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Fashion News: Madonna and Lourdes' Material Girl adds new stuff

Lourdes Leon Madonna and daughter Lourdes Leon's line, Material Girl, has added new beauty products full of fruity scents and dramatic nail polish. Lourdes, 14, pictured here at Vanity Fair's Oscar party, says she especially likes the vanilla body lotion. [People]

Newlywed model Kate Moss bought a new home in the London suburb of Highgate. It once belonged to poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and later to playwright J.B. Priestley. But neighbors are wary of her plans to modernize it by adding a gym, steam room and satellite dishes. [Telegraph]

Kitson plans to open some new stores in Southern California this fall, hitting Santa Barbara in September and Newport Beach's Fashion Island in October. [California Apparel News]

Lady Gaga's 19-year-old little sister Natali Germanotta is studying fashion design at the Parsons school in New York, and she is designing the costumes for a new off-Broadway show, "Simon Says," set to open this fall. [Telegraph]

Kourtney, Khloe and Kim all turned out for the launch party at the Colony for their new Kardashian Kollection earlier this week. The women's wear line is on sale at Sears. [PopSugarLA] 

Estee Lauder is revamping Smashbox, a year after acquiring the beauty brand. [WWD] (Subscription required.)  

Calvin Klein plans to center its Fashion's Night Out activities in New York around Lara Stone. [WWD]


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Lourdes Leon pictured at Vanity Fair's most recent Oscar party. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Estee Lauder buys L.A.'s Smashbox Cosmetics


Los Angeles-based makeup company Smashbox is joining MAC and Bobbi Brown under the umbrella of parent company Estee Lauder.

The Estee Lauder Cos. announced Monday that it has signed an agreement to acquire Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics Inc. — a deal expected to close in July.

Founded by Dean and Davis Factor, the great-grandsons of iconic Hollywood makeup artist Max Factor, Smashbox sprang up as a photo studio company in 1996 — and its Culver City compound went on to host the seasonal IMG fashion shows in L.A., starting in 2002, before IMG pulled out of L.A. altogether in 2009.

In 1999, the Factors launched the Smashbox cosmetics line, which is now carried in most major department stores, along with beauty chains including Ulta and Sephora.

According to Women's Wear Daily, the company generates roughly $80 million in wholesale net revenue and roughly $140 million in retail sales. It's speculated that the sale price "ranged between $200 million and $300 million," according to WWD.

--Emili Vesilind

Photo: Davis, left, and Dean Factor. Credit: Gary Friedman, Los Angeles Times


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