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Fashion News: All sweetness and light at 'Dark Knight Rises' premiere

July 18, 2012 |  7:48 am

For the world premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" in New York City on Monday night,  leading ladies Marion Cotillard and Anne Hathaway were all sweetness and light, in white and cream dresses. [Los Angeles Times] 

Giorgio Armani created the bespoke suits Christian Bale wears in the film as Batman's alter ego, the wealthy  Bruce Wayne. And the suits have a customized label: "Giorgio Armani for Bruce Wayne." "In the lexicon of superheroes, it's an honor to be associated with such an intriguing character as Bruce Wayne," said Armani, who also provided clothes for 2008's "The Dark Knight." [Vogue UK] 

For how long have many U.S. clothing companies outsourced manufacturing to Asia? Why does it take the combination of a dual Olympics/presidential election year to draw Congress' attention to this fact? So now in the ongoing flap over the Ralph Lauren Olympic opening ceremony outfits for Team USA being made in China, a bipartisan group of 59 members of Congress has written to the U.S. Olympic Committee expressing outrage.  "American manufacturing is critical to the soul of the country," the group said. "The U.S. textile and apparel industry provides the backbone to many cities and towns." [WWD] (Subscription required.)

The annual Pirelli Calendar -- so exclusive it goes only to select VIPs around the world -- specializes in elegant nudes of A list models and celebrities. The 2013 version, shot by photographer Steve McCurry, could be called the "calendar of the soul," according to Vanity Fair Italy, for its showing of "women protagonists involved in the support of foundations, NGOs and humanitarian projects." (They include a pregnant Adriana Lima, marking the first time the calendar has featured a noticeably pregnant woman). [Vanity Fair Italy]

EBay is teaming up with designers including Billy Reid, Chris Benz, Fallon, Jonathan Adler, Ruffian, Steven Alan and Tibi to create items for this year's holiday season. [The Cut]

Milliner-to-royals Philip Treacy plans to stage a runway show Sept. 16 as part of London Fashion Week. [WWD]

Singer Lana Del Rey is the face (and voice) of H&M's fall ad campaign. [Fashionologie]


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Photo: From left, actors Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway and Christian Bale pose together at the world premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" on Monday in New York. Credit:  Evan Agostini / Invision/Associated Press