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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Anne Hathaway looks lovely on Vogue's November cover

-- Anne Hathaway looks fresh and natural on Vogue's November cover, wearing an elegant gown, a slightly tousled up-do and a lovely smile -- rather as she does in the photo above! [The Cut]

-- Anthropologie plans to open its first accessories-only store on Oct. 29 in Chevy Chase, Md. It's the first of several new concepts for Anthropologie. [WWD] (Subscription required)

-- And speaking of accessories, Hermes plans to open two pop-up shops in London next month. The shops will be dedicated to the designer's scarves and customers can buy scarves and also learn how to tie them. [Vogue UK]

-- Now -- on the heels of New York, Milan, London and Paris -- it's Japan's turn: Japan Fashion Week is on, running through Friday. [WWD] (Subscription required)

-- As part of the Pasadena Museum of California Art's California Design Biennial, a group of designers will participate in a discussion of their craft Wednesday evening. Participants are to include Jill Giordano, Calleen Cordero, Gregory Parkinson, George Esquivel and more. The event, hosted by boutique-owner-journalist Rose Apodaca, who curated the Biennial's fashion portion, will be from 5 yo 7 p.m. at 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. Admission is $7, or $5 for students. [StyleSection LA]

-- A pantheon of designers (including Isaac Mizrahi, Vera Wang and Francisco Costa) attended a cocktail party at Bergdorf Goodman celebrating a new book from Women's Wear Daily that commemorates the publication's centennial, "WWD: 100 Years, 100 Designers." [WWD]

-- Forever 21 has changed the name of its plus-size division, previously known as Faith 21, to Forever 21+, and its fall collection has some great on-trend pieces (such as a sparkly cocktail dress, military-inspired shirt and floaty striped sweater. [FabSugar]

-- Uggs have swept Hong Kong, selling out one department store in only a day in a muggy city where there is almost never any need for toasty footwarmers. Well, why not? After all, they've been ubiquitous in L.A. for years. [The Cut]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Anne Hathaway makes an awards show appearance. Credit: Getty Images



'Project Runway's' Tim Gunn greets his fawning fans at Kate Spade in Pasadena

Tim2Mere hours before Seth Aaron Henderson was revealed as this season's "Project Runway" winner, the show's co-host, Tim Gunn, was greeting hoards of fans at the Kate Spade store in Pasadena.

Gunn, who pulls double duty as TV host and the chief creative officer of Liz Claiborne (the parent company of Kate Spade) was in town to drum up business for the brand by hosting a fashion presentation and audience Q&A session.

His Southern California stopover was part of a national tour of Kate Spade stores the fashion exec's been on, which has included major cities such as Dallas and Chicago.

Fans crammed into the small boutique on Colorado Boulevard for a chance to ask Gunn styling advice and introduce models dressed in sunny Kate Spade ensembles. And if you were behind the third row of smiling women, you were hard-pressed to even catch a glimpse of the man who made "Make it work" a national catchphrase.

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The foot bone's not connected to the brain bone -- is it?

UggsDelighted to be posting on this oh-so-very-soignee site, and nattering about matters that concern me on the styling streets of Los Angeles.

Like this one that's been a puzzlement to me for a long time in L.A.

During last week's heat wave, when 100 degrees was the ''cooling-off'' period of the day, I saw at least a half-dozen young women wearing tanks or camisoles along with shorts or short skirts ... and Uggs,or knee-high buckskin boots! The sidewalks were sizzling, yet from the knees down they looked as if they were trudging through a Canadian winter.

Happens every year, and everywhere from WeHo and the Grove to downtown and Pasadena and Beverly Hills. And then, in the winter, for the few days that the cold rain is pummeling and the hail arrives like frozen 8-millimeter Mikimoto pearls, L.A. women course the shivery streets bundled into Michelin Man parkas and dashing pashminas -- with flip-flops on their wet bare feet! 

Are we such frontier gals that our feet, then, are the toughest part of us? Or can we simply not bear to give in entirely to seasonal chic and surrender our feet to the calendar and the barometer? 

Your thoughts are welcome, as you may have puzzled over this yourself.

Gotta go now and choose my inappropriate footwear for today.

-- Patt Morrison   

Photo: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times

Photo of the Day: Street fashions in Old Pasadena


Photographer Colin Young-Wolff recently braved the heat to find some of the stylish set in Old Pasadena. He found Frederick Tabafunda, left, and Thu Lee sharing a moment. They broke their gaze long enough to share a bit of their clothing aesthetic: He prefers an urban look with V-neck shirts and slim, straight jeans, and claims to embody "tall, energetic and friendly" fashion. She loves cardigans and "spontaneous, energetic outfits." Click here for more photos.


Los Angeles' Third Street neighborhood

Abbot Kinney, Venice

Melrose Trading Post

Events: Pasadena Bead and Design Show, Martin + Osa, more

Pasadena Bead and Design Show Thursday through Sunday:The expo, showcasing jewelry and bead-makers, returns to Pasadena for the fourth time. Jewelers and handcrafters will exhibit their wares, featuring glasswork, lapidary and precious metals. Workshops include sessions on setting cabochons in silver, silk painting and making gemstone pendants. On Friday, Suzi Click will moderate "How to Develop Style With Artwear," featuring a panel, fashion show and raffle with complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres ($35 admission for the event, which runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m, includes four-day entry to the show). Pre-registration is available online.

168 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. (530) 274-2222. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $10 admission good for all four

Martin + Osa Guaranteed Fit Sessions Saturday: Martin + Osa denim designer Paul Dillinger reveals his denim secrets at the Westfield Century City and Americana at Brand. Learn how to get a perfect fit and customize jeans at home with a customization kit that includes a deck of cards, tea, needle and thread. The first 30 guests who purchase a pair of denim ($79.50 to $110), will receive a Dillinger custom kit.

10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 785-7924. 1 to 3 p.m.

867 Americana Way, Glendale. (818) 243-1885. 5 to 7 p.m.

Hollywood Fest Saturday Lisa Moffie inaugurates a fashion, art and music bazaar under a giant tent in the parking lot of Ca'Brea restaurant. Moffie's booth will stock new off-price designer clothing ($50 to $700) from Valentino, Luisa Beccaria, Lotta Stenson and Tory Burch. Other vendors will be offering knitwear, jewelry and artwork. Shoppers are encouraged to drop into neighboring Ca'Brea for a Champagne brunch.

346 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (213) 840-1664. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Store news and upcoming sales

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Sale Rack: Deals at Showroom Seven, Lost & Found, Giggle

Showroom Seven Wednesday through July 24: Cooper Design Space showroom clears out its current and previous season stock with discounts up to 90% and prices starting at $10 for labels such as Charlotte Ronson, Erickson Beamon and Issa London. Look for the Erickson Beamon turquoise brooch, one of which was worn by First Lady Michelle Obama, for $242 (Henri Bendel retail price was $605). Other finds: a $155 Orla Kiely Fair Isle V-neck cardigan (original price: $356) and $200 tortoise-print hold-all ($425 at Bloomingdale's), a $325 Issa London silk jersey jumpsuit ($425 at Bloomingdale's) and $200 Tony Cohen chiffon ruffle-sleeve dress ($600 at Barneys New York). Credit cards accepted, including American Express.

860 S. Los Angeles St., Mezzanine 3, Los Angeles. (213) 316-1002. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lost & Found ongoing: Modern sunny boutique spread over five Yucca Street storefronts is taking 25% to 40% off spring fashions for men, women and children. Women can peruse $179 Isabel Marant tops (original price $285) and $169 to $279 Local dresses ($230 to $375). Men can find Woolrich shirts and jackets for $89 to $229, $189 B'sbee jackets ($385) and $69 Tailor Vintage madras shorts. Kids' clothing ranges from $19 to $79.

6314-6322 Yucca St., Los Angeles. (323) 856-5872. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Giggle ongoing: Children's clothing shop, specializing in infants, is taking up to 70% off apparel, bedding, bags, stationery and toys, both in store and online. Brands include Tea, Cabana, Egg by Susan Lazar, True Modern, Built, JJ Cole and Fleurville. Summer items on sale include $24.99 girl's tank swimsuits (regularly $32) and $14.99 baby's sun hat ($20), both with a woven-in UV protection factor of more than 50.

517 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena. (626) 744-0233. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

-- Max Padilla

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