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Your morning fashion and beauty report: 'Project Runway' judges make 'toughest decision' ever. Now you have to decide on a Halloween costume.


"Project Runway" closed out its season Thursday night with judges making what host Heidi Klum called the "toughest decision in 'Project Runway' history." After much debate over the merits of the three remaining finalists -- Gretchen Jones, Mondo Guerra and Andy South -- judges named Jones as the top designer, saying the 28-year-old Oregonian's collection was the most "sellable" and the most on-trend. I'm pretty sure we'll be hearing more from all of them, though. [CBS] 

"What Not to Wear" returns Friday night for its eighth season on TLC. If you haven't seen it, it's worth a look. The basic philosophy, according to Los Angeles Times' television critic Robert Lloyd, is that there are no ugly women, only ugly clothes, and by changing your clothes you can change yourself. The episode begins at 9 p.m. PDT. [Los Angeles Times]

I love it when Halloween falls on a weekend. More time to get into the spirit; more opportunities to wear costumes. Some women I know plan to start Friday and change costumes daily (or maybe even twice a day) through Sunday. We know that one of this year's popular looks will be Snooki of "Jersey Shore." But what, you may be wondering, will Snooki wear? Reports are that it's -- drum roll -- a pickle costume. A short, tight, sexy pickle costume, of course, complete with a light-up, pickle-shaped scepter. [WWD]

Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres plans to start the weekend by going on-air Friday dressed as Snooki's trademark pouf -- that's right, she's going to be a big fluff of hair. [People]

If you're still looking for costume ideas, Heidi Klum has tons of them for couples and for kids. Some pretty creative stuff. She and husband Seal once decked themselves out as a snake-wrapped apple (Heidi) and blond-wigged Eve (Seal). [StyleList]   

For more Halloween inspiration, check out BellaSugar's 15 face-painting ideas.

Celeb designer of the day: Mariah Carey plans to launch her first "lifestyle" line on HSN Nov. 29. It will feature jewelry, footwear and fragrance. [WWD]

"Mad Men" costume designer Janie Bryant was guest of honor at a Maybelline-sponsored party in New York celebrating her new book, "The Fashion File: Advice, Tips and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of 'Mad Men.'" [StyleList]   

Big beauty retailer Sephora plans to open two stores in Mexico City, as well as one in Brazil. [WWD] (Subscription required.)  

-- Susan Denley

Photo: 'Project Runway' hosts Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum with this season's contestants. Credit: Lifetime

Want to wear a look from 'Project Runway'? Now you can

'Project Runway's' Season 8 comes to a close Thursday night. We don't know who is going to win, but we do know that on Friday morning, starting at 9 a.m. PDT, customers can sign on to to buy one-of-a-kind, hand-stitched, Heidi-approved finale fashions. The 72-hour private sale is for members only and you can sign up for free at 

SeenOn reps say in a news release that theirs is an exclusive offering, made in partnership with the Lifetime channel.

The show's finale airs at 9 p.m.

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Hosts Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum with 'Project Runway' designers. Credit: Lifetime


Your morning fashion and beauty report: Paris runways, Claudia Schiffer and the Olsen twins

Dries Van Noten Some of the biggest names in fashion will be showing their latest on the runways in Paris on Wednesday, when Fashion Week picks up speed. Booth Moore will be blogging about the good, the bad and the ugly for the rest of the week.

Claudia Schiffer is planning to launch her own cashmere line based in Germany. The model will work under the title "creative director," and the line will be for fall. The name of said venture? Claudia Schiffer, of course. [WWD]

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's fashion label, The Row, has announced a partnership with Microsoft's Bing search engine. Bing will host a "behind the scenes" video of the line's Fashion Week in Paris, which includes, yes, an interview with the twins. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Think it's easy being Heidi Klum? No, it's not! It takes a village to prepare and primp her for all her "Project Runway" appearances, and People magazine has an article and video devoted to that very fact. Read it and discover, among other things, that Heidi likes to tickle Tim Gunn. For real.

And finally, Sephora is launching an interactive space (which can be accessed at or on its Facebook page) where viewers can get advice from friends and professionals on makeup, watch videos and (of course) buy products. And, to finish the experience, users can "upload a haul video." [Stylelist]

 -- Alice Short

Photo: Models at the Dries Van Noten runway show. Credit: Francois Guillot / AFP/Getty Images



Your morning fashion and beauty report: The Hokies' new look. Spring's new colors. Estee Lauder's new counters.

Klum It's not often that the opening weekend of college football starts conversations about uniform fashions. But that happened in some quarters (ahem, my house) when the Virginia Tech Hokies took to the field Monday against the Boise Broncos. Both teams were wearing new 2010 Nike Pro Combat uniforms, but the Hokies' were strikingly dark, with matte-black helmets, and the overall look was avatar-bursting-from-video-monitor, ready to do battle. They won the game on looks (though came up a little short on points). [] 

After a fall that will be characterized by neutrals and military colors, fashionistas can look forward to a splash of color come spring 2011. The Pantone Color Institute, which helps fashion designers and product manufacturers coordinate their palettes, is forecasting honeysuckle pink, regatta blue and beeswax yellow. [WWD]

Estée Lauder is trying to lure younger customers by revamping its makeup counters to make it easier to shop on your own, without the sometimes nagging attentions of a salesperson. For instance, price tags will no longer be hidden. [Wall Street Journal]

To celebrate his 40 years in fashion, designer Roberto Cavalli is preparing a 200-page coffee-table book and releasing a series of four videos. [FabSugar]

Marc Jacobs has opened an arty bookstore in NYC called -- get ready for it -- Bookmarc. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Celebrity collaboration of the day: "Project Runway's" Heidi Klum plans a line with New Balance. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

"America's Next Top Model" is partnering with Italian Vogue for its new season. [Los Angeles Times]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Heidi Klum  Credit: Barbara Nitke / Bravo

Friday Fashion Fun: Project Ethos at the Music Box

If you're casting around at the last minute for some fashion-focused fun on a Friday night, the folks at emerging talent incubator Project Ethos have alerted us to an evening of fashion, music ETHOS_EVITEand art they're presenting tonight at the Music Box at Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood.

Dubbed "Love Sick," and hosted by "Project Runway" alumnus Nick Verreos, it's set to kick off with red carpet arrivals at 8 p.m., a fashion show at 10 p.m., with DJ and music sets in between and a rooftop art exhibition for the duration. 

Emerging designers and labels slated to show their Fall 2010 collections include Janean Johnson (JaJo Couture), Ermelinda Manos, Roshena Chadha (Roshena Chadha Designs and hardKAUR), Nicholas Tarr Designs, Shant Der Ashodian (ARKA Clothing), Thyme Francis (Alma Lee Clothing), Anna Lynett, Katie Struve (Katorey Swim) and B. Vika (designed by Valerie Y. Mamane  and Ambika Sanjana).

"Love Sick," 6216 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles; 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets and additional information are available at the Project Ethos website.

-- Adam Tschorn

'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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African Vibes magazine throws a fashion event with 'Project Runway's' Korto Momolu

Korto African Vibes magazine is celebrating African-born fashion designers at an event this Saturday, featuring past "Project Runway" finalist Korto Momolu, whose no-bull wit and woman-friendly designs made her one of my all-time favorites on the show. 

The event, which marks the fourth anniversary of the magazine, will include a "glam lounge" showcasing African and African American fashion, and a live fashion show, "I Wear African,” featuring looks from several African designers, including Cameroon's Maryanne E. Mokoko and Stephanie T. Mouapi of the Côté Minou label, Ethiopia's Mekdes Tefera Taye and Liberian-born Momolu of the Korto Momolu Collection.

Actress-filmmaker Tangi Miller (of "Felicity" fame) will host the event, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the music venue Avalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine St. Tickets are $30 for general admission.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go toward supporting the magazine’s “1,000 Africans for Haiti” initiative, which helps earthquake victims in Haiti.

-- Emili Vesilind

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Photo: Designer Korto Momolu. Credit: Korto Momolu

Events: See Tim Gunn make it work at Kate Spade in Pasadena

On Thursday, Tim Gunn is greeting shoppers and doling out pointers to make your outfits pop with colorful Kate Spade accessories. Spend $100 at the event, and you can strike a pose with the "Project Runway" mentor for a pic to take home. New Kate Space spring bags include the Darien drawstring, $395, and the Flicker shopper, $225. Other accessory options encompass necklaces and the new Blow Baubles ring, $95. Complimentary bubbly poured for guests.

39 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 356-9460. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

-- Max Padilla

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Photo: Flicker shopper in watermelon, $225. Credit: Kate Spade New York

Making it work: Project Runway puts out a casting call to aspiring designers

Tim Attention all thimble-wearing, pin-tucking fashion designers who've yet to find fame and fortune in the industry: "Project Runway" wants you. Well, at the very least, the reality show wants you to submit your portfolio for consideration.  

The Lifetime show is casting for its eighth season -- and the deadline for entry, April 22, is looming.

To apply, you have to be 21 or older and have earned less than $100,000 in gross sales per year as a fashion designer.

Among the materials requested are two photos of yourself -- a close-up and a full body -- a virtual portfolio of your work, and images of your patterns (if you work from them) and sketches.  

We've heard that after Season 6, which took place in L.A. and featured far too many technically unskilled designers, the standards for contestants on "Runway" have become more stringent (hence all the uber-skilled designers vying for the prize this season).

The invite-only auditions for the next season will take place between April 26 and May 21. If you and your work are selected for closer inspection, you'll be invited to an audition  that's geographically closest to you (there's definitely one happening in Los Angeles).

Download the application at the Bunim-Murray Productions website, and if you have further questions, e-mail

Someone will be walking away with the crown (and a car and a fistful of moola). Why not you?

-- Emili Vesilind

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Flyer courtesy of Bunim-Murray Productions.

Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: We love beards, beautiful watches, spring clothes, models who care


Regular readers of All the Rage know that we have a soft spot for beards. Now the trend toward men's facial hair is being recognized as one of the most important of the moment. [Telegraph]

Bremont Watch Company is 3 years old but growing fast in the realm of luxury watches. Credit the match of British style and Swiss know-how. [Telegraph]

Three Dots has released its stylebook for spring. Designer Pegah Anvarian is showing a kaleidoscope of color and cuts. [FabSugar]

Four years after fighting breast cancer, Kylie Minogue joins fellow lovelies Claudia Schiffer and Sienna Miller in a new ad campaign, launching Monday, for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. [Daily Mail]

Claim: More than a quarter of beauty ads in glossy mags are faked. We're shocked, just shocked. [Sun]

Was "Project Runway" contestant Emilio Sosa's patterned shirt too similar to -- even a rip-off of -- Steven Sprouse for Louis Vuitton? You be the judge. [Styleite]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Jurgen Draheim at last year's World Beard and Mustache Championships. Credit: Michael Dineen / For The Times


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