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Fashion: Madonna launches tour with high fashion, majorette costumes

Madonna launched her tour with high fashion, a majorette costume and her own brand of lingerie
Madonna wore custom-made lingerie and shoes from her Truth or Dare clothing collection when she kicked off her worldwide MDNA tour in Israel on Thursday night. She also wore pieces by top designers, including Jean Paul Gaultier, Prada and Jeremy Scott. But the majorette costume she wore during the number shown above is by her longtime wardrobe coordinator and stylist, Hollywood costume designer Arianne Phillips. [WWD]

Oh, no! It looks as though Johnny Depp won't be able to attend the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards ceremony, where he was to receive the annual Fashion Icon award Monday night. It seems he's busy filming "The Lone Ranger." [Styleite]

Thai designer Wisharawish Akarasantisook won the top prize at the Mango Fashion Awards in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday night, taking home $372,000. Judges included designer Carolina Herrera, who also received a career achievement award; model Kate Moss; Derek Blasberg of Harper's Bazaar; Saks Fifth Avenue senior fashion director Colleen Sherin and Isak Andic, chairman of Spanish retailer Mango.  The awards were created in 2007 and are organized by Mango and five European design schools to promote young fashion designers. In honor of the occasion, the usually interview-shy Moss sat down for some television talk ahead of time. [Telegraph]

Allure magazine has named Shannon Ray, 31, of Tampa, Fla., as its first Beauty Blogger of the Year, recognizing her Gloss and Dirt blog. In a news release, Allure said it established the competition to recognize beauty bloggers who meet Federal Trade Commission standards, issued in 2009. The title of Most Buzzworthy Blogger went to Brooke Pakulski, a 31-year-old from Natrona Heights, Pa., who blogs at Blushing Noir.

Four British models will have their artwork displayed next month at London's Whisper Gallery. The works by Next Models' Tali Lennox, Harry Gilliam, Polly Brown and Mark Waddleton are part of an exhibition entitled Identity, "which aims to investigate the issues of real versus perceived identity in society," according to the Telegraph.

The Cut fashion blog is inviting people to submit their old prom pictures to its Facebook page in a contest that could net the winner a $1,000 shopping spree. [The Cut]

Steve Madden, Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen threw a party in New York on Wednesday night, celebrating the launch of Superga sneakers in the U.S. The Olsens are the brand's new creative directors. [WWD]

Private equity firm Sycamore Partners is acquiring Talbots. [WWD] (Subscription required.)


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Madonna performs on stage during a concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Thursday. Credit: Jim Hollander / EPA

Fashion News: Givenchy, Bulgari part of Madonna's halftime show

The fashion world had reason to smile during Madonna's Super Bowl halftime show. The opening number was "Vogue," and dozens of giant replicas of Vogue magazine lighted up. The star dressed in Givenchy Couture and Bulgari jewels; M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj wore Erickson Beamon headpieces; I don't know who Cee Lo Green wore, but it was all black sequins. [Huffington Post] [WWD]

The performance was marred, though, by M.I.A., who inexplicably lifted her middle finger in a gesture for which NBC later apologized. [Fox]

If anyone who saw David Beckham's Super Bowl ad for his new H&M underwear and still wonders whether the soccer star can really sell underclothing, consider this: After he said his wife, Victoria, prefers him in long johns, sales of the garment shot up in the U.K. (Of course, it's also been freezing cold there.)  [Daily Mail]

Jason Wu for Target launched Sunday. Apparently there was no website crash, a la what happened with the Missoni collection in September. Still, within a few hours only a few items remained online for sale. [Racked]

And the majority of customers commenting on Target's Facebook page didn't sound happy with the usual m.o.: limited merchandise being snapped up in stores by unscrupulous buyers for resale on e Bay. [Target on Facebook] 

Vogue Editor Anna Wintour received her Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign in New York at a gala on Saturday. The award was for her support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. [The Cut]

Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe launched a clothing line last year and now is expanding into costume jewelry. [WWD] (Subscription required.)


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Madonna, wearing one of the Givenchy costumes in her Super Bowl performance, flanked by Nicki Minaj, left, and M.I.A. Credit:  Tannen Maury / EPA

Golden Globes 2012: Madonna’s easy waves


Madonna’s silver dress and bulging biceps may have been a bit rigid, but her easy, beachy waves certainly worked to soften things up.

“She wanted easy, natural texture,” says her longtime hair dresser Andy Lecompte. He started by rough drying the hair, manipulating and emphasizing her natural texture. He applied a mist of Wella Thermal Heat Protection spray to protect the hair from heat as well as add even more texture.

For the loose waves, Lecompte used his Phi platform 1-inch flat iron to make soft, “s” formations throughout the hair.

Finally, to create some piecey-ness, he used a mist of Wella’s Ocean Spritz to break up the waves and give the hair an overall tousled, relaxed look.

 --Melissa Magsaysay


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Photo:  Director Madonna arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 15, 2012, in Beverly Hills. Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images



Vionnet comes to Hollywood

Madeleine Vionnet, the French designer called "an architect among dressmakers," invented the bias cut and drew inspiration from Greek statues for her famous pleating, closed her business in 1939. But like so many fashion houses laid fallow, Vionnet has been reborn.

The revival of the famous French haute couture brand happened at the hand of an unlikely suitor, Matteo Marzotto, the Italian textile and fashion magnate who worked for 15 years at Valentino. It wasn't the best timing to bring back Vionnet -- in the spring of 2009 -- just when news about the global recession was the most dire. But despite starting on shaky ground, and replacing the design team last month after just two years, Vionnet has done remarkably well translating the house tradition of draping, color and pleating to Hollywood.

Gwyneth Paltrow has worn the label, as has Zoe Saldana. But it is Madonna who has done the most for this new-old name, wearing it on the red carpet (above, at a premiere in Venice) and in her upcoming film "W.E.," about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. (Four original Vionnet gowns were remade for the film.)

Hollywood's affinity for Vionnet may be the reason Marzotto took 48 hours out of his busy schedule to visit Los Angeles, to co-host a cocktail party Wednesday night with Saks Fifth Avenue at Mr. Chow -- and no doubt to charm celebrity stylists who are ramping up to dress their clients for the upcoming awards show season.

Vionnet head designer Rodolfo Paglialunga left the label last month, and has been replaced by twin sister design duo Barbara and Lucia Croce. The new ladies did not make the trip to L.A. (Their first collection will debut for media in January.) But Marzotto talked them up anyway, saying he thought they were right for the job because "they have international experience with several big houses, and they are sensible about what the consumer is going to wear." ("They also dress really modern and chic themselves," he added.)

The next steps at Vionnet will be opening a boutique in Milan next month, and developing business in China. Marzotto would also like Vionnet to offer a wider range of product (i.e. not just gowns), and to carve out a niche in the handbag market.

At the party, the spring collection certainly showed range. There were blush nude pleated gowns with jeweled belts, and more modern looking dresses in punchy brights and multicolored prints. There was also some great looking Vionnet costume jewelry, including chunky cuffs. On the casual chic end of the spectrum, party guest Crystal Lourd wore a charcoal gray Vionnet sweater dress with asymmetrical draping down one side. Crystal

As optimistic as Wednesday night's Champagne-soaked affair was, Marzotto acknowledged there are still challenges ahead for the brand. "The very rich are always going to buy," he said. "We need the people coming in to buy one special thing as well."


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-- Booth Moore

Top photo: Madonna at the "W.E." premiere at 68th Venice Film Festival. Vionnet gowns are featured in the film. Credit: Ian Gavan / Getty Images

Middle photo: Models wear looks from spring 2012 Vionnet collection at a party at Mr. Chow on Wednesday. Credit: John Shearer/Wireimage

Bottom photo: Crystal Lourd, left, in Vionnet, and Vogue contributing editor Lawren Howell. Credit: John Shearer/Wireimage

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

Kelly Osbourne fetes Material Girl at Macy's

Osbourne I like to think of Kelly Osbourne as the accidental fashion icon. In front of our eyes, she's gone from awkward teenager, to taut and toned "Dancing With The Stars" darling, to red-carpet commentator and fashion-campaign frontwoman -- always with an irreverent wit that makes her totally endearing. She's also a singer, an actress, an author and a fashion designer, for those who are keeping track (her Stiletto Killers label closed a few years back.) And she's only 26!

Her new gig as the face of the Material Girl collection for Macy's, designed by Lourdes Ciccone and mama Madonna, came about after Lourdes (or Lola, as she is known), wrote about Kelly's style on her blog. That led to a meeting, a deal, a photo shoot at the Mars Bar in New York City's East Village, and the cute ads out now. (A behind-the-scenes video of the shoot can be seen at the Material Girl Collection website

The Material Girl collection is aimed at  the junior set, those who are too young to remember the song Madonna made famous in 1985. Pieces include a faux suede fringed vest ($36), rose print miniskirt ($24); denim bustier ($26); sequin patch leggings ($22) and gladiator wedge-heel sandals ($44).

Osbourne is taking her latest starring role in stride. "I want to make it very clear, I am not a fashion model," she said before a personal appearance at Macy's at the Beverly Center on Thursday night. "Every girl, no matter who you are or where you grew up, you fantasize about stuff like this. I was standing there [at the photo shoot] doing all the poses I do alone in my room!"

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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Michelle Obama, Rachel Zoe and the Hells Angels

Michelle Obama at the Women's Conference Michelle Obama, speaking Tuesday at the annual Women's Conference in Long Beach, donned a Jason Wu sheath dress with an Alaia belt. [The Cut] And speaking of the first lady, a new study suggests her wardrobe choices have boosted the retail world by about $2.6 billion. [Vogue UK]

Ever wonder who is buying all those luxury goods during these tough economic times? Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) points to China, whose economy defies the trends and continues to grow.

Love Rachel Zoe? Want to dress like her? You've got opportunities, especially this evening when she is scheduled to appear on QVC to hawk her new collection. [The Cut]

Rodarte’s Laura and Kate Mulleavy have a few things to say about the intricate costumes they designed for the upcoming ballet thriller film "Black Swan." [People]

Kate Moss has just designed her final collection for Topshop. Check out a video of Moss dressing some of her best buds in pieces from the new line. [People]

Supermodel Lara Stone has won a fair bit of money from French Playboy. The magazine published unauthorized photos of her earlier this year. [Vogue UK]

What would a day be without news of the Hells Angels? They are suing Alexander McQueen, suggesting the British fashion house has misused its (trademarked) winged death heads symbol. [Vogue UK]

And, finally, the Material Girl wants the rest of us to shape up. Yes, Madonna is opening up a chain of gyms called (wait for it) Hard Candy Fitness. The first location? Mexico City. [Styleist]

-- Alice Short

Photo: Michelle Obama at the Women's Conference. Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

Mick Rock talks about shooting Bowie, Lady Gaga and why he's collaborating with John Varvatos

Photo On Saturday (Oct. 2), legendary rock ’n’ roll photographer Mick Rock turned the Santa Monica Bloomingdale’s men’s department into a backstage lounge.

Rock, who launched his career in the early ’70s shooting Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie, flew out from New York to christen the John Varvatos shop in Bloomies by shooting portraits of shoppers who shelled out more than $250 on Varvatos jeans and Converse sneakers. Rock was also promoting his latest book, “Mick Rock: Exposed,” signing copies for customers.

In a nearly four-decade career, Rock has shot music icons ranging from Lou Reed and Iggy Pop to Madonna, Bono and Lady Gaga. He also dabbles in fashion and has shot Kate Moss, so he’s more than cool with partnering with designer Varvatos. “People say why are you doing this?” he says. “One, John [Varvatos] is a friend of mine. Two, he crossed my palm with some silver. And three, I got a bunch of free clothes.”

Rock chatted with All the Rage, while getting ready for his close-ups.

You've worked with David Bowie since Ziggy Stardust -- in the days before musicians had stylists.
David is much more than music and it always was with him. He was long, long ahead of everybody. He was so prescient. He had influence on all kinds of things like makeup on women – Ziggy Stardust makeup.

Who else did you enjoy working with?
Debbie Harry. In her prime, she was extraordinary -- there’s nobody -- all due respect to Madonna and Lady Gaga.

Kate Moss?
I shot her raw and rock ’n’ roll for V magazine. It was Johnny Rotten meets Debbie Harry.
She’s smart. There’s an old English phrase: There’s no flies on Kate Moss.

What’s the difference between rock ’n’ roll and fashion photography?
Rock ’n’ roll is an attitude. Even though I get people in incredible clothes, it's a lesser concern than the personality.

[In "Mick Rock: Exposed," we look at a suave Bryan Ferry wearing a tropical khaki suit] This is great men’s style.
That was in Holland Park, London, in 1975. Ferry's "our man in Havana" look.

Lady Gaga?
She has an echo of Ziggy Stardust in there. She’s musically talented. It’s a mistake to trivialize her because there’s been so much of it.

[We look at a picture of Ronnie Spector flashing her underwear]
There's Ronnie Spector in her knickers. I might not have published that if she were wearing a thong. It wasn’t about gettng a cheap thrill.

What bands do you enjoy shooting now?
I love the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I love the KiIllers. ... I love the Scissor Sisters.

Which of your portraits is John Varvatos' favorite?
Syd Barrett [Pink Floyd's tragic founding member, who passed away in 2006].

-- Max Padilla

Photo: Mick Rock at the John Varvatos event at Bloomingdales. Courtesy John Varvatos

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Katy Perry's cleavage causes 'Sesame Street' uproar

Katy Perry We've always said one should dress appropriately for the occasion. Unfortunately, Katy Perry didn't understand what some parents would find objectionable about wearing a low-cut outfit (not the one pictured, but you get the sense of her usual style) for an appearance on "Sesame Street."  Katy's duet with Elmo, which had been scheduled to air on the PBS series later this season, made its way to YouTube, sparking a bit of an outcry and leading "Sesame Street" to decide not to broadcast it on TV. [Us]  

We've also always said one should dress for success, and Kevin Farrell has given the idea a whole new spin. Farrell is America's top Tupperware salesman. And he does it in drag, performing musical numbers and jokes as his alter ego, Dee W. Leye, as he demonstrates the product. [People]

Madonna and daughter Lourdes Leon are still actively promoting their Material Girl line and appeared at Macy's in New York's Herald Square on Wednesday night. Madonna says she has more fashion brands in the works. [WWD]   

Expanding on the store-within-a-store concept, Sears is giving 15% of the space in its Costa Mesa store to fast fashion brand Forever 21, with the opening due this spring. This expands on the trend of somewhat staid department stores teaming with other (trendier) retailers as JCPenney, for instance, did with Sephora. [Wall Street Journal]

Georgia May Jagger has been starring in Hudson Jean ads, and now she is going to design a 20-piece collection for the brand. She also is planning to attend art school in New York to study photography. Let's see: Can the daughter of a rock god become a successful fashion designer? Let's ask Stella McCartney. [Fashionologie]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Katy Perry in an appearance for a more adult crowd. Credit: Mikael Libert / EPA

Madonna launches junior's collection at Macy's in Glendale, Costa Mesa

MAZ_9575 Madonna is ready to "dress you up in her love." Or, at least, in her new junior's fashion collection — which launches Tuesday exclusively at four Macy's stores, including the Glendale Galleria and South Coast Plaza outposts (New York and San Francisco are the other two locations).

The fast-fashion line, aptly called Material Girl, was co-designed by Madge and her stylish 13-year-old daughter, Lourdes (aka Lola). Taylor Momsen, the punky, bleach-topped "Gossip Girl" star, is the face of the brand.

Comprised of clothes, footwear, handbags and jewelry, the collection is priced from $12 to $40 -- and hearkens back to Madonna's Material Girl days, when millions of screaming girls co-opted the singer's punked-out look, defined by rubber bracelets, tutus, bustiers and boatloads of bold metal accessories.

Iconix060710_032_300dpi And though the collection was designed for teens, there are plenty of pieces suitable for the 21-plus set. A faux leather motorcycle vest, plaid cropped blazer and swingy black high-waisted shorts are among the looks we could envision on twenty- and thirtysomething L.A. girls. (The floral mini-skirt and houndstooth-print bustier are better left to the ingenues.)

Fun, flirty and personal — it's really the collection Madonna should have launched years ago, instead of messing around with that minimalist H&M collection a few years back.

-- Emili Vesilind

Top photo: Madonna with a Material Girl look. Credit: Macy's

Bottom photo: A faux leather vest from the collection. Credit: Macy's.


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