All the Rage
Musings on the culture of keeping up appearances
Giorgio Armani to dress George Clooney for his wedding

Who's making George Clooney's wedding suit? Giorgio Armani confirmed Thursday that he is outfitting the star for his wedding to lawyer Amal Alamuddin -- which is scheduled to take place in Venice, Italy, this month. [People]

Kendall (formerly known as Kendall Jenner) made her Milan Fashion Week debut on Thursday, modeling for Fendi and Ports 1961. [E! Online] [imdb]

Actress and model Gemma Ward, who went on a modeling hiatus in 2008, returned to high-fashion runways on Thursday, walking the Prada runway at Milan Fashion Week and setting fashion editors' Twitter accounts to a-Tweet. [The Cut]

Retailers and other consumer-oriented businesses are starting to relax employee dress codes, most notably those relating to visible tattoos and piercings. [Fortune]

DSquared2 has opened its first U.S. flagship, on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. [Los Angeles Times]

Designer Rebecca Minkoff collaborated with A Pea in the Pod on a capsule maternity collection, due to go on sale at A Pea in the Pod and...

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Dsquared2 opens first U.S. flagship on Rodeo Drive

Dsquared2, the Italian-by-way-of-Canada luxury brand helmed by twin brothers Dan and Dean Caten, opened the doors of its first U.S. flagship over the weekend – on Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive.

Sandwiched between Zadig & Voltaire and Brioni just south of South Santa Monica Boulevard, the 4,500-square-foot store establishes a stateside boutique beachhead that will be followed by Dsquared2 doors in New York City and Bal Harbour, Fla., over the next couple of months. Until then, it’s the only place in the country where the full men’s and women’s collections – in the entire range of sizes – will be available.   

The brothers Caten, who founded the label and serve as its creative directors, collaborated with Milan-based architectural firm Storage on the design of the two-story space that boasts a concrete and black glass façade, towering front windows and a soaring, 30-foot-high exposed ceiling. The interior has a bit more of an organic feel with natural wood accents in the fixtures and...

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Gap x GQ Best New Menswear Designers collection drops Sept. 30

The Gap's limited-edition capsule collection with GQ magazine's 2014 best new menswear designers in America -- including three brands with L.A. ties, is set to hit shelves Tuesday, Sept. 30.

It's the third season that the San Francisco-based retailer has collaborated on a capsule collection with the winners of GQ's Best New Menswear Designers in America project, an annual roundup of up-and-coming design talent that began in 2007 and this year includes M. Nii’s John Moore and John Elliot + Co.’s  John Elliot (both based here in So Cal), En Noir’s Rob Garcia (a bicoastal brand) and Brooklyn Tailors’ Daniel Lewis who hails from New York City.

The collection includes a range of pieces from super-casual T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants and denim to such slightly dressier pieces as tailored blazers, trousers and tweed neckties as well as outerwear offerings such as leather jackets, hoodies, field jackets and a bonded mac overcoat. Prices will start at $34.95 (for a classic T-shirt) and go...

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'Stars Under the Stars' fetes American Ballet Theatre

The event: “Stars under the Stars” to benefit the American Ballet Theatre helped launch the 75th anniversary season of the celebrated dance company, which has been home to such dance greats as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Natalia Makarova.

The scene: Guests meandered through Jeanne and Tony Pritzker’s home in Beverly Hills with its soaring ceilings, indoor/outdoor rooms and wraparound lawns, before adjourning to the tennis court for dinner. Given the heat of the day on Tuesday, the evening breezes were more than welcome as the dancers performed excerpts from four ballets: “Seven Sonatas,” “Cinderella,” “Swan Lake” and a new composition, “Toccare.”

Jane Kaczmarek of “Malcolm in the Middle” wore diamond earrings by the night's sponsor Piaget. She was accompanied by her daughter, Frances Whitford, 16. Kaczmarek said that although she has always been interested in ballet, as a youngster she learned baton twirling instead. “To this day, I love parades,” she said.

The finale: Following dinner and...

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Amy Adams, Pharrell Williams among stars at Milan Fashion Week

Amy Adams sat in the front row at Max Mara's runway show at Milan Fashion Week on Thursday. She fronts the label's ad campaigns, after all. [WWD]

And Kate Moss and Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco, the face of Gucci's new cosmetic line, were front row at Gucci as the week got underway on Wednesday. [Fashionista]

Pharrell Williams plans to attend Milan Fashion Week too, and he has been booked to perform Saturday at an event hosted by lingerie brand Intimissini along with Olympic ice skater Carolina Kostner. The event is going to mix pop, figure skating and opera. [WWD]

The Ocala, Fla., City Council voted Tuesday to rescind the ban on saggy pants that it enacted in July. Under the ban, an offender wearing pants 2 inches or more below the natural waistline could have faced 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. But upon reflection the council decided police have better things to do than deal with a criminalized fashion choice. [News4Jax]

Melissa Rivers wrote a WhoSay post giving thanks for all the...

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Taylor Swift, Lupita Nyong'o among People's best-dressed stars of 2014

People's best-dressed stars of 2014 are Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Blake Lively, Diane Kruger, Emma Stone, Lupita Nyong'o, Jessica Alba, Rihanna, Emma Watson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Kiernan Shipka. Yes, that's 11 ladies we've loved to look at all year, not the traditional "10 bests" we're used to. Swift, in particular, dresses well for any occasion, formal, informal, or out walking her cat. [People]

Nick Cannon wore footwear to beat Dorothy's ruby slippers on "America's Got Talent" on Tuesday. His feet were shod in $2-million  shoes -- a pair of Tom Fords that were "custom blinged-out" in diamonds by Beverly Hills jeweler Jason Arasheban, WWD reports. [WWD]

First Lady Michelle Obama is planning to host a fashion education workshop at the White House on Oct. 8, including fashion designers Prabal Gurung, Bibhu Mohapatra  and Maria Cornejo. [WWD]

Bill Blass, which closed down its womenswear line two years ago, plans to relaunch for spring. [The Cut]

A worker fell through the roof...

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Chanel is not making 'urban tie caps'; model hairpiece draws ire

No, Chanel is not making and selling ¿urban tie caps,¿ despite all the social media buzz Tuesday night. Many were outraged when a picture of a Caucasian model wearing a blue cap, also known a durag, referred to the garment as an urban tie cap, which Chanel was said to be making.

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Deborah Lippmann to show anniversary box at Barneys

Nail polish queen Deborah Lippmann  is celebrating the 15-year anniversary of her niche line, a celebrity favorite, with a special commemorative collection of 15 exclusive colors, as Melissa Magsaysay reported here recently.

Lippmann's slated to show the anniversary Music Box collection and launch an exclusive Barneys New York collection from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at Barneys in Beverly Hills. Customers can book a personal consultation with her by calling (310) 276-4400, Ext. 5606.

The store is at 9570 Wilshire Blvd.

Events

Jewelry and watch boutiques on Rodeo Drive are holding an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday as part of the weeklong Rodeo Drive Festival of Watches & Jewelry that began Sept. 14. Participating stores will have special events and new collection launches. Participants in the festival include Breguet, Cartier, Harry Winston, Jason of Beverly Hills, Porsche Design, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels.  The event is sponsored by Bulgari, Freywille, Patek Phillipe...

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Alex Trebek's mustache is back -- but is it in jeopardy?

Longtime "Jeopardy" fans tuning in to Monday night's opening episode of the game show's 31st season might have been surprised to see a once-familiar face -- that of host Alex Trebek -- sporting a mustache.

Trebek's legendary lip spinach was a fixture on the show for some three decades before he gave the hairy adornment the heave-ho in 2001.

Now, 13 years later, the show returns from its summer hiatus with the 'stache back in action. A little grayer and a little more trim than it once was, to be sure, but it's there nonetheless.

Trebek actually addressed his switched-up grooming regimen at the top of the show, and let viewers know that this time around he was placing his upper lip wholly in their hands, asking viewers to weigh in via Facebook and Twitter as to whether he should keep the caterpillar (#KeepItTrebek) or remove the newly grown face furniture (#ShaveItTrebek).

This being the era where Angelina Jolie's Leg and Pharrell's Hat have Twitter accounts, it should come as no...

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CoverGirl issues statement after protesters alter NFL 'Game Face' ads
A subway grate, a warm day and a Marilyn Monroe moment

Monday was the 60th anniversary of the filming of the famous "subway grate" moment in "The Seven Year Itch" -- when Marilyn Monroe's character attempts to cool off by catching a gust of air from the subway updraft. Sexy Hair, a hair product company, commemorated the occasion by setting up a grate and inviting women to emulate the Marilyn Moment.

It took hours and two locations to film the scene, which may have helped lead to the breakup of Monroe's marriage to the jealous Joe DeMaggio. [The Guardian]

Cover Girl is being urged to break ties with the NFL after its "Get Your Game Face On" campaign drew attention when photoshopped ads that showed a model with a black eye circulated on social media. [Los Angeles Times]

Prada Marfa, the art installation near Marfa, Texas, that looks like a Prada Boutique -- and that my colleague Adam Tschorn profiled recently -- has been saved. Last year, the Texas Department of Transportation deemed it an illegal advertising sign that should be torn down....

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Urban Outfitters pulls 'blood-spattered' Kent State sweat shirt

Clothing retailer Urban Outfitters apologized Monday morning after it received major backlash for trying to sell a “vintage” Kent State University sweat shirt that appeared to be covered in blood spatter.

The university was the scene of an infamous bloody demonstration in 1970, in which four students were killed and nine others injured after the National Guard fired on students who were protesting the Vietnam War.

The sweat shirt, which was listed on the company’s website for $129, was apparently part of its “Vintage Finds” collection, handpicked one-of-a-kind pieces.

Screenshots of the item published by BuzzFeed late Sunday show the university logo in white lettering on what looks like a blood-soaked background.

“Washed soft and perfectly broke in,” the description read. “We only have one, so get it or regret it!”

In a statement, the company said it “sincerely apologizes” if it offended anyone. “It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in...

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