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Cosmetics-filled ornaments for the beauty lover on your list

Wondering what to buy the beauty junkie on your shopping list? MAC Cosmetics Dazzlesphere sets bring some holiday spirit to sparkly eye shadows, nail polish and lip gloss by encasing them in an ornament holder.

These make great stocking stuffers or, of course, can be hung from the tree doing double duty as decoration first for the house, then for the face.

Prices for the MAC Cosmetics Dazzlesphere sets range from $26.50 to $32.50 and are available at


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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: MAC Cosmetics Dazzlesphere sets. Credit: MAC Cosmetics

Fashion News: Cyndi Lauper and M.A.C. on World AIDS Day

Cyndi Lauper was among an army of volunteers from M.A.C. cosmetics who spent World AIDS Day on Thursday stuffing goodie bags for teens at the LGBT Youth Center in New York's West Village. Lauper is among a number of celebrities (like Lady Gaga, Nicky Minaj and Ricky Martin) who have supported the M.A.C. AIDS Fund, which has raised $224 million to fight  HIV/AIDS. [People]

Karlie KlossVogue Italia editor Franca Sozzano has declared 19-year-old American model Karlie Kloss "The Body" -- a title formerly bestowed upon Elle MacPherson. Kloss, at left, walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show for the first time this year. [Telegraph]

Vogue editor Anna Wintour, model Coco Rocha and model/musician/muse Karen Elson all attended Vogue's soiree at the Pace Gallery in New York City on Thursday night in honor of photographer Annie Leibovitz and her new book "Pilgrimage." The book, featuring landscapes, interiors and objects, is a departure for the famed portrait photographer. [The Cut]

"Jersey Shore's" JWoww launched a new perfume at Kmart this week, and says she is coming out with a new product we think is an even better idea: a spray-tan bottle that will work when held at any angle. [Refinery29]

Designer Kimberly Ovitz plans to launch a lower-priced diffusion line for spring.  [The Cut]

Famed embroidery designer François Lesage died Thursday. His work appeared on creations by Balenciaga and Jason Wu, among others. [WWD] (Subscription required.)


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Karlie Kloss, walking in Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, is "The Body." Credit: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images

Fashion News: Nicki and Ricky for MAC. Rihanna headed to court.

Kate Middleton's bridal gown was "a real feat of engineering," designer Sarah Burton says. Burton's comment comes in a film that is part of the Buckingham Palace display of the dress, shoes and earrings that Middleton -- now duchess of Cambridge -- wore when she married Britain's Prince William in April. Burton explains that the gown has a  hidden bustle and weighted panels to ensure it "didn't collapse" when the duchess walked the aisle of Westminster Abbey. [Telegraph]

Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj, left, and Ricky Martin will be the new faces of MAC's  2012 VIVA GLAM campaign, the cosmetics company announced. Proceeds from MAC's VIVA GLAM products benefit the MAC AIDS Fund, which has reportedly raised $224 million to date with help from former celeb spokespeople such as Lady Gaga, Boy George, Elton John and Chloë Sevigny. [StyleList]

French beauty brand Clarins is teaming with Lauren Bush, co-founder of the FEED Projects, on a fundraiser that channels money from your beauty buys into meals for undernourished children around the world. Clarins and FEED collaborated on the “FEED 15″ pouch, a bag of three Clarins products available at Nordstrom for $30. Proceeds from the sale of each bag will provide 15 meals through the United Nations World Food Program. The plan is to sell enough to feed 1 million children in two years.  [People] 

Twenty-five California designers -- and we mean transplants as well as native Californians -- tell Vogue why they like it here. Reasons include geographic inspirations such as Big Sur, local artisans, Hollywood's costume archives and even the freeways! [Vogue]

Photographer David LaChappelle is suing Rihanna because scenes in her "S&M" video resemble some of his images. A court date has been set for August. [Cut]

Ralph Esmerian, one-time chairman of luxury jeweler Fred Leighton, was sentenced to six years in federal prison for fraud. Esmerian, who counted many celebrities among his clients, pleaded guilty to fraud charges in April. [WWD] (Subscription required)

Michael Kors' new jewelry collection hits stores in August, with gold cuffs, bangles, earrings, neckpieces and more that blend chain details, hardware and leather. The collection includes drop earrings for $65 and multichain necklaces for $350. Prices top out at $500. [Cut].

Pamela Anderson is getting back into the lingerie business after a seven-year hiatus. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

Plans are for Alexa Chung to host a new fashion show on the Lifetime channel. Working title: "24-hour Catwalk." [Telegraph]


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Nicki Minaj at this year's Billboard Music Awards. Credit: Glenn Pinkerton / European Pressphoto Agency


Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Designers recommend California looks for Kate and William's U.S. visit


7 for all manking 
-- How fun is this? In preparation for Prince William and Kate (formerly Middleton) Duchess of Cambridge's visit to California in July, Women's Wear Daily asked 14 California designers to come up with appropriate outfits for them. The designers brainstormed everything from Vans shoes and O'Neill board shorts for him; a beach bag (also Vans), gypsy-like Tarina Tarantino jewelry an d elegant Kevan Hall evening dress for her; and Olivier Peoples sunglasses and complete 7 for All Mankind outfits for both of them.

Kevan Hall I'm pretty sure the only things we can count on them wearing for sure are a polo uniform for him, (when he plays in a charity match at the Santa Barbara Polo Club on July 9) and an elegant evening gown for her that evening, at a black-tie dinner hosted by the British Academy of Film & Television in Los Angeles. Maybe that Kevan Hall dress, left, would be a good choice. A host of locals (such as actor Ryan Reynolds and vintage store owner Cameron Silver) also made recommendations about what the couple should see and do while they're here. [WWD]

-- The much-touted exhibit "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" has opened at the Montreal Museum of Art, and it is not a retrospective, the museum says, since the designer is very much alive and thriving. The exhibit includes 130 outfits plus accessories, and includes corsets designed for Madonna's "Blonde Ambition" tour. The faces of those close to Gaultier -- and even his face -- are projected onto the mannequins for a far-from-boring display. The exhibit goes until Oct. 2 in Montreal and then goes to Dallas and on to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, where it is scheduled March 24 to Aug. 19, 2012. [StyleList]

-- Meanwhile, Gucci has brought its 90th anniversary celebration to Japan and is putting on an exhibition in Kyoto. [WWD] (subscription required)

-- Vogue's September issue -- always the biggest of the year -- is to feature supermodel Kate Moss on the cover and an inside spread of her upcoming wedding to rocker Jamie Hince, to be shot by fashion photography star Mario Testino. [Styleite]

-- Recently engaged Kim Kardashian paid a visit to Vera Wang in New York City -- with a camera crew in tow. It seems a pretty good bet that the reality star will be wearing a Vera Wang gown at her wedding. [OK]

-- "True Grit" star Hailee Steinfeld, at age 14 already notable for her just-right red carpet appearances, stars in Miu Miu's fall ad campaign, and -- no surprise -- a shot has leaked out online. She's shown standing near a rural rain track, wind in her hair, dressed in a swallow-print skirt and matching top. [Telegraph]

-- MAC has signed Olympic skater Johnny Weir as the face of its holiday advertising campaign, Glitter and Ice, this year. Seems weird till you consider that the cosmetics giant has previously had Elton John and RuPaul as brand ambassadors. [New York Post]

-- One of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher's Asprey handbags sold for $39,800 at a charity auction Monday night. [WWD]

 -- Susan Denley

Images: Sketches of clothes that would be just right for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge on their California trip, from top: 7 for All Mankind's casual looks for both; O'Neill's board and walking shorts for the prince; Kevan Hall's off-the-shoulder jersey gown with silk satin-faced organza skirt. Credit: Women's Wear Daily


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Gareth Pugh and MAC Cosmetics collaborate on a makeup collection



Gareth Pugh, the protege of Rick Owens known for doing intensely dark, goth and zombie-inspired collections has confirmed a collection with MAC Cosmetics to launch in November. 

It may seem an unlikely pairing, especially considering that Pugh’s runway makeup generally consists of powder-white skin, black vinyl raccoon eyes or the blue disc-looking things that sat under models' eyes during his fall 2011 presentation.

MAC is a long-time supporter of Pugh even though he does border more toward the avant garde compared to other, more pop-ish designers they’ve collaborated with (think Alice + Olivia, Heatherette and Liberty of London). The cosmetics company has done the designer’s runway makeup for nearly seven years since Pugh began showing.

The collection will include multiple products and accessories in “special packaging.” This should be one of the most interesting and conceptual collabs MAC has done yet.


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Chevrons and chain-mail nails at Gareth Pugh

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: (Left) Gareth Pugh presents his Fall/Winter 2008 collection of clothes at London Fashion Week. Credit: Kirk Mckoy / Los Angeles Times (Right) A look from the Gareth Pugh Ready to Wear Autumn/Winter 2011/2012 runway shows. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times

Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: LL Cool J helps launch jewelry line. Princess Beatrice's hat draws big bucks. Anderson Cooper to host CFDA Awards.

Llcool LL Cool J was on hand for the recent launch of wife Simone I. Smith's jewelry collection at Bloomingdale's in Century City. The offerings include classic hoop earrings and cuffs.  [PopSugar LA]

Jane Pratt's much-anticipated website,, has launched. Celebs including Isaac Mizrahi, Paz de la Huerta, Carol Alt and Michael Stipe posed for a photo shoot and Q&A with xoJane to talk style, makeout sessions and diet pills. [StyleList] 

The much-talked-about Philip Treacy hat worn by Princess Beatrice of York to the wedding of her cousin Prince William to Kate Middleton is up for sale on EBay, as we told you last week. As I write, the bidding has, so far, reached more than $26,000. Proceeds will go to children's charities. [The Cut]

Androgynous model Andrej Pejic is a man who usually looks like a woman in magazine spreads. Which may be why Borders and Barnes and Noble are censoring a Dossier magazine cover on which he appears topless. Dossier must be slipped into a black poly bag, blocking the view, on their newsstands. [Styleite] 

Bag Snob bloggers Tina Craig and Kelly Cook are collaborating with DKNY on a collection of handbags. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

'Tis the season to be shorn, it seems. "Glee's" Dianna Agron and Chord Overstreet both cut off their long locks within a couple of days of each other. And the previously sun-bleached (OK, I really mean highlight-enhanced) Overstreet is now a brunette. [People] 

Our reviewers finally got to see Terrence Malick's long-awaited "The Tree of Life" at France's Cannes Film Festival on Monday. Costume designer Jacqueline West describes her method of dressing the actors: “I try to go right through the onion skins of their characters, because people have many layers to their personalities,” she says. West had Robert Pattinson, whom she dressed along with Reese Witherspoon for “Water for Elephants,” wear 1930s-style knickers throughout the movie: “I made him put them on when he got up in the morning and wear them all the time -- even when he wasn’t on camera,” she says. “But it really got him into the '30s.”  [WWD] 

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert wed over the weekend, in a suitably downhome wedding and reception that featured venison. The rings by Beverly Hills jeweler Johnathon Arndt were another matter. According to a release, Arndt created a 5-carat white-diamond “Eternity” ring for Lambert, designed to complement her stunning engagement ring. Shelton’s wedding band was, well, unique: It was based on one of his tattoos. [People]

MAC Cosmetics plans a major expansion in Europe. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

CNN host Anderson Cooper has been tapped to host the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards in June. It is expected to feature a mix of celebrities and fashionistas, including Lady Gaga, who will accept the Fashion Icon Award, and Marc Jacobs, this year’s recipient of the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.  [WWD] 

-- Susan Denley

Photo: LL Cool J and his wife, jewelry designer Simone I. Smith, at Bloomingdale's launch. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

Deep blush: The 'get a little color' alternative for summer

Lancome1 Forget about getting a deep, dark tan this summer. The look is dated (see Snookie, Lindsay Lohan, etc.), and even when it's achieved through "safe" chemical means, it's still not as healthy as letting your skin breathe and stay its natural color -- whatever that lovely hue may be.

But if you're after a little more color on your face -- to layer over your SPF 50, of course -- don't underestimate the brightening power of blush.

No, we're not talking about the "natural" blush shade the Bobbi Brown counter girl meticulously matched to your blushing cheeks. We're talking about amped-up tones that add a youthful radiance while still jibing with your skin tone.

Although your intuition may be telling you to go lighter with blush in the summer months, heat and humidity tend to shorten the face time of both cream and powder blushes. And nothing looks healthier than a pop of candy color on the apples of your well-moisturized cheeks, paired with a swipe of mascara. Adorable at any age.

A good rule of thumb when shopping for an amped-up summer shade: Go either slightly deeper or slightly brighter than your "natural" cheek shade.

FranklyScarlett So if your go-to shade is a dusty rose, stay in the blue-red family of blushes, but experiment with a dusting of deep magenta or burgundy. If peach is your color, check out a bright cantaloupe or a dark copper tone.

Of course darker and brighter colors require a lighter hand during application, but can also look pretty (and fake a bit of robustness) when dusted lightly over the bridge of the nose, the brow bones and the tip of the chin. You'll be ditching that J. Lo bronzer in no time. 

-- Emili Vesilind


Upper photo: Blush Subtil in Shimmer Coral Sunset by Lancome. Credit: Lancome

Lower photo: Frankly Scarlet Powder Blush by MAC. Credit: MAC




MAC Cosmetics launches technology that lets you e-shop with your friends

Mac MAC Cosmetics is turning its e-commerce into a social event.

On Friday, the makeup line launched MAC Shop Together, which lets friends shop for makeup online together -- facilitating real-time, synchronized shopping sessions through a proprietary instant- messaging application. 

To get in on the group fun, all you need to do is create a screen name, log in, then notify your gal pals when you'll be perusing the collections. Like buying by consensus? Users can chat with up to five friends, and will have the ability to invite friends to join them via Facebook, Twitter, email and IM.

The chatty new technology is the first of its kind for a large beauty brand, and MAC has exclusive use of it for the next six months. 

MAC has over 1.7 million Facebook followers -- compared with Bobbi Brown's 80,968 fans, and Clarins' 54,957 -- so is perfectly poised to create major avenues for online interaction.

Though we're inclined to file this one under "Apps for the profoundly idle."

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: A screen shot from MAC's website. Credit: MAC Cosmetics

Your morning fashion and beauty report: John Galliano's arrest and suspension by Dior rock fashion industry

Agalliano -- Just before Paris Fashion Week is due to start, Dior has suspended creative director John Galliano, left, pending an investigation into his arrest Thursday night after an incident in a Parisian bar. Galliano allegedly had been drinking and is accused of hurling anti-Semitic comments during a disagreement with a nearby couple. Police detained the designer briefly. On Friday morning, the fashion industry is all aTwitter. This one calls for multiple links, folks.  [Reuters] [Telegraph] [ElleUK]

-- Meanwhile, back at Milan Fashion Week, Katie Holmes -- the latest recipient of Max Mara’s 2011 Women in Film Face of the Future award -- sat front-row with her mom at the Max Mara show. [WWD] 

-- Lady Gaga has an ethereal video promoting her MAC Viva Glam collaboration. Wearing screen-siren waves, Gaga is surrounded by crystal-encrusted skulls and a martini glass with a goldfish swimming inside. At the end she applies her eponymous nude-hued lipstick. It's for a good cause: 100% of profits go directly to fight AIDS. [People]

-- You can't ignore it when Justin Bieber's name is attached to nail polish -- his Nicole by OPI One Less Lonely Girl collection sold out at Wal-Marts in December. Now his second batch is set to launch, with eight new colors, selling at Target, Ulta and others. [BellaSugar]

-- Cosmopolitan plans to launch an Armenian edition in March with -- who else? -- Kim Kardashian on the cover. [NY Observer]

-- Six of the tutus Natalie Portman wore in "Black Swan" are part of the "Rodarte: States of Matter" exhibit at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. [The Cut]

-- The Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 trio of men’s fragrances, inspired by the iconic polo shirts, just launched in France. [WWD] (subscription required) 

-- Estee Lauder is reformulating two lipsticks and adding a new range of nail polishes. [WWD] And Dior is relaunching its Dior Addict lip colors. [WWD] (subscription required)

--Susan Denley

Photo: Designer John Galliano, whose arrest and subsequent suspension by Dior is making news this morning. Credit: Julien M. Hekimian / Getty Images 


Your morning fashion and beauty report: Bryce Dallas Howard, face of Kate Spade. Tamara Mellon, face of Jimmy Choo fragrance. Remembering Anne Francis.

Bryce Dallas Howard We are sorry to note the death of actress Anne Francis, one of our favorite TV babes of, oh, half a century or so ago. Her signature character, Honey West, brought high style to a medium that had been more comfortable focusing on the demure Donna Reed, Barbara Billingsley and Harriet Nelson, whose style encompassed circle skirts and strands of pearls. As my colleague Dennis McClellan remembers in his obituary,  the glamorous Honey was "outfitted in an eye-catching wardrobe that included a black snakeskin trench coat, a white beaded gown trimmed in sable and a tiger-skin bathing suit with matching cape." Oh, and her favorite accessory was a pet ocelot. [LAT]

For the first time in it's 18-year history, Kate Spade plans to use a celeb in its advertising. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard, left, will be the label's new face. [WWD]

And Jimmy Choo is introducing its first fragrance this month with ads featuring label co-founder Tamara Mellon. [StyleList]

Queen Elizabeth II released her annual New Year's honors list last week, and the world of fashion wasn't forgotten. The annual roster of high achievers in various fields included veteran fashion designer and outspoken advocate for Fair Trade cotton Katharine Hamnett and Ray Kelvin, founder of Ted Baker, both set to receive a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Footwear designer Beatrix Ong and fashion designer Alice Temperley will each receive an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire), while Wendy Dagworthy, the head of London’s Royal College of Art fashion program, and Tanya Sarne, founder of the label Ghost, will each collect an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire). The honors will be bestowed in ceremonies later this year. [WWD]

In 1982, Nancy Brinker fulfilled a promise to her sister Susan Komen by starting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, which has gone on to raise $1.5 billion to fight breast cancer. A pioneer in cause-related marketing, the foundation is now sponsoring its own fragrance, Promise Me. The fragrance, a floral oriental, will launch in April and be sold in department stores and drugstores and on television shopping networks. [WWD] 

For spring, MAC will introduce its Jeanius collection, makeup and nail polishes in a palette inspired by denim. [British Beauty Blogger]

Will a burst of fragrance from your phone replace a ringtone to identify a caller? Researchers at Keio University in Japan are working on it. [Trends Updates]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Actress Bryce Dallas Howard, chosen as the new face of Kate Spade, at the premiere of the film "Hereafter," in which she costars. Credit: Jemal Countess / Getty Images


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