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Fashion news: Lady Gaga, Cameron Silver and dazzling Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger kicked off her gig as a Cannes Film Festival juror in a lace-up Versus mini dressLady Gaga, who, as we all know, really knows how to rock a meat dress, was forced to cancel shows in Indonesia. Why? Her sexy outfits were prompting security concerns. "According to the AP, a fringe group of Muslim extremists has criticized her sexy ensembles and promised to use physical force to prevent her from performing." [The Cut]

Decades owner Cameron Silver has started his own style blog. "What he's most known for are his spectacular suits in zany prints, colors and textures," says the Racked website. [Racked]

Here's a question for the ages: Do thin models make us want to shop? Do we look at their rail-like frames and suddenly feel inspired to race over to Bloomingdale's? Apparently not. "New research shows that women are actually much more willing to buy an item that's modeled by someone closer to their own size," according to The Cut. [The Cut]

Need more evidence that the anti-corset era is over? It's not enough that Spanx are hugely popular. The New York Times reports on the faja, which is increasing in popularity for those who dream of an hourglass figure. "It was imported from Columbia, one of the world's cosmetic surgery centers, where until recently it was used mostly for postoperative wear by recovering liposuction patients," the newspaper said. It seems to be especially popular among young Latinas. [NYT]

And, finally, the runway action has already started at the Cannes Film Festival. Yes, it's raison d'etre is film, but each year, our collective obsession with what the stars are wearing seems to grow. We'll start with a look at Diane Kruger, above, who kicked off her gig as a festival juror in noteworthy style -- in a lace-up Versus mini dress.


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-- Alice Short

Photo: Diane Kruger in Cannes: Loic Venance / AFP/Getty Images

Fashion News: Lady Gaga goes Lady Godiva -- sort of

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga appeared in Hong Kong -- part of her "Born This Way" tour -- in a long dress made of purple hair on Saturday. Compared with some other get-ups she's worn -- like the famous meat dress -- this doesn't look too bad. It kind of reminded me of another Lady who went our wearing hair -- though in Lady Godiva's case it was hair and nothing else. [Catwalk Queen]

Azealia Banks tweeted that she is to perform at the Met Gala, which she is attending as designer Alexander Wang's celebrity date. But then the tweet mysteriously disappeared, leaving folks wondering, will she or won't she perform? [N.Y. Post]

The Fragrance Foundation is to give this year's FiFi Awards (kind of like the Oscars for perfume) in ceremonies May 21 in New York. The five finalists in the "Women's Luxe" category include a couple of celebrity names among the design houses. The five are: Beyoncé Pulse, Coty Inc.; Bottega Veneta, Coty Prestige; Prada Candy Eau de Parfum Spray, PUIG USA; Someday By Justin Bieber, Give Back Brands; and Tom Ford Violet Blonde, Tom Ford Beauty. Jane Lynch is scheduled to emcee the event. [FiFi Awards]

Olivia Palermo is featured in May's Vogue Italia. [Vogue Italia]

Amber Rose is the subject of the latest cover story on, the "instantly shoppable" fashion website. Since she's photographed wearing clothes from Emporio Armani, Michael Kors and Roland Mouret, they are looks a normal, noncelebrity person might want to wear. []

Designer and “Fashion Star” mentor John Varvatos won the 2012 Spirit of Design Award at the Philadelphia University Fashion Show on Saturday. [WWD] (subscription required)

Tracy Reese's seven-piece capsule collection for Anthropologie is for "girly girls." [Racked]


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Lady Gaga arrives at a hotel in Hong Kong on Saturday wearing a dress made of purple hair. Credit: Kin Cheung / Associated Press

Fashion News: Beyonce baby Blue Ivy born

Jay-Z and Beyonce

Beyonce and Jay-Z welcomed new baby Blue Ivy on Saturday night, and some folks are figuring that Beyonce will be back in good enough shape to perform at the Grammys (she is nominated for two) Feb 12. [Huffington Post]

Dear me. British TV drama "Downton Abbey" seems to be using used costumes. Or maybe we should say reycled costumes. For instance, a costume worn by Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) in one scene was previously worn by Emma Thompson in the 1992 film "Howard's End." [Telegraph]

Duke and Duchess of CambridgeThe duchess of Cambridge wore a floor-length lacy black gown to the London premiere of "War Horse" over the weekend. The most notable accessory was a plastic umbrella wielded by her husband to keep his lady dry in the damp weather. [Cut]

Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton will be the subjects of an exhibition opening in March at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs at the Louvre in Paris. The exhibit is to cover two floors of the museum, one dedicated to Vuitton, one to Jacobs, who is in creative director of the atelier Vuitton established. [Telegraph]

Lady Gaga has been writing a column for V magazine, but in the latest issue she turned over her space for notes in which designers including Giorgio Armani and Karl Lagerfeld talk about her style. [Cut]

Nicole Richie confesses that she doesn't know how to put on makeup. Why should she? She's one of the lucky ones who can have someone else do it whenever necessary. [InStyle]

Nicki Minaj reportedly is in talks with Vogue for a cover. [Fashionista]


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Photos, from top: Jay-Z and Beyonce, shown at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in September, welcomed baby Blue Ivy on Saturday; the duke and duchess of Cambridge at the "War Horse" London premiere. Credits: Al Bello / Getty Images; Ian Gavan / AFP/Getty Images


Fashion News: Is model Kate Upton dating N.Y. Jets' Mark Sanchez?

Sports Illustrated / Victoria's Secret model Kate Upton may or may not be dating N.Y. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, but rumors of a possible romance are heating up. [NY Post]

Lady GagaLady Gaga looks either kind of sinister or like she could be wearing clothes made of trashbags as she arrives in Tokyo on Tuesday to perform on a Japanese TV show. But something about the silhouette reminds me either of Cruella De Vil (sans furs) or Jessica Rabbit.

Tennis player/fashionista Maria Sharapova interviewed herself about the holiday season in a  Q&A posted on the Daily Front Row. Sample question: What is the best part of the holidays, Maria? Answer: What a stupid question, Maria! [Daily Front Row]

Star magazine is reporting that some products endorsed or sold by members of the Kardashian clan are made in Chinese sweatshops. The lines named include K-Dash by Kardashian, the Kris Jenner Kollection and Kim Kardashian's ShoeDazzle shopping site (not, they hasten to add, products  sold at Sears).  [Radar Online]

A representative for the family says this is the first they've heard of the sweatshop claims and would never condone such a thing. [Radar Online]

What do the fashion-famous do for the holidays? A check-in with folks such as Mark Badgley, James Mischka, Alber Elbaz, Tory Burch and John Paul Gaultier — among others — seems rife with words such as "caviar," "Palm Beach" and foie gras. [WWD]

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has upped its stake in Hermès, and now owns 22.3% of the luxury label's international capital. [WWD]


Top 10 fashion trends of 2011

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— Susan Denley

Photo: Lady Gaga strikes a pose as she arrives in Tokyo. Credit: Franck Robichon / EPA


Top 10 fashion trends of 2011


In 2011, fashion was more accessible than ever before. The world's newest fashion icon and royal, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was photographed shopping at affordable chain stores. Designers talked directly to fans on TV and Twitter, and sold cheap chic collections on EBay, at H&M, Target and Macy's. There was so much information and so many opinions out there about fashion, that at times, it was difficult to find any consensus, much less a trend. But here are my picks:

1) Hot hues. Bright color is a trend that we saw simultaneously on the red carpet (Emma Stone, top left, in that pink-and-red Giambattista Valli dress at the "Friends With Benefits" premiere) on the runways (at Jil Sander, 3.1 Philip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Roksanda Ilincic) and on the streets, or rather, the fields at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, where neon reigned supreme. And it's only going to get stronger for spring 2012.

2) Dip-dyed hair. Kate Bosworth, Katy Perry and Lauren Conrad are just a few of the celebs who sported rainbow-colored tips this year. But I knew it was officially a trend when the 10-year-old boy sitting next to me at Sally Hershberger was getting a (very expensive) blue streak put in his tresses. Only in L.A.


3) Colored denim. Are you seeing a theme here? Skinny jeans didn't go anywhere this year. In fact, they were more popular than ever thanks to a widening range of color options available everywhere from J. Brand (above) to Forever 21. 

4) Native accents. Fair Isle knits and Native American prints were splashed across everything from 1980s-era cropped tops, to chunky scarves, leggings and sweaters. If you're looking for the source, think back to the fall 2010 D&G runway (a Fair Isle fest as seen in the top right photo), Proenza Schouler's fall 2011 collection inspired by Santa Fe, and the music festivals.

5)  Women in tuxedos. Beyonce wore a sequin Dolce & Gabbana tux at the VMA Awards, and Kim Kardashian (who is not one to cover up) wore one to pose for her family Christmas card. Tory Burch custom made her first tuxedo for pal Kanye West to wear to the Costume Institute Gala in May, then debuted her own range of tuxedos for women. But really, on a woman or a man, tuxedos (or le smoking as Yves Saint Laurent called them) are timeless.


6) Designer duds for a song. Missoni at Target (above right) and Versace at H&M, both out this year, were two of the most successful cheap chic collections of all time, as designers continued to go downmarket to increase the visibility of their brands and bring their style to a new generation of shoppers. The Missoni collection was a zippity zig-zag joy, and the Versace for H&M collection -- more Gianni than Donatella, more South Beach than Milano -- may have been the best Versace collection in years.

7) The new sobriety. Thank you Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (above left) for bringing modesty and appropriateness back to the public forum with your demure shift dresses, tailored coats and classic pumps. 

8) McQueen mania. It was the royal wedding of the century, and the bride wore Alexander McQueen. The bad boy British designer may have died last year, but his fashion label has never been more popular thanks to the stunning designs of artistic director Sarah Burton, who is carrying on his legacy. More than half a million people went to see "Savage Beauty," the retrospective exhibition of his work, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, kicking off a frenzy among museum curators the world over to come up with more fashion programming.


9) Fur and feathers flying. From feather hair clips to feather earrings, ombre fur coats to oversized fur handbags, this year we fawned over fauna. Except in West Hollywood, where last month, the City Council passed a ban on fur sales that will take effect in 2013 -- and could push some high-end fashion retailers out of the neighborhood.   

10) Shock and awe. It was a clash of tutus, animal prints and fried chicken necklaces, as Nicki Minaj (above left) and Lady Gaga (above right) tried to out-weird each other with wacky outfits this year. But fashion's tolerance for weird is high (how else to explain the fascination with Daphne Guinness?) and we loved it.

-- Booth Moore 

Top left photo: Emma Stone attends the "Friends with Benefits" premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on July 18, 2011 in New York City wearing Giambattista Valli. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

Top right photo: A model wears a fur and Fair Isle creation of D&G by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana during the Milan Fashion Week fall-winter 2010/2011 in Milan. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times

Second left photo: A model in a pink ombre fur jacket at the Prabal Gurung autumn-winter 2011/2012 runway shows. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times

Second right photo: Colorful jeans from J Brand. Credit: J Brand

Third left photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the University of St. Andrews on Feb. 25 in St Andrews, Scotland. Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images.

Third right photo: The Missoni for Target collection debuted to unprecedented demand on Sept. 13, bringing the designer label's signature prints and patterns to apparel and accessories ranging in price from $2.99 to $599.99. Credit: Target

Bottom left photo: Nicki Minaj performs during the Victoria's Secret fashion show in New York on Nov. 9. Credit: Brad Barket / Associated Press

Bottom right photo: Lady Gaga, wearing Alexander McQueen, poses with her International Pop award during the Bambi awarding ceremony in Wiesbaden, Germany, on Nov. 10. Credit: Daniel Roland / AFP/Getty Images

Fashion News: Cowardly Lions, Gaga and Rodarte — oh my!


A televised mini-concert celebrating the 2012 Grammy nominations aired on CBS last night, providing yet another red-carpet fashion opportunity. Among the well-represented labels was Giorgio Armani, which provided the custom-made black jersey and Swarovski crystal encrusted body suit in which Lady Gaga performed, and host LL Cool J's classic-looking black, two-button notch-lapel suit. Our compatriot Randy Lewis has a full rundown of the night's nominees here: [The Grammy Nominations]

A Cowardly Lion costume worn by Bert Lahr in "The Wizard of Oz" is the latest piece of Hollywood history slated to hit the auction block Dec. 15-16 in Beverly Hills. Since the outfit is made from a real lion hide, let's all breathe a sigh of relief that the auction isn't being held in neighboring West Hollywood — which just voted to ban the sale of fur. [All The Rage

We told you about it earlier this year, and now the time is almost upon us. Ten gowns from Rodarte's Spring/Summer 2012 couture collection will make their North American debut at LACMA on December 17th, 2011. A promised gift to the museum’s Costume and Textiles Department by designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the gowns were inspired by the frescoes of Italian Renaissance artist, Fra Angelico, and made their global debut in Florence, Italy, in June. We're told that LACMA will be displaying the gowns in the museum’s Italian Renaissance gallery, surrounded by classic Renaissance artworks. [Photos: Rodarte couture gowns]


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— Adam Tschorn

Photo: Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz." Credit: Turner Entertainment / Warner Bros. Entertainment

Fashion News: Lady Gaga's new scent will not smell like blood

Lady Gaga says her new perfume will be based in molecules from her own blood, but won't smell like itRemember reports earlier this year that the new perfume Lady Gaga has in development with Coty will smell like blood? It turns out the perfume, which is expected early next year, is based on molecules of her own blood, "so it's a sense of having me on your skin," she says now. "Actually the perfume smells like an expensive hooker." [Daily Mail]

Lady Gaga's Workshop, a creative collaboration involving the entertainer, fashion designer Nicola Formichetti and others, opened at Barney's New York at 11:59 p.m. Monday. It features eight shops that take up the fifth floor of the Manhattan flagship, offering lots of Gaga-inspired gift items. [Telegraph] [Barneys]  

Net-a-porter has begun selling replicas of the cowl-necked Alexander McQueen gown bridesmaid Pippa Middleton wore at the royal wedding of her sister Kate and Prince William back in April. It's available on the online retailer's British site for $3,100. It's not on the U.S. site at present, but I did find a street-length red dress in a similar style (for $1,680). [Telegraph] [Catwalk Queen] [People]

It was inevitable: Many items from the Versace for H&M collection that went on sale last week are being hawked on eBay. But many aren't selling; prices are too high. [The Cut] [Fashionista]

Valentino and business partner Giancarlo Giammetti plan to launch the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum on Dec. 5 (you can preview it now). It will include views of 300 dresses from more than 50 years of Valentino's career, including Jacqueline Kennedy's wedding gown. [WWD]

Sir Paul Smith has been named winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design prize, Britain's highest fashion honor. It will be given as part of the British Fashion Awards later this month. [Telegraph]


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Lady Gaga and Nicola Formichetti at the opening of Barneys New York's Lady Gaga's Workshop, a special holiday installation that will be open through Jan. 2. Credit: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for Barneys New York

Video: Gaga's holiday workshop opens at Barneys New York. Credit: Associated Press

Fashion News: Katy Perry's new scent is the cat's 'Meow'

Katy Perry's second fragrance, Meow,  follows up on the kitty cat theme of her first one, Purr. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Lady GagaLady Gaga changed into four outfits -- including a silvery Paco Rabanne couture number, shown here, that looked like svelte armor -- to pick up four awards at MTV's Europe Music Awards on Sunday night in Belfast. [Telegraph]

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is set to shoot in a few days, and supermodel Adriana Lima will be ready for the catwalk. She has been working out with a personal trainer since August, twice a day for the last three weeks. She drinks a gallon of water a day, and for nine days before the show she lives on protein shakes. She begins fasting 12 hours ahead of time -- and sometimes drops eight pounds of water weight. Yes, it's hard being an angel. [Telegraph] 

Celebrities including Katie Holmes, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Zoe Saldana, Demi Moore and Rachel Zoe were on hand Friday night to help Lanvin design chief Albert Elbaz celebrate the label's year-old boutiques in Malibu and on Rodeo Drive. [Los Angeles Times]

For Japan's first installment of Fashion's Night Out (which took place here in the states in September), all the editors of international editions of event-sponsor Vogue gathered in Tokyo last week, where they sat for a group portrait. [The Cut]

Iggy Pop will star in ads for Paco Rabanne's new men's and women's fragrances, due out in France in January. [WWD].

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Lady Gaga, wearing Paco Rabanne, at Sunday's MTV Europe Music Awards. Credit: David Fisher / Rex Features


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Lady Gaga, Kid Rock among 2012 Headwear Hall of Fame inductees

Lady Gaga and Kid Rock among 2012 Headwear Hall of Fame Inductees
Lady Gaga and Kid Rock are among the celebrities named to the Headwear Hall of Fame for 2012, an honor bestowed by the Headwear Assn., a trade group organized to promote the hat industry.

Other chapeau-wearing stars singled out for "frequently wearing hats and hav[ing] ... had a positive impact on the evolution and popularity of headwear fashions" include Victoria Beckham, LL Cool J (who is hardly ever spotted without his signature Kangol cap) and posthumously inducted members Fred Astaire and Marlene Deitrich.

Past inductees include Aretha Franklin, Carlos Santana, Ne-Yo, Cameron Diaz, Gwen Stefani and Payne Stewart (2011); Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brad Pitt , Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and Frank Sinatra (2010); and Johnny Depp, Madonna, Samuel L. Jackson, Vince Lombardi, Jackie Onassis and Princess Diana (2009). 

Formal induction into the Headwear Hall of Fame is scheduled to take place at the group's annual gala in New York on April 19, 2012.

Hats off to the winners!


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-- Adam Tschorn

Left photo: Lady Gaga. Credit:  Ethan Miller / Getty Images for Clear Channel

Right photo: Kid Rock. Credit: Daniel Boczarski / Getty Images

Fashion News: Formichetti bombs with critics, despite Lady Gaga

Mugler's Spring-Summer 2012 collection 
As promised, creative director Nicola Formichetti started Mugler's Paris Fashion Week show with a short video of his muse Lady Gaga. But the lady herself didn't make an appearance, leaving some attendees to focus only on the quality of what they saw walking down the runway. And apparently they were not amused. "No new trends there," the Wall Street Journal's Christina Binkley tweeted. Indeed, from the looks of the picture above, things seemed rather bland. [The Cut] [Newsday]

Former "America's Next Top Model" contestant Fatima Siad earned a spot on the Paris catwalks, walking in Dries Van Noten's show on Wednesday. [The Cut]

Speaking of "ANTM," Vogue editor at large Andre Leon Talley announced that he is leaving the show's judging panel as of the next cycle, starting early next year. He will be replaced by Kelly Cutrone. [People]

"Project Runway's" Heidi Klum made a poolside appearance at L.A.'s Mondrian on Wednesday to promote her new fragrance, Shine. [PopSugar LA]

Alas. If it sounds too good to be true, it might be too good to be true. Reebok has agreed to pay $25 million in refunds to consumers to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that the company falsely claimed that its toning shoes and other products strengthened muscles, making for svelte legs and butts in record time. The settlement covers EasyTone walking shoes, RunTone running shoes and EasyTone flip flops. [Los Angeles Times]

Gustavo Dudamel, John and Joan Hotchkis Ellen Olivier over at SocietyNewsLA reports that many women who attended Tuesday night's L.A. Phil Gala dressed in blue, matching their gowns to the "Rhapsody in Blue" theme of the evening, which started with the Los Angeles Philharmonic's all-Gershwin program. Among them was gala committee co-chair Joan Hotchkis, shown here with husband John, center, who was also a co-chair, and music director Gustavo Dudamel. [SocietyNewsLA] 

Galaxy star David Beckham says he designed his new men's fragrance Homme with wife Victoria in mind, since the scent is “something that she has to put up with being on me.” I'm not sure "has to put up with" is a good phrase to use to promote a new product. In any event, he says the fragrance -- a mix of citrus, wood and peppery notes -- passed the smell test when he tried it out on his three sons. [People]

Carolina Herrera was the designer of choice for actress Amy Smart, who wore a white lace gown by the designer when she married hunky HGTV host Carter Oosterhouse earlier this month. [InStyle]

-- Susan Denley

Photos, from top: Models walking Mugler's Spring-Summer 2012 runway in Paris on Wednesday. The clothes drew a yawn from critics, despite designer Nicola Formichetti's association with Lady Gaga. (Credit: Jacques Brinon / Associated Press); L.A. Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel, left, with gala co-chairs John and Joan Hotchkis. (Mathew Imaging).


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