept. 8. [WWD] (Subscription required.)  

New L.A. label Sol Angeles celebrated its launch this week with a party Tuesday night attended by Kardashian queen mum Kris Jenner. The line's soft tees will be on sale at Fred Segal. [PopSugar LA]

Cynthia Rowley is making over her menswear line, and renaming it too. Mr. Powers is named for her husband, gallerist Bill Powers. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

--Susan Denley

Photo: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Lady Gaga starts a column for V, Britney Spears wears Dolce & Gabbana and Dior holds off on replacing Galliano

Agaga Lady Gaga, columnist: Starting with the issue that hits newsstands May 12, she's to write a regular column for V magazine. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

British "It" girl Alexa Chung is modeling for Italian footwear brand Superga, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. She styled the shoot, too. [Telegraph]

Dolce & Gabbana is on a roll with pop stars. Britney Spears wears several items by the designers in publicity photos for her new album, including a sweet polka dot body suit. Last week, Kylie Minogue saw them for a fitting. [Telegraph]

I've been on the edge of my seat waiting to see who will replace John Galliano as creative director at Dior. But for a number of reasons -- legal difficulties dissolving the disgraced designer's contract, parent company LVMH's takeover of Bulgari, concerns about maintaining the viability of the latest Galliano-designed collection -- a choice is unlikely before fall, sources tell Elle

A big oops for Levi's. The jeans purveyor has agreed to pay more than $1 million in back wages to 596 employees for wage and hour violations. [WWD] (Subscription required.)  

Michelle Kessler Sanders has been tapped to be the first creative director for the burgeoning Vera Wang Group. Like the designer herself, Sanders has had experience both in retail (Donna Karan, Juicy Couture) and editorial (Vogue and most recently the New York Times' T magazine.) [Cut]

Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison quit their design jobs at their shoe brand, Sigerson Morrison, on March 15, 20 years after thay founded it. The label's parent company, Marc Fisher Footwear, is planning an overhaul of the business. [Cut]

Longchamp's opened its biggest store in Asia with a celebrity-studded party in Hong Kong. [WWD]

 -- Susan Denley

Photo: Lady Gaga, singer and ... columnist? Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times


Your morning fashion and beauty report: Galliano deserves another chance, says unexpected source

Ajohn Paris Fashion Week is over, but we're still hearing about John Galliano, who was famously fired by Dior on the eve of the shows after a bar fight in which he allegedly hurled anti-Semitic comments and after a video surfaced showing him in the midst of another similar rant. Now Philipe Virgitti, the male half of the couple Galliano insulted at the bar, says he doesn't think the designer is anti-Semitic. "For me, it was a simple bar dispute," Virgitti said in an interview. "I would like Mr. Galliano to benefit from this unhappy story by drinking a little less and getting back to making the dresses and shows that he did so well." [The Cut]   

Target celebrated five years of its Go International series of designer capsule collections --and the re-release of 30 of the top styles -- with a party Thursday night at New York's Ace Hotel attended by stars including Chloe Sevigny, Liv Tyler and Lake Bell and designers such as Richard Chai, Tracy Feith, Thakoon Panichgul and Anna Sui. [Racked] 

Matthew Williamson is the next designer to produce a capsule collection for Macy's, as part of the department store chain's strategy to woo hip younger customers. The 30-piece collection has a 1970s bohemian flair and will go on sale April 13, priced from $50 to $300. On tap after Williamson? Karl Lagerfeld. [FabSugar]

A classic fragrance is skewing younger too, with the planned April launch of  L’Air de Nina Ricci, described as the "next-generation L’Air du Temps." [WWD] (Subscription required.)

It's not the only one: Guerlain is coming out with a new version of the 86-year-old Shalimar (my personal favorite once upon a time.) [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Gilt MAN, the members-only fashion sales site for men, has engaged well-dressed New York Ranger Sean Avery to curate a series of three weekly sales, each focusing on a different phase of the life of a style-conscious professional. First up on Friday  is “At Work,” to be followed on subsequent Fridays by  "night on the town" and "ultimate weekend" looks. [Gilt MAN] 

Make Up Forever is out to prove its foundation does its stuff. The photos in a new ad campaign are unretouched -- and that's certified by a notary public. For the beauty industry, this is pretty shocking news! [Style]

--Susan Denley

Photo: Designer John Galliano. Credit: Horacio Villalobos, EPA 


Your morning fashion and beauty report: Rumors that Riccardo Tisci will replace John Galliano at Dior, American Apparel's new troubles


Worry is growing in the fashion industry that the pressures are driving executives and creative talent to the brink. (Could Exhibit A be chief designer John Galliano's meltdown and firing from Dior?) [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Speaking of the Galliano scandal, a tweet Tuesday night from editor and Harper's Bazaar writer Derek Blasberg that "Riccardo Tisci is CONFIRMED at Dior" has the Twitterverse in an uproar of rumors that Givenchy's Tisci will be Galliano's replacement. But there is also new speculation that it will be Alber Elbaz of Lanvin.  Time will tell. [The Cut]   

Troubles keep coming for Los Angeles-based American Apparel, which has been struggling to stay afloat amid slumping sales and financial woes. My colleague Andrea Chang reports that chairman and chief executive Dov Charney is the subject of a lawsuit filed by a former sales employee who accuses him of holding her captive and forcing her to perform sexual acts starting soon after she turned 18 years old. The lawsuit, filed in New York, seeks $250 million in damages. It accuses Charney of sexual harassment, retaliation, gender discrimination and creating a hostile workplace. Company spokesmen deny the claim, but also say they had started "confidential binding arbitration" with her before the lawsuit was filed. [Los Angeles Times] 

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer unveiled her first apparel line during Paris Fashion Week, and says her days of strutting the runway are over for good. Vogue UK describes the clothes as a "sumptuous array" of gray, black, navy and oat-colored sweaters and cashmere dresses.  [Vogue UK]

Kanye West has made the rounds of more fall-winter runway shows this season than many a supermodel. This amid rumors that he may plan to study fashion. [Telegraph]

Amy Winehouse released her second collection for sports brand Fred Perry. [Telegraph]

Topshop and David's Bridal join a growing number of retailers who are expanding into Canada. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

Tennis champion Rafael Nadal has a new ad out for Armani jeans and Emporio Armani underwear, and, like the others he's done, it is as smoking hot as a grand-slam serve. [Los Angeles Times]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: John Galliano, center, shown shortly before he checked into rehab after issuing an apology for anti-Semitic comments that got him fired from Dior.  Credit: Ian Langsdon / Getty Images 

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton rumored to design Kate Middleton's wedding gown

The latest rumor about who will design princess-to-be Kate Middleton's wedding dress? Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, sources say. McQueen is issuing denials -- but in a case like this, where the royals have made it clear they want the secret kept -- a denial is meaningless. [Telegraph] 

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the luxury conglomerate -- is taking control of Bulgari in a merger. Bulgari's Francesco Trapani will head the group's watch and jewelry division. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Blake Lively was feted by Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel on Saturday night, celebrating the “Gossip Girl” star’s advertising campaign for the French house’s new Mademoiselle handbag. [WWD]

AbethennyReality TV celeb Bethenny Frankel, left, has a licensing deal with Dreamwear Inc. for a shapewear line, Skinnygirl, which will extend Frankel's lifestyle brand, which includes a range of Skinnygirl alcoholic beverages; a third book by Simon & Schuster, out March 28, called “A Place of Yes,” and a skin care line, which is being developed.  [WWD] 

Eva Mendes is the new brand ambassador for Reebok EasyTone workout shoes. [FitSugar]

Russian model Natalia Vodianova ran the Paris "Semi Marathon" (21.1 km, which is 13.1 miles) Sunday morning to raise money for charity. Then she dashed off for the Palais de Tokyo to strut the catwalk for Givenchy's fall-autumn show in the evening. [Telegraph]

Givenchy's was one of several Paris Fashion Week shows on Sunday. One of the most talked about was the showing of John Galliano's collection -- without John Galliano, as our Booth Moore reported here

Laure De Sade of Isabel Marant has been tapped to design See by Chloé. Her first collection will be for summer 2012. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

--Susan Denley

Photos: Top, Kate Middleton and fiance Prince William. Credit: Ben Stansall / AFP/Getty Images; Left, reality star Bethenny Frankel. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times  


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