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Fashion News: Miss USA 2012 crowned in Las Vegas

June 4, 2012 |  8:57 am
Olivia Culpo, a 20-year-old cellist and self-described nerd from Rhode Island, was crowned Miss USA 2012
Olivia Culpo, a 20-year-old cellist and self-described nerd from Rhode Island, was crowned Miss USA 2012 on Sunday night in Las Vegas. Among her winning looks were a lilac bikini and a flowing fuchsia gown. [Huffington Post]

At the queen's diamond jubilee flotilla, the Duchess of Cambridge wore an Alexander McQueen dress to very similar to one worn by Kim Kardashian
The fashion world got in on the action during Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee celebration over the weekend. Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld was a commentator for French TV, and did a pastel sketch of the queen in the Angela Kelly outfit she wore to watch the celebratory flotilla on the Thames on Sunday -- adding his own embellishments. The real outfit included a dress and ivory boucle coat studded with Swarovski crystals and topped by a hat, of course. Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a red Alexander McQueen dress and James Lock hat; the Duchess of Cornwall wore a cream coat and dress by Anna Valentine and a Philip Treacy hat. The royal men got to wear the usual military finery.  [Telegraph]

Interesting footnote: A version of Duchess Kate's McQueen dress was worn by Kim Kardashian a while back. [The Cut]

Vice President Joe Biden's daughter Ashley wore a Vera Wang gown when she married Dr. Howard Krein on Saturday. The ivory silk mermaid gown was accented by draped tulle and a hand-cut circular organza petal skirt trimmed with embroidered silk. She accompanied the gown with a chapel-length Chantilly lace veil. [People]

Drew Barrymore reportedly wore a long white Chanel dress in pleated muslin and organza, designed by Karl Lagerfeld, when she married Will Kopelman in a ceremony in Montecito, Calif., on Saturday. The skirt was embroidered with flowers in organza, muslin, tulle and feathers, and a black satin belt emphasized her baby bump. [Us Weekly]

Jessica Biel was clad in a long-sleeved white Chanel dress on the MTV Movie Awards red carpet -- but more notable was the $130,000 engagement ring from Justin Timberlake that sparkled on her hand. [Us Weekly]

Jean Paul Gaultier will skip the Paris men's ready-to-wear runways later this month and plans instead to show his spring men's collection in his Paris showroom in July. [WWD]

The 840-store Dress Barn chain is considering changing its name. The business is successful, but executives realize that "barn" may not paint the most flattering image. One possibility for a new name is Roz & Alli, a new label carried in the stores. [WWD] 


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-- Susan Denley  

Upper photo: Olivia Culpo competes in the evening-gown portion of the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas on Sunday. Credit: Isaac Brekken / Getty Images  

Lower photo: From left, Prince Philip; Queen Elizabeth II; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge onboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames on Sunday. Credit: John Stillwell / Getty Images