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Diana exhibit opens in Long Beach on heels of Diamond Jubilee

“Diana: Legacy of a Princess” exhibition at the Queen Mary

With all the buzz surrounding Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, Wimbledon and the London Olympics this summer, the timing couldn't be better for an exhibition celebrating all things royal, and we mean all things, from palace menu cards to a boxed piece of Prince William's christening cake.

“Diana: Legacy of a Princess,” opening this weekend at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, features nearly 2,000 items of memorabilia associated with Princess Diana and the British royal family.

For fashion fans, several of Diana's British-designed ensembles are on display, including the red taffeta-skirted gown by Murray Arbeid that she cleverly chose to accessorize with two different-colored long gloves (red and black) for the 1986 America's Cup Ball in London.

Examples of luxury craftsmanship fit for a princess include Sarah Ferguson's richly embroidered wedding dress, also from 1986, with pearl-encrusted bumble bees, anchors and the intertwining letters “S” and “A” (for Sarah and her prince, Andrew).

At the other end of the spectrum is the infamous see-through dress modeled by Kate Middleton during a 2002 student fashion show at St. Andrews University that may have helped her win the heart of William, the presumed future king. Of course, that piece is widely regarded as Middleton's first and last fashion “don't.”

Other items on display highlight her taste and reserved style, namely the royal blue Issa dress she wore to meet the press and announce her engagement to William in 2010.

The show features ephemera associated with other royals too, such as an embroidered robe worn by a page at the coronation of King George VI, menus from Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle dinners hosted by Queen Elizabeth, handwritten letters from Prince Charles, antique scarves, China and historical newspapers.

The exhibition is jointly presented by the Queen Mary and the Pink Ribbons Crusade, a nonprofit breast cancer awareness organization founded in early 2000 by Jess and Suzanne King of Austin, Texas, who have been avid collectors of Diana memorabilia for many years. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit City of Hope.

“Diana: Legacy of a Princess” opens Saturday and runs indefinitely at the Queen Mary, www.queenmary.com. Tickets are $34.95 for adults, $23.95 for children ages 5-11.

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-- Booth Moore

Photo: Diana wore this floral print ruched dress when she happily danced with Prince Charles at Australia's Bicentennial celebration in January 1988. The dress is on display at the Queen Mary in Long Beach as part of the exhibit. As pictured, it is set against a backdrop of Kensington Palace. Credit: Gray Hawn Photography.

Pantone color-codes the queen for her Diamond Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II Pantone

To mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne, the folks at the Pantone Color Institute and the London branch of the Leo Burnett advertising agency have teamed up to compile a limited-edition color guide to the monochromatic monarch's most memorable moments.

Below are a few of the outfits that are included in the catalog, along with a bit of color commentary by the Pantone Color Institute's executive director Leatrice Eiseman.

Pantone 13-0755 Primrose Yellow: “The queen’s royal wedding outfit from 2011 was Primrose Yellow," writes Eisman. "Yellow is a color that speaks to the future with hope and optimism. William’s wedding was a time of national celebration and this choice of yellow complements the joyous mood of the occasion. It’s a color that is high visibility (befitting a queen), while still not detracting from the bride.”

Pantone 13-4411 Crystal Blue: “Blue is a color staple in the queen’s wardrobe, it’s a color that communicates constancy and it is also symbolic of her devotion to the British people. Blues traditionally have calming properties and she is often seen wearing them during difficult times. Blue is also seen as de-stressing so it’s no surprise she was sporting a serene blue to a Royal Garden Party in 2010.'

Pantone 13-5414 Ice Green: “During the Queen’s landmark state visit to Ireland, the first since the country gained independence in the 1920s, she was seen in a cool shade of green. Her color choice echoed the sentiment of her visit as green is widely seen to symbolise new beginnings, fresh thoughts and rejuvenation.”

Sticking with the theme of the queen's 60th year on the throne, the Diamond Jubilee Colour Guide has defined and deconstructed 60 of the most memorable outfits since her majesty's coronation (compete with date, location and Pantone's reference number).

But good luck getting your hands on one. They have been printed in a limited and numbered run of just 60 copies. And in deference to Buckingham Palace's policies on the use of the queen's image for commercial advertising purposes (and let's be honest, it's essentially a Pantone catalog that happens to feature the queen of England), they will not be available for purchase. One copy was presented to the queen, and the other 59 are destined to become the kind of coveted tchotchke that mysteriously makes its way to the coffee tables of the cool crowd of magazine editors, tastemakers and friends of the brand.

It's enough to make one Pantone 16-6444 with envy.

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 -- Adam Tschorn

Photos: At left, Queen Elizabeth II in Pantone 13-5414 (Ice Green) during a 2011 state visit to Ireland. Credit: EPA/STR. At right, the monarch in Pantone 13-0755 (Primrose Yellow) at last year's royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: AP Photo/APTN

Duchess of Cambridge designer favorite comes to L.A.

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American fans of the Duchess of Cambridge's long, lean coats and slim-tailored hacking jackets can now get the royal treatment themselves. Katherine Hooker, the London-based fashion designer who has worked with her since 2005, back when she was Kate Middleton, is holding her first Los Angeles trunk shows.

Sept. 6 and 7, she'll be taking up residence at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, appropriately enough, showcasing designs such as the tailored-yet-feminine Buxton coat (above, middle), worn by the Duchess to the Order of the Garter ceremony at Windsor Palace in June. (The coat is paired with Hooker's matching Scout dress.)

The Duchess chose to keep the ensemble monochrome, in dove gray. But the thing about Hooker's designs is that they are all individual. Each piece is made by hand in England, so Hooker will come armed with hundreds of swatches, buttons and trims, tweeds, silks, linens and cashmeres, to choose from. Clothing, $860 to $1,200, takes four to six weeks to complete.

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Hooker started her collection of elegant coats in 2001, after a career in film set decorating. To hear her tell it though, she's been obsessed with coats since she was 18 years old, when she spotted the fashion find of a lifetime in a junk shop in Jerusalem: a vintage black silk coat with the perfect slim fit. 

"It was hand-made for a 14-year-old Hasidic boy,” Hooker told the New York Post back in March, when she visited New York for a trunk show. “It just so happened that I was the right shape for it, with tiny little shoulders, and it was cut really high in the arms . . . I wore it to death.”

So, on a break from films, she took a trip to India and had six sample pieces made. Her business took off, though she wasn't really thrust into the spotlight until Middleton was. Hooker has a shop just off Kings Road in London, which is a favorite with Brit "It" girls Plum Sykes and Jemma Kidd.  Los Angeles is the latest stop in a multi-city trunk show tour for the designer, who is focusing on expanding her business in the U.S.  

Katherine Hooker will be at the London Hotel on Sept. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. She will be at the Gebert Gallery on Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 1345 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. No appointment necessary.

For more information, go to www.katherinehooker.com.

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Top photo: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, left, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby watch the Garter Service on June 13 in Windsor, England. The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing an ensemble by designer Katherine Hooker.Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/WPA Pool/ Getty Images. 

Bottom left photo: Kate Middleton, in a Katherine Hooker hacking jacket, attends the final day of Cheltenham Festival on March 16, 2007, in Gloucestershire, England. Photo credit: Tim Graham/Getty Images. 

Bottom right photo: Prince William and Kate Middleton, in a Katherine Hooker coat, wave to the crowds after officially launching the new RNLI's lifeboat 'Hereford Endeavour' at Trearddur Bay, Anglesey, on February 24. Credit: by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
 

Wedding throwdown: Kim Kardashian vs. the royal wedding

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The Kardashian family could be considered America's own form of reality television royalty. Kim Kardashian first popped onto our radar as a socialite and the girl in that, ahem, steamy video, but it wasn't long before she and her family built an empire. Sure they don't actually have any royal privileges of any kind, but when it comes to throwing a wedding, or any sort of lavish affair, Kim is sure to get the royal treatment.

Kardashian married basketball star Kris Humphries on Saturday in Montecito in a wedding spectacle that by all accounts rivaled the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton earlier this year. Both high-profile couples went all out for their big days, but who did it better? It's time for a good old wedding throwdown.

The gown:

Kate Middleton walked down the aisle in a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen white silk gown with detailed Chantilly lace sleeves. This was a big moment for the Alexander McQueen line and its designer, as noted by our own Booth Moore. For the reception, Kate donned an ivory gown with diamante waist embellishment, also by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

Kim Kardashian wore three custom gowns by Vera Wang. The exact order is at the moment unclear but Us magazine reports that the first was an ivory ball gown that featured a full tulle skirt, basque waist and a bodice and train covered in hand-pieced Chantilly lace applique. The second was an ivory georgette mermaid gown with hand-pieced Chantilly lace applique on the bodice and a skirt with hand cut-organza petals and Chantilly lace motifs. For her final gown, Kim wore a bias-cut crepe back ivory satin gown with circle skirt and V-neck.

The jewels:

Kate Middleton sparkled in Queen Elizabeth II's jewels. She borrowed a 1936 Cartier tiara from the monarch for her big day.

Kardashian wore more than $10 million of exclusive Lorraine Schwartz jewels, including a diamond-encrusted headpiece. Kim and Kris also exhanged Lorraine Schwartz wedding bands.

The coverage:

The entire world got to watch the royal couple wed, with live feeds from major networks and a multitude of specials.

Kris and Kim decided to give their wedding top-secret status -- and to make money from it. The couple sold the rights to their wedding footage to E!, which produces Kim's show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians." Fans will have to wait until October (gasp!) to watch Kim and Kris walk down the aisle. 

Major dough:

Usually when a couple gets married it involves major splurging. CBS' MoneyWatch.com reported that when Kate and Will got hitched, it cost the royal family an estimated $34 million, and that was after some serious budgeting.

It's no surprise that Kim has turned her star power into profit with her clothing store, clothing line and perfume line, but who would have thought she'd find a way to make money off her own wedding? According to Mogulite.com, Kim not only scored major wedding freebies, but also made some serious cash. She held the wedding at Google exec Eric Schmidt's house, received nearly a half a million dollars of free bubbly from Perrier-Jouet Champagne and wore a comped $20,000 Vera Wang wedding dress. 

Here is a breakdown by the New York Post of Kardashian's estimated $17.9-million profit:

-- Two-part TV special: $15 million.
-- Sale of wedding photos to People: $2.5 million.
-- Sale of rights to engagement announcement to People: $300,000.
-- Sale of rights of bridal-shower photos to OK!: $100,000.
-- Paid to have the bachelorette party at Tao Las Vegas : $50,000.

The guest list:

Europe's royal elite, as well as celebrities such as David and Victoria Beckham and Elton John, joined a guest list of about 1,900 for the royal wedding, the Independent reported.

Serena Williams, Eva Longoria and Lindsay Lohan were among the 450 guests who attended the Kardashian-Humphries wedding, USA Today reported.

Who do you think did it better? Comment and let us know.

-- Jenn Harris
twitter.com/Jenn_Harris_

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Photos: Kris Humphries and his fiancée Kim Kardashian in Los Angeles this month, left; Prince William and Kate Middleton after announcing their engagement. Credits: Matt Sayles / Associated Press; Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press

Pippa Middleton and that dress: Proper and provocative

Pippa Middleton at the royal wedding It's the kind of dress a groom and Grandma both could love. Pippa Middleton, subject of a special on TLC tonight, was thrust into the international style spotlight with an ivory, cowl-necked creation that skated along her curves at sister Kate's April wedding to Prince William. And, as reported with much hoopla, that dress is now going to be available to the masses.

Sister Kate looked lovely in satin and lace and a 1936 Cartier tiara, but she was arguably upstaged by the woman toting her train and wearing the deceptively simple dress created by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Kate's dress also carried the Burton stamp.

Mass-market retailer Debenhams plans to sell copies of Pippa's maid-of-honor gown -- as a wedding dress -- for the equivalent of about $280 starting later this year.

But what is it about this dress that makes people want a carbon copy? Like the Middleton sisters, its allure may be rooted in its deceptive modesty. Both sisters manage to seem accessible and down to earth without losing their sex appeal.

Pippa, or Philippa Charlotte, is, at 27, one year younger than her sister. She works as a party organizer and started the online magazine the Party Times.

It might be daunting to wear nude hose and spark a buying spree, but Pippa Middleton seems to be warming up to the focus on her sartorial habits. On both sides of the pond, fans are wondering what Pippa will wear next.

For those who are fascinated by the duchess' little sister, TLC is airing an in-depth special, "Crazy for Pippa," at 9 p.m. Tuesday. 

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-- Amy Hubbard

Photo: Pippa Middleton, at the recent royal wedding, wearing the cowl-necked dress that is inspiring knock-offs. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Fashion News: Pippa Middleton's bridesmaid dress inspires copies

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Copies of the simple, figure-hugging ivory dress Pippa Middleton wore to serve as maid of honor when sister Kate married Prince William in April are going to be offered to the general public.  Mass-market retailer Debenhams plans to sell copies for the equivalent of about $286 at today's exchange rates starting later this year. The dress, which like Kate's wedding gown was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, made Pippa an overnight international style star. [Telegraph]

Michael Kors and longtime boyfriend Lance LePere have picked up a marriage license, taking advantage of New York's new marriage equality law. The ceremony will be private, Kors says. [WWD]

Rumors that Heidi Klum is leaving "Project Runway" are not true, according to a spokesman for Lifetime. [People]

First comes love, then comes a revenue source for Kim Kardashian who has produced 1,000 bottles of a new scent -- Love by Kim Kardashian -- in honor of her coming wedding day. [Kiss & Makeup]

Kendall Jenner -- daughter of Olympian Bruce and younger sister of all those Kardashians -- was announced as the face of Australian swimwear designer Leah Madden’s summer 2012 collection. [People]

Former contestants from "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" have donated clothes they wore on the show to be auctioned off for charity. Luxury consignment service eDrop-Off will auction items from more than 25 former contestants, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross. Log in from Friday through Aug. 12 to bid. The top that most recent bachelorette Ashley Herbert wore in Fiji is among the items included. [People]

Brad Goreski Stylist Brad Goreski, who formerly and famously worked for Rachel Zoe, has a book deal with Harper Collins. His  "Born to Be Brad: Life and Style Lessons from the Front Lines of Fashion" is due out in 2012. [Fashionologie] 

A summer hair look to try: copy stars like Kate Bosworth, Taryn Manning and Lauren Conrad by adding  pastel highlights or dip-dyed end in colors such as pink or aqua. [InStyle] 

-- Susan Denley

Photos, from top: Pippa Middleton holds sister Kate Middleton's train during the royal wedding in April. Copies of Pippa's dress are to go on sale later this year (credit: Alastair Grant / Associated Press); Stylist Brad Goreski, who has a book deal (Michael Nagle / For The Times).

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Helmut Lang, the Austrian-born designer who walked away from fashion in 2005, has shredded his archive, turning 6,000 pieces into fragments used for sculptures that will be on exhibit starting July 22 in a gallery in East Hampton.  [Telegraph]

Apippa The Modalu bag Pippa Middleton was spotted carrying the day after the British royal wedding of her sister Kate and Prince William, is going to be available for copycats to buy again. The bag famously sold out after Pippa was seen with hers, but Modalu expects to have it in stock again in August (in black crocodile) with other materials coming online in September, October and November. It's now called the "Pippa," of course! [InStyle]

Calvin Klein's new collection of lingerie and loungewear, Naked Glamour, promises to make women "look even sexier than when naked," and for proof there's curvy model Lara Stone striking a pose in the ad campaign, released this week. [Telegraph]

What is it about Justin Bieber and beauty? The launch last month of his Someday fragrance broke industry sales records, Women's Wear Daily reports. Remember when his One Less Lonely Girl nail polish collection with OPI launched last year and sold out across the U.S.? Remember the stir at Wal-Mart with his unisex My World fragrance line? Remember when teen heartthrobs were just heartthrobs, not beauty moguls? [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

There are parties ... and then there are parties. Miu Miu took over five floors of Shanghai's Park Hyatt Hotel on Thursday night for a glamorous cabaret-themed fashion event. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

The lawyer for Yves Saint Laurent, which is defending itself in a trademark infringement suit filed by Christian Louboutin because YSL designed some shoes with red soles, says no consumers would have possibly thought the YSLs were Louboutins just because of the red. But Louboutin's lawyer says everyone knows red soles are a hallmark of the brand, "unless you're living in a cave." Back to lawyer No. 1: Louboutin shouldn't have been granted a trademark for red soles, because a designer shouldn't have a monopoly on a color. [The Cut] 

Sephora plans to roll out in-store nail bars with salon services. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

The Council of Fashion Designers of America named the 10 finalists for its Fashion Fund Award this week. They are:

 Antonio Azzuolo
 Joseph Altuzarra, of Altuzarra
 Carlos Campos
 Christopher Peters and Shane Gabier, of Creatures of the Wind
 Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, of Cushnie et Ochs 
 Soraya Silchenstedt, of Finn Jewelry
 Dana Lorenz, of Fenton/Fallon
 Alexa Adams and Flora Gill, of Ohne Titel  
 Pamela Love
 Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis, of Suno

One winner and two runners-up will be selected from among this group and honored in a ceremony planned for Nov. 14. [The Cut]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Pippa Middleton, carrying her Modalu bag after the royal wedding festivities.  Credit: Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

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Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Hats win at Ascot. Jimmy Choo offers Natalie Portman's Oscar shoe. Jessica Simpson signs on for 'Fashion Star.'

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I said on Monday that the recent attention on all things British (thanks to the royal wedding) has me dreaming of hats. And Tuesday brought a veritable hat-lover's festival with the opening day of the   Royal Ascot races in southern England. Hats, such as the fetching confection above, and the ones on the ladies striking a pose below, are part of the 300-year-old tradition here -- but never in a stuffy way! See more of the looks in our photo gallery.

GetprevNot to leave out the French, who were partying along with an a crowd of international millionaires at a fund-raiser Tuesday night for the Louvre that featured Champagne, a silent auction of diamond-encrusted watches and other covetables, and a power-packed performance by Janet Jackson under I.M Pei's pyramid. Houston socialite Becca Carson Thrash, dressed in Alexander McQueen, helped with the auctioneering and guests included Juicy Couture co-founder Gela Nash-Taylor with husband, rocker John Taylor; Diane Kruger; Prince Albert of Monaco; L.A. man-about-town Cameron Silver; and Joshua Jackson. [WWD]  

Jessica Simpson, who served as a guest judge in the final installment of last season's "Project Runway," has been tapped to mentor fashion hopefuls on NBC's new "Fashion Star" series, starring Elle MacPherson. The show will feature singing, dancing, a runway show and a live audience. Whew! [Fashionista]

Designer Jean Paul Gaultier appears on the cover of the French daily Libération, timed to run just before his major career retrospective at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts opens Friday (it runs through Oct. 2). For the magazine shoot, he made over the paper’s staff -- and himself -- with outfits made from recycled newspapers. Journalists, accountants, photo editors and Web developers posed in paper versions of iconic Gaultier outfits. [WWD] 

Swedish retailer H&M will launch a line of children's clothes to benefit its All for Children initiative with UNICEF. The clothes for girls and boys will be available in 160 stores worldwide, with 25% of the sales prices going to UNICEF. [WWD]

Jimmy Choo is celebrating its 15th birthday with a capsule collection of 15 archived shoe styles, including a feathered pair worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in an early episode of "Sex and the City," and the "Macy" worn by Natalie Portman to the Academy Awards this year.  Prices run from $850 to $3,785, with  10% of proceeds slated for charity. [StyleList]

-- Susan Denley

Photos, From top: A race-goer on opening day of the Royal Ascot races on Tuesday shows off her sweet confection of a hat (credit: Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters); a group of behatted women at Royal Ascot's opening day. (Alastair Grant/ Associated Press)

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Jimmy Choo is being sold to Labelux GmbH, a German luxury goods holding company that also owns Bally shoes, clothier Derek Lam and jeweler Solange Azagury-Partridge. Choo, which was founded in 1996 and rose to fame when its stilettos were featured on HBO's "Sex and the City," has changed hands three times in seven years. [Wall Street Journal] (Subscription required)  

Arihanna Rihanna looked sedate and elegant when she arrived at the Billboard Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday night, wearing a white blouse, white jacket, white trousers and nude Christian Louboutins. But it was a different story when she performed her hit "S&M" onstage with Britney Spears. Then the fishnets, thigh-high boots and leather corset came out. Still in white, though. [Telegraph]

We've got  more pictures from the awards over on The Envelope (including the one of Rihanna and Spears in their "S&M" costumes). 

  
The much-talked about Philip Treacy hat Princess Beatrice of York wore to the royal wedding, below, fetched $130,000 on eBay, sold to an anonymous buyer. Proceeds will go to benefit UNICEF and Children in Crisis. We think selling the hat shows that the princess has both a sense of humor and a heart. [People]

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Balmain plans to launch a new diffusion line, Pierre Balmain, with a first collection scheduled for Spring/Summer  2012. The line will skew younger than the traditional Balmain brand. [Telegraph] 

It's worth watching Beyonce's new music video for "Run the World (Girls)" for the clothes alone. The singer wears seven different designer outfits, including Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, John Paul Gaultier, Emilio Pucci and Normal Kamali. She even walks hyenas on a leash, clad in a cream couture gown by Givenchy.  [Telegraph]

Prada got the official go-ahead for its initial public stock offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, expected to take place June 23 or 24. The company plans to sell a 20% stake. [The Cut]  

--Susan Denley

Photo: Left, Rihanna looking elegant on Billboard Awards red carpet. Credit:  Reuters. Princess Beatrice, at the royal wedding, in the Philip Treacy hat that fetched a pretty penny at auction. Credit: Getty Images 

Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Gilt Groupe goes Gaga. Hailee Steinfeld fronts for Miu Miu. Anna Wintour speaks up for gay rights.

Anna Vogue's Anna Wintour is the latest New Yorker to participate in the Human Rights Campaign’s “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality” initiative, which supports gay marriage. “As far as I’m concerned, having the right to say ‘I do’ is as fundamental as the right to vote,” Wintour says in a clip now posted on the campaign's website.   The list of notables who've spoken out in support of the initiative includes Marc Jacobs, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Sean Avery, Julianna Margulies, Mario Batali, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Barbara Bush, Russell Simmons, Joan Rivers, Julianne Moore and Kenneth Cole. [WWD] [The Cut]

Members-only flash sale site Gilt Groupe has teamed with Lady Gaga for some special promotions in advance of the release of her "Born This Way" album Tuesday. Beginning at noon Friday, Gilt.com and GiltCity.com will offer a curated selection of men’s and women’s merchandise by Gaga’s stylist, Mugler fashion director Nicola Formichetti. There will also be tickets to the Mugler fall 2011 fashion show in Paris and VIP access to a Lady Gaga concert in New York City. [WWD]

Middle-aged (or older) women dressing "appropriately" for their ages is the trend of the moment, declares the Telegraph. Case in point: Carole Middleton at her daughter's royal wedding, who looked chic and un-frumpy at an event where "in general the women in their fifties and upwards far outshone the girls." [Telegraph]

Hailee Steinfeld, nominated for an Oscar for "True Grit" and lauded for her on-target fashion sense during all the hoopla that ensued, has landed her first major fashion campaign at age 14: she's to be a new face of Prada's sister brand, Miu Miu. [FabSugar]

Issey Miyake has appointed Yoshiyuki Miyamae as its new women's designer, starting with the spring-summer 2012 season. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Diana Ross' youngest daughter, Chudney, has opened a Santa Monica store, Books and Cookies, for kids and parents alike. While the children look through books and play, the adults can grab coffee and a bagel. [PopSugar LA]

This sounds like a really good idea: Mine for Nine is a new website that allows pregnant moms to rent maternity clothes. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

--Susan Denley

Photo: Anna Wintour at the American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala in New York on Monday. Credit: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images


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