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Your morning fashion and beauty report: What's up with Kate Moss, Kelly Cutrone, Juicy Couture and the Gap? Michelle Obama continues to inspire at home and abroad


Kate Moss' new coffee table tome will cost -- gulp!-- $472 for 128 pages. But only 1,500 are being published, making it a rare edition, indeed. [Huffington Post]

Erin Fetherston signs on to design for Juicy Couture. [StyleList] 

Designer Tara Subkoff talks about surviving a brain tumor -- without health insurance. [Harper's Bazaar]

Louis Licari on the importance of looking good every day -- and some shortcuts for how to do it in a hurry. [Huffington Post]

The armful of bangles First Lady Michelle Obama wore when she arrived in Mexico last week were eco-friendly sustainable jewelry by Monique Pean. [Huffington Post]

Speaking of our first lady, across the pond they are debating what is really important in the upcoming British elections: Which candidate's wife is a worthy sartorial competitor? [Telegraph]

While we've all been worrying about underage models, some designers are going for the gray-haired look, saying they prefer more mature women to carry off their sophisticated designs. [Miami Herald]  

Will British designer Giles Deacon follow Estrella Archs as the creative force at Ungaro? [Telegraph]

Norma Kamali designs sassy swimwear for spring. [Lollie Shopping]

Gap is launching a new Premium Pant collection for men and women. [WWD]

Steven Alan + Keds go on sale May 1. [Fashionista] 

Style blogger Garance Dore enters the size wars. [NYMag]

Kelly Cutrone launches a YouTube channel to satisfy our "Kell on Earth" withdrawal perhaps. [SHEfind]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Kate Moss in 2009  Credit: Stuart Ramson / 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!

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

Kell in L.A.

Rage_cutrone In last week's Fashion Diary column, I wrote about Kelly Cutrone, the tough-as-nails fashion publicist from MTV's "The Hills" and "The City" who is now becoming a brand in her own right.

Cutrone's reality show, "Kell On Earth," launches Monday night on Bravo, with all the office drama and no-bull bon mots you'd expect in the days leading up to fashion week in the SoHo office of her PR firm, People's Revolution.

Cutrone will be in L.A. to do a reading and book signing Thursday at 7 p.m. at Borders in Westwood. Look for her on the TV talk show rounds too. We hear she's a guest on "The Bonnie Hunt Show" of all things.

Cutrone's book, "If You Have to Cry, Go Outside, And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You" (HarperOne), written with Meredith Bryan, is a fun read with a positive message for young girls -- and info you never knew you needed about crotchless underwear, the benefits of renting versus owning and what to wear to an ashram.

Kelly Cutrone book signing, Thursday at 7 p.m. Borders, 1360 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 475-3444.

-- Booth Moore

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Photo credit: HarperCollins

Kelly Cutrone's reality TV show "Kell on Earth" touches down Feb. 1st

A year ago we noted  that  PR maven Kelly Cutrone had inked a reality-show deal with a TV production company called Magical Elves. Today we got word that her show, "Kell on Earth," is slated to bow on  Bravo at 10 p.m. on Feb. 1st, 2010.

This isn't Cutrone's first spin on the reality-go-round; she's appeared on "The Hills" and its spin-off, "The City," as the employer/mentor of Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port, respectively. And anyone who has darkened the doorstep of fashion weeks in New York, London or Paris should instantly recognize the black-clad force of nature, who has worked with designers and labels including Paco Rabanne, Jeremy Scott, Vivienne Westwood, Longchamp, Nicky Hilton and Whitley Kros.

We're told the cast will be rounded out with Cutrone's cadre of helpmeets: Robyn Berkley and Emily Bungert (People's Revolution partners whose names and faces should be familiar to the fashion press),  Kelly's former assistant (now a junior executive), Stefanie Skinner, and her new assistant, Andrew Mukamal -- whose juggling of the various duties of the show and Cutrone's schedule (in the midst of it all, she's penning her first book, the working title of which is "If You Have to Cry, Go Outside")  should make Rachel Zoe's long-suffering assistant Brad look as if he's been on spring break.

Bravo describes the new show as a "no-holds-barred look into the life of one of America's most legitimate taste-makers as she balances running her wildly successful PR company, People's Revolution, juggling fashion weeks in New York and London, with being a single mother and one of New York's most notable women about town."

Even though the first episode is two months away, we already know our favorite scene -- it's going to be the one where some sad-sack seat squatter naively tries to poach a prized front-row seat at a Cutrone-produced runway show and gets their gluteus maximus very publicly handed to them in front of the entire Bravo nation.

"Kell on Earth" indeed.

-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: A 2008 screen grab from the MTV series "The Hills,"  picturing (from left) Jessica Trent, Lauren Conrad, Whitney Port and Kelly Cutrone. After making a name for herself appearing on "The Hills" and "The City," Cutrone landed a reality-show deal of her own, which is set to debut Feb. 1 on Bravo at 10 p.m. Credit: MTV

Parties: Basking in the Aura

Leave it to PR maven Kelly Cutrone, who recently inked a reality show deal with the production company Magical Elves, to put together a dinner party for a new cellphone that was actually a blast. It was hosted by Motorola at the Sunset Marquis hotel to celebrate the new Aura phone, which is interesting from a fashion standpoint in that the display is round like the bezel on a men’s wristwatch, with digital “hands” that tell time. (At $2,000, it has the price tag of a nice wristwatch, too.)Aura_front_red3

The crowd was full of cool people, sipping Champagne and eating foie gras. (Times must not be too tough for Motorola.) Costume designer Arianne Phillips, who just wrapped Tom Ford’s film “A Single Man,” was in all black except for a sparkly Balenciaga brooch. Fashion designer Jeremy Scott was looking fab as usual in an amazing black-and-white Keith Haring-print Schott leather jacket, from a forthcoming collection he’s doing for the outerwear company. 

Luis Barajas, the founder of Flaunt, was reminiscing about all that the magazine has accomplished since it began publishing in 1999, and all the careers it has helped launch, including photographer David LaChapelle’s. (Barajas and a lot of other L.A. folks will be traveling to Mexico City at the end of January for the opening party for a LaChapelle exhibit at Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, his first ever in Mexico. Bryan Rabin is putting the party together, so it’s bound to be a colorful event.)

Guillaume de Castelbajac (Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s son) sat across the table from me. He’s  adorable, a graduate of Art Center in Pasadena, and recently started his own T-shirt line called Fruit of a Revolution.

Rage_party_6Music producer/fashion designer Taz Arnold stopped by with his new protégé, the lovely singer Nye. Taz was wearing one of his TI$A MCM jackets and a hat with a four leaf clover on top. That man is a style icon in the making. I didn't have a chance to talk to Liz Goldwyn and designers Katy Rodriguez, Bridget Romanek and Loree Rodkin, who were also there along with Mark "Cobrasnake" Hunter, Cory Kennedy, DJ AM and Darren Romanelli. If only we could have played musical chairs.

-- Booth Moore

Top photo: Motorola Aura phone. Credit: Motorola

Bottom photo: Left to right: Taz Arnold, Jeremy Scott, Darren Romanelli and Mark "Cobrasnake" Hunter. Credit: Andreas Branch/Patrick McMullan


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