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Fashion News: Elizabeth Berkley, Greg Lauren expecting first baby

Kanye West guests

Artist/actor/occasional fashion designer Greg Lauren (nephew of Ralph Lauren) and wife actress Elizabeth Berkley (who starred in "Saved by the Bell") are expecting their first child. The couple married in 2003. [People]

Also expecting: Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey. [Us Weekly]

Rapper Kanye West showed his second women's collection in Paris, after debuting his first last year to what might kindly be called tepid reviews. To quote Luke Leitch writing in the Telegraph about this year's show, "He may be utterly unqualified to show as a designer in Paris, but he certainly has chutzpah." And he drew a hip crowd, including Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz and Sean Combs. [Telegraph]

Besides West and Chanel's crystal cave, which Fashion News mentioned previously, other attention-getters at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday included Alexander McQueen's floral dresses and Valentino's leather and intricately beaded dresses. [Cut]

Sarah Burton, McQueen's creative director, says the looks she sent down the runway were inspired by fungi. And she meant that in a good way. [Telegraph]

The maker of the popular Brazilian Blowout hair-smoothing treatment has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit for about $4.5 million. That comes out to about $35 per treatment (to a maximum of three) for each customer who says she was harmed by the product, plus $75 per bottle purchased for each stylist. Earlier the manufacturer reached a settlement with the California attorney general's office to warn stylists and consumers that the products contain formaldehyde, which can cause respiratory problems and is a known carcinogen. [NYT]

Recent Cosmopolitan cover girls Freida Pinto and Dakota Fanning were among the attendees at Cosmo's Fun and Fearless Awards on Monday night in Manhattan, where Paul Rudd won a Fun and Fearless Male Award. [Cut]

It's official: Hedi Slimane takes over as creative director for Yves Saint Laurent following the departure of Stefano Pilati, who showed his final collection for the label in Paris on Monday. [WWD] (subscription required)

Alexander Wang denies allegations made by a former employee in a lawsuit that its factory in New York's Chinatown is a sweatshop. [WWD] (subscription required)


PHOTOS: Paris Fashion Week

Paper suits him: Artist Greg Lauren's clothing as art

Frugal Fashion: Alicia Keys front row during Paris Fashion Week

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Guests at rapper Kanye West's runway show at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday included, from left, Alicia Keys, her husband, Swizz Beatz, Cassie Ventura, Sean Combs and Azealia Banks. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

New YSL store brings more luxury to the Beverly Center

Adding to the growing presence of high-end boutiques at the Beverly Center (think Fendi and Prada) is Yves Saint Laurent, which is opening the doors to its red, eco-friendly space today.

The concept for the store has been dubbed “The Opium Experience” in reference to the iconic perfume YSL debuted in 1977 and is expressed in the store as red lacquered walls inspired by the bottle’s glowing crimson hue. Touches of brushed and polished brass hardware punctuate the space, further referencing the look of Opium packaging.

But not everything about the store, which carries men's ready-to-wear and accessories and women's accessories, is steeped in the past. There are also modern, eco-friendly aspects such as Ductal concrete used in furniture and flooring developed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and water waste in the production process, as well as lighting fixtures that were designed to be energy-efficient.

The increasing presence of luxury retailers at the Beverly Center –- which also features a Bed, Bath & Beyond, a Macys and a MAC store –- indicates a changing shopper at the location. The mall seems like a prime place for logo-driven and branded-accessory purchases and gift items, which is what most of the luxury retailers sitting on the upper levels of the mall are focusing on.

YSL Beverly Center Boutique opens today. 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles

-- Melissa Magsaysay


Bohemian Society opens the Brutique -- an eclectic shop in shop

Jessica Alba, Joe Manganiello and Paul Stanley fete Rimowa's reopening in Beverly Hills

A speciality boutique that channels the glamour of Old Hollywood

Photo: a look from YSL Fall 2011 collection. Credit: YSL

Fashion News: Lady Gaga, Rihanna help sell Vogue

Lady Gaga in Sydney News flash: Lady Gaga and Rihanna can sell magazines. Their covers appear to be part of the reason that for the first half of this year the only major U.S. fashion magazine with increased sales compared with last year was Vogue, which saw a jump of 12.7% for an average monthly circulation of 360,400. InStyle has a larger circulation (570,000), but dropped 8% compared with last year. Other women's fashion mags experienced an average decrease of 9.2 %, except for Allure, which remained flat. [The Cut] [Fashionista]  

Hilary Duff, Jenny McCarthy, Padma Lakshmi and Christie Brinkley are featured in new advertising for Danskin that launched Wednesday with the slogan "Move for Change." Besides the usual magazine ads and such, they are featured in videos on, which will also offer monthly blogs. The four will use their own Twitter accounts to tweet about the campaign, which also involves Danskin making contributions to the celebrities' favorite charities. [WWD]

More from the weight wars: British authorities ordered the e-commerce website Zazzle to remove T-shirts for children and teens emblazoned with a controversial quote from supermodel Kate Moss: "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." The British Advertising Standards Authority had received complaints that the slogan could encourage eating disorders. [Telegraph]

Target has reportedly decided to release all news about its Missoni line that's set to launch next month through the blog, All the Way Up Here. Which seems to have been around only since April. Which is purportedly written by a doll that loves Missoni and Target. Which seems to be a promotional ploy  by Missoni/Target. And which seems more than a bit, um, limiting. [The Cut]

Who has the right to sell red-soled shoes? A federal judge in New York denied Christian Louboutin's request that Yves Saint Laurent be barred from selling red-soled shoes from its 2011 resort collection until Louboutin's trademark-infringement case against YSL is decided. Louboutin contends, of course, that the red-soled YSLs illegally copy Louboutin's very recognizable color scheme. In denying the request for a temporary injunction, the judge indicated that it is "unlikely" that Louboutin will be able to win the case.  [Telegraph] 

This is different: Everyone reportedly wore white to the Hamptons engagement party for Lauren Bush (granddaughter of the older President Bush, niece of the other) and David Lauren, son of designer Ralph. Guests included the entire Lauren family; Paris Hilton's parents, Rick and Kathy Hilton; Lauren Bush's mother, Sharon Bush; and designers Cynthia Rowley and Douglas Hannant. [People]


"One Day's" elegant Anne Hathaway, casual Rachel Roy

Dressing Southern belles, maids for "The Help"

Is Kendall Jenner the next Kardashian clan powerhouse? 

-- Susan Denley 

Photo: Lady Gaga, shown in Sydney, Australia in July, can sell magazines, among many other talents. Credit: Dean Lewins / EPA

Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Justin Bieber breaks sales records. Pippa's bag is back. And Lara Stone strips down to her Calvins.

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 Stylist: Loafers are fall’s hot shoe

 Resident Image stylist and market editor Melissa Magsaysay soothes your sartorial woes in the weekly Your Stylist blog column:

Sure, loafers have a traditionally preppy appeal synonymous with private school uniforms or country club get-ups, but the style is getting a considerably sexy twist for fall, coming with treacherous heels, wedges and luxe leather materials. 109bass       

350bellebysmzappos1500898-p-DETAILED Take a look at versions that turned up on the YSL and Alexander Wang runways. Wang did them as super-high stilettos with disco ball-esque metallic leathers and YSL has a thick wedge on their kilty detailed, patent-leather loafers.

This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the Bass Weejun (arguably the loafer of all loafers) and the company is releasing a limited edition collection of classic Weejun styles, plus a few fun pairs in metallic leather and with tassel details. 350bellesmsaks0469637602108R_247x329

For something less traditional,  but still with same preppy polish, Belle by Sigerson Morrison is doing a couple of loafer-esque shoes with high and chunky heels and a comfortable, squishy crepe sole.

1055PSchoulersaks0441933549431R_247x329 Proenza Schouler is going a more masculine route, with a flat ankle boot that has a subtle tassel detail.

Since the style has a strong preppy vibe (even if done with a stiletto heel or in a funky color), stick with clean and classic lines and solid or simple patterns when pairing them with your clothing. Basically, anything flowy, boho-esque or too soft and romantic looking won’t work with the season’s loafers.

Try pieces such as a traditional tan trench, cropped ankle-length trousers, a sexy pencil skirt and sophisticated knee-length shift dresses when wearing fall’s big shoe trend.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


Liwan sandals, a jet-set favorite, launch in the U.S at L.A boutique Feal Mor

Cute new boot line for fall: Cobra Society

Flip-flop meets zigzag in Missoni X Havaianas collaboration

Photos at top from left: Alexander Wang metallic leather loafers/Gianni Pucci, YSL patent leather wedge loafers/Gianni Pucci,

Middle, from left: Belle by Sigerson Morrison kilty loafer heels, $350 at Belle by Sigerson Morrison, Bass Weejun 75th anniversary edition, $109 at

Bottom, from left: Proenza Schouler tassle ankle boots/Proenza Schouler, $1,055 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Belle by Sigerson Morrison patent leather kilty loafer heels, $350 at Saks Fifth Avenue/Belle by Sigerson Morrison.

Yves Saint Laurent documentary, 'L'Amour Fou,' out this weekend

Thinking about what to do this weekend? There's a new fashion film coming out that centers around Yves Saint Laurent's lifelong partner Pierre Berge as he copes with the designer's death. 

"L'Amour Fou" is framed around the massive 2009 auction of the pair's collection of art and antiques, which means there is a lot of gorgeousness to look at in the film, which tours all three of their homes-- in Paris, Normandy and Marrakech (above).

Check out my take on the film here.

-- Booth Moore 

Photo of Yves Saint Laurent in the garden of the villa Marjorelle in Marrakech by JC Deutsch. From Pierre Thoretton's film "L'Amour Fou." A Sundance Selects release.

Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Dolce & Gabbana appreciate Justin Bieber's style. Christian Louboutin doen't appreciate YSL's red soles.

Bieber handshake Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce were gushing over 17-year-old singing sensation Justin Bieber's sense of style at the party they threw for him at their restaurant, Gold, after his concert in Milan on Saturday night. "It might be slightly premature to talk about a style icon, but it's impossible to deny that he's a model for his peers," Dolce said. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Bieber often wears Dolce & Gabbana (at this year's Academy Awards and Golden Globes, for instance). [Telegraph]

Christian Louboutin filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in Manhattan federal court last week against Yves Saint Laurent America Inc., accusing YSL of stepping on its toes, so to speak, by selling shoes with red soles -- the hallmark of a pricey Louboutin heel. The suit seeks to stop the sales and more than $1 million in damages. [Telegraph]

Laura Ashley plans to launch its first intimates collection. [WWD] (Subscription required.)    

There are certain beauty decisions you should always think through carefully instead of plunging right in. Tattoos and piercings, of course. But also hair color, brow shape and perfume, among others. [BellaSugar] 

Oscar de la Renta has rethought his original namesake fragrance, rejuvenating it for the modern woman. Esprit d'Oscar is a blend of Sicilian lemon, bergamot, citron, Egyptian jasmine, orange flower, tuberose, musk, heliotrope, tonka bean and vetiver. But it is less "powdery" -- powder evoking the scent of a grandma! [StyleList] 

Ashley Avignone, former styling assistant with "The Rachel Zoe" project, gives PopSugar the rundown n her favorite L.A. boutiques, including Vanessa Bruno, Church and Jenni Kayne. [PopSugar LA]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Justin Bieber at the Dolce & Gabbana party April 9, 2011. Domenico Dolce is at left. Credit: Giuseppe Aresu/Associated Press

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Kanye West gets into scarves, Reese Witherspoon wears pink, American Apparel launches denim line

Akanye Rapper Kanye West, a dabbler in fashion who recently completed a design internship at Fendi, is launching a collection of scarves incorporating artwork inspired by his album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy." The limited-edition pieces will be sold exclusively at the Colette boutique in Paris and online at M/M (Paris). [Telegraph] 

Splendid, known for its soft basic wardrobe pieces for men, women and children, is coming soon to the Grove in Los Angeles. Look for a summer opening. [Mondette]

Splendid's expansion is good news, especially because the retail scene in L.A. seems to have been especially hard hit in the past year or two with a number of boutiques (including Fred Segal Fun, Tracey Ross and Petro Zillia) closing up shop. [PopSugar LA]

When Reese Witherspoon married Jim Toth recently she really was a blushing bride: She wore a custom-designed Monique Lhuillier blush-hued gown with a Chantilly lace corset bodice and full tulle A-line skirt. A nontraditional choice but she did look pretty in pink. [People] 

Former French Vogue editor in chief Carine Roitfeld, already on board to be guest editor and stylist at Barneys New York this fall, was tapped by Karl Lagerfeld to style Chanel's fall-winter ad campaign as well. [WWD]

American Apparel, in the news much of the time lately for bad stuff (financial problems, sexual harassment claims, as my colleague Andrea Chang has reported), hopes to have some good news, as its new denim line hits stores Tuesday. [Fashionista]

Aerin Lauder, a senior executive and high-profile face for Estée Lauder, plans to launch her own brand as well. [WWD] (Subscription required)  

Vera Wang is bringing back her Lavender label after a yearlong hiatus as a capsule dress collection at Neiman Marcus. [WWD] (Subscription required)   

The business and romantic relationship of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé is explored in the documentary "L'Amour Feu" (Crazy Love), screening later this month at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. For fashion fans this is a must-see.  [StyleList] 

And what would a fashion and beauty news roundup be without something about Kim Kardashian? She's appearing on the May cover of British Cosmopolitan's "body issue," clad in a yellow bikini and talking about cellulite -- not that it looks like she has any! [Daily Mail] 

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Rapper Kanye West, who is offering a collection of scarves based on his album. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

Paris Fashion Week: At Yves Saint Laurent, Stefano Pilati strikes back


Dogged by rumors for months now that he is on his way out at Yves Saint Laurent, Stefano Pilati showed a stellar fall collection that should quiet the naysayers -- at least for now.


The clothes were wearable, but they also had attitude, beginning with pieces in Prince of Wales check, including a new, longer-length, double-breasted blazer, a baseball jacket with knit insets and skirts with flyaway pleats.


Pilati echoed the 1960s sentiment that's been blowing across the runways this season with low-belted jumpers trimmed in perforated leather.


But the white evening looks with gold chain link details, on the other hand, had the kind of born-in-Hollywood glamour that is timeless. A white halter gown with skinny gold chain straps was stunningly sexy, and an oversize feather chubby, worn over white flared pants, pure hedonistic fun.


Pilati also scored in the accessories department, showing boots and kiltie loafers with wedge soles for day, and strappy gold sandals with wedge soles for evening. The ones studded with colored cabochon stones may just be the best runway shoes of the season.

--Booth Moore in Paris


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

The YSL Manifesto finally comes to L.A.

For eight seasons, Stefano Pilati has been putting out a manifesto filled with musings on the YSL collection. On Saturday, the YSL manifesto will be distributed in the usual major cities it has landed in over the last several years: Hong Kong, Paris, London, Milan and Tokyo, to name a few. And for the first time ever, Los Angeles will be privy to the designer's collection diary.

Anyone passing by the YSL boutique in Beverly Hills this Saturday might be able to snag the handout, which is being given away in a limited edition tote bag, featuring an image of model Arizona Muse in the YSL spring/summer collection, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

“I want to create a wider influence for the message that is being sent from the catwalk, by taking imagery of the collection and giving it to people on environmentally friendly paper in the street without targeting a specific demographic,” says Pilati in a statement.

It’s nice to see a luxury brand stick to some form of guerrilla marketing in a world where social media rules.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: The YSL tote bag that will be carrying the YSL spring/summer 2011 Manifesto. Credit: YSL


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