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Fashion News: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen win CFDA Award

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
The leap from child actresses to fashion designers has paid off in many ways for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Monday night they were recognized with the coveted womenswear designer of the year award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. It was the first time the 25-year-old sisters have been nominated, and they had fierce competition: Marc Jacobs, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler were the other nominees. Other winners were Billy Reid for menswear and Reed Krakoff for accessories. Winners of Swarovski Awards for Emerging Talent were Joseph Altuzarra, Phillip Lim and Tabitha Simmons; lifetime achievement went to Tommy Hilfiger. [Styleite]

Mary-Kate Olsen surprised everyone by showing off newly dark locks at the event. [People]

Diamond Jubilee concert

Baby, she's a rock star. England's Queen Elizabeth II took to the stage at the end of her Diamond Jubilee concert Monday night at Buckingham Palace, wearing a shimmery gold dress, pearls and her characteristic handbag but surprisingly no tiara or hat. She joined her equally flashy knights, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John, both looking a little sparkly themselves. [Telegraph]

New York Knicks captain Amare Stoudemire proposed to his longtime girlfriend Alexis Welch in Paris on Saturday — reportedly with a $1-million engagement ring that features an 8.5-carat diamond. [People]

Glenn Beck went on a 10-minute radio rant against Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and her support for President Obama. She is the devil and there was a movie about it, he said, referring to "The Devil Wears Prada." [Styleite]

The Italian press has been speculating that Giorgio Armani intends to turn his company over to a foundation, but a spokesman says there is no such plan. [WWD]

French designer Sophie Theallet is partnering with the Limited to be its "exclusive guest designer," with a capsule collection planned to debut for the holiday season. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Valentino Garavani is designing costumes for three performances that will be part of the New York City Ballet's Fall Gala in September. [Styleite]

Joanna Sykes, design director of Aquascutum since May 2010, is leaving at the end of the month in a "mutual decision," the brand's new chief executive says. [WWD]


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— Susan Denley

Photos: From top, Mary-Kate Olsen, left, and Ashley Olsen receive womenswear designer of the year award on stage at the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall on Monday in New York City. Credit: Theo Wargo / Getty Images

Royals take to the stage at the end of the Diamond Jubilee concert Monday at Buckingham Palace in London. Queen Elizabeth II, in gold, is shown with daughter-in-law the Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Paul McCartney in blue, son Prince Charles at the microphone and Sir Elton John in pink. Credit: David Parker / WPA Pool / Getty Images

Fashion News: JonBenet Ramsay's dad slams 'Toddlers & Tiaras'

Toddlers & Tiaras

The father of JonBenet Ramsay, the 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant found slain at home 15 years ago in a case that remains unsolved, says he regrets allowing his daughter to participate in pageants and be put on display because it could have made her a target. And he finds television shows like "Toddlers & Tiaras," above, disturbing, he says. [New York Daily News]

"The Bachelor's" Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson swore Monday night after this season's finale that although they had broken up between the filming of the proposal and its airing, they are back together and happy. But when Robertson was seen out running errand in L.A. on Tuesday she wasn't wearing the engagement ring. Hmmmm? [Us Weekly] 

Jennifer Lawrence

A variety of styles was seen on the red carpet during the L.A. premiere of "The Hunger Games" on Monday evening. Notable looks included star Jennifer Lawrence's old-school gold lame gown with sweeping train, Kelly Osbourne's feminine tuxedo (worn with lavender hair), Miley Cyrus' two-piece bustier and skirt and Elizabeth Banks' one-shoulder orange mini. [Los Angeles Times]

L'Oreal and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are collaborating on a $1.2-million research project aimed at eliminating animal testing of beauty products. [WWD] (subcription required)

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's capsule shoe collection for Superga will be available to buy exclusively at Harvey Nichols later this month. [Vogue]

Thom Browne will be the first American designer to show during Aurora Fashion Week in Saint Petersburg, Russia, which takes place in April. [WWD] (subscription required)

Nina Agdal has been named Rookie of the Year for her first-time appearance this year in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition. The 19-year-old is from Denmark and reportedly has been dating singing idol Joe Jonas recently. [Modelinia]


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--Susan Denley

Photos, from top: Destiny Ellis, age 5, competes in a pageant in 2009 on "Toddlers & Tiaras";  Jennifer Lawrence in gold lame at "The Hunger Games" Los Angeles premiere. Credits: Rebecca Drobis / TLC;  Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Frugal Fashion: 'Martha Marcy' star Elizabeth Olsen in Chanel

Elizabeth OlsenEarlier this year, actress Elizabeth Olsen was asked about her interest in fashion in an interview with Elle Girl. It was a valid question for the 22-year-old, who happens to be the younger sister of twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, designers of the clothing lines the Row and Elizabeth and James. The actress said she had no interest in working in fashion like her older sisters, but did give a little insight into her style evolution.

"I used to be strictly Annie Hall in high school,"  Olsen said. "I would wear the hat and suspenders and all the button-up shirts and masculine pants."

Olsen has come a long way from dressing up like Annie Hall, evolving into a fashion-wise, elegant movie star. She appears alongside Hugh Dancy in the new film "Martha Marcy May Marlene,"  which opened last week.

Olsen attended a premiere for the film during the 55th BFI London Film Festival in a baby pink sequin boat-neck blouse and tiered tulle and lace skirt, both from the Chanel spring 2011 couture collection. She finished the pink ensemble with shiny, pointy-toed champagne heels by Christian Louboutin. Her pairing of the sequin and tulle textures was sophisticated and playful. 

With holiday parties approaching, you'll need to start thinking about your winter party wardrobe. Olsen's look may make for fun gala or premiere attire, but her mixed textures can be the perfect inspiration when planning your holiday looks.


For a sequin top that sparkles, try the sequin tee from for $90, sequined knit top from for $19.80 or the one shoulder asymmetric sequinned top from for $69.90. Or you can try a fun pattern with the  Vince Camuto sequin animal boxy blouse for $78 from or Tiffany top from for $36.90.


For a textured skirt similar to Olsen's, try the long maxi lace skirt for $24.99 from,  Asos midi skirt in check for $71.88 from or the Asos mesh and chiffon maxi skirt for $89.85, also from For a shorter version, get the Christin Michaels Florence skirt for $40 from

There's a lot to do to prepare for the holiday season, but at least sartorially, you'll be ready.

Happy shopping!

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We're up for the challenge.


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Photos, from top: Elizabeth Olsen attends the "Martha Marcy May Marlene" premiere during the 55th BFI London Film Festival at the Vue West End on Oct. 21 in London. Credit: Tim Whitby /Getty Images For the BFI.

Blouses, from left: Sequin tee, $90 /; Sequined knit top, $19.80 /; asymmetric sequinned top, $69.90 /; Vince Camuto sequin animal boxy blouse, $78 /; Tiffany top, $36.90 /  

Skirts, from left: Long maxi lace skirt, $24.99 /; Asos midi skirt in check, $71.88 /; Asos mesh and chiffon maxi skirt, $89.95 /; Christin Michaels Florence skirt, $40 /

Fashion News: Vera Wang designs Kim Kardashian's wedding gown

Kris Humphries, left, with fiance Kim Kardashian -- Vera Wang is designing Kim Kardashian's wedding gown. “Vera has been a close family friend for a long time and we had talked about this moment for years,” Kardashian wrote on her blog Monday. Her wedding to basketball player Kris Humphries is planned for Aug. 20. Wang also designed the gown for Kim's sister Khloe when she wed the Lakers' Lamar Odom. [People]

-- Cast members of "Glee" will reportedly make appearances in L.A. and New York Sept. 8 as part of Fashion's Night Out, the shopping and fashion spectacular launched by Vogue a few years back to stimulate industry sales. [New York Post]

-- Nicola Formichetti, the designer behind many of Lady Gaga's memorable looks and creative director for Mugler, plans to launch his own line, with a sneak preview in a pop-up shop during New York Fashion Week in September. [Telegraph]

-- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen launched a redesigned website on Monday. It includes behind-the-scenes features and improved shopping. [WWD]

-- Rihanna got in the spirit Monday, wearing a red and gold bikini costume and feathered headdress in a festive Kadooment Day parade in her native Barbados. [People]

-- Ralph Toledano, former chairman and chief executive officer of Chloé International, has been named chairman of the board at St. John, the Irvine, Calif.-based maker of classic knitwear for women. The brand has struggled to appeal to younger buyers, in recent years trying a parade of celebrities in its advertising, including Gisele Bundchen, Angelina Jolie and Karen Elson. [WWD] (subscription required)  

-- Kelly Rowland is the face of Empress, a new women's scent from P.Diddy. [The Cut]

--Susan Denley

Photo: Kim Kardashian, right, with fiance Kris Humphries says Vera Wang is designing her wedding gown. Credit: Mark Thompson / Getty Images


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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Westminster Abbey turned into English country garden for royal wedding. New creative director named at Balmain.


Westminster Abbey is being turned into an indoor garden -- complete with a canopy of eight 20-foot-tall trees -- for Friday's royal wedding. Kate Middleton is working with garden artistic director Shane Connolly to re-create the feel of an English country garden. Eco-minded, she insisted that the trees be seasonal and replantable. [Daily Mail]

I don't know if this is spooky or sweet or just a coincidence: Middleton has taken to carrying Tod's "D Bag" -- named for the late Princess Diana who, had she lived, would have been Middleton's mother-in-law. [Telegraph]

Olivier Rousteing is taking over as creative director at Balmain, which announced just three weeks ago that it was parting ways with Christophe Decarnin. Rousteing joined the atelier in 2009 and had been in charge of the women's wear studio. [Telegraph] 

Ralph Lauren has mounted an exhibition of his vintage car collection at Paris' Les Arts Décoratifs. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

A/X Armani Exchange marks its 20th year with a capsule collection, AXX. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

Tali Lennox, the 18-year-old daughter of singer Annie Lennox, has been nominated for Scottish Model of the Year. [Telegraph] 

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen had another of their many dreams come true last week when First Lady Michelle Obama wore one of their pieces -- a skirt from The Row, which she donned for an appearance on "The View." [StyleList] 


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Westminster Abbey, which is being turned into an indoor English country garden for the royal wedding. Credit: Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times 

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen plan an online shopping site, LeBron James nails a watch deal

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at age 24 already have four fashion labels -- The Row, Elizabeth and James, Textile Elizabeth and James, and Olsenboye. Now they are going digital, with plans to launch online shopping site in July. Users will sign up, complete a "style profile," and for a monthly fee of around $30, receive a curated choice of items to purchase. This is similar to Kate Bosworth and [Updated: 6:37 a.m. April 11] Cher Coulter's, which sends subscribers one piece of jewelry each month. [Telegraph] [Updated to correct misspelling of Cher Coulter's first name as Chris.]  

Miami Heat star LeBron James is in a deal with Audemars Piguet. James will be a celebrity representative for the watchmaker, while the company will support the basketball player's charities.  [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Designer Roland Mouret and model Claudia Schiffer will be among the judges for "Fashion Fringe," the British competition that nurtures young designers who compete for a cash prize and mentoring from established pros. The pair replace John Galliano, late of Dior, who was honorary chairman last year. "Fashion Fringe" is taking applications through May 4, and three finalists will produce collections to show at London Fashion Week in September. Past prize winners include Erdem and Eun Jeong. [Telegraph] [Catwalk Queen]  

Alexander McQueen is releasing a limited edition skull-print scarf to coincide with the opening of the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" exhibition at the Met in NYC. The scarves will sell for $495 and be in the brand's stores in May. [Harper's Bazaar]

E-tailers will participate for the first time in Fashion's Night Out, the annual global shopping/entertainment extravaganza spearheaded by Vogue, whose third installment is scheduled this fall. In the U.S., the date to save is Sept. 8. [WWD] (Subscription required.)  

New L.A. label Sol Angeles celebrated its launch this week with a party Tuesday night attended by Kardashian queen mum Kris Jenner. The line's soft tees will be on sale at Fred Segal. [PopSugar LA]

Cynthia Rowley is making over her menswear line, and renaming it too. Mr. Powers is named for her husband, gallerist Bill Powers. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

--Susan Denley

Photo: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images


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