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Fashion News: Teen Choice Awards bring out the Barbies

The Teen Choice Awards brought stars of film, music and TV to Universal City on Sunday night and a lot of Barbie-esque mini-dresses in bubble gum colors, too (Selena Gomez, Lea Michele, Hayden Panettiere). The look was fitting considering the audience and the event, but I preferred Kristen Stewart rocking fall's menswear trend early in a blue silk Robert Cavalli jacket and leather leggings (above), and singer Carly Rae Jepsen's red-carpet look of a palm-tree print jacket and shorts suit by Lisa Ho, and Tiki bar clutch by Kate Spade New York (below). Stewart, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift were among the evening's winners. You can check out E! Online's gallery of arrivals here.Jepsen

I saw "The Dark Knight Rises" this weekend, and Anne Hathaway is hot, hot, hot in that skintight black catsuit. She is going to do more for the black leather fashion trend that's upon us for the fall season than any magazine spread. Hathaway looked so good in the costume, in fact, that a fashion friend I spoke to wondered whether the filmmakers used computer technology to whittle her waist. Not likely. The Huffington Post reports that the star went on an anti-inflammatory diet to fit into the suit, which was created by the film's costume designer Lindy Hemming.

It looks like the next big historical costume blockbuster will be "Anna Karenina," which opens Nov. 9. The costumes for the screen adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy classic are being made by Jacqueline Durran, and Women's Wear Daily reports the baubles for the film's lead Keira Knightley were supplied by Chanel Joaillerie. 

Nicole Richie's exclusive limited-edition collection for Macy's Impulse is slated to make its runway debut on Sept. 7 in L.A. at this year's annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser, "Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama," but we have a sneak peek.

-- Booth Moore


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Top photo: Actress Kristen Stewart accepts the Ultimate Choice award onstage during the 2012 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Lower photo: Singer Carly Rae Jepsen arrives at the awards ceremony. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Sneak peek: Nicole Richie debuts for Macy's Impulse

Nicole Richey for Impulse
Nicole Richie's exclusive limited-edition collection for Macy's Impulse is slated to make its runway debut at this year's annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser, "Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama," but we have a sneak peek pictured here.

This is the 30th year for the fundraiser, which combines fashion, music, dance and technology in a theatrical show.  Over the years, the event -- which was co-chaired by the late actress and AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor --  has raised more than $30 million for HIV/AIDS organizations and research projects in Los Angeles and San Francisco, according to organizers.

Nicole Richie's collection includes 1970s-influenced silhouettes, prints and fabrications, with pieces priced from $49 to $149. Besides Richie's collection, other labels participating in Glamorama include Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Bar III.

The theme of the event is "British Invasion: The Music Then, the Fashion Now," with performances slated by Robin Thicke and Karmin. It's scheduled for 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway in Los Angeles. Tickets, starting at $75, are available for American Express cardholders now and go on sale to the public on Wednesday.

Glamorama  will be repeated at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 in San Francisco. 


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Nicole Richie has designs on a star brand

Is tabloid sensation-turned-designer Nicole Richie poised to become the next big celebrity fashion brand?

Following in the footsteps of Jessica Simpson and Rachel Zoe, Richie, 30 -- whose adoptive father is Lionel Richie -- launched her House of Harlow 1960 jewelry line in late 2007, adding shoes in 2009 and bags in June 2011. Last spring, she debuted ready-to-wear under the label Winter Kate.

Her designs are an extension of her paparazzi-ready personal style -- witchy woman, rock goddess, '60s and '70s vintage princess.

Richie hosted the kickoff festivities for L.A.’s Fashion’s Night Out in September and sat front row at the Louis Vuitton runway show in Paris earlier this month. Come February, she’ll be in our living rooms every week, as a mentor on NBC’s new “Fashion Star” designer competition series.

Richie will be making a personal appearance at Nordstrom at the Grove from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 10. Anyone who makes a Winter Kate or House of Harlow 1960 purchase will get the opportunity to meet her.

I had the pleasure of interviewing her a few weeks ago at her Hollywood Hills house. There's a lovable, Elle Woods quality to the mother-of-two, whether she's jetting off to Mexico for her girls-only 30th birthday, or hitting the Los Angeles Flower Market every Saturday with two friends. Read more about her fashion ambitions in my story in this week's Image section.

--Booth Moore


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Nicole Richie at work in her home office. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times.

Nicole Richie in fashion, at work and at home [Updated]

Nicole Following in the footsteps of her blond celebrity brethren Jessica Simpson and Rachel Zoe, Nicole Richie has a fashion line that seems like it's ready for takeoff.

Richie launched the House of Harlow 1960 jewelry line in 2008. Last spring she added ready-to-wear* under the label Winter Kate. (Her backer is Montreal-based Majestic Mills.) And although she hasn't yet had a show or presentation during New York or Los Angeles Fashion Week, there is evidence she is upping her fashion profile, making personal appearances to promote the brand, and hosting the kickoff festivities for L.A.'s Fashion's Night Out earlier this month at the Beverly Center. She's also starring in NBC's "Fashion Star" designer competition series (along with Simpson) beginning in January.

Her designs, like Richie herself, are very boho, witchy woman, rock goddess, '60s and '70s vintage chic. For fall, there are fringed velvet bed jackets, firefly-print maxi dresses, silk camisoles and short-shorts, but no pants that I can tell. Accessories include beaded moccasins, velvet booties and ponyskin bags in the $195-to-$695 price point, and jewelry has antler, chevron, arrow and stud motifs.

When I visited Richie on Monday, she had just returned from a girls' weekend in Mexico to celebrate her 30th birthday. She even showed me the red beaded dress she wore on her birthday night, a vintage piece purchased at L.A.'s The Way We Wore, which she chopped off to make micro-mini short.

Richie's house -- which she shares with husband Joel Madden of the band Good Charlotte, and their two kids Harlow and Sparrow -- is canyon cool with natural wood floors, a sunken living room, big brick fireplace, kilim rugs, fur throw pillows, a terrarium, and two taxidermy chickens dressed in aristocratic finery.

There was incense burning, Hendrix on the sound system and the family cat, an Abyssinian named Gypsy, roaming about, even jumping in front of the camera during our photo shoot. And befitting a rock 'n' roll household, the bar cart was well stocked.

Stevie Nicks would feel right at home in Richie's office, which looks out over the treetops. Her antique desk is covered with line sheets and sketches, and there is a red-feathered tribal headdress (a gift from Madden) sitting on a side table. (She also has a downtown studio, where her design team is set up.)

Seeing her house was a nice entree into Richie's sense of style. Stay tuned for my story about the tabloid sensation-turned-brand builder (and novelist!) in a few weeks.


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Top photo:  Nicole Richie during a Fashion's Night Out event earlier this month at the Beverly Center. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times.

Bottom photos: The Winter Kate fall 2011 look book. Credit: Hugh Lippe.

[*Update 9/29/11, 3:09 p.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly described the Winter Kate label as including footwear. It does not.] 


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