All the Rage
Musings on the culture of keeping up appearances
Britney Spears says she's designing a lingerie collection

Britney Spears announced via Instagram that she has designed a lingerie line called the Intimate Collection that   is "coming soon." Naya Rivera of "Glee" wore a Monique Lhuillier gown for her surprise wedding to actor Ryan Dorsey in Cabo San Lucas. The groom wore Dolce & Gabbana. [People]

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Prince George marks first birthday, is crowned fashion trendsetter

Britain's Prince George turned 1 year old on Tuesday, and WWD declared that he's already proven himself to be a toddling trendsetter. [WWD] The tyke celebrated his birthday with a family tea, including his great grandmother the queen as a guest. [Los Angeles Times] A coroner reportedly has ruled that 25-year-old British television personality Peaches Geldof --- the daughter of rocker Bob Geldof -- died of a heroin overdose. Her body was found at her home in April. [BBC News] Sam Taylor-Johnson, director of the soon-to-be-released film "Fifty Shades of Grey," is working on a photo project shooting Coco Chanel's private, not-open-to-the-public apartment on the second floor of the Chanel atelier in Paris. The photos are to be displayed at London's Saatchi Gallery in September. [Telegraph] The tally is in for which will be the fattest fashion magazines this September -- always the biggest and most important issue of the year. The biggest are Vogue at 661 pages (30 fewer than last year);...

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How to buy a swimsuit -- even online

It’s the middle of summer -- do you know where your bathing suit is -- the one you promised to buy before Memorial Day? Or are you looking ahead to the styles shown for 2015 at the recently completed Miami Swim Week with a sense of dread? (See the accompanying photo gallery for a hint of what's to come.) Almost every woman -- even the well-toned and the affluent -- feels a certain reluctance to shop for a garment that will show the world what she’s got -- and what might be lacking. The department-store-dressing-room experience is off-putting to many of us who turn instead to the seemingly infinite number of websites that offer swimwear. But anonymity is no guarantee of a good look or flattering fit, so we queried a few experts for tips on how and what to buy online. There are some general rules, of course. Women who aren’t well endowed are often advised to look for a top with embellishments (think ruffles). Got broad shoulders? Think about an asymmetrical neckline. Is your body...

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French brand the Kooples opens Los Angeles store

French clothing company the Kooples opened its first U.S. flagship over the weekend, right here in L.A. The label, founded in Paris in 2008, offers "accessible luxury" with clothing inspired by vintage looks for men and women and created in partnership with London tailors Norton & Sons. The fall 2014 collection is in-store now. The boutique, at 100 S. Robertson Blvd., is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Openings A new David Yurman jewelry boutique is slated to open Thursday at the Americana at Brand, at 889 Americana Way, next to Katsuya in Glendale. The 1,800-square-foot-plus store will carry a range of men's and women's collections.

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Mick Jagger, Tina Turner among famous lips in 'Blow me a Kiss'

The seductive allure of luscious red-stained lips has always been hard to resist. This undeniable symbol of glamour and sex appeal -- whether puckered in mid-kiss, slightly parted or poised with a slender cigarette holder ala Audrey Hepburn -- has defined style and fashion trends for more than a century. Lipstick continues to be one of the main weapons women keep handy in their makeup arsenals for fashion emergencies. Author and fashion innovator Alice Harris’ new photo book “Blow Me a Kiss" illustrates the power and fascination with lips of all shapes, sizes and poses with 80 color and black-and-white images spanning the last 100 years. The history of lipstick and memorable lips can be traced  to the heart-shaped "cupid's bow," popular with 1920s flappers, moving on to the sensual dark reds of the 1950s and continuing to the black and greys that defined the goth and grunge scene of the 1990s. You'll see no puffy duck-faced selfies in these pages but rather a collection of classic...

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Blake Lively launches lifestyle website

Actress Blake Lively launched a lifestyle site called Preserve, and it has the look of a horror movie promotional site, writes Maggie Lange at the Cut blog. [The Cut]  Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is launching a footwear line called CR7. Shoes are to be available starting in February. [WWD] The Council of Fashion Designers of America extended Diane von Furstenburg's presidency. [WWD] And it named a bunch of new members including Lemlem's designer, the model Liya Kebede; Los Angeles' Clare Vivier and Edun creative director Danielle Sherman. [The Cut]  Olivia Palermo is designing a collection of shoes for Aquazurra. [InStyle] Tiffany CEO Michael Kowalski is set to retire next year. [Business of Fashion] New York-based clothing company Vince plans to lease a new regional headquarters in Hollywood. [Los Angeles Times]

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Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo wed in Mexico

Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and "The Voice" married model Behati Prinsloo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Saturday. The bride wore a Marchesa gown and model Coco Rocha was one of her bridesmaids. [Newsday]

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What you should know about pearls

Pearls are the perfect example of modern jewelry reinvention. They've been a feminine go-to for centuries, and the traditional, mid-20th century "Jackie O" pearl strand is trending again — but now with endless re-interpretations and much modern flair. Mixed with various metals, stones and gems, re-done in endless styles, sizes, colors, shapes and prices, the majestic pearl is resurging in its chicness. "I absolutely love creating jewelry with pearls," says Cynthia Bach, a Los Angeles designer who works often with exotic pearls. "Pearls have always had a mystique and glamour but now there is impressive new energy in the market. It's really quite exciting for those of us who are big pearl fans." And these lovely gems are not just for women, either, adds New York jewelry designer Mish Tworkowski, who also creates many of his pieces using pearls. "I wear a pair of pearl cuff links almost every day. My favorite set is made from an irregularly shaped pair of huge, light blue South Sea...

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Making a break from tradition

Not your grandmother's classic simple strand of white, the pearl necklace now sports a modern, even playful and edgy vibe. Take them formal or casual; these pearls are made to go high, low or in between. Here, modern designers put their stamps on the traditional pearl necklace. Mignot St. Barth Designer Yvan Mignot travels to French Polynesia to hand-pick his pearls, here elegantly mixed with hand-crafted leather and a gold-plated brass drop ring. $975. Available at Ylang23.com. Nektar De Stagni Miami and New York designer Nektar De Stagni's clever Smiley Emoticon freshwater pearl necklace is decorated with black pave crystal that brings a smile. $455. (It also comes with a gold ball instead of a pearl for $379.) Available at NektarDeStagni.com. Cathy Waterman The Los Angeles designer's delicate Marquis freshwater pearl necklace has a tiny platinum and diamond leaf-drop and 22-karat gold chain. $3,900. Available at Ylang23.com or CathyWaterman.com. Tom Binns Tom Binns' Jackie Ouch...

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Handbag designer Kendall Conrad expands into footwear, brass jewelry

Accessories designer Kendall Conrad's face brightens on a recent morning in her sun-filled Abbot Kinney boutique as she flips through pages of playful owl sketches, images of black-and-white ceramic vessels with Minotaur faces and the color blue, Picasso blue. She's turned to the books "Picasso: The Mediterranean Years" and "Picasso and Francoise Gilot: Paris-Vallauris, 1943-1953" to explain the arty inspiration for her spring Vallauris collection, which may be her best yet. "He's my favorite artist ever, and a huge influence on me," says Conrad, who is dressed in denim cutoffs, a cashmere sweater and her own Pacha wrap sandals. "I zeroed in on the Vallauris period because that was such a happy time for him, when he was married to Francoise and living there with their small children. I was feeling springtime, happiness and beautiful blues." The hues of the Cote d'Azur surf and sky are reflected in the collection's hand-painted ombre blue snakeskin Narcisa II bag ($3,000), the playful...

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Designers tie it together

Silk scarves are a canvas for bright color and artsy design. Today, a new generation of scarf designers is putting its animated stamp on the process, using digital technology and the Internet to bring humor and bold color to the work. Meet three of today's influential scarf makers. Anna Coroneo London and New York City I worship color. I grew up in Australia and feel that having spent my childhood in the outdoors exploring the native flora and fauna there has had an impact on my life and design aesthetic. Warm weather, sunshine and music always make me happy. I'm also passionate about studying art history, and my collections have hints of inspiration from pop artists, such as Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. Fashion that sparks conversation and has a humorous fun story or concept behind it can bring a lot of joy to life. Once, my husband and I were in Venice [Italy], and some lovely ladies from the U.S. asked about the scarf I was wearing, my lipstick-kisses scarf. They asked me to go to...

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Summery scarves

It might be sunny in Southern California on most summer days, but the warmer months are still good for imaginative, pop-of-color scarves. In July, you'll doubtless find some of these for far below the original retail price listed here. Marc by Marc Jacobs Let Marc Jacobs’ adorable Pickles the pup, striped-edged, red, white and blue cotton-and-silk scarf brighten your Labor Day celebration. $125. Available at revolveclothing.com. Armani Jeans Armani Jeans’ logoed silk scarf suggests summer days are the time to wear your favorite pair of jeans, often. $135. Available at armani.com. Kate Spade Enjoy the top down in Kate Spade New York’s clever Autobahn print red and cream viscose scarf covered in zippy roadsters. $128. Available at nordstrom.com. Alexander McQueen McQ Alexander McQueen’s lightweight cotton-blend white Freedom scarf is full of graffiti for the free days of summer. $312. Available at farfetch.com. Yarnz What could be more Southern California summer than New York-based...

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