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Stella McCartney hosts star-studded premiere of dad's video

McCartney Debut
Last Friday, as the first night of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival unspooled in Indio, a lower-key but equally as impressive convergence of music and fashion took place at the West Hollywood Stella McCartney boutique, where a constellation of celebrities turned out for the premiere of Paul McCartney's music video "My Valentine" from his most recent album "Kisses on the Bottom."

Pamela Anderson posed for photographs on the red carpet, following on the heels of Jane Fonda, who stepped into the store to join the likes of Ed Ruscha, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, Gwen Stefani, Gwyneth Paltrow and Woody Harrelson, who milled about and chatted amiably while team McCartney — Paul (accompanied by wife Nancy Shevell) and fashion designer-daughter Stella shook hands and greeted celebri-fans gathered to watch the video.

It was a rare moment indeed to watch A-list celebrities act like star-struck teens in front of the musician. "I'm such a fan — obviously," said a wide-eyed Zooey Deschanel as she shook Paul's hand. Following that, a proud mother introduced her 8-year-old daughter to Sir Paul, saying: "She can play all your songs on the piano!" as Ginnifer Goodwin looked on.

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Fashion News: Should Obama daughters be treated as fashion plates?

The Obama family
The Cut questions whether the media (and specifically cites the Huffington Post's coverage in particular) should comment on how well-dressed first daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha Obama, 10, are when they, say, attend church or a holiday concert with their folks. They should be treated as kids, not fashion plates, says writer Amy Odell, since unlike young teens Hailee Steinfeld and Chloe Moretz they are not putting themselves forward trying to build careers built at least partly on their looks. [The Cut]

Jil Sander designer Raf Simons is the new front-runner to replace John Galliano as creative director at Christian Dior, sources tell WWD. [WWD]

Elizabeth Macias, the woman who reportedly sprayed fellow Wal-Mart shoppers with pepper spray during this year's Black Friday sales, has said she did so only in self-defense to protect herself and her kids from rabid fellow shoppers. Now she says she is considering suing Wal-Mart for failing to have adequate onsite security. [ABC New]

Brooklyn DeckerMy colleague Jenn Harris and I are at odds over the outfit model Brooklyn Decker wore to Saturday's Spike TV Video Game Awards. I love the cute dress but am stopped by the mustard yellow shoes. Jenn -- arguably more with-it than I am -- thinks the shoes are great with the dress. Thoughts?

Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich's comments decrying child labor laws caused discomfort among executives in the apparel industry, which doesn't want people to associate its products with children working in sweatshops. “We as an industry are sensitive to child labor and other industries are as well," says Kevin Burke, president and chief executive officer of the American Apparel & Footwear Assn. "We try to set an example in the U.S. for partners around the world to follow their own laws. When you have a candidate for president advocating relaxation in those laws, it calls into question the commitment." [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Stella McCartney's second fragrance, which will go on sale in 2012, is named L.I.L.Y., after a pet name her father, Sir Paul, had for her late mother: "Linda, I love you." Sad and sweet. [Telegraph]

First there was an announcement that China Glaze would have a "Hunger Games" nail polish collaboration; then word went out that no, no the deal wasn't done, as I mentioned in previous columns. But on Monday, China Glaze issued a news release saying the deal with Lionsgate, the studio behind the film based on the bestselling book series, is final and the lacquers will be available in March.

Socialite/model/drummer Alice Dellal (with the band Thrush Metal) is known for her edgy style and half-shaved head. Now rumor has it she may be the next "face" of Chanel. [WWD]


Fashion News: Miley Cyrus sweet, seductive at CNN Awards  

Pantone says 'Tangering Tango' to be tops for 2012

A Mulberry menagerie makes merry at the Marmont

Kristen Bell, Rashida Jones among stars at Rebecca Taylor boutique

--Susan Denley

Photos: From top, Sasha, left, and Malia Obama flank their parents at a holiday concert in Washington over the weekend. Credit: Yuri Gripas / Reuters

Model Brooklyn Decker at Spike TV's Video Game Awards. Credit: Mark Davis / Getty Images

--Susan Denley

Fashion News: The bunny lends an ear on Lindsay Lohan Playboy cover

Somebody leaked a copy of Playboy's Lindsay Lohan cover, and on it she seems to be wearing nothing but a chair -- a chair shaped like the bunny logo, whose ears help cover what needs to be covered for newsstand sales. [Los Angeles Times]  

Kate Middleton in ZaraIs the Duchess of Cambridge getting too predictable? Maybe so, says the Telegraph. The former Kate Middleton wore a dress by Zara (sold for about $110 at today's exchange rates) to a concert at Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday night. It looked somewhat similar to (though somewhat shorter than) an expensive designer dress by Erdem that she wore on her summer trip to Canada and California. Could she be in a rut? [Telegraph]

More than $60 million worth of diamonds were used in WSJ magazine's shoot for its feature, "Portrait of a Lady," in the December issue. The piece features four notable women, all over 55, showing off their senses of style -- and the diamonds. (Pretty formidably, too.  They include Joan Juliet Buck, 62, former editor of French Vogue, and famed art dealer and curator Clarissa Dalrymple, 70.) All of that bling required 16 security guards for protection. [WSJ]

A photo from model Karlie Kloss' nude Vogue Italia shoot, the one in which she was dubbed the new "body" (replacing Elle MacPherson), is popping up on pro-anorexia websites. [Fashionista]

Rooney Mara, star of the upcoming "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," has helped design a necklace for Kora, the company that specializes in jewelry made from items found in and crafted by people in developing communities in Africa. (Think of things like cow bone polished into beautiful bracelets.) Kora is the enterprise of the L.A. design duo of Amy Walker and Maxandra Short, whom our Melissa Magsaysay wrote about over the summer. [People]

Speaking of "The Girl," a first look at costume designer Trish Summerville's capsule collection for H&M inspired by the title character came out Wednesday. We posted video, in case you missed it.

Stella McCartney celebrated the opening of her first store in Rome on Tuesday. [WWD] (subscription required) 

Oscar de la Renta is developing his first in-house children's collection. [WWD] (subscription required)

Lauren Scruggs, the model and fashion blogger severely injured when she accidentally walked into a plane propeller on Saturday, is able to walk and talk again, but faces a long recovery. [People]


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: The Duchess of Cambridge in her Zara dress Tuesday night. Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images

Fashion: Nancy Shevell wears Stella to marry Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney and new bride Nancy Shevell wave to well-wishers outside their London wedding. Credit: Jonathan Short / Associated Press

Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell married over the weekend and the bride wore Stella McCartney — of course! Oh, and so did the groom. Shevell wore a knee-length, v-neck white dress with fitted, button-up bodice and long sleeves. McCartney wore a dark blue suit, white shirt and light blue tie. Former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr came in sneakers, T-shirt and blazer, but managed to look pretty dashing anyway. [Chicago Tribune] [Telegraph]

PHOTOS: Paul McCartney weds Nancy Shevell

Laila Ali has signed a multiyear contract to be spokeswoman for activewear brand Marika. [WWD] (subscription required)

The September calendar of designers showing their spring summer ready to wear collections has gotten crowded — so crowded that elbows are starting to fly. Sponsors of fashion weeks in New York and London are mad that Milan's schedule is starting to overlap theirs. Milan won't budge. And Vogue editors are threatening to boyott Milan next year. [WWD]

Tyra Banks' first novel, "Modelland," debuted Sunday at No. 2 on the New York Times' bestseller list in the children's chapter book category. [Cut]

Anderson Cooper added The Row's $39,000 backpack to CNN's "RidicuList," even though he says he likes designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The price may seem ridiculous, but the backpack did sell out. [Cut]


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— Susan Denley

Photo: Paul McCartney and new bride Nancy Shevell wave to well-wishers outside their London wedding. Credit: Jonathan Short / Associated Press

Stella McCartney shows surfing dinosaurs, frilly dresses for kids


Jessica capshaw and son in petting zoo Over the weekend there was at least one gathering in L.A. where no one seemed to have Emmys on the brain -- they were too busy petting animals, designing bird cages and eating sweet potato fries. 

It was a party organized by Stella McCartney, who invited some of her best friends and their children to her West Hollywood store on Saturday to show off her kids' collection for spring-summer 2012.

From the frilly embroidered cotton dresses to the character-emblazoned T-shirts and onesies displaying the likes of a surfing dinosaur, smiling citrus fruit or a banana dressed as a sheriff, there seemed to be something in the collection for boys and girls of all types.

Selma Blair, Jessica Capshaw, Monet Mazur and Shiva Rose were among those who turned out with juniors in tow, dressed in Stella McCartney.  “Stella loves kids so much and gets their sense of fun and adventure,” said Blair, whose 2-month-old son Arthur was dressed in a citrus-emblazoned onesie. “She is always so whimsical. This jumpsuit randomly has citrus fruit on it, and my favorite that he wore at the Venice Film Festival has a whole sheriff motif on it.”

Monet mazur slema blair Krista Smith 
Even kids old enough to have a say in what they wear liked the range.  “My son loves the fact that there are pictures on the front of the T-shirts,” said Jessica Capshaw of her 3-year-old-son Luke. “But more than that, I am a fan of McCartney’s worldview and mindfulness.  Whether it’s having delicious vegetarian food or the crafts the kids are making that are of recycled materials or the California Baby sunscreen station. I trust her in every aspect when it comes to kids. That’s why I’m here.”

The Children’s Action Network was at the center of the launch,  with McCartney donating 10% of all sales from the event to the charity as well as 100% of the proceeds from a silent auction.

McCartney's spring-summer 2012 kids collection is expected to be in stores and online in January. Prices range from  $40 to $150. 

-- Raha Lewis

Photos: Top, Some of the garments from Stella McCartney's kids collection for spring-summer 2012. Credit: Stella McCartney. Middle, Jessica Capshaw and son Luke in the petting zoo; Bottom, Monet Mazur, left,  Selma Blair with son Arthur and Krista Smith, Vanity Fair's West Coast editor. Credit for both party pictures: Donato  / Wire Image


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Fashion News: Whiskers, Nazis and nepotism

Fashion News Coco Chanel Abe Lincoln
-- Los Angeles was home to its first-ever beard and mustache competition over the weekend, with some 100 whiskered warriors from all over the country facing off for facial hair supremacy, and establishing the City of Angels as the undisputed home of the 'stache with panache. We've got the full results.[All The Rage]

-- In the coming weeks, a documentary titled “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel,” along with a coffee-table book, will be released, followed by a traveling exhibition that kicks off at the Fortuny Museum in Venice in March. [WWD, subscription required]

-- Was Coco Chanel a Nazi spy? According to "Sleeping With the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War" by Hal Vaughan, she was -- during the German occupation of France during World War II. [UK Telegraph]

-- Have you ever seen one of those TV infomercials for PajamaJeans -- aka the "Pajamas you live in, Jeans you sleep in" and wondered if anyone actually buys them? Apparently so -- according to the company, they're on track to sell their 2 millionth pair by year's end. Another nugget we found out? The PajamaJeans were invented in Vermont. [All The Rage]

-- From the sometimes-nepotism's-not-so-bad department: Stella McCartney will design costumes for Paul McCartney's first ballet music composition "Ocean's Kingdom." [Elle]

-- Adding a new twist to the idea of shopping for a cause, Nordstrom opens a new store for charity in Soho in New York City. The Seattle-based retailer, which does not have a Nordstrom store in Manhattan, hopes the project will shed light on the New York market. [WWD, subscription required]


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-- Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore

Left photo: Lincoln presenter and facial-hair competitor Robert Broski at the Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Championships. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Right photo: French fashion designer Coco in 1958. Credit: STF / AFP/Getty Images 


Giorgio Armani to outfit Italian national team for the 2012 Olympics

Armani 2012 olympics
Giorgio Armani has been tapped to design the Italian Olympic team's complete wardrobe for the 2012 London games, the company announced Wednesday.

The deal with the Italian National Olympic Committee will have Armani designing the team's official opening ceremony outfits as well as equip members with a range of clothes and accessories from the brand's sports-focused EA7 line.

It's the most recent -- and certainly not the last -- manifestation of the fashion world's Olympic fever that started to show up on the men's runways in Milan last month. Other designers who've been tapped for Olympic duty include Stella McCartney, who the U.K. Telegraph reports will serve as creative director for Great Britain's team (which will include performance wear and village wear but not the opening ceremony wardrobe), and Cedella Marley (daughter of the late reggae legend Bob Marley), who has been hired by Puma to design what the Jamaican team will be wearing at the opening ceremony, in competition and on the podium.

Marley told the Associated Press she took inspiration for the uniforms from "music, various cultures and Jamaica from the 1970s and '80s."

"I want to bring the old and the new Jamaica together," she said."It should be Grace Jones meets Bob Marley on the track, and we're going to have fire on the field."

One year out and we're already stoked.

--- Adam Tschorn

Photo: Giorgio Armani, pictured at the finale of his spring and summer 2012 Emporio Armani runway show in Milan in June, has been tapped to design the Italian team's outfits for the 2012 Olympics. Credit: Matteo Bazzi / EPA.


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Royal Wedding: Handicapping Kate Middleton's wedding gown designer: The high-fashion favorites

It's Day 3 of my royal dress derby, for which I'm handicapping the odds of the top designer contenders. Monday, I looked at the dark horses, Tuesday I took on the traditionalists, and today, I'm sizing up the high-fashion favorites.

The fashion clique has been trying to bring Kate Middleton into its glossy fold for months. British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, for one, has been lobbying hard for the princess-in-waiting to choose Alexander McQueen successor Sarah Burton to make her dress. But Middleton has been linked to several other designers, too. Here's a rundown, along with pros and cons for each contender.

Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Pros: Has brought a fresh femininity to the label and been almost universally lauded in the fashion press. She's the one British designer in the running whose creations approach haute couture, with the highest level of craftsmanship and detail. Alexander McQueen, who died last year, is top of mind with the opening of the retrospective exhibition "Savage Beauty" on May 4 at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which is masthead queen Anna Wintour's baby.  

Cons: Might contradict Middleton's sensible shopper, ordinary girl image. In other words, the gown could be too provocative and too high-fashion.  

Stella McCartney

Pros: Has a clean, sporty sensibility in keeping with Middleton's style. Could help secure top musical guest for the reception. 

Cons: McCartney designed Madonna's wedding dress. Does Middleton really want to follow in the footsteps of Madge? Beckhammarchesa 

Victoria Beckham

Pro: As a member of the Spice Girls, Beckham was probably a childhood fashion idol of Middleton's.

Con: Is attending the wedding, when presumably she'd have more important things to do, like fluffing Middleton's train.

Marchesa by Karen Craig and Georgina Chapman

Pros: Designers are Hollywood darlings (Marchesa co-founder Chapman is married to producer Harvey Weinstein), which could appeal to the media-savvy royal couple. Could help parlay their married life into a reality series like E!'s "Khloe and Lamar."

Cons: Designers are Hollywood darlings.

--Booth Moore


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Top photos left to right: A runway look from British designer Stella McCartney's Fall-Winter 2011/2012 women's collection. Credit: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters. A runway look from the Fall-Winter 2011/2012 Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen show presented in Paris. Credit: Francois Guillot/AFB/Getty Image.

Bottom photos left to right: David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, at the 2008 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles, July 16, 2008. Credit: Danny Moloshok/Reuters. Co-founder of Marchesa Georgina Chapman and producer Harvey Weinstein attend the exclusive fashion fundraiser "Suzanne Rogers Presents Marchesa" at The Carlu on April 5 in Toronto, Canada. Credit: George Pimentel/Getty Images.

Currently coveting: Stella McCartney's citrus prints

When I saw them on the runway in Paris last October, I wasn't sure. But now that spring has sprung, and there is low-hanging fruit on the trees all over Los Angeles, I'm in love with Stella McCartney's juicy citrus prints. The designer has splashed them across pieces including a high-waist skirt and a silk halter dress. But these items seem particularly suited to SoCal. The organic cotton T-shirt is $265, the Falabella chain bag $1,395 and the teeny bikini $485. All of the items are available at the Stella McCartney boutique on Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood.

"I wanted to add a punch of color in the collection and I think that doing it with a really bold citrus print gives it a slight sense of humor," McCartney said in an email. "But I also wanted it to be really easy to wear and just to have a real feeling of summer; being free and light."

Not only do the sunny prints remind me of the fruit trees we take for granted in L.A., but they also bring to mind the kinds of vintage fruit crate labels, juice glasses and tablecloths you might find at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. And fresh-squeezed lemonade, of course. Or better yet, homemade margaritas with fresh squeezed limes. The perfect toast to the season. 

--Booth Moore

Photo credit: Stella McCartney

Paris Fashion Week: Stella McCartney sees spots


Just the other day, I was passing by an Issey Miyake Pleats Please! store here in Paris and wondering who still wears those 1990s-era, tightly-pleated polyester pieces?

Well, someone has been paying attention, namely Stella McCartney, who began her collection with similarly sculpted, micropleated tops and dresses creating weightless volume through the sleeves, and signaling McCartney's intention to explore a top-heavy, V-shaped silhouette.

Mannish overcoats and jackets with exaggerated shoulders could be a hard sell, but they looked new with flat loafers or Beatle boots.


What won't be a hard sell are tromp l'oeil gold foil-print dresses, cream turtleneck sweater dresses, and an elongated, gold bomber jacket.


For evening, this season's favorite polka dots came out to play, hand-embroidered and floating on coquettish, transparent tulle dresses, with inserts of point d'esprit adding a touch of surrealism. With polka dots seen on at least a dozen runways for fall, these were my favorite.


The accessories were spot-on too, namely ankle boots and pumps with decorative gold zippers stretching all the way down the heels.

-- Booth Moore in Paris

Photos: Looks from the Stella McCartney fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.


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