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Whitney Houston, 'Sparkle' stir memories on 'L.A. Hair' finale


Hairstylist Kim Kimble has had an exciting year, even by the standards of someone who is used to styling some of the most famous heads in Hollywood, including Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and Shakira.

Long a force behind the scenes -- styling Beyonce in "Dreamgirls" to name just one of her credits -- this year Kimble starred in her own reality series, "L.A. Hair," on WE TV.  And she was head hairstylist for the upcoming (and much anticipated) film "Sparkle," starring the late Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps and Cee Lo Green, among others.

The two worlds kind of come together in the season finale of "L.A. Hair, " airing at 9 p.m. Thursday, which features Kimble styling the hair of "Sparkle" cast member Brely Evans while the two reminisce about Houston. They shared a sneak peek with All the Rage.


Pink, blue, purple -- vibrant hair color breaks out

Whitney Houston shines in trailer for 'Sparkle'

-- Susan Denley

Fashion News: All sweetness and light at 'Dark Knight Rises' premiere

For the world premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" in New York City on Monday night,  leading ladies Marion Cotillard and Anne Hathaway were all sweetness and light, in white and cream dresses. [Los Angeles Times] 

Giorgio Armani created the bespoke suits Christian Bale wears in the film as Batman's alter ego, the wealthy  Bruce Wayne. And the suits have a customized label: "Giorgio Armani for Bruce Wayne." "In the lexicon of superheroes, it's an honor to be associated with such an intriguing character as Bruce Wayne," said Armani, who also provided clothes for 2008's "The Dark Knight." [Vogue UK] 

For how long have many U.S. clothing companies outsourced manufacturing to Asia? Why does it take the combination of a dual Olympics/presidential election year to draw Congress' attention to this fact? So now in the ongoing flap over the Ralph Lauren Olympic opening ceremony outfits for Team USA being made in China, a bipartisan group of 59 members of Congress has written to the U.S. Olympic Committee expressing outrage.  "American manufacturing is critical to the soul of the country," the group said. "The U.S. textile and apparel industry provides the backbone to many cities and towns." [WWD] (Subscription required.)

The annual Pirelli Calendar -- so exclusive it goes only to select VIPs around the world -- specializes in elegant nudes of A list models and celebrities. The 2013 version, shot by photographer Steve McCurry, could be called the "calendar of the soul," according to Vanity Fair Italy, for its showing of "women protagonists involved in the support of foundations, NGOs and humanitarian projects." (They include a pregnant Adriana Lima, marking the first time the calendar has featured a noticeably pregnant woman). [Vanity Fair Italy]

EBay is teaming up with designers including Billy Reid, Chris Benz, Fallon, Jonathan Adler, Ruffian, Steven Alan and Tibi to create items for this year's holiday season. [The Cut]

Milliner-to-royals Philip Treacy plans to stage a runway show Sept. 16 as part of London Fashion Week. [WWD]

Singer Lana Del Rey is the face (and voice) of H&M's fall ad campaign. [Fashionologie]


PHOTOS: Celebs bring casual chic to Comic-Con

Nail art goes from niche to mainstream

Summer beauty trends celebrate creativity

-- Susan Denley

Photo: From left, actors Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway and Christian Bale pose together at the world premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" on Monday in New York. Credit:  Evan Agostini / Invision/Associated Press

Fashion News: Karl Lagerfeld advised Diane Kruger on 'Queen' role

Diane Kruger, Karl Lagerfeld
One of the first people actress Diane Kruger called when she won the role of Marie Antoinette in "Farewell, My Queen" was Karl Lagerfeld, she tells the Wall Street Journal. "I've known him since I was 16 years old and today he's both a friend and a neighbor," she said. "He is obsessed with Versailles and Marie Antoinette. When I got the part of the queen he was one of the first people I called, and I walked over to his home and picked his brain for inspiration." The Journal also says that much of the actress' fashion "ascent" can be credited to Lagerfeld. [WSJ]

In the ad campaign for Lady Gaga's soon-to-be-released new fragrance, tiny little men climb all over the nude star as she reclines, propped up on one elbow holding the egg-shaped bottle of the scent, called Fame. The photo was shot by Steven Klein, but it may be a bit too risque for major retailers to display. [Fashionista]

After the dust-up last week over Ralph Lauren making the opening ceremony uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team in China, Lauren has pledged to make the uniforms for the 2014 Olympics in the U.S. of A. [Los Angeles Times]

Speaking of Olympians, champion figure skater Evan Lysacek, 27, is the new roommate of fashion designer Vera Wang, 63, who just last week announced her separation from husband Arthur Becker after 23 years of marriage. It's unclear whether they are platonic or romantic roomies, though. [The Cut]

Models Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Lily Cole and Georgia May Jagger  "will strut the catwalk to David Bowie songs 'Fashion' and 'Rebel Rebel'," during the London Summer Olympics closing ceremonies, according to several British newspapers. But it is unclear whether any Olympic officals have confirmed the reports. [The Cut] 

Finalists have been named for this year's Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund competition (won last year by Joseph Altuzarra). They are Andrea Lieberman of A.L.C.; Greg Armas, Assembly New York; Sofia Sizzi, Giulietta; Justin Salguero, Daniel Silberman, and Alina Silberman, Illesteva; Jennifer Fisher, Jennifer Fisher Jewelry; Jennifer Meyer Maguire, Jennifer Meyer; Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty, Suno; Tabitha Simmons, Tabitha Simmons; Greg Chait, the Elder Statesman and Wes Gordon, Wes Gordon. Contenders will go through several challenges — including staging full-fledged runway shows at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles — before a winner and runners-up are named in November. At stake are cash awards and mentorships. [Vogue]

Eileen Fisher's fall ad campaign will include a graphic element to indicate items that are sustainably produced. An ampersand will signal that there is more information available on the brand's website about the sustainable practices used in a garment's manufacture. About 25% of the line's offerings at present reportedly are sustainable. [WWD] 

Costume designer Jacqueline Durran's "Anna Karenina" collection for Banana Republic, due out along with the film's release around the holidays this year, interprets the clothing of the 19th century Russian aristocracy into modern-day dresses, military-inspired outerwear, fur accessories and elegant baubles. [Styleite]


Nail art goes from niche to mainstream

Summer beauty trends celebrate creativity

"Farewell , My Queen" follows Marie Antoinette and her loves

— Susan Denley

Photo: Actress Diane Kruger listens attentively to designer Karl Lagerfeld during the 2012 amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS event during the Cannes Film Festival in May. Kruger turned to Lagerfeld for advice about playing Marie Antoinette in "Farewell, My Queen."  Credit: Andreas Rentz / Getty Images

Fashion News: Thom Browne among designers honored by Michelle Obama

Thom Browne
First Lady Michelle Obama invited winners of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards to the White House on Friday. Designers from many different fields were honored, including Thom Browne for fashion. The photo shows some of the work he displayed during the showing of his spring-summer 2013 menswear collection in Paris earlier this month.  [WWD]

Actress Blake Lively has been a celebrity brand ambassador for Chanel, but now she has a deal to front for Gucci's Premiere fragrance, making some wonder if the relationship with Chanel is on the rocks. But sources say all is well. [NY Post]

Banana Republic designed new uniforms for Virgin America crews. [Fashionista]

Shu Uemura is offering a 24-karat gold-plated eyelash curler, which sells for $24. Not super-expensive but still perhaps a bit much for something so utilitarian. [Racked]

Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier inked a licensing deal to go into home textiles. [WWD]

Macy's won a preliminary injunction in its lawsuit against Martha Stewart Omnimedia Inc. for selling at J.C. Penney, which Macy's says violates its contract with the group. The case is now expected to go to trial in November. [WWD] (Subscription required)

Thanks to "Mad Men" and Elizabeth Taylor, the cat-eye is back. [Los Angeles Times]


Hair chalking: Vibrant color you rub on

Nail art goes from niche to mainstream

Multitasking BB skin creams sweep into the U.S.

— Susan Denley

Photo: A visitor captures a cellphone photo of a model presenting U.S. designer Thom Browne's creations during the men's spring-summer 2013 fashion collection show on July 1. Credit: Francois Guillot /AFP/GettyImages.

Fashion News: Katy Perry's costumes can be dangerous

Katy Perry
Katy Perry's over-the-top costumes have gotten the attention of her liability insurance company, which reportedly has ordered her to stop wearing spinning objects on her bosom after her hair got caught in a pair of twirling peppermints on an outfit similar to this one. [Styleite]

The Telegraph reports that medical experts say there's been an upswing in the number of injuries to men caused by wearing too-tight jeans. [Telegraph]

The house of Valentino has been purchased by the royal family of Qatar. [Styleite]

The Exorcist
"The Exorcist " is plenty spooky stuff, as anyone who has read the book by William Peter Blatty or seen the 1973 William Friedkin film knows (that's the one where Linda Blair's head spins around, in case you forgot -- as unlikely as that is). But no one looked at all scared on Wednesday night at an afterparty celebrating the opening night performance of the new stage version, directed by John Doyle at L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse. Stars Richard Chamberlain and Brooke Shields were all aglow, as was novelist Blatty, playwright John Pielmeier and magician Teller. Yes, Teller. He served as a creative consultant, teaching how to make a body levitate from a bed. [Society News LA]

Nikki Reed of "Twilight" fame -- she plays Rosalie Hale -- is collaborating on a capsule jewelry collection with, which specializes in jewelry designed by artists, celebrities and what they call "style icons." The collection was announced in a news release on Thursday and will be called Mattlin Era. It's to go on sale this fall.

Steven Tyler is leaving "American Idol," to return full-time to his own singing career with Aerosmith. We'll miss his wild hair and hair ornaments, along with everything else. [Los Angeles Times]

The uniforms Ralph Lauren designed for the U.S. Olympic team to wear at the opening ceremonies of the London Summer Games are made in China, which provoked outrage on Capitol Hill. [Los Angeles Times]

Nordstrom plans to open departments offering clothes from British retailer Topshop in 14 U.S. stores in September. And lucky for us Southern Californians -- two of them reportedly will be here. One will be at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and the other at the Irvine Spectrum in Irvine. Plans are still underway for a full-on Topshop store at the Grove in Los Angeles in 2013. [Racked]  

And in a rather strange collaboration, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the New York Mets -- which both turn 50 this year -- are teaming up to offer designer fan apparel created by the likes of Billy Reid and Yigal Azrouël. [WWD]  


Review: "The Exorcist" falls short of a devilish good time

Fashion News: Kim Kardashian talks about her fashion evolution

Photos from top: Katy Perry performs at the Pepsi/Billboard Summer Beats special live performance for her film "Katy Perry: Part of Me"  at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood in June. Credit: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Posing after "The Exorcist's" opening night are cast members, from left, Tom Nelis, Roslyn Ruff, Richard Chamberlain, Brooke Shields, Harry Groener, Emily Yetter, David Wilson Barnes, creative consultant Teller, Stephen Bogardus and Manoel Felciano. Credit: Jordan Strauss / Invision for the Geffen Playhouse/ AP Images

Sassoon brings hair styling exhibition to downtown L.A. Art Walk

Sassoon style is coming to Art WalkThose who doubt that hair styling is an art may want to check out a new offering at the monthly Art Walk in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday. 

Jeremy Davies-Barbala, senior creative director for Sassoon Salon in Beverly Hills, is orchestrating the premiere of Sassoon at the Art Walk, designed to highlight hair style as a creative statement.

Essentially, models in the windows of the Robert Reynolds Gallery will present a collection of artistic styles, focused on the most creative aspects of color and cuts. The presentation will occur in 20-minute increments from 8:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. at the gallery, 408 S. Spring St. 

I suspect the styles will go beyond the now-classic look the late Vidal Sassoon gave actress Nancy Kwan, shown here, in his heyday -- but even this one was considered ground-breaking in its time for the structure and architectural quality for which Sassoon became famous.

The downtown L.A. Art Walk happens on the second Thursday of each month, mostly in and around the galleries on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets.



Vidal Sassoon had a style of his own

Wigs and extensions make fantasy hair mainstream

Black women are rewriting the rules on hair texture and style

--Susan Denley

Photo: The Vidal Sassoon bob that shook the world -- on actress Nancy Kwan. Sassoon style is coming to downtown Los Angeles' Art Walk. Credit:Terence Donovan


Fashion News: Kim Kardashian talks about her fashion evolution


Kim Kardashian talked about how her fashion sense has evolved -- from Juicy sweats to Celine, Lanvin and Givenchy -- on Wednesday on the inaugural episode of "The Look," a new show on YouTube’s Hello Style channel from Harper's Bazaar. The show is hosted and produced by  Laura Brown, Harper's Bazaar features/special projects director, who will interview celebrities on style and pop culture on the program.  Kardashian ended her interview by giving Brown a makeup lesson. [Harper's Bazaar]

To promote the show, Brown gave an interview to The Cut and explained her own style, which involves jeans, well-cut trousers, heels, Alexander Wang and Victoria Beckham. No skirts, no leather pants, no peplums. "I’m not that big on trends," she said. "I think the more that you work in the industry, the less you’re swayed by it. You appreciate it but you don’t fetishize it as much." [The Cut]

"Every girl should have a cupcake bra." So says Katy Perry's stylist Johnny Wujek in an interview with Refinery29. Wujek's next gig will be as creative director on "America's Next Top Model," starting in August. [Refinery29]

Marvin S. Traub, former president and chief executive of Bloomingdale's who is credited with transforming the store into a style trendsetter, has died at age 87 of bladder cancer. [NYT] 

The berets that are part of the uniforms U.S. athletes will wear to the Summer Olympics opening ceremonies and that were unveiled Tuesday stirred up a lot of talk on Fox TV's "Fox & Friends," in which host Steve Doocy and company commented they seemed to be too French, and suggested baseball caps instead. But thanks in part to viewer emails they stopped mocking when they were reminded berets have been part of American military uniforms for, well, more than half a century. [Media Matters]  


Designer Vera Wang, husband separate

Ralph Lauren reveals Olympics opening ceremony uniforms

Fashion News: 'Modern Family's' Sofia Vergara gets a ring, might be engaged

-- Susan Denley

Shopping: Unique L.A., Venice Meet offer local wares and fare

Unique L.A.,
with its "buy local" mantra, returns to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica this weekend for its second annual summer show featuring 150 local designers and artists selling directly to the public. Admission is $10 at the door (kids 12 and under free) and includes a free tote bag and drinks,  and reentry for both days. Cocktails and food will also be available. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica.

The Venice Meet -- described as "a farmer's market for artists" -- takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Local craftspeople, independent musicians and specialty food artisans will be featured.


Hudson has opened a shop-in-shop on the second-floor mezzanine of Satine. After a private party on Thursday night to celebrate "10 Years of L.A. Nighttime Escapades" -- a photo installation in the shop -- it will open to the public on Friday.  Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at 8134 W. Third St., Los Angeles. The pop-up is expected to be open until May 2013.

Sofia, an independent boutique from the heart of Chicago, has opened a Malibu pop-up in conjunction with singer-songwriter-producer Cisco Adler's Bananabeat.  Sofia Bananabeat Boutique is to be open through August and will offer exclusive items from labels including M2F Brand Denim, Minkpink, Nov Vintage, Oakley, Barbara Adler Jewelry and more. The shop is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily in the Malibu Country Mart, 3868 Cross Creek Road, Malibu.


Monique Lhuillier's one-day sample sale offering women's bridal and ready-to-wear at 45% to 90% off is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 1201 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Merchandise as-is; all sales final.

Jimmy Au's for Men 5' 8'' and Under has been providing designer clothes for shorter men for more than 50 years, but right now they are celebrating the 30 years of accomplishments by manager Fred Guiterrez by offering an ongoing anniversary sale through the end of August. The store, at 9408 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, is open 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.


SpiritHoods expands into swimwear

Sunglasses inspired by 'Amazing Spider-Man' guard against glare

Dosa's eco-chic fashion showcased at Santa Monica Museum of Art

-- Susan Denley

Photos: The crowd at a past Unique event. Credit: Unique L.A.

Fashion News: 'Modern Family's' Sofia Vergara gets a ring


Nick Loeb gave "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara -- shown here at this year's Golden Globe Awards -- a new ring for her birthday over the weekend, two months after rumor had it they were splitting up and setting off much speculation that they are engaged. That's because, unlike other accessories, a ring is never believed to be just a ring. [Los Angeles Times]

The Ralph Lauren uniforms the U.S. Olympic team will wear in the opening ceremonies at the London Summer Olympics were unveiled on Tuesday. [Los Angeles Times]

Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) talked to Fashionlologie about the exhibit she's planning for next year called "Queer Style: From the Closet to the Catwalk," focusing on gay designers. "Everybody knows that there's lots of gay people in fashion," she said. "But nobody's ever really thought consciously to put the gayness back into fashion history and say, 'Why are there so many gay people in fashion?' and 'Is there a gay aesthetic?' and 'What have been the influences of having so many gay people in fashion?' " [Fashionologie]

Casting calls have been scheduled in New York and Los Angeles for Naomi Campbell's upcoming modeling reality show "The Face." [Styleite]

Designer Vera Wang, famous for her bridal gowns, and her husband Arthur Becker, who helped her build her business,  have separated after 23 years. [WWD]

Old Navy plans to open a store in Japan, on the island of Odaiba, on Thursday, marking its first foray outside North America. [WWD] (subscription required.)

Toe art might become the next big thing in nails, since why should you stop with decorating 10 digits when you have 20? [Fashionista]


Olympics 2012: Gear for the armchair athlete

Designers are part of the team for Summer Olympics

Ralph Lauren reveals U.S. team opening ceremony outfits

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Sofia Vergara, who might have gotten engaged over the weekend, at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Olympics 2012: Ralph Lauren reveals U.S. team opening ceremony outfits

Opening Ceremony - Lochte_Clay_Lanzone_Mitts
Athletes Heather Mitts (soccer) and Tim Morehouse (fencing) showed off the uniforms the U.S. Olympic team will wear during opening ceremonies for the London Summer Games on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday. The uniforms, by Ralph Lauren, have been kept under wraps till now.

For women, the uniform includes a white blouse, knee-length cream skirt and fitted navy blazer featuring the official U.S. Olympic Team patch and an embroidered Big Pony logo on the chest. There's also a cotton scarf in -- ta da! -- red, white and blue stripes.

The men's uniform includes cuffed cream flat-front trousers, a club-collar cotton sport shirt with a red and navy necktie and a double-breasted blazer with peak lapels. The blazers feature the official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team patches, as well as the embroidered Big Pony logo at the chest. 

Topping things off for men and women is a navy beret with red and white stripes and the official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team patch and embroidered Big Pony logo.

The athletes will parade in the uniforms July 27. But fans can go online to purchase copies of some pieces now, along with a selection of other apparel related to the games.


Olympics 2012: Gear, garb and goods for the armchair athlete

Designers are part of the team for Summer Olympics

Ralph Lauren reveals Olympic closing ceremony uniforms

--Susan Denley

Photo: Past and present Olympic athletes model the Ralph Lauren-designed uniforms they'll wear at the opening ceremonies of the London Summer Games on July 27. From left, they are Ryan Lochte (swimming), Bryan Clay (track and field), Giuseppe Lanzone (rowing) and Heather Mitts (soccer).


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