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Fashion's Night Out. Liz Taylor's gems. Molly Sims' accessories.

It's Fashion's Night Out! (Or will be in a few hours.) Check out the website for ideas on how, and where, to shop till you drop. [Los Angeles Times]

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The late Elizabeth Taylor was known for many things -- among them many, many fabulous jewels and many, many husbands, some of whom showered her with said jewels. Now, as our Ministry of Gossip predicted in March, her entire 300-piece collection is scheduled to be auctioned by Christie's in December. Most of the pieces were gifts from either Michael Todd, who gave her the "Mike Todd tiara" above, or Richard Burton, the two great loves of her life. [Telegraph]

Carine Roitfeld's tribute to Taylor in the latest V magazine is spinning heads because of the spread she styled with hunky male model Ian Mellencamp in thigh-high skirts, leopard prints and high heels. [Ology]

Molly Sims Actress and model Molly Sims reportedly is set to host the latest "Project Runway" spin-off, "Project Accessory," which is slated to premiere on Lifetime later this year. Sims launched her own jewelry line last year, so should know a thing or two about the accessory field. Lifestyle expert Eva Lorenzotti will serve as mentor, and designer Kenneth Cole and InStyle editor Ariel Foxman have been tapped as judges. [Reuters]

Jil Sander's final +J collection for Uniqlo goes on sale at select Uniqlo stores and online Thursday. Fashionistas everywhere will weep. Or stand in line. [Telegraph]

New York Fashion Week is starting up, as our Booth Moore writes, and even though the Council of Fashion Designers of America has urged designers not to use models under age 16, it looks as if some shows might anyway. Some concern has been expressed that Kardashian sibling Kylie Jenner, who is 14, will be walking in Avril Lavigne's Abbey Dawn show. But that's part of Style360, not the official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week -- if that makes any difference. [The Cut] Oh, and Avril is the girlfriend of Kylie's half-brother Brody Jenner -- if that makes any difference. [People]

Much is being made of Lady Gaga's posing "barefaced" on the cover of Harper's Bazaar. But it sure looks like she's wearing makeup to me ... and to some other observers, too! [People] 

Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, who founded Juicy Couture but are no longer affiliated with the label, are launching a line that will be shown in February and go on sale for fall 2012. [WWD]   

The Duchess of Cambridge makes nude pantyhose look avant garde, fashion doyenne Anna Della Russo says. Della Russo likes Kate's modern flair. "She’s smart to mix cheap clothes with, like, Alexander McQueen, and small labels — even I don’t know the names sometimes of the brands she’s wearing," the Vogue editor at large tells The Cut. "That’s so smart. That’s a great message to the younger generation because it's a democratic approach." [The Cut] 

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-- Susan Denley

Top photo: Elizabeth Taylor's "Mike Todd tiara."  Credit: Richard Drew/Associated Press

Bottom photo: Molly Sims, who is to host "Project Accessories." Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images

 

New York Fashion Week: Come one, come all

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Step right up, fashion's biannual show has begun and everyone is invited.

New York Fashion Week, which runs through Sept. 15, will feature hundreds of designers showing their spring-summer 2012 collections at Lincoln Center and other venues throughout the city, and cameos from a wide range of characters, from Kylie Jenner to Rico the Zombie to Zoe Saldana.

Brands are looking for new and different ways to get the attention of fashion's elite, while also talking directly to consumers who have been drawn into the once insular fashion week in recent years through live-streaming runway show videos, up-to-the-minute Tweets and the Vogue-sponsored Fashion's Night Out, a global smorgasbord of celebrity and designer-hosted shopping events on Thursday that are open to the public. (My NYC faves? Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett at Armani, Daniel Radcliffe at Jeffrey New York, Tilda Swinton at Saks and Miss Piggy at Opening Ceremony!)  

Nicola Formichetti, the stylist-editor whose canvas is Lady Gaga, and a designer in his own right at the helm of the newly revived Thierry Mugler brand, is opening Nicola's, a pop-up shop in SoHo built to look like a mirrored prism, where he will sell limited-edition pieces from his collaborations with Mugler, Uniqlo and Haus of Gaga. He's also partnered with video game producer CCP Games on a "virtual catwalk show" featuring tout-tattooed model Rico the Zombie in clothes that users will be able to purchase for their characters to wear in the popular Eve Online video game. (It's gotta be cheaper than a real-world Mugler.)

Fashion bloggers Bryan Boy, Susie Bubbles and Pelayo Diaz will be curating a fashion show for the every-model, to be shown on Coca Cola's six-story Times Square billboard on Sept. 15. The Diet Coke-sponsored project will showcase street-style looks chosen by the bloggers from submissions posted on Facebook (facebook.com/dietcoke), as well as photos they shoot on Fashion's Night Out.

Catherine Malandrino is having a ready-to-buy fashion show, meaning that all the looks shown on the runway will be available to purchase on the spot, and Vivienne Tam is launching a new line of yoga wear with a "live sculpture garden" at Lincoln Center made up of 20 female yogis. (No doubt, the commuter crowd will be encouraged to join in.)

Meanwhile, celebrities aren't merely sitting on the sidelines anymore. Rather than lending their cachet to designers by sitting in the front row of a fashion show, they are commanding fees to appear at Fashion's Night Out events where they can interact with fans. Other celebrities are using Fashion Week as a platform to promote their personal brands. Kylie Jenner (next in the line of ka-ching Kardashians) will be modeling in Avril Lavigne's Abbey Dawn runway show. Victoria Beckham, Rachel Zoe, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Gwen Stefani and Daisy Fuentes will also show their fashion collections, but sans Kardashians. 

And Zoe Saldana is positioning herself as a different kind of fashion mogul. She and co-founder Keith Britton will be toasting their online venture My Fashion Database (myfdb.com), which seems to want to be the imdb.com of the fashion industry, with the added feature of shopping. (Users can browse ad campaigns of their favorite brands, for example, and shop the looks.)

Off the official schedule, fashion is seeping into pop culture. Vanity Fair is hosting the "Fashion in Film" series at the Museum of Arts and Design; the Bard Graduate Center is opening an exhibition of hats curated by milliner Stephen Jones; and the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising will be previewing a show exploring heiress Daphne Guinness' eclectic style.

Throughout the week, there are fashion shows to celebrate military veteran and Korean, Argentine, African and eco-friendly designers. And somewhere in between, presumably we'll all stop and remember the 10th anniversary of sept. 11, which falls smack in the middle of NYFW, just as it did then, when I was sent off reporting a very different story.

And for those who just can't fathom seeing, much less buying, fashion in these bleak economic times, Ventura, Calif.-based Patagonia and EBay have chosen the occasion of New York Fashion Week to announce the Common Threads Initiative, which challenges people not to consume. 

“The Common Threads Initiative addresses a significant part of today’s environmental problem -- the footprint of our stuff,” Yvon Chouinard, founder of the famously eco-conscious Patagonia outdoor clothing brand, said in a statement. “This program first asks customers to not buy something if they don’t need it. If they do need it, we ask that they buy what will last a long time -- and to repair what breaks, reuse or resell whatever they don’t wear any more. And, finally, recycle whatever’s truly worn out."

List a used Patagonia product on EBay and you will be asked to take a pledge and become a Common Threads Initiative partner. Then your listing will be eligible for inclusion in the Common Threads Initiative storefront on EBay and on Patagonia.com. Patagonia will not receive any of the profits associated with the storefront. 

Think of it as fashion for the Goodwill generation.

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-- Booth Moore

Photo: Models pose at the Wes Gordon Spring 2012 presentation during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at The Hosfelt Gallery on September 8, 2011 in New York City. Credit: Cindy Ord /Getty Images.

Fashion News: Gaga criticizes critics, Ecclestone launches a line

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Lady Gaga gives fashion critics in general -- and the New York Times' Cathy Horyn in particular -- a tongue-lashing in a "memorandum" published in the September issue of V Magazine. Titled: "Extreme Critic Fundamentalism," the open letter begins with the question: "Doesn't the integrity of the critic become compromised when their writings are consistently plagued with negativity?" [V Magazine]

Petra Ecclestone, the 22-year-old heiress who recently made headlines when she bought the Spelling mansion, is getting ready to launch an accessories line called Stark during the upcoming New York Fashion Week, reports industry trade paper WWD. [WWD, subscription required]

Katherine Hooker, a London designer who has worked with the former Kate Middleton and now duchess of Cambridge since 2005, will be holding a trunk show at the London Hotel in West Hollywood on Tuesday and Wednesday, reports our fashion critic Booth Moore. [All The Rage]

Earlier this week, after we mentioned that a Vermont company had launched a charity T-shirt with profits going to Red Cross efforts to aid Vermont victims of the floods, several readers pointed out a similar effort that channels funds to the Vermont Food Bank. The "I Am Vermont Strong" T-shirts can be seen (and ordered) by clicking here.

According to WWD, men's magazine Details is entering the e-commerce arena by inking a long-term partnership with the upscale men's shopping website Mr. Porter, to feature the etailer's product -- curated by the glossy's editorial staff -- on the magazine's website. [WWD, subscription req'd

-- Adam Tschorn

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Photos, from left: The newest resident of the Spelling mansion, Petra Ecclestone is launching an accessories line during New York Fashion Week (Credit: Valerie Macon / Getty Images); Lady Gaga (in her MTV VMA garb) has some choice words for fashion critics in the September issue of V Magazine (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press).

First look: A peek inside 'Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson'

Lady Gaga with photographer Terry Richardson

What do you get when you let photographer Terry Richardson follow Lady Gaga around 24/7 for 10 months?

"Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson," a book of more than 350 color and black-and-white candid photographs (culled from over 100,000 images) that covers the whole Gaga from Lollapalooza in August 2010 through her Grammy Awards show appearance in February up to the end of the Monster Ball tour a few months later, is scheduled for November release by Grand Central Publishing, an imprint of Hachette Book Group. 

Although they're described as "candid, never-before-seen photos," that's no longer technically true, since the folks at Grand Central floated us the above photo from the book to whet our appetite.

Since it hits bookstore shelves (if there are still any left) just before the holidays, if you make sure to be a good little monster, maybe Santa will leave a copy outside of your giant, translucent egg. 

-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: Lady Gaga is shown with photographer Terry Richardson in an image from the latter's upcoming book of candids of the former, due out in November. Credit: Terry Richardson.

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Fashion News: Madonna and Lourdes' Material Girl adds new stuff

Lourdes Leon Madonna and daughter Lourdes Leon's line, Material Girl, has added new beauty products full of fruity scents and dramatic nail polish. Lourdes, 14, pictured here at Vanity Fair's Oscar party, says she especially likes the vanilla body lotion. [People]

Newlywed model Kate Moss bought a new home in the London suburb of Highgate. It once belonged to poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and later to playwright J.B. Priestley. But neighbors are wary of her plans to modernize it by adding a gym, steam room and satellite dishes. [Telegraph]

Kitson plans to open some new stores in Southern California this fall, hitting Santa Barbara in September and Newport Beach's Fashion Island in October. [California Apparel News]

Lady Gaga's 19-year-old little sister Natali Germanotta is studying fashion design at the Parsons school in New York, and she is designing the costumes for a new off-Broadway show, "Simon Says," set to open this fall. [Telegraph]

Kourtney, Khloe and Kim all turned out for the launch party at the Colony for their new Kardashian Kollection earlier this week. The women's wear line is on sale at Sears. [PopSugarLA] 

Estee Lauder is revamping Smashbox, a year after acquiring the beauty brand. [WWD] (Subscription required.)  

Calvin Klein plans to center its Fashion's Night Out activities in New York around Lara Stone. [WWD]

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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Lourdes Leon pictured at Vanity Fair's most recent Oscar party. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Fashion News: Barneys New York taps Lady Gaga for holiday campaign

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One of the presents we opened in our email inbox this morning was an announcement that Lady Gaga would be serving up her interpretation of Santa's workshop as part of Barneys New York's holiday campaign called "Gaga's Workshop." The announcement reads, in part:

"Barneys New York has worked closely with Lady Gaga under the creative direction of Nicola Formichetti to design a range of exclusive, limited-edition, small gift items, which will be available for a limited time only at Gaga's Workshop. In addition to Gaga's Workshop in New York, a selection of items from the collection will also be available at Barneys New York locations nationwide and online at Barneys.com."

The retailer will be donating 25% of sales from all items featured in the workshop to a charity of Lady Gaga’s choice. [Barneys.com]

If you ask us, Christmas can't come soon enough.

The latest in shoe-collaboration news? Apparently London-based shoe designer Mark Fast has teamed up with Aldo. At least that's what they're saying over at Catwalk Queen.

In other shoe matters, the legal equivalent of the "Red Shoe Diaries" takes another step forward (or is it back?), with industry trade paper WWD reporting that Christian Louboutin plans to appeal the recent ruling by a federal judge in Manhattan that allows YSL to sell red-sole shoes. [WWD, subscription required]

Speaking of Manhattan, Opening Ceremony, which always throws a good party, celebrated the Bean Pole x Kim Jones collaboration with a good, old-fashioned block party on Friday. [Vogue

Summer block party season will eventually give way to the tailgating and football season, and now team spirit will be as close as the nearest Old Navy. Seventy of the nation's top college athletic programs will team up with the Gap-owned label to sell branded clothes and accessories at stores across the country. [WSJ, subscription req'd]

-- Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore

Photo: Artwork from Barneys New York's upcoming Gaga Workshop holiday campaign. Credit: Barneys New York.

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Fashion News: 'Project Runway' returns, Lady Gaga goes Goo Goo

"Project Runway" started Season 9 Thursday night and sent four of the 20 initial contestants packing right away. "Four are going home before it starts,"  Heidi Klum said. "Because we're a little bit mean now." Should be a great season! [Los Angeles Times]

Lady Gaga introduced a spoof video on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," showing what a kidswear line designed by Lady G would look like. Think of a baby swaddled in bubbles in what she called the Goo Goo line. [Telegraph]

Jessica Simpson hasn't found the right gown yet for her upcoming wedding to Eric Johnson. But she isn't worried; she plans to help design it. “The dress is going to be amazing," she says. Can't wait to see it. [People]  

Rachel Zoe to design children's clothing line Okay, this does not surprise me AT ALL.  Fashionable new mom Rachel Zoe says she is going to design a children's clothing line. [InStyle]

And the very busy Zoe is going to front for a new lipstick line from the New York-based brand Exude. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

Model Edie Campbell, 20, who has worked for Burberry and Marc Jacobs, won a charity horserace in England. The event happened on Ladies' Day at Glorious Goodwood, and Campbell won by three and a half lengths riding a horse named Harrodian Hotshot. [Telegraph].

Olivia Palermo is the new face of Spanish jewelry brand Carrera y Carrera's latest collection, Mediterraneo. [FabSugar]

Boutique Rubin & Chapelle has opened in the Malibu Country Mart, bringing a taste of New York to the West Coast. [PopSugar LA] 

Hudson's Bay, the parent of Lord & Taylor, is moving closer to going public with an IPO. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: The very busy Rachel Zoe takes a break to pose. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times 

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Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Emma Watson, J.K. Rowling, Helena Bonham Carter wow at 'Harry Potter' premiere.

 

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Ahelena Fans gathered in Trafalgar Square on Thursday to glimpse the cast of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" on the red carpet for the London premiere of the final film in the series. And the celebrities didn't disappoint. Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) stole the show in a pale blue, ruffled Oscar de la Renta ball gown. Author J.K. Rowling wore a green floral print, also by Oscar, and the always fashion-provocative Helena Bonham Carter (Beatrix LeStrange) was clad in a rather severe dark-green dress topped by a sugary confection of a fascinator. Among other notables, Clemence Poesy (Fleur Delacour) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) wore short white minis, and Maggie Smith went the practical route, much as professor McGonagall might, in black pants with a white coat topper.  [People]  [Los Angeles Times]

The gown Watson wore is from de la Renta's fall 2011 collection. "Our inspiration for the Harry Potter world premiere was 'Grace Kelly with a twist,'" said Anita Patrickson, Watson's stylist. Patrickson finished Watson's outfit with Giuseppe Zanotti slingback peep-toe shoes and jewelry from Boodles. [InStyle]

Later, for the afterparty, Watson changed into a knee-length, flirty white dress from Elie Saab's spring-summer 2011 couture collection. [Telegraph]

Vogue Editor Anna Wintour decided to attend the Potter premiere instead of Azzedine Alaia's inaugural haute couture show in Paris. Snubbed, Alaia responded by barring all U.S. Vogue staff from the show. Alaia and Wintour, have been feuding for a while. [Telegraph]

PHOTOS: Magical fashion at the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" premiere

Photographer Terry Richardson got a rap on the knuckles for posting candid shots from the Kate Moss-Jamie Hince wedding on his blog, "Terry's Diary." Doing so seems to have violated Vogue's exclusive rights to show the wedding in a spread shot by Mario Testino and planned for the September issue. As soon as Richardson heard he had erred, the photos disappeared from the blog. Of course, some photos have already been published -- including on our blog[Telegraph]

At the wedding, John Galliano, who designed Moss' gown, ran into Philip Greene, the mogul who owns Topshop, among other enterprises. Now rumors are circulating that Galliano will design a line for the high-street retailer. [The Cut] 

Agaga Lady Gaga made a stop in Singapore on Thursday as part of her Asian tour promoting "Born This Way." It looked as if she took a hairstyling cue from Marge Simpson. [People]

Tavi Gevinson, the 14-year-old fashion blogger, is booked to do some kind of performance as part of a talent show at Littleton's, a  performance-art space in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her piece is titled  "A Tribute to Sassy Magazine," and is scheduled for July 27. [The Cut]

Rachel Weisz, recently married to Daniel Craig, is making her debut as the face of Bulgari's Jasmin Noir fragrance in an ad campaign shot in Pasadena by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot. In one shot, she's shown with her head resting on a lion, her arms snuggling a giant bottle of perfume. [People]

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 --Susan Denley

Upper photo: Emma Watson, left, shares a laugh with J.K. Rowling at the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow -- Part 2" premiere. Credit: Dave Hogan / Getty Images

Middle photo: Helena Bonham Carter strikes a pose. Credit: Jonathan Short / Associated Press

Lower photo: Lady Gaga makes an appearance in Singapore. Credit: Stephen Morrison / EPA

Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Lady Gaga wears Versace. Charlene Wittstock talks fashion. Heidi Klum shines.

Acharlene There's another royal wedding coming up this summer when Monaco's Prince Albert marries former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock on July 1. Wittstock is more open about talking fashion than Kate Middleton was before her. For instance, we already know that her wedding gown was designed by Giorgio Armani. whereas Middleton's dress designer was top secret until the big day. She also admits to some qualms about dressing the part of a princess. “Finding my fashion feet has certainly been the biggest challenge,” she says. Luckily she's had help, from the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Michael Kors and is considering starting a Monaco Fashion Week. [Vogue] 

Lady Gaga is attempting to wear only Versace for the next two months, and she got off to a good start in her just-released music video "The Edge of Glory," clad in vintage Versace. [Telegraph]

Man to watch: James Middleton, younger brother of Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Pippa Middleton, who is being noted for his sense of style. It's not so much what he wears as how he wears it. [WWD]

Heidi Klum's first fragrance, Shine, is scheduled to hit department stores this September. It's described as an oriental scent made of pink peppercorn, pear and mandarin top notes; a mimosa absolute, sunflower, and lily of the valley heart; and musk cosmone, vanilla and Venezuelan tonka bean drydown. [StyleList]

In the late 1970s, famed British photographer Brian Duffy burned bundles of negatives of his work from the previous decades. But not all were destroyed and after months of searching, enough have been found in various places for a new book, "Duffy," and an exhibition of his work at London's Idea Generation Gallery. [Telegraph]   

Indie brands are making Made in America the latest buzz in fashion. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

Milan men's fashion week is in full swing, and we've got our stylish boots on the ground. For up-to-the-minute coverage follow Adam Tschorn's reports on All the Rage.

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Prince Albert of Monaco with fiancee Charlene Wittstock, who is finding her fashion feet with the help of some top designers. Credit: Associated Press

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Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Sheryl Crow's wardrobe malfunction at CMT Awards. Chloe Sevigny's high-school themed fashion show.

It seems to have been a week for wardrobe malfunctions. Lady Gaga's heavy skirt pulled down her top, leaving little to the imagination at Monday's Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. Khloe Kardashian exposed more than she meant to on Tuesday with an accidental "nipple slip" while appearing on "Fox and Friends" on Fox News. Then at Wednesday's CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Sheryl Crow had her "oops-it's-going-viral-on-the-Internet" moment when she accidentally flashed a view of her underwear under her short skirt. Hey, we think Sheryl deserves some credit for wearing underwear. Proper foundation garments could have saved Lady Gaga's dignity; Khloe Kardashian's too. Oh, right, dignity doesn't seem to be among those two ladies' attributes. Crow took her faux pas with a sense of humor. "I was wearing underwear because I'm good, clean, wholesome family fun," she said. [Us]

Acarter Helena Bonham-Carter -- she of the interesting (some might say wacky) red carpet style -- is starring in Marc Jacobs' fall ad campaigns. Bonham-Carter is known for wearing the unexpected -- mismatched shoes, a Union Jack garter and such. Jacobs is known for casting the unexpected, such as a then 13-year-old Dakota Fanning in one ad campaign. Sounds like a match made in fashion advertising heaven. [Telegraph]  

The first runway show for actress Chloë Sevigny's collaboration with Opening Ceremony took place in a high school gym, complete with rattling basketball hoops and ceiling fans and cinder block. The clothes had kind of a '90s vibe with a mix of babydoll dresses, pleated minis and crop tops. Why the sweaty gym as a setting? "I wanted you to come in and be transported back to the way you felt when you were a teenager," Sevigny said. [Cut]

Louis Vuitton has launched a website where aspiring artists can share their work, be inspired and learn more about the art world. Recreative was a year in the making, developed by young people working with the Hayward Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, the South London Gallery, Tate Britain and the Whitechapel Gallery as part of the Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project. [Telegraph]

Gap, which has been struggling in the U.S., will try to revive itself by making stores here look more like those abroad. That's part of the strategy, at least. [WWD] (subscription required)

Lauren Conrad has moved beyond her reality show drama and into serious fashion design, working on her new clothing collection, Paper Crown. The collection has a decided L.A. vibe and Conrad says she was aiming for it to feel chic and "effortless." [PopSugar L.A.] 

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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Helena Bonham-Carter, at this year's Golden Globe Awards, displays her quirky style in a dress by Dame Vivienne Westwood and mismatched shoes. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

 

 

 


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