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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Counting down to Christmas, you can 'celebrate' Festivus

December 23, 2010 |  8:58 am

-- Stuck in traffic? Standing in line at the mall as the minutes tick-tick-tick toward Christmas and you still haven't found the perfect sweater for your Aunt or "It" toy for the nephew? Take solace: Dec. 23 is the day you can celebrate Festivus, the holiday invented by "Seinfeld's" Frank Costanza (father of George), as a day to air grievances. So complain all you want. Though in my opinion if you just buy yourself a little something fabulous while you're captive at the mall, you'll feel much, much better. [Boston Globe]

-- With all the hoopla over the engagement of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton, we almost forgot there is another important royal wedding coming up next year. And it too promises to be a doozy. Monaco's Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock will flout tradition when they marry July 2 in an outdoor religious ceremony, the palace announced Wednesday. The wedding will take place in the Palace's Court of Honor. The palace gates will be left open and giant TV monitors set up to allow an anticipated 4,000 people to view the event in the Place du Palais. Our question (as always): What will the soon-to-be princess wear? No answer yet. [People] 

-- Ever wonder how stylish fashion designers spend the holidays? Women's Wear Daily asked a bunch of them, and the answers do make visions of sugarplums (or luxurious gifts, feasts and travel) dance through your head. [WWD]

-- There are likely to be a lot of happy dads, boyfriends, husbands and sons around the Christmas tree this year. Or at least they will be getting their due. Reports are that menswear has been the star performer for many retailers this holiday season. [WWD] (subscription required)

-- Looking for a retro-chic gift for a beau or best friend? Halston has two new Oriental fragrances: Halston Woman Amber and Halston Man Amber. The female version blends ambers, woods and resins with wild tuberose. The male fragrance is a more contemporary woody Oriental. They come in the familiar Elsa Peretti-designed bottles, updated from their 1975 incarnation and dipped in gold. A great blend of nostalgia and contemporary sensibilities. Halston Woman Amber 1.7-ounce eau de toilette spray retails for $90 and Halston Man Amber 2.5-ounce eau de toilette spray retails for $65. They are available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Harrods. [StyleList]

-- Julia Restoin Roitfeld -- art director, occasional model and daughter of departing French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld -- interviews designer Tom Ford in the latest V magazine, in a spread accompanied by photographs she shot of herself wearing pieces from his new spring women's collection. [Telegraph]

-- Designer Michael Bastian has parted with longtime business partner, licensee Brunello Cucinelli, to set up his own independent firm to manufacture and distribute his signature men's line. [WWD] (subscription required)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Holiday shoppers crowd the streets in a typical holiday scene. Credit: Jim Prisching / Associated Press