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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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Molly Sims and producer Scott Stuber got married Saturday in a quiet ceremony in the Napa Valley. The bride wore a Marchesa gown; the groom wore Tom Ford. [People]

Pippa Middleton wore a knee-length blue watercolor-print dress and matching fascinator headpiece to the wedding of friends Thomas Sutton and Harriet Colthurst on Saturday. On her arm was date Alex Loudon, who was also her escort to her sister's royal wedding in April. [People]

Middleton's sister, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wore a scarlet lace dress -- which might or might not have been by Erdem --  to the same wedding. [Fashionista]

And rumor has it that the Duchess of Cambridge may appear on the cover of U.S. Vogue, shot by Mario Testino. [Telegraph]

Gala in the Garden at the Hammer Museum

Actors (including Neil Patrick Harris, Will Farrell, Dana Delany and John C. Reilly), artists (such as Ed Ruscha and David LaChapelle) and design stars (such as Monique Lhuillier) turned out for Saturday's Gala in the Garden at the Hammer Museum in L.A. Art collector Rosette Delug and "Sex and the City" creator Darren Star co-chaired the dinner, which reportedly raised $1.7 million for the museum's exhibitions and free public programs. [Society News LA]

First Kirstie Alley, now Nancy Grace: Grace says she has lost 10 pounds on "Dancing With the Stars." The physically challenging show also seemed to kick-start weight loss for former contestant Alley, whose weight loss we've mentioned before. [People]

Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour said in an interview published Saturday in Italy's La Republica newspaper that she would like to see women protesting in the streets during Milan Fashion Week over what critics say is the licentious behavior of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. [WWD] 

Make Up For Ever plans to open a flagship boutique in Los Angeles in October. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

Creative director Nicola Formichetti is scheduled to start live-blogging from the Mugler atelier Monday. And the label's Facebook page should start carrying teasers for a short film by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin starring Lady Gaga, which is to be shown in full during Mugler's runway show in Paris on Wednesday. [Telegraph]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Saturday's Gala in the Garden at the Hammer Museum. Credit: Stefanie Keenan

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At New York Fashion Week, which wrapped up Thursday, there was a lot to mull over besides the clothes and a lot to look at in addition to the many celebrities who grabbed front-row seats and headlines.

Mugler designer Nicola Formichetti's pop-up shop, for instance, which is set to remain open till Wednesday, made for an eye-popping field trip. Fashion critic Booth Moore compares it to "a mirrored fun house." It's not surprising that the man who is also a primary stylist for Lady Gaga would be expert at melding the worlds of fashion and entertainment.

Moore was also intrigued by Norma Kamali's 3-D video and by websites that allow designers to sell directly to consumers without going through store buyers as middlemen.

Norma Kamali Technology is changing the way fashion is presented and sold, as Moore explains in her examination of how technology, entertainment and fashion intersected during the shows.

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-- Susan Denley 

Top photo: the glittering view inside Nicola Formichetti's New York pop-up shop. Credit: Evan Joseph

Bottom photo: Norma Kamali, center, at the screening of the 3-D film of her spring collection. Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Norma Kamali


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