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Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Duchess of Cambridge Kate looks great at ARK event. Pippa Middleton loses 'Rear of the Year' vote. [Updated]

June 10, 2011 |  7:35 am


The Duchess of Cambridge mixed designer with high street as she arrived Thursday night at London's annual ARK charity gala with husband Prince William. She wore a sleek and elegant rose-colored Jenny Packham gown embellished with Swarovski crystals and shoes from retailer LK Bennett.  Her loose hairstyle was fresh, modern and the antithesis of stuffy. It was the couple's first offical "formal" event since their wedding. (They met America's first couple in a much more casual setting, sitting out the more formal state events while the Obamas were in town.) [PopSugar]

British television personality Carol Vorderman beat nominees including royal sister-in-law Pippa Middleton for "Rear of the Year," a cheeky (ouch! I couldn't stop myself from writing that) annual contest sponsored by Wizard Jeans and decided by popular vote. Vorderman has an amply endowed backside that we in the states would term "booty," and there's even a fan website devoted to it. Still, ''I am really surprised and flattered to get this award, particularly at this stage of my life,'' said the 50-year-old Vorderman. [Telegraph]

Adiane Remember Stella McCartney's much touted collaboration with GapKids? McCartney moved on to develop her own children's line and now Diane von Furstenberg is teaming with the mall retailer for a children's collection for next spring. [People]

Not only will Florence Welch appear in Gucci's fall ads, not only did she inspire its fall collection, but the atelier is dressing her for the upcoming Florence & the Machine tour. [People]

Kate Winslet shows she can strike a pose, looking sultry in St. John's fall ad campaign. [WWD] 

As if Jennifer Lopez isn't busy enough: She's set to launch her Love and Light fragrance exclusively on HSN on July 2. She's scheduled to be on the air for eight hours, taking calls from viewers. [WWD] (Subscription required.) [This item was updated at 9:39 a.m. June 10 to correct the date, which was incorrectly listed as as Saturday June 11 in the linked story.]

Meanwhile, Marc Jacobs is preparing to launch his new fragrance, Oh, Lola, this summer. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Designer, film director and now beauty maven: Tom Ford has developed a new cosmetics and skincare line. [WWD] (Subscription required.)  

And finally -- and sorry, I just think this is weird -- Steven Tyler of "American Idol" and Aerosmith fame -- reportedly has a new fashion gig with MESH, which will be sold exclusively at Macy's this fall. Sorry, Steven, love your music. Love "American Idol." But not so sure about the fashion cred. Then again, that's never been a factor for celebrities. And I still don't get Lady Gaga. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

-- Susan Denley

Upper photo: Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the ARK gala. Credit: Reuters

Lower photo: Diane von Furstenberg. Credit: Justin Lane / EPA 


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