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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Kate Middleton gets a coat of arms. Lauren Conrad launches a beauty site. And Tom Ford sells used cars?


Canadian used-car salesman Dale Wurfel is using a photo of designer Tom Ford -- whose name is synonymous with elegant panache -- in an ad. An ad that in all likelihood comes as a surprise to Ford. Endorsing used cars wouldn't seem to be his thing. The photo isn't the one above, but it's similar in terms of looking, well, hot. It's taken from an old fragrance campaign featuring Ford, and shows the designer, tie undone, eyes smoldering, with the tag line, "You know you're not the first. But do you really care?" [Telegraph] 

Kate Middleton was spotted shopping at Banana Republic -- and yes, we do care. The Wedding (and yes, I've decided it deserves capitalization) is next week, after all, and Miss Middleton is likely buying items for her trousseau. And, yes again, you can expect her every move to be documented over the next few days, maybe even for the rest of her life.  [Telegraph]  

Meanwhile, Kate has a new -- and super-important -- accessory: a coat of arms. The Middleton family was just granted one by the College of Arms in London. It's a necessity for the family of the presumed future queen of England. Kate herself will only use it until she marries; then hers will be combined with Prince William's. [WWD]

Lauren Conrad has launched, a website full of hair and makeup tips she's amassed over the years. The photo and video how-tos star Conrad, her longtime hairstylist Kristin Ess and her makeup artist Amy Nadine. [People]

Every prom season it seems you hear of some creative people coming up with truly one-of-a-kind dresses. Not many can top this: Kerrin Frey of Wisconsin crafted daughter Tara's dress from thousands of bright Starburst candy wrappers, carefully folded and woven into an overlay for a muslin dress. She also made a vest for Tara's date. The project reportedly took six years. This mom knows how to plan ahead! [StyleList] 

Gold prices are soaring -- they zoomed above $1,500 an ounce Tuesday before easing back a bit to $1,495.80 -- and this is having an effect on jewelry designers, who are finding it prudent to use a bit less of the precious metal in their baubles. [WWD] (Subscription required.)  

Sporty meets chic in footwear for this fall, with new sneaker wedges straight from the runway. That's right: a sneaker upper on a wedge bottom. Cute! [WWD]

Designers Oleg Cassini (he dressed Jackie Kennedy) and Ralph Rucci (Whoopi Goldberg, Gwyneth Paltrow) will be added to the Fashion Walk of Fame on Manhattan's Seventh Avenue this summer. [N.Y. Daily News]  

Women's Wear Daily is reporting that Gianfranco Ferré's new owner, Paris Group, has ousted the brand's creative directors, Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi. [WWD]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Tom Ford. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times


Your morning fashion and beauty report: Rachel Zoe welcomes baby boy. Tom Ford talks manners. Chanel launches beauty site.

Azoe Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe and her husband Rodger Berman welcomed a baby boy, Skyler Morrison Berman, born in Los Angeles this week.  [People]

Chanel has launched a new website devoted to beauty. Chanel Makeup Confidential  includes how-to videos, product info and a look at models being made up backstage at Chanel's spring 2011 runway show. [Fashion Spot]

Sherman Oaks' glamorous salon The Painted Nail is going to be the setting for TV Guide's new reality show "The Nail Files," due to start airing in June.   [PopSugar L.A.] 

Designer Tom Ford, profiled here recently by our Booth Moore, imparts his five rules for gentlemanly conduct to AnOther magazine editor Jefferson Hack.  Among them: always display manners, never talk or act like a bigot, work at something you're passionate about,  show respect for others by putting your best face forward in public and never wear shorts or flip-flops in the city. I wonder what Ford makes of L.A., where shorts even go to church! [AnOther]

Kim Kardashian asked Facebook buddies to help her name her new perfume. Within three hours, about 8,000 suggestions had poured in, suggestions along the lines of Dafumez, seKc and William. William? Yeah, suggested by a fan of the same name. [BellaSugar]

It's spring and time to clean out the closet, I guess. You've heard that to choose what to store and what to toss you need to consider whether you will wear it again? Fashion maven Anna Dello Russo, editor of Vogue Japan, has a different standard: will future generations want to see it? [Vogue via FabSugar]

--Susan Denley

Photo: Rachel Zoe of "The Rachel Zoe Project," is a new mom. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

Your morning fashion and beauty report: John Galliano apologizes, reportedly enters rehab, Christina Hendricks touts Vivienne Westwood jewelry, Joan Collins' Oscar gown scare

Ajohng As Paris Fashion Week starts, the style world is still dissecting John Galliano's fall from grace after his dismissal by Dior on Tuesday following alleged anti-Semitic comments, as our Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore report ("Galliano's alleged anti-Semitic remarks unleash a storm"). Reactions include the dismay of supporters who say they've never witnessed any such behavior from the designer, suspicion about the motives of the complainants and condemnation of Galliano.  Karl Lagerfeld lays it on the line: "I’m furious, if you want to know. I’m furious that it could happen, because the question is no longer even whether he really said it. The image has gone around the world. It’s a horrible image for fashion," Lagerfeld says in Women's Wear Daily. “The thing is, we are a business world where, especially today, with the Internet, one has to be more careful than ever, especially if you are a publicly known person,” he continued. “I’m furious with him." [WWD]    

And Wednesday reports are that Galliano has apologized [Reuters] and left France to seek treatment for alcohol rehabilitation. [New York Times]

The Telegraph speculates on who will replace Galliano as Dior's creative director, and they seem to be stretching a bit by throwing some very established folks who are doing just fine with their own labels into the mix, such as Tom Ford  and Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy. The reasoning? In the former case, Ford "has everything Dior could want" and might be attracted by the prestige. In the latter, Vogue's Anna Wintour once compared the sisters with Galliano. [Telegraph]

"Mad Men's" Christina Hendricks is the celebrity "face" of Vivienne Westwood’s new "Get a Life" Palladium Jewelry Collection. The collection is made up of environmentally conscious pieces made entirely of the lightweight precious metal and featuring "symbols of hope," including trees, acorns and hearts. [People]

Kelly Cutrone, formerly of Bravo's "Kell on Earth" and now a correspondent for "Dr. Phil," has teamed up with Robyn Berkley and Chris Burch to launch the Electric Love Army sportswear label. The line plans to play up pop-culture references to appeal to women ages 15 to 32. [WWD] 

Bare Escentuals comes out this month with a new Bare Minerals skincare line that purportedly uses the power of minerals found in soil to replenish skin and increase cell turnover. The brand claims the antioxidant punch of its new formula outperforms both blueberries and pomegranates -- both often cited for their super antioxidant powers. [StyleList]

New York's runways during the recent fashion week were among the whitest in years, stunning in one of the world's most racially diverse cities. [Jezebel]

A little-known hazard of Oscar dressing has come to light: Joan Collins was taken to the hospital when she began to feel faint during Sunday's Academy Awards. Doctors examined her and determined the problem: a too-tight dress, leading to what Collins now calls a "Victorian swoon." [Express]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Designer John Galliano. Credit: Horacio Villalobos / EPA 

A constellation of stars turn out for Tom Ford's boutique-opening bash

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Tom Ford threw a cocktail party Thursday night to celebrate the opening of his long-awaited Beverly Hills flagship store at 346 N. Rodeo Drive, and with the Academy Awards just 2 1/2 days away, the gray carpet leading into the store was crammed with a constellation of red carpet star power.

Milla Jovovich, wearing a Tom Ford black-and-white plaid suit and a black shirt unbuttoned to the navel, could be seen air-kissing photographer Terry Richardson in the white marble entry vestibule. Upstairs, Valentino could be seen chatting in one corner of the room; across from him, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson mugged for cellphone self-portraits with Ginnifer Goodwin. Colin Firth conversed with Harvey Weinstein near a rack of dresses, while Bradley Cooper and Eva Longoria chuckled over a flubbed cheek kiss. 


Through it all, the man of the hour, Tom Ford, stood like a groom in a receiving line, hugging and shaking hands with a parade of well-wishers that included some of the folks you'd expect -- Lisa Eisner, Karen Elson, Gina Gershon, Rosario Dawson and Adrien Brody -- and a few you might not, like Catherine O'Hara, Suzanne Somers and Norman Lear.

But the evening's breakout star was the space itself -- a 9,200-square-foot, two-floor temple of luxe, the first of his stores (other U.S. locations include New York City and Las Vegas) designed specifically to offer dedicated space to the new women's collection.

So it should be no surprise that the store feels a lot less masculine -- most of the Macassar ebony wood accents having given way to light grays and silvers -- including a staircase lined in highly polished mirror-finish stainless steel that made a trek up two flights of stairs feel like a disorienting trip past funhouse mirrors (which, unfortunately, didn't include a mirrored surface that could make me look thin.)

The first floor houses the menswear clothing and accessories collection -- which includes horn-handled shaving brushes the size of a toddler's forearm, and curling, ram-horn lighters three times that length -- as well as the perfumery, with the second floor housing women's clothing and accessories, including a handbag wall and separate areas designed to display the eveningwear, daywear, and footwear collections.

In addition to being able to check out the new digs, party-goers were also afforded the first-ever, up-close sneak peek at the new women's collection -- which will be available to the rest of the world today when the store opens to the public (the spring and summer 2011 collection can also be seen online at Ford's website by clicking here).

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 -- Adam Tschorn

Top photo: Photographers shoot the arrival of celebrity guests Thursday in front of the 23-foot-tall facade of the new Tom Ford flagship at 346 N. Rodeo Drove in Beverly Hills. Credit: Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times

Center: Tom Ford and Milla Jovovich on the gray carpet. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Bottom: From left, Elizabeth Banks, Colin Firth and Ginnifer Goodwin were among the celebrities in attendance. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Oscar week countdown: Tidbits about Hollywood fashion favorite Tom Ford


Designer/director Tom Ford's impeccable menswear is a favorite of male stars -- think of Colin Firth in a Tom Ford tux at the Screen Actors' Guild Awards a couple of weeks back. (Ford, of course, directed Firth in 2009's "A Single Man.") Now Ford, who is launching his long-awaited women's wear line, is opening a boutique on Rodeo on Friday -- the timing just happening to coincide with the runup to next Sunday's Academy Awards. Our Booth Moore sat down with Ford ahead of time to talk about his new customer-focused approach to fashion. Read her whole interview here.

But she got some other interesting factlets about this innovator and celebrity favorite that we just had to share:  

Favorite L.A. lunch: The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills. But he parks at Barneys New York so he can walk to his new store and check out the competition.

Guilty pleasures: Hostess Donuts and diet soft drinks. Ford gave up drinking alcohol two years ago.

Guilty pleasure TV shows: “Desperate Housewives,” “Glee” and the occasional reality show, though he won’t say which ones.

Shopping go-to:

Everyday uniform: When he’s not naked (“I’m naked from 5 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Monday morning, he says), he has a different “look” depending on where in the world he happens to be. In London and L.A., it’s a suit. (“I love being one of the only people in a suit in L.A.”) In Santa Fe, where he has a ranch, it’s western shirts, jeans and cowboy boots — brown, not black, because they look better with dust. And in the Caribbean island of Mustique, where he spends Christmases, it’s lilac pants. Everything is Tom Ford, except for the occasional Gap T-shirt, Levi’s jeans and Ralph Lauren ski clothes, “because we don’t make ski clothes yet.”

Bedside reading: “ ‘Cleopatra: A Life.’ Cleopatra was not a beauty, and no images exist of her other than a coin,” says Ford. “In all of the descriptions of her, no one says she was beautiful. She was intelligent, captivating, well-educated. She had a strategic mind and she charmed through her personality. For me, inner beauty becomes outer beauty. The French have a term for it, jolie laide.”

Biggest mistake men make when they get dressed: “Not buttoning their jackets. It takes pounds off! And men should not wear shorts in the city unless they are jogging. And men should not wear sandals. If you're at the beach, if you’re in Greece, great. If you're in L.A. walking down the street, or on the plane, no.”

Biggest mistake women make when they get dressed: “Wearing things that aren't comfortable, because you're preoccupied with it and you can't focus. If you're not happy with it in the morning, even if it's a new dress, don’t wear it. Sell it on EBay.

-- Booth Moore

Photo: Tom Ford knows how to work the spotlight. During last year's award show season, the designer-director was riding the success of his first film, "A Single Man." This time around, he's introducing his long awaited women's collecton and new boutique on Rodeo Drive with a star-studded opening party. Credit: Simon Perry.

In search of: Norman Rockwell-worthy crimson lips

Rockwell On holiday here in Washington, D.C., I stopped by the fantastic Norman Rockwell exhibit "Telling Stories," which features paintings and drawings by the well-known artist on loan from Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

And after discovering that I'd misjudged Rockwell's work all these years as simply apple-pie Americana (true, his work was idealistic but not without its dark shadows), I noted how fabulous looking all the women in his oeuvre were — with their washed-and-set '40s and '50s coifs and their neat-as-a-pin shirtwaist dresses.

Rockwell "cast" his paintings, drawing people from photographs and real life. And though female faces varied, they almost always boasted a similiar crimson mouth.

The lip color? Pure 1940s orange-based red, a hue that's so high maintenance, my guess is most modern gals would shy away from it.

But Rockwell's glamorous femmes inspired me to find a modern-day facsimilie of the face-brightening lip color. Below, a few options:

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in Blood Red: This va-va-voom hue, $30, is a definite Rockwell red, packing the power to enliven an otherwise bare (or nearly bare) face.

Clarins1 Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color in Cherry Lush: Ford appreciates a good retro lip, and his Private Blend collection is full of classic colors, none of which seem more Rockwellian than Cherry Lush, $45. Though it's definitely a pinky red, it's deeply pigmented and absolutely '50s.

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick: But the winning color has to be this orange-based crimson from Clarins (pictured). Thick and intensely pigmented, the fire-engine-red lip color is fit for an icon.

--Emili Vesilind

Photos, from top: Norman Rockwell's "The Flirts," from Steven Spielberg's collection. Credit: Smithsonian American Museum of Art. Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick. Credit: Clarins


New York Fashion Week: Tom Ford debuts women's RTW

Who else but Tom Ford could round up the world's most beautiful women to model the first women's ready-to-wear collection under his own name?

In 2007, Ford launched an eponymous menswear line, which has since become a favorite of the red-carpet set. (His client list includes Daniel Craig -- and his James Bond alter-ego in "Quantum of Solace" -- Brad Pitt and NBA player Amar'e Stoudemire, who turned up at last week's Fashion's Night Out runway show at Lincoln Center nattily attired in a TF suit.). A women's side of the business had always been part of Ford's long-term plan, and he returned to that arena Sunday night with a super-exclusive showing at his Rage_ford Madison Avenue store. 

For his first women's collection, Ford enlisted some of the most beautiful women in the world to model, including Lauren Hutton, Julianne Moore (who co-starred in his 2009 directorial film debut "A Single Man"), Rita Wilson, Lisa Eisner and Beyoncé.

In a time when fashion is everywhere, and the Twitterati have tackled the tents thumbs a-blazing, this couldn't have been more personal. The bloggers were MIA, nary an iPhone camera was brandished and Ford himself talked guests through the entire collection, describing each piece in detail, all the way down to the gold-dipped feather earrings.

Many of the clothes seemed to be inspired by the women who wore them; Hutton wore an ivory silk trouser suit with peak lapels, while Eisner sported a boho chic feather headpiece, hammered gold breastplate and a black column gown. Karen Elson, who sang on the soundtrack that accompanied the show, wore a cobalt blue fringe dress. Moore (whose husband and daughter were sitting in the front row) wore a nude silk Georgette fringe dress.

Wilson, wearing a glamorous black velvet evening column gown, and her hair swept into an up-do, seemed to enjoy the sheer spectacle of nearly 100 people crammed into the narrow ground-floor space of Ford's boutique, vamping it up on the catwalk and striking a pose for the photographer.

Model-wise, it was an all-ages show, with the likes of 20-year-old model Chanel Iman in a '40s-looking Prince of Wales check pants suit and 29-year-old Julia Restoin Roitfeld (daughter of French Vogue Editor in Chief Carine Roitfeld, who has also been the face of Ford's Black Orchid fragrance) in a zip-front leather jacket also hitting the postage-stamp-size runway.

One of the most striking outfits of the night was worn by Beyoncé, who entered to enthusiastic applause wearing a black-fishnet, hand-embroidered gold pailette patterned dress.

But it's unlikely you'll see any photos of Ford's spring/summer 2011 women's collection popping up on the Internet soon (at least without the permission of Ford's camp) because a strict "no camera or recording device" policy was in place, and the event was easily the most exclusive and hard to get into of the week. Not to mention that the lensman Ford enlisted to shoot the models as they came down the runway was none other than famed photographer Terry Richardson.

Ford is as much a savvy businessman as a control freak, and we suspect he's trying to keep it under wraps as long as possible for maximum effect. If images haven't surfaced by the time Ford finally opens his long-awaited Beverly Hills boutique later this year, we couldn't think of a more opportune time.

-- Booth Moore and Adam Tschorn, reporting from New York


Tom Ford to open on Rodeo Drive -- right across from Gucci

More All Rage coverage of New York Fashion Week

Photo: Tom Ford and Julianne Moore at the Golden Globe Awards on January 17, 2010. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Angelina Jolie sparkles in Armani, Demi Lovato draws inspiration from Kim Kardashian, bedbugs invade retailers -- yuk!

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Angelina Jolie wore a short, sparkly, black Armani cocktail dress at the Los Angeles premiere of "Salt" Monday night, while Brad Pitt looked casually elegant in Tom Ford. [People]

OK, we haven't really wanted to write about this, but recently Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister outlets in New York and a Victoria's Secret  have reportedly been infested by bedbugs. Apparently, unknowing customers have carried the critters into the stores. All we can say is "ewwww!" And from now on, we at All the Rage are washing any clothes we buy before wearing.  [WWD]

Gap's creative director Dennis Leggett has departed after 14 years with the brand. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Forever 21, the go-to place for fashion-forward teens, is adding maternity clothes, and some parents are aghast. [Wall Street Journal]

Kim Kardashian is flattered to be Demi Lovato's style icon. It's the reality star's curves and confidence that the Disney star admires. [People]

Cutouts, metallics and bandeau styles reigned at the Mercedes Benz swim fashion week in Miami. [InStyle]

Michael Bastian of Gant was thinking of Marilyn Monroe and the geeky men in her life when he came up with the idea for his first women's line. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

"Project Runway" judge Nina Garcia (who is also fashion director for Marie Claire) has signed on to be Target's fashion expert. [WWD]

A new survey maintains that women are at their most attractive at age 31, but maybe they've got it wrong. [Telegraph]

PopSugar is introducing a new Retail Therapy Game on Facebook. [FabSugar] (All the Rage plans to take it for a test spin and we'll tell you what we think later this week.)

-- Susan Denley

Left photo: Kim Kardashian. Credit: David Livingson / Getty Images

Right photo: Demi Lovato says she's inspired by Kardashian's confidence and curves. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Cameron Diaz's ageless style. Shaun White talks shoes. Heidi Klum and Seal team up to counsel couples


A fashionista needs a vehicle just as stylish, so heads up: James Bond's 1964 Aston Martin Silver Birch DB5s -- the one used in chase scenes in the movies -- is going to auction Oct. 27. [Wall Street Journal]

Louis Vuitton got in trouble in Britain for implying that some machine-made items were handcrafted. But does it make a difference if the quality is so good that the consumer can't tell the difference? Maybe not. [Wall Street Journal]

Cameron Diaz is the cover girl for British Vogue's July "ageless style" issue, which is out this week. [British Vogue]

Come September, readers will be able to peek into the homes of 115 fashion designers in a coffee table tome to be published by Assouline and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Among those included are Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Josie Natori and Ralph Lauren. [WWD]

Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Stefano Gabbana -- why are all these guys who design clothes taking them off for the camera? [WWD]

Angela Missoni's Cruise 2011 collection looks to Africa and the 1960s. [WWD]

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor's lawyers tried to stop Naomi Campbell's "blood diamond" testimony Monday in the Hague. [Huffington Post]

Michael Kors wins the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. [WWD, subscription required]

Olympian Shaun White talks about new footwear line he and his brother are doing for Target. [WWD]

See 10 outfit-inspiring hats for summer. [FabSugar]

Oscar de la Renta is accusing Max Mara of being a copycat. [WWD]

Does your hair stylist love you or hate you? [StyleList]

Heidi Klum's success on "Project Runway" is leading to a new Lifetime series in which the model and her singer husband Seal will travel the country as they provide couple's counseling to those in need of celebrity advice. [New York Magazine]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Seal and Heidi Klum attend the 2009 Oscars. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

Crimson tide: The most beguiling red lipsticks for summer

Beauty articles on summer makeup always teach us how to wield various bronzers to affect a just-off-the-beach look. But since we all now know that tanning is akin to smoking Lucky Strikes, healthwise (and faking the look only perpetuates the "healthy glow" myth), perhaps it's time for a new approach to hot-weather beauty.

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