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Fashion News: Iditarod champs, Johnny Depp get style nods

Seavey and dogs
This isn't technically fashion, but just wanted to say I like the style of champions Diesel, left in the photo, and Guinness, who were wrapped in floral wreaths on Tuesday after they (along with human musher Dallas Seavey and a team of dogs they led) won the Iditarod  -- the 1,000-mile dogsled race across Alaska.  [Los Angeles Times]

Johnny Depp is this year's winner of the Fashion Icon Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. (That's the same award won by Lady Gaga last year.) The award will be bestowed at a ceremony scheduled for June 4. Other awards and winners announced Wednesday were: International Award, Rei Kawakubo–Commes des Garcons; Media Award, Scott Schuman and Garance Doré; Founders Award, Andrew Rosen; Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, Tommy Hilfiger. A number of nominees in other catagories were announced too, but we'll have to wait until later to find out those winners. [Fashionista]

Lady Gaga's ex-boyfriend, former bartender Luc Carl, has written a weight-loss book/memoir "The Drunk Diet -- How I lost 40 pounds..Wasted." In it he gives weight loss tips as he tells how he transformed from out of shape to "the sexiest man in the world." [NYT]

Nike apologized for naming  a sneaker that's out for St. Patrick's Day the "black and tan." Nike was thinking about the popular beer combination nicknamed the black and tan. But in Ireland the nickname refers to British troops accused of mistreating the Irish during an occupation in the 1920s. [Los Angeles Times]

Karl Lagerfeld is featured in the next issue of French Elle (on newsstands Friday), but he's not shown at a Chanel runway show or celebrity-filled gala. Instead he's photographed at the grocery store, stuck in a traffic jam, reading the sports pages. All of this attempt to make him look like a regular guy is, of course, a ruse. “It’s the first time I’ve stepped into a supermarket," he says in the Elle interview. [WWD]

Tuesday's premiere episode of "Fashion Star" -- the much-hyped new fashion reality show on NBC that includes items viewers can buy -- didn't impress the fashion press and was roundly slammed. Among other things, it was confusing, says Los Angeles Times critic Booth Moore. [Los Angeles Times]

Khloe, Kourtney and Kim posed in  bras, panties, thigh-high stockings, heels and such for ads for their new Kardashian Kollection Intimates line. They posed in an ornate doorway, making them look like, well, prostitutes in a B-movie, not to put too fine a point on it. But the good news is: These girls, virtually by themselves, are bringing ample curves back into fashion. They look great! [E! Online]

A book about the rivalry between makeup mavens Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstein is reportedly going to be made into a Broadway musical. The script is based on the book "War Paint" by Lindy Woodhead and it's being produced by David Stone of "Wicked."  [Telegraph] 


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Photo: Dallas Seavey holding lead dogs Diesel, left, and Guinness after winning the iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska, on Tuesday.  Credit: Marc Lester/ Anchorage Daily News

Grammys 2012: Adele 'a little too fat'? Karl Lagerfeld thinks so

Karl Lagerfeld on Adele

Karl Lagerfeld had a little too much to say about British songstress Adele over the weekend.

When asked by Metro Paris about what he thought of singer Lana del Rey, the 78-year-old creative director and lead designer for Chanel also mentioned Adele.

"The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice," Lagerfeld told Metro. As for what he said about Del Rey, who is significantly thinner than Adele: "Lana del Rey is not bad at all. She looks very much like a modern-time singer. In her photos she is beautiful."

(Lagerfeld's outspoken comments regarding beauty didn't stop there. He went on to say: "If I was a woman in Russia I would be a lesbian, as the men are very ugly. There are a few handsome ones, like Naomi Campbell's boyfriend, but there you see the most beautiful women and the most horrible men."

Perhaps Lagerfeld's constant exposure to rail-thin fashion models has skewed his sense of a "normal" female body size.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.


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Photos: German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld acknowledges the audience after presenting his men's spring/summer 2002 collection for French fashion house Dior. Credit: Michel Euler / Associated Press.  Adele performs at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press.

Fashion: Heidi Klum's Halloween body suit and more costume ideas

"Project Runway's" Heidi Klum is known for her interesting Halloween costumes (among other things). This year she is planning one that's really different: A hand-painted body suit by designer Martin Izquierdo that looks like the inside of a body, with all the bones, organs and veins revealed. She plans to wear it to host a party this weekend in Las Vegas; she'll wear a different costume to a party in New York on Monday. [People]  

IKarl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintourf you're still figuring out your own costume, Fashionista has some ideas for how to look like a fashion industry insider, with tips on turning yourself into the likes of Anna Della Russo, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour (shown with Lagerfeld at left) Rachel Zoe (and her family), Scott Shumann or Garance Dore. Clever idea. I'm pretty sure, though, that most people wouldn't actually be able to guess who you're aping (unless Lagerfeld is your choice -- Chanel's creative director is unmistakable). [Fashionista]

The always busy Lagerfeld has signed a deal with Fossil Inc. to create a line of men's and women's watches to be sold under the Karl Lagerfeld label. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

Retailer H&M has released some video from its commercial shoot promoting the new Versace capsule collection that's slated to go on sale in mid-November. In one scene, model Lindsey Wixson runs backward in a large spinning hamster wheel; in another, models are trained to march in line in a cage-like structure. [Telegraph]

Tamara Eccleston, 27-year-old daughter of Formula One billionaire Bernie Eccleston, really, really, really likes shoes. She showed Closer magazine around her closet, with its 100 pairs of Christian Louboutin heels, 15 pairs of Ugg boots and  20 pairs of sneakers -- among other things. Oh, and her "closet" is actually a spare room in her London apartment. [People] 

Maybe it would be cool to dress as her closet for Halloween ... go with paper cutouts of shoes taped all over your clothes. That's as close as I'll ever get to that number of Louboutins in this lifetime.

-- Susan Denley


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Photo: Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld and Vogue Editor Anna Wintour at an event in September. Credit:  Amanda Schwab / Starpix

Fashion News: Potter pair model for Band, Lagerfeld hits Macy's

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Rupert Grint and Tom Felton -- better known as their respective "Harry Potter" alter-egos Ron Weasley and Draco Malfoy -- have been tapped by Band of Outsiders' Scott Sternberg to appear in the brand's fall and winter 2011 ad campaign. The pictures of the Potter pair, dressed in looks from the current season, were taken on vintage Polaroid film and shot against the backdrop of the appropriately Hogwartsian Magic Castle in Hollywood. [Band of Outsiders]

Ralph Lauren scion David Lauren (son of Ralph) and model-preneur with a political pedigree Lauren Bush (niece of George W. and granddaughter of George H.W.) are set to wed Sunday at Ralph Lauren's 22,000-acre Colorado ranch. We don't know what the dress code is but we expect plenty of fancy boots, western wear and style by the mile at the nuptial rodeo (yes, there will be one!). [Denver Post]

The Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse collection had its big reveal Tuesday night at the Beverly Center Macy's store. Our fashion critic was first in line -- so she could offer her take on Kaiser Karl's latest brand extension. [All The Rage]

We're trying to figure out which part of the new Kohl's ad campaign is funniest, Jennifer Lopez pretending to be a 9-to-5er schlepping into to the office to design her clothing line or the security guard at the front desk pretending he doesn't recognize Jenny from the Block. Lopez's and estranged hubby Marc Anthony's efforts to one-up/out-funny each other -- in separate adsfor their separate collections -- is celebrity theater of the absurd at its best. [Daily Mail

Vermont was one of the states hardest hit by Hurricane Irene (well, technically Tropical Storm Irene by the time it reached the Green Mountain State) over the weekend, and while it'll take a long time to rebuild the devastated infrastructure, it didn't take long at all for a charity T-shirt to hit the Internet. Available for pre-order by Tuesday, all of the profits from Independent Vermont Clothing Company's "I'm With VT" T-shirt will go to Red Cross efforts aiding Vermont victims of the disaster. [All The Rage]

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Photos: Band of Outsiders' fall and winter 2011 ad campaign features "Harry Potter" actors Tom Felton, left, and Rupert Grint; a piece from the Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse Only at Macy's collection that was unveiled at the Beverly Center Macy's Tuesday night. Credits: Scott Sternberg; Macy's

Karl Lagerfeld collection lands at Macy's, but is it any good?

The hotly-anticipated Karl Lagerfeld collection has hit Macy's stores, the third in a series of designer collaborations that the Federated department-store chain initiated in February as part of a strategy to reinvent and rebrand itself as a trendy fashion destination. And it's worth a look.

Lagerfeld4 The limited-edition collection, $50 to $170, will be sold in the Impulse, or contemporary, departments of 235 Macy's stores nationwide, as well as online at Lagerfeld, who has his own namesake line, as well as the top jobs at Chanel and Fendi, designed 45 pieces ranging from T-shirts with his mug on them, to party dresses.

When it comes to the design, it's all about Karl's stiff white shirt collar that is a trademark of the designer's personal uniform. Dramatic, high-buttoned collars appear on several blouses and dresses, but their severity is tempered by romantic details.

A lot of the Macy's merch is best left to the junior set, including a pale pink dress with puffy sleeves and a neckline edged in black fishnet; a mod (and cheap-looking) jersey shift with a low-slung wide belt, and metallic tweed shorts.

But there are exceptions. One of the most sophisticated pieces is a sleeveless black chiffon tuxedo dress with a crisp white collar, pin tucking at the waist and sparkly buttons. There are also two great blouses -- a pale gray floral print style with designer-y details, including close-fitting sleeves, and delicate buttons at the wrist. The other is charcoal gray chiffon with pin tucking and a stiff white satin collar. Faux leather pants look pretty good for the $99 price, as do the "Zombie" jersey shirt dresses (in raspberry or black, also for $99) with crisp collars and soft ruching at the middle. 

The misses? A white shirt with giant puffy sleeves and button panels cinching the waist. The fit is strange, and one of those decorative buttons literally fell off in the dressing room. A black jersey and pleather vest is another dud, one of a handful of items that just look cheesy. 

This isn't Lagerfeld's first foray into cheap chic. He was one of the first designers to do a collection for Swedish fast fashion giant H&M back in the fall of 2004, before designer collaborations became a everyday occurrence.

Macy's introduced its limited edition Impulse capsule collections in February with low-profile designer Kinder Aggugini. The next collaboration will be with Giambattista Valli, launching Oct. 26.

-- Booth Moore

Photos: The Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse Only collection. Credit: Macy's

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Former San Diegan Rebecca Minkoff returned to Southern California from her New York base Tuesday night to launch her new boutique, a shop-in-shop located inside Confederacy. Model Agyness Deyn cohosted the event, which attracted guests including Ashton Kutcher, Lauren Conrad and Jayma Mays. [PopSugar LA]

A Karl Lagerfeld vest design for Macy's. Lagerfeld's capsule collection will debut Aug. 31
Karl Lagerfeld is designing a capsule collection for Macy's, featuring limited-edition women's apparel that will be sold in about 235 Macy's stores and online starting Aug. 31. The collection includes dresses, airy tops, tees, jackets, leggings and modern tweeds, with prices ranging from $50 to $170, Macy's announced Wednesday. Jeff Gennette, Macy's chief merchandising director, says in a news release that nabbing Lagerfeld -- perhaps best-known as creative director of Chanel -- marks a "very fashionable milestone" that "adds a new dimension of attainable luxury for our customers." That's a vest from the collection at left. [The Cut]

Gwyneth Paltrow is one busy woman. Between launching a new country music career, appearing on the small screen as a guest star on "Glee," appearing on the big screen in "Country Strong" and writing a cookbook, she's also starring in Coach's fall advertising campaign. She'll appear in glossy magazines around the world, except apparently in the U.S. That's because she is the "international ambassador" for the 70-year-old American brand. [Telegraph]

Avergara Sofia Vergara, who plays the bombshell wife Gloria Delgado Pritchett on "Modern Family," looks great and credits at least some of that greatness to a balanced beauty regimen. She believes, she says, "Everything in moderation... not too much food, not too much exercise." [People] 

Drew Barrymore stars in Neiman Marcus' fall advertising campaign. It's only the second time the department store has used a celebrity in its ads since 1994. [WWD]


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 --Susan Denley

Photos: At top, a sketch of a vest from Karl Lagerfeld's collection for Macy's. Courtesy of Macy's. Right: Sofia Vergara, whose balanced beauty regimen seems to work, at this year's Screen Actor's Guild Awards. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times


Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Justin Bieber bombs, Pippa Middleton gets a cover, and Gisele Bündchen, Cate Blanchett and Michelle Obama are named icons of American style

Princess Charlene of Monaco, who wore a sky-blue Karl Lagerfeld ensemble for her civil marriage ceremony on Friday and a Giorgio Armani Prive gown for the religious ceremony Saturday, changed into an elegant, sleeveless white gown with tiered ruffles for the evening reception. Many royals from countries around the world wore full regalia to the reception, which made supermodel Naomi Campbell's tight white dress with cutouts and feathered shoulders stand out all the more: She looked like something out of Vegas burlesque, to this observer at any rate. [FabSugar]

Apippa British-royal sister-in-law Pippa Middleton has landed the August cover of the Tatler, where she talks about having freckles (among other things). [People]

Fashion designer Hussein Chalayan opened "Fashion Narratives," a major exhibition of his work, at Paris' Musee des Arts Decoratifs. The show starts with a dress unearthed from the garden of a London vicarage. Chalayan buried it there in 1993 when he was a student at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Chalayan often mixes political commentary and artistic references into his work. And showing in an exhibition suits it well. "The mannequins allow the viewer to spend as much time as they like with the clothes," Chalayan said. "In a fashion show, we decide how long it should be." [Telegraph]

Meanwhile, Justin Bieber's February cover for Vanity Fair -- the one showing the young singer's face covered in lipstick smooch prints -- is on track to be the worst-selling issue of the magazine in 12 years. Teen Vogue and People also had below-average sales when Bieber was featued on the cover. Why? The young man can sell nail polish and fragrances, but his core fan group of young teens probably isn't as interested in reading glossy magazines. [WWD] 

Michelle Obama, Gisele Bündchen and Cate Blanchett were among women named by top designers as "icons of American style"  in an informal Vogue survey. Wait a minute. Gisele and Cate? Yup. One is Brazilian, the other Australian, but they have a certain American vibe, the designers said. Go figure. [Vogue]

Salvatore Ferragamo plans to announce a jewelry collaboration with Bulgari at a lunch on Tuesday. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Ashley Tisdale wore a Mara Hoffman striped bikini to her 26th-birthday bash on Saturday. It was a Malibu beach party, of course! [People]

A new photo book "Northern Women in Chanel" showcases an array of Chanel designs worn by top Scandinavian and Baltic models. The book is a collaboration between photographer Peter Farago and his wife, stylist Ingela Klemetz-Farago, and it's available online from Farago Publishing. [The Cut] 


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Pippa Middleton, who landed the Tatler's cover. Credit: Toby Melville / Reuters  


Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Karl Lagerfeld recycles Nietzsche, Jessica Simpson recycles a sweater and, finally, a way to recycle bridesmaid dresses


Bridesmaids everywhere will love this: The Dessy group is launching a website,, on which you can recycle your usually pricey and only-used-once bridesmaid dress in exchange for a discount on a new black dress. I bet the characters in "90210" wish the site had been around after the wedding shown here! [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

I've become fascinated with trying to keep up with what Karl Lagerfeld is doing. Being creative director for Chanel has never been enough for him. A few days ago, he was unveiling a Paris hotel room made of chocolate that he designed as part of a promotion for an ice cream company. This week, he is announcing plans to publish a volume of Nietzsche's writings. Lagerfeld and Gerhard Steidl plan to print only 3,000 copies of the 12-volume set, to be published in fall 2012. "Nietzsche's Nietzsche" is to include both the typeset writings and the philosopher's hand-corrected manuscripts. [WWD]

Akarl Meanwhile, Lagerfeld and Chanel were in Antibes for the atelier's latest resort show, and hosted a kickoff dinner Sunday night for guests including fashionistas Blake Lively, Vanessa Paradis, Rachel Bilson and Alexa Chung. [WWD]

Chung looked fresh and summery at the show in a fluttery embroidered pink silk dress -- by Chanel, of course! [StyleList]

Heidi Klum and Seal renew their wedding vows every year, and this being Heidi and Seal, it can be pretty over the top. This year, there seemed to be a costume-ball theme, with Seal in a pirate's hat and vest, Heidi in crinolines and a feathered mask. [The Cut]

It's rare for a celeb to be caught wearing the same thing twice, but that doesn't bother Jessica Simpson, who has been photographed numerous times since 2005 wearing an oversized green Juliette sweater from Theory. She's worn it over leggings, with jeans, with heels -- and, she says, over nothing but underwear around the house. Sounds like a keeper. [People] 

Just when you think there's nothing new under the sun, jeans-makers come up with denim coated to look like leather. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Rachel Zoe not only has new baby son Skyler, but she is sporting a 10-carat Neil Lane diamond ring -- a "push present" from husband Rodger Berman. [People]

Australian swimwear brand Lisa Blue has removed from its latest collection a swimsuit picturing the Hindu goddess Lakshmi after protests -- including an Australian flag-burning -- by some Hindu groups in India and complaints and death threats against designer Lisa Burke. [The Cut]

-- Susan Denley

Upper photo: Bridesmaids look like they would really, really like to recycle those dresses in his scene from "90120" Credit: Fox

Lower photo: Karl Lagerfeld. Credit: Francois Durand / Getty Images 

Your Morning Fashion & Beauty Report: Creator of Kate Middleton's see-through dress launches collection. Leighton Meester stars for Vera Wang. And Karl Lagerfield dives into chocolate.

I swore I wasn't going to write a word about the royal wedding, especially after Booth Moore's great coverage of the wedding fashion here at All the Rage early -- really early! -- Friday morning. But then this marginally related tidbit caught my eye: Charlotte Todd, who created the see-through dress that reportedly got Prince William's attention when it was modeled by Kate Middleton back when they were in school, launched her own design firm on the eve of the wedding. The 12-piece collection includes a tube dress similar to the one Kate modeled. Of course. [Telegraph]

There have actually been some other weddings lately, btw. LeAnn Rimes marrying Eddie Cibrian in a Malibu backyard, for instance. Rimes wore a handmade Reem Acra gown featuring all-over pearls in a range of sizes and white paillettes on nude silk chiffon. She accessorized with snakeskin shoes. [People]

Ameester "Gossip Girl's" Leighton Meester introduced Vera Wang's latest fragrance, Lovestruck, to a standing-room-only crowd at the designer's Manhattan apartment this week. Meester will appear in ads for the fragrance,  which is being released in the U.K in June and the U.S. in August. [WWD] 

Photo gallery: The royal wedding

The multitasking Karl Lagerfeld's latest endeavor? He created a hotel suite at La Réserve in Paris constructed entirely of chocolate, complete with a life-sized likeness of model Baptiste Giabiconi lounging on a quilted white bedspread edged in delicate broderie anglaise. Master chocolate-maker Patrick Roger reportedly used 1.5 tons of chocolate for everything, right down to the carpet and the books on the bedside table. Why? Publicity for ice cream brand Magnum. [WWD]

The American Apparel and Footwear Assn.'s Image Awards, held Wednesday in New York, raised $1.1 million for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Among the honorees: Ruben Toledo won the Fashion Maverick Award; David Koch, the Humanitarian Award; William Rast was named brand of the year; Ugg Australia, footwear brand of the year; and Neiman Marcus, retailer of the year. Mark Weber, chief exec of LVMH Inc. and chairman of Donna Karan International, took home man of the year honors. [WWD]   

Was it just a few days ago that a huge hubbub blew up when the J. Crew catalog featured a photo of creative director Jenna Lyons painting her young son's toenails in what many thought was a sweet moment of mother-son play and others thought was a sign of the end of civilization? Now designer Isaac Mizrahi confesses: He always paints his toenails, he said at a fundraiser for Good Shepherd Services, a children's charity he's involved with. Let's see, he is a successful, creative person who mentors disadvantaged children -- despite having painted nails. [The Cut]    

Walgreen's plans to update its stodgy beauty aisles with a slick, more modern offering. [WWD] (subscription required.) 

-- Susan Denley


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Photo: Leighton Meester, who stars in ads for Vera Wang's new fragrance. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Kate Middleton's dress sells for big bucks, Michelle Obama dresses for the garden, and Karl Lagerfeld is everywhere

Akarl[Updated March 21, 7:35 a.m.] Is there anything Karl Lagerfeld can't do, the Telegraph wonders. He heads up three fashion houses (Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous label); he's a designer, photographer, illustrator, director and actor. Now he's directing an ad campaign for an ice cream company, and on April 16 is opening a pop-up hair salon for Scharzkopf in his home town of Düsseldorf. [Telegraph]

How great is it to see a first lady looking like a real person? Michelle Obama did Wednesday when she kicked off the spring gardening season at the White House wearing ... well, pretty much what I would in my garden: jeans, sneakers, purple tee, red sweater and (because it is colder in Washington than L.A.) an anorak. [Huffington Post]

Not so down to earth: The see-through dress that drew Prince William's eye to classmate Kate Middleton when she wore it in a charity fashion show while they were college students sold at auction Thursday for 78,000 British pounds (about $125,853) -- six times the price the auction house expected. The buyer? "Nick from Jersey" was all that was known at the time, and we don't think that means "Jersey Shore!" [Guardian] 

Completely not down to earth (but I think I must go buy one!): Panasonic has a new camera, the Lumix FX78 with Beauty Retouch, that automatically retouches your photos as they're shot so you will look your most beautiful. At the touch of a button (or two) you can whiten teeth, eliminate shine, make your eyes appear bigger and add makeup to your face. [BellaSugar]

Snooki isn't the only "Jersey Shore" celeb to get some fashion action. Word comes that Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola has launched a collection of jewelry, Sammi Sweetheart, in partnership with costume jewelry brand RichRocks. [People]

Vanessa Seward, who designed Natalie Portman's SAG Awards dress, is leaving Azzaro. [WWD]

HauteLook, the members-only flash-sale website acquired by Nordstrom last month, is launching a site dedicated to shoes,[WWD] (Subscription required.) 

And to end on a note of good news (sort of): Retailers are reportedly scaling back clothing price hikes. They realized consumers are not going to pay more for clothes when we're already paying more for groceries and gasoline. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Karl Lagerfeld. Credit: Cristophe Morin / EPA

(This post originally incorrectly named Dior as the atelier Karl Lagerfeld heads. It is Chanel.) 


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